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Saturday, January 14, 2006

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Control yourself ...

"You thought it was hard waiting until Christmas morning to see what Ol’ St. Nick had put under the tree?

For fans of the latest and greatest in video game technology, Christmas comes but once every five freakin’ years.

The good news is 2006 is one of those years.

The life cycle of modern game consoles is roughly 60 months, at which point aging technology gives way to the latest advances in silicon, and the next iteration of the machine comes out.

That’s when early adopters rationalize why they “need” to drop five bills on a new game console with more bells, whistles and klaxons than their current hardware.

So it was with the Xbox 360, which jumped the queue a bit by coming out last November, four years after the original Xbox’s debut, in order to get a head start on juggernaut Sony.

But as Microsoft scrambles to build a quick lead, 2006 will mark the year Sony either asserts its continuing dominance with the release of the PlayStation 3, or finds Bill Gates and company are a more formidable foe than they expected.

And Nintendo will gamble there’s a large segment of the population less interested in system specs than they are with new and novel ways of playing games, as the console code-named Revolution (and we’d be surprised if it ended up being called anything else) arrives with the single most innovative controller since the Nintendo Power Glove." [more]

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