It's all a big game...

CobraBoy! (
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 15:05:24 -0700

The electronic games industry meets this week in Atlanta at the annual
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Among the many announcements about the
latest and greatest in computer games will be an increased focus on online
multiplayer gaming. Among the big players in the genre will be America
Online and Microsoft.

Microsoft announced yesterday that it will offer its first
subscription-based games at its Internet Gaming Zone. Fighter Ace and the
role-playing Ahsheron's Call will be available to users paying daily or
monthly fees beginning this summer. It currently offers 14 free titles. (By
the way, don't try to get to the Internet Gaming Zone with Netscape
Navigator. The site depends heavily on ActiveX controls and Microsoft's
Internet Explorer is the only browser that will work here.)

Launching Thursday to coincide with the opening of E3 will be Concentric's
Game Gateway with access to 27 games online.


E3 Home Page:

E3 Heebie Jeebies:

Game Pen E3 Coverage:

Microsoft Game Zone:

Game Gateway:


The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining
armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological
chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling
second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.
-Douglas Adams, on Windows '95

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