While the PC industry suffers, gamers have a lot to be excited about. New consoles--Xbox and GameCube--have the industry in a frenzy, just ahead of the holiday season. Microsoft is the new kid on the block, and analysts wonder whether it can take on the established titans, Nintendo and Sony.
Nintendo readies console counterpunch
Thanks to unusually strong brand loyalty, savvy marketing and a price tag $100 lower than competing machines, Nintendo fans should have no problem ignoring Xbox noise.
Consoles aplenty for Xbox launch
But away from the hoopla surrounding Microsoft's Xbox debut, some avid game fans grumbled about how a few retailers were cashing in on demand.
Microsoft plays for keeps special report Just when people thought they had figured out Microsoft's hardball tactics to dominate any market it desires, along comes Xbox.
Comdex 2001: Gadgets, game boxes special coverage A cell phone married to a PDA? How about a video camera that connects wirelessly to the Net? Game consoles were also the rage at this year's tech confab.