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Online gaming piques interest

More than 60 percent of video game players are "highly interested" in online gaming and 76 percent show the same level of interest in downloading games over the Internet, according to a new survey by market researcher IDC. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are all working on online features for their game consoles, and the concept is likely to catch on as broadband Internet access spreads, according to IDC. The report also estimated that the video game market will grow to $21.1 billion annually by 2003 and found that the average console owner buys 1.4 video games per month.

More than 60 percent of video game players are "highly interested" in online gaming and 76 percent show the same level of interest in downloading games over the Internet, according to a new survey by market researcher IDC. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are all working on online features for their game consoles, and the concept is likely to catch on as broadband Internet access spreads, according to IDC.

The report also estimated that the video game market will grow to $21.1 billion annually by 2003 and found that the average console owner buys 1.4 video games per month.