The Amazing Video Game Boom

Kid stuff has become serious business as Hollywood and Silicon Valley race to attract a new generation to the information highway

The kids get it right away. Nobody has to explain to a 10-year-old boy what's so great about video games. Just sit him down in front of a Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo machine, shove a cartridge into the slot and he's gone -- body, mind and soul -- into a make-believe world that's better than sleep, better than supper and a heck of a lot better than school.

Grownups, as a rule, don't get it. Which may be why the video-game craze has been seen by most adults -- including the captains of the entertainment industry -- as a dead...

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