1 BIG, BLOODY, BEAUTIFUL The shimmering landscapes of Riven. The blood-drenched corridors of Quake II. The eye-popping charms of Tomb Raider II's Lara Croft. Computer-gaming aficionados have never had so many titles to choose from--or so many megabytes to wade through (Riven alone fills five CD-ROMS). But impressive and sophisticated as the software has become, the industry still has a way to go. Pretty pictures don't necessarily mean great game play, nor does offering ever more destructive weaponry advance the cause of civilization. Sequels of last year's hits are nice, but our fondest hope for '98 is that someone will blow...

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