1999 Technology Buyer's Guide: Games Enter the Mainstream

It's been a bad year for video-game addicts who resolved to kick the habit. All of a sudden, their drug of choice became more engrossing than ever. Not only was 1999 the watershed year in which sales of games overtook box-office receipts for the first time, but the quality of those games improved exponentially, leading some to believe that the game industry is entering a Golden Age roughly equivalent to Hollywood's in the 1940s.

In fact, many of the titles listed here offer an experience superior to going to the movies. Lucas Arts' Star Wars game far outshines the altogether dismal...

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