In Brief: Dec. 11, 2000

VIDEO-GAME VERITE Video games are pushing the boundaries of realism--and budgetary constraints. By the time Sega's Shenmue for Dreamcast hit the U.S., it cost the company nearly $80 million. Part of the challenge was to create an interactive version of a city--in this case, Yokosuka, Japan, ca. 1986--in which you can knock on virtually every door on every street. What's next? Maybe your front door.

PAGING DR. PALM Websites that will store your medical history are spreading like rashes on the Internet, but do you really want to have to go online just to see if it's time to take your...

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