Playing for Keeps

The fate of 3DO -- and the course of the video-game industry -- could be decided in the next few weeks

Journalists who cover the computer and video-game business always look forward to the annual pre-Christmas visit from Trip Hawkins, chairman and founder of the upstart game-system company called 3DO. Hawkins is a rarity in the uptight game industry -- a straight-shooting top executive who actually enjoys the products he sells. His press tours, first as chairman of Electronic Arts and then as front man for 3DO, usually combine a lively round of game playing and a dose of blunt talk about the business -- shaded ever so slightly to set his own company apart. This year, however, there was no hiding...

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