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Chapter 29. Multiplayer Online Gaming: PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox

Up to now, computer gaming has been confined to the desktop PC or the television. You can either buy a PlayStation, Nintendo, or Xbox gaming console and attach it to your television, or you can purchase games on CD-ROM to play on your PC. In either case most of the gaming is played either individually or with two, three, or four players at most. Today, gaming is entering an exciting new era. As the worlds of the PC and the television collide and both devices gain Internet connectivity, a new form of gaming is emerging: massively multiplayer online gaming (MMOG). This form of online gaming essentially takes players out of their living rooms and connects them to a world of other like-minded gamers located across the country or around the globe.

This evolution of gaming has been no accident. When Microsoft launched their Xbox gaming console in late 2001 (Figure 29-1), they made the Xbox Live service part of the initial design by incorporating support for an Internet connection in the back of the box. On November 15, 2002 they launched the Xbox Live service, which allows gamers to take advantage of online gaming with a large number of new titles specially designed for multiplayer scenarios (Plate 28).


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