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Subject: UKNM: Sega v Nintendo v Sony
From: John Braithwaite
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 15:54:58 +0100

I think, although being first into the market can be a massive
advantage, Dreamcast will still occupy third place of these three when
the dust clears (mid 2001).

The reason is that Sony, without a doubt, will be number one (coming
from someone who prefers Miyamoto to Resident Evil!) - they have the
muscle, they have the customers, they appeal to hardcore gamers and
occasional gamers and their machine will be significantly better than
the Dreamcast.

Will a years' head start be enough for Sega? Probably enough to attract
some customers, but not enough... the gamers that buy the Dreamcast will
probably also buy Playstation 2 when it comes out. The fact that PAL is
16% slower is another kick in the teeth to the UK market.

The reason that Nintendo will be second is that they always produce the
goods and although it is often a heated discussion in gaming circles:
Nintendo always have killer products that no-one else does....
Goldeneye, Zelda, Banjo Kazooie, etc. They will come second because of
their devotion to creativity and gaming (and unique offerings)...

Which leaves Dreamcast third, and deservedly so. Beneath all the
marketing hyperbole and PR they're producing a system that works on
Microsoft software for two main reasons - easy ports and easier
products. To get PC games on a home system... how dull.
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