Fri, 03 Jan 2003 12:34:45 GMT

More Evidence of the Power of Video Games.

I officially have guinea pigs. Our friends down the block asked me to come over and help with their computer last week. They were trying to install Sims expansion packs on their 266-Mhz machine and they didn't have enough hard drive space for even one of them. Their 14-year old daughter owns every expansion pack, but she's never been able to install them.

We talked about their various options, and I ended up doing some research to spec a cheap PC. Then Monday night they called to tell me they'd bought a computer off the floor at Best Buy. Why? Video games. Their daughter wants to play her Sims packs. Not only that, now that they have a machine that flies along, she bought The Sims Online, and they don't even have broadband.

I think that will be next for them. Broadband, a wireless network, and then they'll dump their telephone landlines because they all have cell phones. And the catalyst for all of it will have been video games and a NetGen kid. Expect to read updates periodically.

[The Shifted Librarian]

video hames are a technology driver, this is clear