This is just food for thought, not meant to be inciteful, but hopefully "insightful" - or maybe I'm just rambling. Anyway, I remember when PS first launched and the pundits said that it would fail. Nintendo and Sega were the Established Players in the console market, and who did Sony think it was to try and use their corporate muscle to gain access to this industry? After all, proven corporate giants like NEC and an attempted comeback from former giant Atari (Jaguar) all proved to be failures. Now, not only has PS1 set industry records and standards, but the feat was repeated again, five years later by XBox. Furthermore, Sega has been ousted as a hardware player. So does being an Established Player in the market mean anything anymore? Or do you just need a lot of capital and third party game developers onboard to make a splash? What will this mean as far as gaming for consumers? The old "platform specific" games like Mario, Sonic, etc. are either going by the wayside or going multiplatform. Sure Nintendo keeps pushing a new Mario game every so often, but nothing has made the splash that the original Super Mario Brothers made on the SNES. Will we start getting similar games along all 3 platforms thus making it difficult to choose one over the other? (ala EA Sports and A Madden For All Consoles) Furthermore, what does it mean to now have a market controlled by 2 corporate giants (MS & Sony) and with only one lone "console company" holdout (Nintendo) left? Will this leave Mario as the lone "spokesfigure" for a console? Does Sony or XBox have something similar? Do they want one? The answers are coming. What do you all think?