Gerry Block of IGN:
Like many other revolutionary concepts in the tech industry, online-multiplayer gaming has progressed though a number of iterations to reach the critical mass it carries today. Over the course of more than a decade (remember Mplayer and Heat.net?) hardware, software, and infrastructure have finally progressed to the point that a seamless and exciting online community can really deliver on the promise of brining gamers together. Other consoles have launched with plans for online communities, like Sega’s sadly ill-fated Dreamcast, but never before has a hardware manufacturer had the experience or resources to create as fully-fledged a community as Xbox Live. Take a look at our hands-on coverage of the new and improved Xbox Live in action here.
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