Lakers Center Shaquille O'Neal Takes His Game Online, Challenging
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
January 2003 (Newstream) -- In a twist on the Western
play-offs, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates
publicly demoed Midtown Madness 3, which launches as an Xbox
Live-enabled game later this year. As part of his keynote address at
the annual Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday night in Las Vegas,
Gates showed off the newly launched Xbox Live service by taking on
Laker Center Shaquille O'Neal, who played from Los Angeles. Gates and
O'Neal trash talked using the Xbox Live Communicator headset and
demonstrated other features of the service.
Since it launched on Nov. 15 in the United States, more than
250,000 Xbox Live starter kits have been sold, doubling original
sales expectations. And the social connections grow by the hour
with over 40,000 unique users a day. And that's not all. With
over 50 live enabled games scheduled to launch this year. It's a
whole game with Xbox and Xbox Live.
Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft's future-generation video
game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever.
Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill
their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the
lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North
America, Japan, Europe, Mexico and Australia.