Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Friend Gone? Play Games on the Internet

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Friend Gone? Play Games on the Internet

Article excerpt

When fifth-grader Matt Trevithick moved from Washington, D.C., to suburban Boston, he didn't have to abandon his old friends entirely. He still plays a video game with his friend Karel on- line.

Matt and Karel are attracted by the action and graphics of a game called Descent. But as game companies are beginning to find out, something else is at work beside action and graphics when their products go on-line. The interaction among players is at least as important as the action itself - as Matt's experience illustrates.

"Sometimes it's fun because you don't know who you're competing with," says Matt. "You don't know the way they'd act" in the game. The interactive element may explain why classic games such as Monopoly and Scrabble have done well on-line, even though they don't have the graphics or nonstop action of other titles. "The game seems to be more an excuse for hanging out on-line," says Chris Holden, chief executive officer of Kesmai Corp. …

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