The champion of the industry is still Sony's PlayStation 2, which was released in 2000. But this year Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox climbed into the ring, and video-game
-loving capitalists everywhere applauded the competition. All three companies poured money into advertising and game development. Analysts (yes, there are people paid to study this stuff) say that Sony will be the industry leader for the short term, but look for Microsoft to surpass it by the time we compile a 2003 list. Either way, it's a great time to be a video-game-loving kid.