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PlayStation 2: Game Over?

You may be dying to play PlayStation 2, but Sony is still playing catch-up. Thanks to a parts shortage, October's first shipment was only half the planned 1 million consoles. Those sold out almost immediately, despite a $299 price tag. Now Sony is scrambling to produce 100,000 each week before Christmas, claiming the shortage is legit and not a marketing ploy to create a Tickle-Me-Elmo-style feeding frenzy for the holidays.

Gamers who have gotten their thumbs on a PS2 are praising the next-generation system's lifelike graphics, lightning-fast processors, built-in DVD player, and high-speed Internet connection for future online gaming. Amid the demand, retailers have set up waiting lists for orders. Speculators who snapped up PS2s early auctioned them off for as much as $1,500 on sites like eBay.

"It completely sucks," mopes John Ramirez, 16, of New York. "I probably won't get one till next year, even though I have the cash right now."
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Title Annotation:availability and marketing of video game console
Author:Jayatilleke, Ruwan
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:00WOR
Date:Dec 11, 2000
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