The Sims

<b>2000:</b> Will Wright creates The Sims, in which players create virtual worlds and fill them with virtual inhabitants. The franchise goes on to sell more than 100 million copies worldwide.<br>
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<b>2001:</b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP009947" title="Microsoft Corporation" href="/topic/business/technology-industry/microsoft-corporation-ORCRP009947.topic">Microsoft</a> Inc., which makes computer games, challenges the console market with its Xbox system.<br>
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<b>2002:</b> Microsoft launches Xbox Live, an online gaming service connected to its console.<br>
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<b>2006:</b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP010861" title="Nintendo Company Ltd." href="/topic/business/nintendo-company-ltd.-ORCRP010861.topic">Nintendo</a> launches the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PRDCES00000001" title="Wii" href="/topic/services-shopping/wii-PRDCES00000001.topic">Wii</a> console, which lets players move their characters by waving controllers in the air. It becomes a hit with teenage boys and senior citizens alike.<br>
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<b>2007:</b> Annual video game sales surpass those of the music industry for the first time.
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2000: Will Wright creates The Sims, in which players create virtual worlds and fill them with virtual inhabitants. The franchise goes on to sell more than 100 million copies worldwide.

2001: Microsoft Inc., which makes computer games, challenges the console market with its Xbox system.

2002: Microsoft launches Xbox Live, an online gaming service connected to its console.

2006: Nintendo launches the Wii console, which lets players move their characters by waving controllers in the air. It becomes a hit with teenage boys and senior citizens alike.

2007: Annual video game sales surpass those of the music industry for the first time.

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