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Half Life Two "put up for auction"

Nvidia and ATI and the auctioneers' "hammer"
Sun Sep 07 2003, 15:21
WE NOTICED in today's Observer that ex- Microscope features editor Guy Clapperton was writing about online auctions. Auctions are simple, says Guy here -- two sorts of people use internet auction sites, buyers and sellers. That's three sorts if you count people that write about auction sites, of course. And four if you count people trying to scam auction sites.

Anyway, that's neither here nor there. We learn from our little fiends that Half Life, which as Fudo correctly reported last week will be bundled with ATI graphics cards not too long from now, was the subject of an auction too.

Not an online auction, however. The bidders were ATI (successful) and NVDA (unsuccessful) but as in the case of online auctions, caveat emptor or maybe even solve ambulando.

Our little fiends claim that the bidding reached several millions between ATI and NVDA before the latter pulled out - a large sum, we'd say for a version of HL which has a so-called "prequel".

Apparently, it's sort of the full version but not the full version which, of course, will also be sold unbundled with any kind of graphics card at all, sooner or later.

Are there any lengths the two major graphics firms won't go to show who has the bigger [that's enough Esther. Ed]. µ

See Also
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