We're now on the verge of a recession, and Sony and Microsoft are in trouble. Games are luxuries. Nobody "needs" them. Nor does anyone need such hi-tech features as the Blu-Ray, HDMI compatibility Sony's pushing. But there is a solution to Sony and Microsoft's woes: they should join forces to make one system, for less money. Yes, I'm dreaming big. With this whole Yahoo! merger in play, it will never happen. But both companies have invested too much in video games, and they want to win. So I ask, in case either will listen: why two nearly identical multimedia future-machines? Why not join up and make only one?