The makers of video game consoles may someday develop a machine that delivers on all the pre-launch hype, but we're not there yet.
The new PlayStation 3 from Sony Corp., the Wii by Nintendo Co., and even the year-old Xbox 360 from Microsoft are not magical boxes that will revolutionize your gaming experience.
They will, however, certainly improve it with better controls, built-in Internet capabilities and other new multimedia tricks.
There's an important lesson this time around with one of the most overblown features: the graphics. They surely dazzle, but they aren't everything.