Sega planning Internet games launch this month

Video-games giant Sega this month will announce plans to provide interactive games over the Internet, a company spokesman says.

Video-games giant Sega this month will announce plans to provide interactive games over the Internet, a company spokesman says.

The spokesman has not revealed specifics of the plan, but according to an article in UK-based Marketing Week, the company is in talks with online service provider CompuServe to offer online games beginning in the first quarter next year.

The games are for users of the Saturn home video-game machine and will combine CD-ROM background graphics running on the Saturn with games available online, the report says.

The spokesman is declining to comment on the article.

In parallel with the Internet games plan, Sega in the US will offer modem and Internet browser options for its Saturn game machine in coming weeks, the spokesman says. The US$150 option, called Netlink, has been sold in Japan since last month, he says.

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