NEWS March 2001

March 2001 – Sega’s in­ten­tions as a third-party devel­oper are re­vealed, Kon­ami de­liv­ers a great PS2 game and Jeff Min­ter backs an­other hard­ware win­ner. Join Nick Thorpe for a trip back in time to the age of Nap­ster…


Just af­ter mid­night on 4 March, a car bomb ex­ploded out­side the BBC Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre in Lon­don, se­ri­ously in­jur­ing one per­son. Staff had been evac­u­ated fol­low­ing a coded warn­ing mes­sage, and po­lice were try­ing to per­form a con­trolled ex­plo­sion. The at­tack was linked to a se­ries of bomb­ings by a dis­si­dent Ir­ish repub­li­can para­mil­i­tary group, the Real IRA.

The Rus­sian space sta­tion Mir was dis­posed of on 23 March, re-en­ter­ing the at­mos­phere and burn­ing up over the South Pa­cific. The sta­tion had been a pioneering work when launched by the Soviet Union in 1986 – it was the world’s first mod­u­lar space sta­tion, and even­tu­ally be­came the first to be con­tin­u­ously in­hab­ited for a long pe­riod of time.

Also on 23 March, the World Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion pur­chased its long-time ri­val World Cham­pi­onship Wrestling from AOL Time Warner. WCW had been the dom­i­nant force in the busi­ness from 1996 to 1998, draw­ing higher TV rat­ings. How­ever, the com­pany had failed to cre­ate new stars and sto­ry­line qual­ity sharply fell dur­ing 1999. The WWF picked up con­tracts for 20 WCW wrestlers in­clud­ing Booker T and Di­a­mond Dal­las Page for an undis­closed sum, and ac­quired the trade­marks and tape li­brary for just $4.2 mil­lion – less than the an­nual salary

WCW was pay­ing its top stars like Hulk Ho­gan and Gold­berg.

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