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The video game business is about to grow up--fast.

Nintendo Co.'s Aug. 23 announcement that it will team up with Silicon Graphics Inc. to create a new generation of games portends the start of a whole new market. Nintendo and Silicon Graphics are just two among a host of companies trying to set a new standard in home electronics. The objective: machines that not only play games but also run educational software and even act as the brains for interactive television.

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