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Rage Software supremo Paul Finnegan today added his voice to fellow computer games magnate Ian Livingstone, head of Eidos, and warned that the trade is in for a rough time over the next six months.

Livingstone is concerned that interest in Sony's PlayStation 2 will divert attention away from other platforms - Finnegan's worries also centre on the PlayStation 2, but he reckons the problem centres on difficulties Sony may experience meeting demand for the console.

That, Finnegan told the Times, could result in another quiet period lasting six months or more, until Microsoft begins ramping up its X-box marketing programme in time for that console's late 2001 launch.

Of course, Finnegan is a little biased here. Rage wants to sell bucketloads of its PlayStation 2 title, Wild, Wild Racing, and that's less likely to happen if punters can't get their hands on the console.

His comments also follow the announcement of a £2.6 million loss for the year to 30 June, well down on last year's £3.1 million profit. In short, don't expect Rage to turn itself around in the near future - unless, of course, Sony gets its production finger out. ®

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