The online gaming business is to get more sophisticated this year. 2004 was a pretty good year for highlighting just how much growth potential there still is in this industry, and it's got a lot of key players interested. With hardware and broadband speeds increasing in power and speed, the gaming experience should get more dazzling in future.

"One of the biggest surprises to some is how much room there still is for growth in online gaming. Traditional gamers are signing up in massive numbers for the fantasy settings of EverQuest 2 and World of Warcraft, but there's also a vast growth opportunity for creative content to bring new players to the genre. A good example of this is the success of games such as City of Heroes." - Dean Lester, general manager of Microsoft's Windows Graphics and Gaming Technologies unit.