Eriksson freed, Gizmondo returning?

The Swedish ex-executive has been released early from a US jail, and a new Web site is touting the return of the handheld.

It was one of the more bizarre events to hit video game news in the last few years. Back in November 2006, a former executive of Gizmondo crashed a rare Ferrari Enzo at high speed on the Pacific Coast Highway--and then claimed that it was a mysterious German man called Dietrich who was behind the wheel.

Stefan Eriksson was jailed for three years in a Los Angeles court after pleading no contest to charges of embezzlement. The Swede was sentenced to three years in jail in the US, but was moved to a detention centre on December 13, reports Swedish Web site The Local. He is still in the detention centre outside of LA while he awaits a new passport and a flight back to Europe.

In related news, a Web site has popped up claiming that the Gizmondo handheld itself will also be seeing a release into the public. The short demo claims that the Gizmondo will be "A Legend Reborn" and will be "rising again" sometime in 2008.

It claims that the new iteration of the failed handheld, which was originally released in October 2005, will feature an "open source environment," the ability to "create your own games," "Gizmondo live marketplace," and most bizarrely "exciting psychic worlds."

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stziggy
stziggy

"exciting psychic worlds" Does that mean there's a drop of acid with every Gizmondo? Still wouldn't make it worth buying.

dragonwarlock77
dragonwarlock77

No, just no, this dirtbag belongs in prison. Keep him there.

gnbfd
gnbfd

God. The handheld that makes you watch ads is coming back? Brilliant just brilliant. DS>PSP>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Gizmondo

matty_sen
matty_sen

ohh not again, by profits youd think they lernd somthing gizmondo was one of the bigest failer of 2005,the games are crap and you cant compet with sony and nintendo for handhelds

Dadamac67
Dadamac67

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_Cab0ose87_
_Cab0ose87_

Mm "Gizmondo" the name just SCREAMS cool...

GtheMVP
GtheMVP

This looks like it was created by some kid on experiemental drugs.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Die Gizmo Die!!!

Telekenesis123
Telekenesis123

What are these people masochists? Why do they even attempt to release this garbage?

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

well a handheld for homebrews... could be the all around mobile device, but then again it could also suck big time.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

It had no chance when it was just the Gameboy. What makes them think it will succeed in the face of the Gameboy, DS and the PSP. Sony only half succeeded because the PlayStation brand was already established.

SnipeyMcSnipe
SnipeyMcSnipe

Why even bother? There is no way they can compete with nintendo and sony.

AceCometh
AceCometh

I have but one question. Why?

niteowl74
niteowl74

Could they be repackaging the gp32x under the gizmondo name

Canitbe
Canitbe

The new unit is based off a linux distro, the hardware itself has always been solid, lack of support from developers has been its downfall.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

will it even be able to compete with the DS and the PSP?

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

At least the Gizmondo exists, NOT like the PHANTOM console. :P

dz99ls
dz99ls

Yeah gizmondo ill pack my tent and head to best buy today!

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

I'm selling my DS tomorrow (pause) NOT.

tarmadadj
tarmadadj

lol How bizarre There we go again

keyhunter
keyhunter

OH MAN THE GIZMONDO. IT'S BACK. AHHHHH HELLL YEEESSSS.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

How could it be a legend reborn if it wasn't a legend in the first place?

madmalz
madmalz

Where does Dietrich fit in to all this?

jamishftw
jamishftw

Worst idea I have read for a while

sktseany
sktseany

do they really think they have a chance in the market with the PSP and the DS already selling millions? i reckon it'll just be the same as what they did in 2005. Flaw it

Geetarman42
Geetarman42

That's the dumbest thing I've ever seen....

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

In other news, Dreamcast and N Gage have teamed up to take over the home console market and cell phones all at the same time.

Petri87
Petri87

@funky_muzic - You know that if you go to vegas you should always bet on Duke! I dont think this will go well for Gizmondo since everyone has already made up their mind that its not worth buying.

LsTr_Of_SmG
LsTr_Of_SmG

The last Gizmondo remains a brilliant PDA - still one of the best purely for its homebrew content. I'm starting to wish I hadn't sold mine now, might pick one up again soon as I doubt the rumours of a Gizmondo sequel are accurate. EDIT: (As everyone has previously stated however - itt's retail games were unbelievably **** There were some nice homebrew games for it that made good use of its analogue stick and two memory slots though.)

PremiumUnleaded
PremiumUnleaded

Lawls, even the N-Gage has enjoyed more success than this thing.

devious122799
devious122799

Linux, homebrew, portable. Make it a fair price with WiFi and I'll get it.

funky_muzic
funky_muzic

Interesting, but if the rumors are true, it won't succeed. The PSP has already created it's identity as the "hackers system". And we know the DS will have better games. My advise to the Gizmondo investors is to go to Vegas, put it all on red, and you would have a better chance making money that way than by releasing a new Gizmondo.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I very much doubt this would happen. Any new entry into the handheld market would just get crushed by the DS and PSP. If there was a gap in the market, then maybe, but there isn't.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

I hear they figured out how to make a PS3 handheld and it will read the minds of your enemies. This thing has about as much chance has DNF has of EVER shipping.

diablobasher
diablobasher

Laynard Muldrat: Meet the GPX2. It's a Dual core handheld media device as big at the DS Lite that takes SD cards, and can run all the emulators you could want via Linux. VegetaMaelstrom: Duke Nukem Forever is coming out, this year. For 360, PS3 and PC.

shamarke
shamarke

hahahahahahahah........gizmondo!

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Word on the street is that the Gizmondo is going to re-launch with Duke Nukem Forever bundled with it. Yup.

Seymour47
Seymour47

Almost the most obvious fake by someone. Anyone that believes this needs to work on their reasoning skills a bit more.

raynard_muldrat
raynard_muldrat

There is only just enough room in the market for the PSP let alone a third handheld, nintendo has always dominated the handheld arena, this will not see the light of day, unless maybe used for illegal emulators and the like

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

Released early most likely due to overcrowding prisons. A new Gizmondo will never sell if the man behind it is a criminal that didn't earn his way out of prison.

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

It wasn't a legend the first time around... Still, the "create your own games" aspect might be nice if they streamlined everything just right. In today's age, it would probably handle downloading into the unit, but you'd still need some sort of portable blank media to back it up. SD cards perhaps? Even at a GB color level, if it was done right it'd be very cool. Of course, of the millions of gamers, how many of them have a strong command of code and how many of them have "the gift" to make a decent game?

SlikNik27
SlikNik27

I'm sure this will do well...

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Perhaps this is the most retarded thing to surface since ... well EVER.