The Last Word: 2/27-3/3

The Sims 2 Open for Business, Spore grows on handhelds, Origami not Xbox-ed, Tim Surette gets Midway-ed.

It has been a wild week in the gaming world. The endless, soul-crushing news cycle wasted no time, starting off early Monday morning when video leaked of what looked like a Microsoft gaming portable. While that turned out to not be the case, handheld owners did get infected with another revelation--namely that Spore, the latest god game from Sims creator Will Wright, would be coming to unnamed portables.

Console owners were more enthused about a series of product announcements. 24: The Game shipped, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter went gold, and Battlefield 2: Modern Combat got delayed for the Xbox 360.

In Los Angeles, GameSpot News' own Tim Surette was on hand at Midway's annual Gamers' Day event, where he learned that Fear & Respect had been canceled, Paperboy and Defender are coming to Xbox Live Arcade, and CEO David Zucker is a funny guy. Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, Brendan Sinclair covered Sony Online Entertainment's official unveiling of Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, while Tor Thorsen cornered the publisher's president, John Smedley, with a microphone and camera.

MONDAY
Nintendo patent hints at new DS functionality
Report: Sony admits PS3 delay possible
Microsoft's handheld to be revealed soon?

TUESDAY
Sims 2 work retail
Spore growing on handhelds
Blu-ray bowing on May 23

WEDNESDAY
Midway joins Revolution
VUG's 2005 earnings WOWed
360 Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter gold

THURSDAY
Report: Origami "not a portable Xbox"
Elder Scrolls unrolls this month
Midway: Ready for its close-up

FRIDAY
SOE pays tribute to Gods & Heroes
Sold-out DS Lite available for heavy price
Lionhead regrouping

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27 comments
thefjk
thefjk

EA is rocking this mountain!

Ace_The_Ace
Ace_The_Ace

It's been a bunch of upers-and-downers.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

ha the ps3 is delayed as i predicted, now what about the revolution i've heard relatively nothing about it, and it's supposed to be launching before the PS3. yeah yeah GRAW went gold but not for the pc, it got honorably delayed/not officially cancelled, for the pc, the birthplace of the game, so screw ubisoft, oblivion went gold, now i can officially wet my self, that game will blow the socks off gamers every where. who cares when the ps3 comes out, it still doesn't have a solid launch lineup, something the 360 had for a number of months before launch.

skitzocyko
skitzocyko

It was never intended to play ONLY games. It is like a mini laptop.

bioniccommando1
bioniccommando1

I kinda liked the look of the origami as a portable PC solution. Not as a game system though.

tienchiha
tienchiha

Tor needs some acting classes.

0diablo0
0diablo0

i aggre with stealthyburrito

jamil2nice
jamil2nice

How About SPORE on the Microsoft Origami?

xboxdudeman800
xboxdudeman800

this week was action packed, I am just happy to know the official release date for oblivion

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

The news this week was great. All the Nintendo Japan DS Lite, Midway and the Microsoft news. Good stuff. LMAO TOR Portable Xbox XD

DarthVaderNDS
DarthVaderNDS

Tor thorson you are so dumb, XD carrying the xbox liuke a boombox, only you guys could think of something soo stupid. Good job mateys!

StealthyBurrito
StealthyBurrito

This is new and sweet. All the major news announcements from this week on one easy to use links page!!!!!!!!!!!! WoOT!!!!!!!!

DarkKefka
DarkKefka

An exciting week indeed. But I am not really suprised about the whole MS portable (that it wasnt a handheld console).

ruttness
ruttness

oh look at that planet it's bleeding. SICK

timinator18
timinator18

that thing is so big. i knew it was a pc.

meggido
meggido

It could be on the DS :o

kelkimble2k4
kelkimble2k4

That thing looked big to even be called a handheld.

GyRo567
GyRo567

The other Spore versions are actually going to be like tiny portions of the real game cut out into various platforms and fleshed out into games of their own. For example, the theoretical DS version would probably have the more RTS type elements in it.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

THats real nice I for one would have liked a MS handheld plus I can't wait until Spore to play on my PSP.