The Last Word: February 4-10

The D.I.C.E. Summit brings the game glitterati together, Activision whips out Wii Guitar Hero, and Ubisoft goes all Pixar on us.

All eyes converged on Las Vegas for the annual D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain, for those who were wondering), as industry bigwigs gathered for a few days of schmoozing and networking at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' signature event. But before the D.I.C.E. festivities' midweek kickoff, news arrived that was sure to fuel chatter at the show.

Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games surprised a lot of people with the announcement that they were preparing a sequel to their controversial stealth action game, Manhunt. No concrete details were given about the gameplay, but Manhunt 2 is scheduled to slash into the sales charts for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Wii this summer.

The tandem behind Manhunt and the Grand Theft Auto series would also be evoked (but not specifically named) later in the week, during outgoing Entertainment Software Association president Doug Lowenstein's presentation at D.I.C.E. After recapping the ESA's triumphs and tribulations during his tenure, Lowenstein turned his attention to pet peeves of the job, specifically publishers who "make controversial content and then cut and run." The gaming media also made Lowenstein's list, as he challenged them to be more mature about their work.

In another D.I.C.E. session, Sony Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison held an open Q&A session with Newsweek writer N'gai Croal. During the interview, Harrison talked about the difficulties of the PlayStation 3 launch, mentioned a LocoRoco sequel, and unveiled Super Rub-O'-Dub, a downloadable PlayStation 3 game based on the system's rubber duck tech demo.

Later that night, the D.I.C.E. focus turned to the 10th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at the Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Hosted by actor/comedian Jay Mohr (who also did the honors at last year's show), the awards show was dominated by Gears of War. Epic Game's Xbox 360 shooter won the awards for Outstanding Character Performance - Male, Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Online Play, Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering, Action/Adventure Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year, and Overall Game of the Year.

MONDAY
D.I.C.E. Preview: Caught on tape
Retail Radar: Guilty Gear on Wii
Girls Gone Wild gets into gaming
Sony confirms Wipeout for PS3
PS3 firmware updates to 1.51

TUESDAY
Rockstar on the Manhunt again
Gears of War made for less than $10M
Report: 360s sporting quieter drives
Rewards coming for Gamerscores
Okami, Oblivion nab top noms at GDC awards

WEDNESDAY
ESA lobbying tops $2 million
It's official: GTA: VCS is PS2-bound
NCsoft profits drop 43 percent
Activision raises guidance on PS3 hopes
Sega Sammy profits down

THURSDAY
D.I.C.E. 07: Event kicks off on a serious note
D.I.C.E. 07: Phil Harrison speaks
D.I.C.E. 07: Spore is not all Wright
D.I.C.E. 07: Lowenstein outro ignites summit
Wii will rock Guitar Hero
Confirmed: Ubisoft opening animated-movie studio
Sony Pictures making Metal Gear movie

FRIDAY
D.I.C.E. 07: Gears grabs gold
Bullet Witch golden
Archon to rule again
Q&A: Lego Star Wars producer Jonathan Smith

RUMORS OF THE WEEK
New Naughty Dog game title confirmed?
New N-Gage to be unveiled at GDC?

RELEASES
Shippin' Out 2/4-2/9: Winning 11, MVP 07

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34 comments
alcarazo9
alcarazo9

the last word need needs be longer

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Was kinda hoping they would quietly retire the PS2 after the Okami,Bully,God of War 2 hits...but long as the ps2 doesn't turn into another GBA I will be happy.

Phaje
Phaje

hell yeah! new Manhunt, baby!

Doolum
Doolum

If only somebody could tell when Monster Hunter Portable 2nd is going to be released in the US or EU that would be great

Dassam
Dassam

Ska is awesome. That is, if you took a time machine back to 1994. n00b.

Sonic43090
Sonic43090

Anyone know the name of the song playing in the background at the beginning? I want it. Ska is awesome.

juanfraino
juanfraino

lmao, that video was awesome! XD

datniccah187
datniccah187

A Metal Gear movie would be totally awesome. If and when one comes out you know i'd be all over it. I still don't know though, the game itself is just a like a movie and a good one at that, so i don't know how well it would translate to the big screen. But i would definately check it out either way.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

was a good show, wish I could have been there

Erebus
Erebus

Even if I manage to catch the gaming news during the week, I always enjoy The Last Word.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

This Last Word was clearly the best done so far. :D

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Tor and his obsession with Viva Pinata, lol.

zsc4
zsc4

Nice... :roll:

mik_evil
mik_evil

release date for spore would have been nice :(

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

well...at least we know half life is coming

panteral3
panteral3

MANHUNT 2!!! Yeah, I was one of the ten people that bought that.

atomD21
atomD21

Ah, Last Word, you make my Friday nights full of brevity and general tomfoolery.

fore_runner
fore_runner

Hmm...not a whole lot happend.... I hope it was somewhat productive for the developers.

bass260
bass260

Not so much this week except for D.I.C.E.

TryMe01
TryMe01

not a lot in the news this week besides dice and some awards....