The Last Word: October 30-November 3

Microsoft's latest Xbox 360 system update causes problems, spectacle of E3 threatens a comeback, and EA tips hand on upcoming games.

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With two weeks left until the PlayStation 3 and Wii launch, a nervous anticipation has gripped the gaming world. Sony's console was already expected to be in short supply, but reports out of Japan this week that the electronics giant won't be able to hit its already scaled-back shipment projections are causing consternation among the company's fans.

While the Nintendo Wii is expected to ship in greater numbers, it might be just as difficult to find a system on store shelves this holiday season. Wal-Mart opened up preorders for the Wii on its Web site Wednesday, and ended them the same afternoon as the $533 bundle, which included the system along with several games and accessories, sold out in rapid fashion. The day before, Nintendo had laid out its launch lineup for the system (32 games by the end of the year), as well as its first wave of Virtual Console downloadable offerings (30 before 2007).

Nervous anticipation also gripped some Xbox 360 owners this week as reports spread that the Fall System Update was "bricking" a number of systems, rendering them unable to play games or even boot up properly. Microsoft was tight-lipped about the issue at first, but eventually said that it would solve the issue by fixing or replacing affected systems. The publisher noted that less than 1 percent of users had reported any problems with the update.

Months after the revelation that the Electronic Entertainment Expo was being dramatically overhauled and reduced in size, it appears there might be a proper successor to the show's glitzy spectacle. On Wednesday, GameSpot reported on a Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau memo that said the magazine publisher and convention organizer International Data Group was planning a mid-October 2007 expo in E3's old home, the Los Angeles Convention Center. Furthermore, the show was going to have the endorsement of the Entertainment Software Association, a stamp of approval that could help it attract the expected 30,000 attendees. (Last year's E3 drew closer to 60,000.)

Finally, Electronic Arts and THQ ended the week on an up note for the industry by revealing encouraging quarterly results that showed record revenues over the July-September period. Both publishers also revealed the existence of new projects in their conference calls. EA execs mentioned that work had begun on The Sims 3, The Sims 2 Holiday Edition for the PS3, a new SimCity game, a new Lord of the Rings game, and a next-gen version of Black. Meanwhile, THQ confirmed it was working on new installments of its MX series, Juiced, and an expansion pack for the PC action game Titan Quest.

MONDAY
Report: Street Fighter returning to the big screen
PS3 pushing SCE $1.71 billion into red
RedOctane trying to settle Guitar Hero suits
Silverstar to acquire Empire
Konami offers camo'd PSPs with Portable Ops

TUESDAY
First wave of Virtual Console games revealed
Wii launch lineup narrowed
Xbox 360 Fall Update bricking systems?
Halo movie indefinitely postponed
Report: Japan launch PS3s cut by 20k

WEDNESDAY
E3 lives on as GamePro Expo
E3 boss lands at IDG
Nintendo promises 4 million Wiis by '07
Microsoft fixing fall 360 update
NFS Carbon opens shop on XBL

THURSDAY
Wii fever hits South Park
Sims 3, Wii/PS3 Sims, next-gen Black, new SimCity & LOTR coming
EA touts record quarterly revenues
Midway suffers midsized losses
Analyst expects October sales up 25 percent

FRIDAY
THQ quarterly sales spike
Titan Quest expansion, new Juiced and MX games on the way
Street smiles on Electronic Arts
Krome buys Melbourne House
Retail Radar: GRAW 2 on PSP, Sims 2: In Season

RUMORS OF THE WEEK
Xbox 360 Fall Update bricking systems?

RELEASES
Shippin' Out 10/30-11/3: GTA: VCS, FF XII

CHARTS
ChartSpot: September 2006
Aussie game charts: October 23-29
UK Game Chart: October 22-28

Discussion

66 comments
Nintendus
Nintendus

"PEOPLE, Don't BUY a PS3 at the LAUNCH PRICE, NO NO NO. PS and PS2 were originally launched at $299 bucks! and were dropped shortly. So if the gamers WAIT, we'll be able to have a PS3 CHEAPER. " Because they sold lots which made Sony reduce pricing, but Nintendo had to lower the GameCube's price because of slow sales in 2003.

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

chrisdojo november is going to be a crazy month. yeah its gonna be the biggest month in history of gamming :D

Conjuredevil
Conjuredevil

ps3 wil rule !!!sooner or later every1 wil realise this!!

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

if you mean 1 year, yeah, hopefully the nintendo and xbox360 will do the same.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

november is going to be a crazy month.

akruan
akruan

PEOPLE, Don't BUY a PS3 at the LAUNCH PRICE, NO NO NO. PS and PS2 were originally launched at $299 bucks! and were dropped shortly. So if the gamers WAIT, we'll be able to have a PS3 CHEAPER.

SpruceCaboose
SpruceCaboose

ziutek2: True info about bricking... From a site dedicated to modding the Xbox. Don't get me wrong, mod your system all you want, but if you keep any system that is modded connected to its online network in this game climate, expect problems. If you mod, have the sense to remove the system from Live, etc. As for people saying M$ had tons of problems with the 360, are you forgetting that the original Xbox, PS2, PSOne, and DreamCast all had issues at launch? And I am sure there will be problems with the PS3 and Wii. Complex consumer electronics are mass produced and delicate, and so there will always be problems with some. And MS was quick to issue repairs/replacement, so don't bash a company for something that happens to any system.

CLeRKSfan4life
CLeRKSfan4life

"GrimBee Truth is, that 1% is nothing compared to the returned DS' and ps2's and psps. Its not such a big thing, especially since M$ said they will rectify it. As nintendo did with the ds problems.. as for sony.. hmm.. cluster of dead pixels ey?" It may not be a big number but's pretty irresponsible of Microsoft to release an update that basically kills your XBOX. And even though Microsoft are gonna replace the 360's it's still gonna p*** off a lot of 360 owners and probably potential buyers.

GrimBee
GrimBee

"1% of 6 million machines....that's like 60,000 peed off people" You mean, "modders" right ;) That 1% is what Microsoft had reported to them, its probably far more than that, those which reported were modders who didnt know what they were doing and took the risk, and just decided to save even MORE cash by getting M$ to replace their modded 360! Truth is, that 1% is nothing compared to the returned DS' and ps2's and psps. Its not such a big thing, especially since M$ said they will rectify it. As nintendo did with the ds problems.. as for sony.. hmm.. cluster of dead pixels ey? Im glad brian sinclair is on the last word, it brings some dead-pan humour to it.. next to the gladiatorial presentations from tor and tim..lol ;) You guys are good though, keep it up! I think the last word is awesome! But Brian? what happened to the spectrum? I miss the old system terribly! I think its time you made a dead-pan comeback! Release the Sinclair 2 asap! ;)

stinkster
stinkster

I find it funny that the Wii bundle is just 33$ more than the 20GB PS3. Its been talked about enough already, but I still can't believe how expensive the PS3 is.

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

A. ive never had a problem with my 360, the update may have cause problems but it's like, say, a patch in WoW did something bad to someones computer or game, happens all the time and its normally fixed fast B. Can you say GEARS OF WAR!!!!!!!!! C. and Wii!!!!!!!!!

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

A. ive never had a problem with my 360, the update may have cause problems but it's like, say, a patch in WoW did something bad to someones computer or game, happens all the time and its normally fixed fast B. Can you say GEARS OF WAR!!!!!!!!! C. and Wii!!!!!!!!!

oxymoron1331
oxymoron1331

Fiku42 if you think that the ps3 isn't going to more problems then the 360 had then you are dead wrong. There weren't that many problems with the 360 by the way, that was an exaggeration brought about by biased people like yourself.

oxymoron1331
oxymoron1331

Microsoft was not tight lipped about it, as soon as they found out they released a patch within 24 hours. Everyone on here here saying microsoft is horrible and just like microsoft need to shut up, because you are more then likely saying that while using a widows based pc. So stop using the product if you don't like the company.

Fiku42
Fiku42

M$ still has problems?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA....... ever since launch theres been problems with the 360 sucks to be them. On another note, I really do need to start saving up for PS3 and Wii put I'm satisfied right now with what the PS2 is offering (From Okami, To FFXII , Xeno3, God of war 2) I'm not in any hurry at least this year.......

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Just like everything M$ comes up with: problems.

DaGhostdog
DaGhostdog

Downloaded the update on Live, no problem... Had my 360 since December 2005, no problem.... Online between Gears of War & Call of Duty 3, problem (In a good way)!!

SeaMouse
SeaMouse

1% of 6 million machines....that's like 60,000 peed off people.

fastpunk
fastpunk

It was an interesting week. I'm worried because in all probability I'm not going to find a Wii.

jayme22
jayme22

Good show this week but i would like to point out Brendon forgot Sims Pets im gunna crap on ur carpet

amurphy245
amurphy245

all bad news,i hope i can get a wii i wasnt worried at first !

elythemonkey
elythemonkey

On 11/17/06, Make the world a better place, punch a Sony fanboy on the face...LOL Just kidding, hey mod, don't hate on me now.

elythemonkey
elythemonkey

I overheard that the circuit city in SF in only going to have 3 PS3. I feel really sorry for those PS fanboys that are going to camp out for days and get notthing for it. Meanwhile Xbox and Specially Wii owner will laught at them, since you'll recognize a PS fanboys from the tear trails on theirs faces.

eiru
eiru

Oh what a loser. Updates to cause problems. So dumb

ocdog45
ocdog45

good stuff this week, just gonne get better and better untill release day.

axes03
axes03

GEARS OF FREAKING WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

juanfraino
juanfraino

omg!!! The Wii is soo close!!! GIMME ZELDA!!!! :cry:

jsstlh
jsstlh

SimCity 6000 on X360 ;)

miiiguel
miiiguel

did the update and I don't have any problem...

ArchAngel2284
ArchAngel2284

thats cool i guess. even though i never went to any thing e3 related.........

fbi100
fbi100

123 abc eaz as 123 WHAT!!!!!

aindovin
aindovin

Ze_man_2: Why don't you post this on an XBOX forum as well! That's an awsome find! You'd be The Man!

Ze_man_2
Ze_man_2

Hey I dont have the red lights of doom any more!!! Damn it how did that happen, I must be the luckiest guy on earth!!! Anyway, I found a solution for all the 360's that started crashing after the update!!I'ts simple, on the interface, go on system, then memory, then on your main hard drive (just highlight it dont get inside it), then press Y and keep pressing it till the operation is over, then (your still pressing Y) press X,X,LB,RB,X,X and let go Y. A message will appear, accept by pressing yes. Your console will get rid of all the updates and return to version 1.0 You will no longer have the damn faulty patch and you can now play games again WOOHOO!!! All the guys that sent their console back for replacement, dont rush things like that, just look hard on the internet and the solution will come to you. No need to give more money to Microsoft by the paying the support phone line and replacement service. Who's the man?? ------->Ze_man_2

aindovin
aindovin

How can PS3 NOT BE READY? Didn't they announce it to be released March of 2006?! How could something be planned so poorly?

gbrading
gbrading moderator

What I don't understand is that its obvious the PS3 isn't ready for the Nov. 11th launch date. Why doesn't Sony just bite the bullet and push the launch back... yet again. Also, will 'The Sims' ever run out of steam? Another great show.

sexydaniboy
sexydaniboy

mmmmmmmmmmhhh... Cool week. Lack of sony's updates, though... I heard nothing of it since the 94% catastrophe. 11/19. A day that all the world will remember as the Revolution Day. Always.

bjorn_248
bjorn_248

How/Where can you ask Microsoft to help you? My XBOX is affected.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

my 360 works fine hopefully black next gen will inject some new life into the bland shooter that i never play. it was short and all the enemies were dumb and looked the same. the objetives wernt that great either. hopefully the game will look better than all other shooters when it comes out.

spninrad
spninrad

Tim = tinkle in legend of zelda Tor = the new brad pitt

starcher5150
starcher5150

I love my 360 but hate Microsoft. I just ran the Fall Update last night and my 360 is a brick. It is going to take a month to get it repaired or replaced because of the number of bad units caused by the update. The Tech Support guy said it was probably "incidental hardware failure". What a load of garbage. It happened 3 minutes after updating.