Shattered Ferraris, Swedish Mafioso, and Game Consoles: Gizmondo Investigative Feature in Wired

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Friend, editor, and Super Trooper impersonator, Rob Capps put together this fantastic investigative summary of the high drama Bo Stefan Eriksson and the Gizmondo crew ran into this Spring. The fantastic art, by comic artistJae Lee is stellar, too. The reporting and writing was done by Randall Sullivan, Rolling Stone Somebody, and author of the book on the Biggie Smalls murder. Anyhow, at 6500 words its sure to have turned up bits of the tale that haven't been seen before. For example, did you know Tupac is alive and on the board of Gizmondo?


Gizmondo, if you don't remember is the hand held gaming device decked out with GPS, motion-sensing, Bluetooth, and every other gadget buzz word you can think of. We'd seen prototypes, but it never seemed like the thing would get off the ground. That became the truth shortly after the CEO smashed up of a 660-hp Ferrari Enzo early one Spring morning. The rest is history, and now a legendary tale filled with ex convict Gizmondo executives, Swedish mafia thugs, stolen exotic cars, stock fraud, and extortion. Jump for the sweet opener.

THE BUMP IN THE ROAD that ended Bo Stefan Eriksson's fantastic ride is practically invisible. From 10 feet away, all you can see is the ragged edge of a tar-seamed crack in an otherwise smooth sheet of pavement...there's barely enough lip to stub a toe. Of course, when you hit it at close to 200 miles per hour, as police say Eriksson did in the predawn light last February 21, while behind the wheel of a 660-horsepower Ferrari Enzo, consequences magnify.


Gizmondo's Spectacular Crack-up [Wired]

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I decided a few months ago that I was going to drop some cash on a portable system. My final choice was between a PSP, a GP2X, and a Gizmondo (they all had similar specs and prices). Guess what? I got the Gizmondo, and have never looked back. The thing has a monster collection of homebrew and emulator, and some of the 26-odd original games are pretty impressive (granted, some like Pocket Ping-Pong, and Sticky Balls are as laughable as their names).

Of course, as far as portable commercial gaming goes, the DS is the hands-down winner, but don't write-off the Gizmondo. If it had WiFi, I'd say it was the perfect portable entertainment device (as long as you're not shy about homebrew).