Sunday, January 27, 2008

The News About Gizmondo's Return Is Read Or Misread All Around Cyberspace

My translation of one part of my interview with Carl Freer was quickly picked up by a number of bloggers in Sweden and the rest of the world, sometimes after a little prodding from my side.

Wired News updated their Januari 23 report and added a direct link to my Nordic Link site.

Gizmondo to Return in 2008.

“If you're more interested in what the non-criminal execs at Gizmondo are up to these days, check out this translated interview with Carl Freer, who explains that he's hoping to launch a "more advanced Gizmondo with a wide screen" by the end of the year. Can't wait!” (Wired News, January 23, 2008)
Another, and less serious site/blog – Gizmodo – went out on a limb with the following headline:

Gizmondo Is Dead, Dead, Dead. DEAD and Not Coming Back

The headline was not the only thing that was extreme... The blog quoted ”Svenska readers” that had told them about my article in Realtid.se from November, which was the sole trigger for the articles in Veckans Affärer (Weekly Business) and Dina Pengar (Your Money) on January 23rd.
"A bit of fact checking, with the help of a few Swedish journalist friends and whois, reveals that the rumors of a Gizmondo reappearance may have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, there's probably enough material to completely smash them."
They then went on to slander the Swedish business web news site Realtid.se, which "according to our sources in Sweden lacks any kind of credibility and 'should be avoided at all costs.'" However, this didn't stop them from relating parts of the interview with Carl Freer that Realtid.se had published:
"In the article, Carl Freer talks about launching a new Gizmondo with a wider screen and a possible co-op with an unnamed telco where customers will be offered a Gizmondo for free, just for signing up for a data transfer subscription."
The second part of this impressive muchraking revealed that the teaser site Gizmondolive.com was registered with Domains by Proxy, Inc., and since it doesn't tell who is behind the site, Gizmodo felt that they had proved conclusively that all reports about Gizmondo's return were bogus.

I logged on and wrote a post where I supplied some information and a link to the English translation of the interview, but it was censored. I did however get a cryptic email from one of Gizmodo's writers who claimed that they do read Swedish, but "through blonde valkyries eyes" and that they had published an new piece updating the first rant. It wasn't much of a correction though, but better than nothing, I guess:
“In a surprising turn of events, UK-based firm Plextek has confirmed today what we thought was impossible yesterday: they are working with Carl Freer to bring the infamous Gizmondo back to life.”
The blog Engadget published a summary of the article I had published on The Nordic Link, and linked to it.

CNET's John Chanwrote a piece on his blog Crave called Gizmondo to make a comeback? It was based on a report in Eurogamer, and did provide a link to my interview with Carl Freer.

Keith Stuart wrote a piece on his Guardian Unlimited blog with the title Sometimes they come back. He referred to a quote from Plextek's Ian Murphy, but he wasn't aware of my interview with Carl Freer, so I posted a comment, which was soon published together with the following addition to the blog, which now had a subtitle: The unlikely return of Gizmondo....
“UPDATE: Swedish journalist and blogger Hans Sandberg has been in touch to inform us that he's carried out an exclusive interview with Gizmondo exec Carl Freer about the return of Gizmondo. He has translated part of the interview into english and the text can be found here. Freer promises to release a new version of the console with a widescreen by Christmas 2008. He claims to be in discussions with network operators who may offer the device for free with certain mobile phone tariffs.“
Hans Sandberg

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