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Gizmondo RIP

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:40 am
by Mad Gerald
from Engadget:

What, you have zero reason to act surprised that Tiger Telematics, creator of the Gizmondo and Smart Adds, is filing for bankruptcy in the UK, their country of origin. We've been following these guys since day one and we're pretty sure there wasn't anyone who didn't see their collapse as absolutely eventual; the filing -- submitted last Friday -- surfaced today in apparent explanation to the SEC of what happens to their US operations. It looks like they'll be seeking Chapter-11-like financial protection for now as they restructure their UK operations, and they're expected to cut 50% of their monthly staffing expenditures (which we're, knowing these guys, will start from the bottom up) -- but it'll be biz as usual elsewhere. So, what's Tiger's next step with one foot planted firmly in the grave?


from me:

Shame to see any console fail. But this failed spectacularly well - Didn't anyone think to tell the bosses that Gizmondo as a name sucks BIG TIME!

Anyone know where I can pick up a cheap Gizmondo?

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:48 am
by merman
Gizmo + mondo = Gizmondo ;)

Shame.

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:59 am
by Mad Gerald
Atari + Lynx = Atari Lynx

I rest my case!! :wink:

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:16 pm
by merman
Mad Gerald wrote:Atari + Lynx = Atari Lynx

I rest my case!! :wink:
Yeah, you had to rest the Lynx case down because it was so heavy...

/coat

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:19 pm
by TMR
Mad Gerald wrote:Atari + Lynx = Atari Lynx

I rest my case!! :wink:
No that sensible on Atari's part, the Lynx was called thus because we all prefer names to numbers; that's why people call the Spectrum 48K the Speccy, the C64 the Commie, the Amiga 500 the Miggy or the BBC Model B the Beeb. Similarly, the Lynx name was part of a series, the other two being the Panther and the Jaguar - all powerful beasts so the insinuation is that the Atari kit was powerful too and that's pretty much the case even if that power wasn't always used.

Gizmondo as a name, on the other hand, was wank and no two ways about it. =-)

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:30 pm
by Mad Gerald
TMR wrote:
Mad Gerald wrote:Atari + Lynx = Atari Lynx

I rest my case!! :wink:
No that sensible on Atari's part, the Lynx was called thus because we all prefer names to numbers; that's why people call the Spectrum 48K the Speccy, the C64 the Commie, the Amiga 500 the Miggy or the BBC Model B the Beeb. Similarly, the Lynx name was part of a series, the other two being the Panther and the Jaguar - all powerful beasts so the insinuation is that the Atari kit was powerful too and that's pretty much the case even if that power wasn't always used.

Gizmondo as a name, on the other hand, was wank and no two ways about it. =-)
Sorry, I'd gone off on a tangent - I was using the Lynx as an example of a failed console not as a bad name.

A good bad name would be TI994A.

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:36 pm
by Morkin
I wonder if we'll get the likes of Sticky Balls now getting a PSP/DS release, or will that go down with the ship ?

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:41 pm
by Dudley
TMR wrote:Similarly, the Lynx name was part of a series, the other two being the Panther and the Jaguar - all powerful beasts
Everyone forgets the Falcon.

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:00 pm
by Mad Gerald
Dudley wrote:
TMR wrote:Similarly, the Lynx name was part of a series, the other two being the Panther and the Jaguar - all powerful beasts
Everyone forgets the Falcon.
Bloody Hell - the Falcon.

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:17 pm
by TMR
Dudley wrote:
TMR wrote:Similarly, the Lynx name was part of a series, the other two being the Panther and the Jaguar - all powerful beasts
Everyone forgets the Falcon.
Was sticking to the consoles, the Falcon's name didn't fit in with the "name it after a large cat" strategy. =-)

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:20 pm
by TMR
Mad Gerald wrote:Sorry, I'd gone off on a tangent - I was using the Lynx as an example of a failed console not as a bad name.
i wouldn't have said it failed, it wasn't massively successful but it didn't bankrupt the company and lasted a few years on the market - that's better than the Gizmondo has managed, possibly even the N-Gage...

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:36 am
by Dudley
The lynx had compelling reasons to buy, the fact it was the most powerful handheld for instance.

The Giz had little to zero.

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:11 am
by Mad Gerald
I think I was having an off moment....

Please change Atari Lynx to errrr Tapwave.. lol

atari lynx

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:14 pm
by virtvic
the one and ONLY reason (for me anyway) to even mention the atari lynx is simple. KLAX.

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:48 am
by Questor
No No No No
Chip's challenge!! :)