Bummer, I probably need a new computer to run the Sims 3. The second one took ages to load lots (I think this was because the game wasn't optimized or something?). I'm looking forward anyways, I've had a good run with the Sims 2.
Yeah that's a problem for me with my PlayStation 2 controller, your hands get sweaty after holding it for some long. I never had any problems with the N64 and get it infrequently on the Xbox 360 (only after hours of playing or my body is sweating for some reason); it might have to do something with the shape and compact size that gets players have sweaty hands.
This is brilliant news for the PSP. I think that games such as Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty 4 doesn't carry over the visual charm when they are ported to the DS, but if it was built on the PSP it'll work better.