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Max Payne 3 potentially cost $105 million to develop photo
Max Payne 3 potentially cost $105 million to develop
by Tony Ponce

When all is said and done, it is quite possible that Rockstar will have spent roughly $105 million to develop its oft-delayed Max Payne 3. Worded differently, the game will have to sell around four million units just to make back the initial investment. I have one word to describe this: ridiculous.

This isn't exactly an unfamiliar scenario to Rockstar, though -- it mirrors the situation with Red Dead Redemption almost down to the letter. Thanks to hindsight, we now know that the RDR gamble paid off big time, but Rockstar is playing a dangerous game if it thinks it can continue to blow huge wads of cash on massive projects and expect to come out rosy every time. The first two Max Payne games sold a combined seven million copies, with the bulk of those sales allegedly being attributed to the first installment. That means the third entry has to far exceed the performance of either previous game in order to make bank.

Is this what AAA development has become? Crowding out all competition by inflating budgets, knowing that only the most affluent and / or most foolish will be able to match? Doesn't this make anyone else sick to their stomach?

Rockstar's Max Payne 3 Could Cost $105 Million to Develop, Require 4 Million Sold to Break Even [IndustryGamers]

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12:00 PM on 08.22.2011

EA: Call of Duty will be dead in three years

As if to confirm everything Activision said about it last week, Electronic Arts is back with yet more petty sniping. After Eric Hirshberg last week said EA's mudslinging was bad for the industry, EA has retorted with mocking ...

Jim Sterling



Destructoid wants your balls in Ms. Splosion Man pinball photo
Destructoid wants your balls in Ms. Splosion Man pinball
by Niero Gonzalez

Do you know how long we've been wanting to talk about this?  I swear it's like a walking around with grenades in your shorts!  I'm so ridiculously excited to announce today that Mr. Destructoid is in Pinball FX2 on the Xbox 360!  

This creative collaboration with Zen Studios and Twisted Pixel on their upcoming Ms. Splosion Man pinball table, available later this summer as downloadable content on Xbox Live Arcade. If you read our original announcement you'll now understand what Nick was sheepishly hinting at.  Mr. Destructoid appears on the upper left corner of the pinball table, staring ominously back at the gutter. If you're brave enough to hit him ten times (his eyes light up!) his mouth opens and a sub-mission then commences. BANANAS!

 

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9:00 AM on 07.10.2011

Transformers producer to co-develop Space Invaders film

A big-screen adaptation of-- WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!? 'Space Invaders' Video Game Headed to Big Screen (Exclusive) [The Hollywood Reporter]

Tony Ponce

3:40 PM on 06.17.2011

Prototype 2 has a Father's Day message for you

I promised myself that if the powers that be continued pumping out Prototype 2-themed cards for every single holiday, I'd make sure we posted them all. And, it looks like they're actually following through. F*ck! So here you are, fathers everywhere. Enjoy (?) this ridiculous image.

Jordan Devore

5:20 PM on 06.15.2011

Electronic Arts planning 'platform exclusives' on Origin

Following news that Crysis 2 was yanked from Steam, Electronic Arts publisher has confirmed that yet more exclusives are planned for its proprietary digital download service. Ladies and gentlemen, the PC equivalent of the con...

Jim Sterling





12:20 PM on 06.13.2011

Bethesda confirms Brink site hacked, personal info risked

Bethesda has confirmed that sites connected to the recently released Brink have been hacked into and that personal info has been compromised. No financial data was stores on them, so you only have to worry about your emails a...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 05.27.2011

Nyanicorn is exactly what you think it is

Not tired of Nyan cat yet? Here is a Nyan cat game for you! It's not exactly "new" but it's the first I've seen of it, and that's what counts. It's a dodgy version of Robot Unicorn Attack with Nyan cat -- hence Nyanicorn -- w...

Maurice Tan

10:20 AM on 05.25.2011

Another Sony site hacked, this time in Canada

Oh for fu ...  I don't even know what to say anymore. In the wake of the PSN, a Japanese ISP, and several websites, we've got word that Sony has been hacked in yet another realm, with Sony Ericsson Canada's online store ...

Jim Sterling



Hackers continue to attack Sony, start stealing money photo
Hackers continue to attack Sony, start stealing money
by Jim Sterling

As Sony continues to rebuild the PlayStation Network and its related services, there comes grim news from Japan which indicates that this whole situation is far from over. Hackers recently cracked into the Sony-run Internet service provider So-Net, making off with a bunch of virtual currency. 

According to reports, roughly 100,000 yen (or $1,224)'s worth of "Virtual Points" were thieves from around 128 customers. It would appear that no personal information was compromised, nor were any other accounts. 

"At this point in our investigations, we have not confirmed any data leakage," said Sony. "We have not found any sign of a possibility that a third party has obtained members' names, address, birth dates and phone numbers."

Sony appears to have become the favorite target of hackers, and this latest attack shows that they're not done with the company yet. With that in mind, I think I'll be sticking with pre-paid cards for all my PlayStation Store purchases from now on, just to be safe. 

Hacker Attacks Against Sony Continue [Gamasutra]

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Deus Ex sites hacked, 80,000 registered users at risk photo
Deus Ex sites hacked, 80,000 registered users at risk
by Jim Sterling

Oh for f*ck's sake. 

Hackers have apparently decided to lay off Sony for bit, picking a new and unlikely target. The websites for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Eidos have recently been attacked, with the personal data of 80,000 registered users stolen, in addition to 9,000 resumes. 

According to Krebs On Security, both sites temporarily sported a banner that read, "Owned by Chippy1337." Yet again, Anonymous has been brought up as a potential suspect, but with members of that "organization" currently eating each other, one cannot say this happened as part of a concerted effort.  

Either way, this is bad news. I really hope the hacking of game companies doesn't become a "thing" now.

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12:56 PM on 04.25.2011

Dtoid Show YouTube comment of the month

"Nice video!! You think you can make a other video but this time kick him with heels on?" -Ballbuster90    

Niero Gonzalez

10:40 AM on 03.28.2011

NPD acts wankish, blocks media from seeing sales figures

The videogame industry is utterly f*cking stupid when it comes to secrecy, and nowhere has that become more apparent than with the NPD. For those who don't know, the NPD collects sales data of videogames and consoles in North...

Jim Sterling

4:40 PM on 01.19.2011

Samurai Warriors Chronicles trailer

Where there is a new system, there is a new Warriors game, and Tecmo Koei is on hand with a trailer for its first 3DS hack n' slasher, Samurai Warriors Chronicles. You can expect the usual cavalcade of Eastern Medieval butto...

Jim Sterling



PS3 Jailbreak: New app unlocks PS3 Trophies photo
PS3 Jailbreak: New app unlocks PS3 Trophies
by Jim Sterling

The PS3 Jailbreak fiasco just keeps getting crazier. The latest development is the launch of a new app (obviously not getting linked to here) that can unlock every Trophy in a given PlayStation 3 game automatically, with random timestamps for added believability. 

It's not yet clear if the app can sync Trophies to the PlayStation Network. If it does, this could have serious implications for the reward system, and ostensibly make a mess of the entire thing. It will at least render Trophies even more worthless than they already are, which is saying something.

A few games, notably Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition and Batman: Arkham Asylum, have proven impervious to violation. Sony says it is looking into the situation and will find a fix. Looks like even more firmware updates are on the way, folks!

Right now, the PS3 is a flyblown carcass getting picked apart by scavengers. Like that animatronic dinosaur in the Natural History Museum. You know the one.

PS3 Jailbreak threatens Trophies? [CVG]

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3:40 PM on 01.10.2011

Interplay: Bethesda's Fallout MMO lawsuit is absurd

If you've not been following the long Bethesda vs. Interplay struggle, take my advice -- don't. It's utterly stupid and depressing, and the latest chapter takes it to a whole new realm of stupid. Bethesda has claimed that it ...

Jim Sterling