L.A. Noire creators, Team Bondi are certainly the creative bunch. The team exhaustively researched Los Angeles newspapers of the day, including archives of every single daily L.A. Times from January 1st through December 31st 1947. Then they pored over countless true crime reports in those papers, finding kernels of inspiration along the way that led to all the fictionalized cases you’ll work in the game as Detective Cole Phelps – including “The Red Lipstick Murder” and “A Marriage Made in Heaven” as recently detailed.
Just days ago Sony announced that the Playstation Network suffered a second attack further adding to the disaster that left 77 million PSN accounts and 26 million SOE accounts vulnerable to hackers, and has seen the service offline for two weeks.
Ubisoft has set up a new film and television division in France, reports Variety [via GamesIndustryBiz]. Based in Paris, the studio will be headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet who will team up with other well know industry veterans. The French publishing giant has only confirmed the division’s existence but has not made any official announcements in English, nor yet revealed its first project.
Playstation Network consumers are up in arms this week with the network being down for days and then Sony’s monetary system being compromised by the security breach.
So consumers details have been compromised and some loosing money because of this. It was promptly assumed that the determined group of hackers – Anonymous – were behind the breach.
So who do you direct your anger towards, Sony or the hackers?
Since the launch of the iPad from Apple, electronic and IT firms have been hard at work to cash in on the new tech. Sony has joined in and officially announced its iPad tablet rivals, the Sony Tablet S1 which will reportedly reach the UK from autumn 2011. The S1 will carry the PlayStation Certified badge, which means they will be able to connect to the PlayStation Suite and so run a number of PSOne titles.
According to Enterbrain CEO, Hirokazu Hamamura, the devastation in Japan has cost the country’s games industry up to a reported $88 million in potential sales.
Enterbrain, a market research firm estimates that potentially up to $34.6 million in hardware sales and $54.2 million in software sales were lost.
Hamamura said the delay or cancellation of 31 titles, including titles for the recently launched Nintendo 3DS were the largest contributors to the potential loss of sales.
GameCoins.com, the virtual goods marketplace launched by Sometrics this summer, now allows gamers to earn Game Coins, a redeemable currency for numerous online games, through everyday online activity. With the new GamerBar, a unique browser add-on, online game fans gain access to exclusive perks while browsing and shopping at online retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Priceline, The Northface, Buy.com, and Best Buy.
DigitalBattle recently published a report on the most expensive games to make. I would have thought it would have been one of the racing games like Forza or Gran Turismo. I mean all the research they need to do to spec cars to simulator standards. That must cost a packet. But it is Rockstar’s GTA IV that sits at the…