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  • Has GTA stumbled upon the perfect mix of pay-upfront and F2P mechanics?

    Grand Theft Auto V is a success. A metacritic of 98, the second highest of all time. S1 billion in sales in the first three days. Twenty-nine million copies sold in to retail within the first six...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • What LA Noire will do for Take Two

    I was interviewed for the Guardian’s piece on LA Noire. Originally, it was going to run as a news piece, so they wanted comments from industry types on its importance. I didn’t comment on the game’s cultural...

    • Posted 7 years ago
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  • Take Two cuts 60 development staff at Firaxis and Rockstar

    Take Two is focusing on profitability in the years when it doesn’t have a Grand Theft Auto release and is trimming headcount, says GamaSutra. Last week, Take Two made 20 game developers redundant at Firaxis. This week,...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Spring redundancy roundup – games industry job losses in 2010

    I’ve been flat out all year on consultancy projects (which is great – do contact me via nicholas at if you want to discuss how I can help you with self-publishing or building a long term...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Did GTA IV really cost 30% more per copy than Modern Warfare 2

    Modern Warfare 2 has not only shattered all records for day one sales for a video game, it did it despite the furore over Activision’s price. Which turns out to be much cheaper than Grand Theft Auto...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Sid Meier to bring Civilization to Facebook

    There’s been a lot of comment that the games that succeed on Facebook are not established brands. Farmville, Pet Society, Mafia Wars: they’re all new games from new companies (endless cloning notwithstanding). Sid Meier is about to...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Hot Coffee Put to Rest – For USD 20 Million

    As the resident journo who speaks ‘controversy’, it’s my somewhat reluctant job to cover news that Take Two has finally settled its class action lawsuit over the Hot Coffee debacle to the tune of $20 million. “Under...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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