If you take the figures here, and presume that every copy was sold at £40, Grand Theft Auto made the UK government £6,482,000 in 5 days.
That’s 926,000 copies of GTA sold in the UK between April 29th and May 3rd times £40 times 0.175 (UK Tax rate).
Looks like Gamespot.com has gone the way of the Sunday Sport in the fact you can’t believe anything you read.
Kotaku is reporting the rumor that the reviewer who gave Kane and Lynch a bad review, is no longer with the company at the same time as Kane and Lynch are running an advertising campaign on the gamespot.com site. The informer used the phrase
Allegedly, publisher Eidos “took issue with the review and threatened to pull its ad campaign.”
Now I use the site ign.com. I’m sure they are just as bad (I think Rupert Murdock owns it, eww) but I’m yet to see this type of thing happening.
If anyone actually knows an unbiased site that hasn’t been bought out by a billionaire; let me know.
[Edit] Penny arcade’s take on this
I found this cracked.com article on digg at lunchtime and think it’s a very interesting read if you get a few moments. Of course it’s all just speculation but some of the points are actually quite good and funny. Especially how the biggest advancements in internet technologies at the moment are just helping my inbox get full of
C.W.T.’E h+a-s t,h-e potenti._al to r’eturn 5’0_0*% to y_o.u*r mone_y withi_n 7 tr,ading d_a_y*s’
I have 603 of those in my inbox this morning. If anyone else wants to send me some then send it straight to mygooglespambox.spam@mediaguy . I don’t see any other reason why gmail would give me 2GB of mailbox space.
And while I’m talking about gaming… if you have a PC, if you like games then there is no reason in the world not to buy Valve’s Orange box. 5 games for £40, 1 of which I have played for 25 hours in the past 2 weeks. It’s just that good.
There is a good reason to like the summer holidays, it seems to be when all of the really great games come out.
I still haven’t actually plugged the Wii into the TV since I took it to Lynmouth, but I think I clocked up enough hours there. Now I’m on my PC.
Laura, a Spanish lady I work with, would be very happy today. For her ‘too hot’ is around 40 degrees. For me it seems to be any day in Summer where there is no cloud.
What is a shame is that if we were still in Lynmouth right now it would be beautiful. We would probably be in Coffee Mill with an ice cream under an umbrella with a nice sea breeze. Here, with all the cars and the noise, it just doesn’t work as well.
But enough of complaining… although that is the main reason for having a blog…
I’ve got a few more games now. I was reading about how most games that you buy last about 12 hours from start to finish. I have played world of warcraft in total for about 800 hours; there just isn’t a finish in that game. When you have timescales like that to compete with it’s hard to find single player games but I’ve now got Command and Conquer Tiberium Wars and Stalker Shadow of Chenobyl. Should be fun and more importantly they have pause and save buttons.
Last thing for the day is to mention RSS. If you have google as your homepage you can press that little ‘iGoogle‘ button in the corner and make your own google homepage. You can find little RSS feed buttons and add them to the google homepage. This means that when you open up your homepage you can find which of your favourite sites have new stuff on them. My site’s RSS feed is to the right and called ‘Entries RSS‘ and you can also find RSS feeds on the BBC for things like news and weather.
I’ve been looking at cars for a few weeks now and I’m still no further to working out what I’m going to buy. The choices between getting a cheap ‘first time’ car and a ‘reliable’ car that is going to last me, as well as wondering if I need a small car that’s cheap to insure or a more powerful one that would actually get me to Hull and Lynmouth without taking a hotel for the night.
One thing is for certain though, there is a mass of Ford Ka’s on the internet. If you search for a car between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds in Southampton, 50% will be a Ka. Not that I should complain because I really like them but they certainly fall into the ‘cheap to run’ rather than ‘will get to Hull’ category. At least they aren’t a 1.0 but 1.3 isn’t too far off.
On a non-speeding-down-the-motorway note I’ve had a play of The Movies demo and I’m impressed with it. I’m desperately (and successfully) trying to stop playing World of Warcraft as much as I have done. It’s a good game, but without a pause button and the ability to control the other 100 real-life people in the guild you can end up not leaving the computer for 5 hours at a time. Insert sad face here.
Another game I’ve been playing is Resident Evil 4: Wii edition. Amy got it for my Birthday and it’s a lot of fun. Still nowhere near as good as Wii Bowling. Nothing can beat that.