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GTA: Vice City Sells 8.5 Million Copies in 3 Months

CowboyNeal posted more than 11 years ago | from the legal-illegality-simulators dept.

Games 507

Gus writes "Take Two Interactive Software reports that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has sold more than 8.5 million copies in the first three months since its late-October launch. The good news is Rockstar Games has 11 titles in the works. The bad news is the chances of the next GTA making it out this year are pretty slim." Also, there's still a couple people waiting on Duke Nukem Forever, and their patience is wearing thin.

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Prost Furst (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402743)

or some shit like that. what do people normally say? oh well. i rule. and stuff. mmmhmmm. love me!

--cornjchob

Never (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402752)

Duke Nukem Forever is never coming out. Just Vaporware in the wind

GTA (3, Interesting)

WilliamsDA (567274) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402753)

I still think the original GTA is neat -- it also has an interesting perspective (overhead). If you haven't played it, go check it out if you're looking for a GTA fix!

Re:GTA (2, Funny)

Angry White Guy (521337) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402782)

The little motorcycles were killer, although nothing like playing motorcycle crash for distance in 3d.
Punching the Hare Krishnas was fun too.

Re:GTA (4, Insightful)

ergonal (609484) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402792)

I agree. GTA is one of many testaments to the idea that you don't need to go purely 3D for a game to be fun. Although for some reason I didn't like GTA2 as much as the first.

Re:GTA (1)

Goldsmith (561202) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402882)

I absolutely loved GTA, but what was really fun was the multiplayer. There's nothing like racing through a city with rocket launchers in the first GTA.

I don't remember if the second one didn't have multiplayer or didn't have good multiplayer, but I remember that it just wasn't the same.

rate of unemployment? (4, Funny)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402754)

do you think this has to do anything with the high rate of unemployment, and discontent among the people?

Re:rate of unemployment? (5, Funny)

Angry White Guy (521337) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402805)

Road Rage incidents... Maybe.
High unemployment rate... Sure
Hooker beatings... I can see that
Poor driving skills... I guess

But discontent... No way man, that game fucking rocks!

Re:rate of unemployment? (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402895)

Nah, I think it probably has something to do with it's being a great game.

Who woulda thunk it, eh?

KFG

Sad News ... Fred Rogers dead at 74 (-1, Offtopic)

Lethyos (408045) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402756)

I just heard some sad news on public radio - star of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and community advocate Fred Rogers was found dead [postgazette.com] in his Pittsburgh home this morning . There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him -- even if you didn't enjoy his television show, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

RIP (-1, Offtopic)

thoolie (442789) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402800)

I must say this is a sad day. If not for Mr. Rogers, I would have been raised by the wolves outside (seeing as how my parents could barely raise their beer to their drunken faces, let alone raise a child). This man help many a child out and was a friend to the community of children around the world.

It is a sad day,

RIP Mr. Rogers

Re:RIP...weird. (1, Offtopic)

fuzzywuzzyhadnohair (654087) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402854)

Grand Theft Auto & Mr. Rogers in the same thread. How weird is that? One advocating "show love & kindness to your neighbor" ...the other recommends a nice 12 ga. shotgun...

He had Cancer (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402841)

I heard on CNN's Daybreak this morning (yeah that's early, and im in PST too) that Mr Rogers died of stomach cancer early this morning. Apparently he had been battling it for the past 2 months or so.

At least he went in his sleep.

Mr Rogers, you'll always be my neighbor!

Re:Sad News ... Fred Rogers dead at 74 (0, Offtopic)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402871)

You know, you should probably file a patent on the non troll troll now.

What I find interesting in all the obits I've read is that none of them really talk about what a controversial figure he sometimes was. He was "Mr. Nice Guy," and he truely was in many ways, but sometimes being Mr. Nice Guy brought him public criticism for it, sometimes perhaps justified.

An interesting man though, and yes, truly an American Icon.

KFG

Re:Sad News ... Fred Rogers dead at 74 (1)

Fentekreel (634892) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402917)

http://entertainment.msn.com/news/article.aspx?new s=116004 it may be msn but its more of a tribute mr. rogers was a childhood hero

Re:Sad News ... Fred Rogers dead at 74 (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402920)

damnit, i will keep on posting this until the moderators get it right! it is *not* off topic

Vice City (1, Interesting)

funkhauser (537592) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402757)

Honestly, I thought Rockstar dropped the ball with Vice City. The graphics seemed less polished, the controls seemed choppier, and, well, it just seemed a lot less fun than GTA3. Oh well.

the ONLY part of GTA3 that I thought was better (1)

512k (125874) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402796)

was the comercials..they were over the top, silly, and fun to listen to..some of the ones in GTA:VC are just a little too realistic, in that they're anoying, and you want them to end, and get back to the music.

Re:Vice City (3, Insightful)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402897)

I have both, and find myself playing Vice City more simply because it's newer, but it doesn't seem that it has as much. Sometimes I'll play it just to "Find a new package today" or something like that.

GTA Vice City is a good game without a doubt, but in the end I think that GTA3 was a better game overall. Vice City also had a few more bizarre bugs [tagor.com] than GTA3, but I don't guess that's really important.

What matters is that they're both great games, even if I personally think 3 was better than VC. I hope the series moves forward and doesn't become very ho-hum.

Games (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402758)

let's go get drunk and beat up some midgits...

PC?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402760)

Argh, where's Vice City for the PC already? :P

May 13th (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402811)

Heard it to be released May 13th with advanced options, improved graphics, and better quality sound. Woohoo!

And, inspired by the game itself (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402765)

Another 8.5 million were stolen at gunpoint from stores nationwide.

Ohhhhh the violence... (5, Funny)

thoolie (442789) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402767)

When the commercial came on the other day, my fiance' asked me what people saw in such a gamen and then started to tell me how bad of a game it was and how it endorsed evil and the such...

She then "told" me why i didn't like the game. After that she "asked" me if i would ever buy and why i would do such a horrific thing.

As i THOUGHT to myself, "Man......shooting hookers made out of polygons sure looks fun....," i managed to shake my head and SAY, "Animals, only animals would play such a game,"

Now as all the married and almost married men out here know, that if i was to say what i was thinking, it would have been a very lonely night for me and my PC! :-)

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402814)

this is a classic example of the pussification of men..

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402889)

I agree. He should have said "Why don't you look like that?" then cuffed her one upside the head.

Who the fuck does she think she is. Fuck, I mean, Fuck. I'd kick Ghandi's ass if dinner wasn't made for me when I got home. Beat him like he stole something from me. Let's see how far his 'passive resistance' would go when I'm fucking hungry. I'd only stop when my arm got tired of whoopin', then I'd holler out the front door to get my cousin inside to keep beatin till I could finish off my beer and nap. Then I'd whoop s'more.

Tom Likus would be proud of you. And all your kinfolk too.

In case you couldn't tell, I was being Sarcastic

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402815)

Amen brother.

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (4, Funny)

jkabbe (631234) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402831)

If I never meet a woman who won't let me say, "it's just fun to kill hookers with a chainsaw"....well, then, I'll have more money for games!!!!

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402861)

More time to play vice city.

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (5, Insightful)

2megs (8751) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402866)

So your viewpoints are completely different, and she disapproves of the things that you think are fun, and you have to lie to her about your opinions just to be allowed in bed with her...

Do you really want to be marrying this chick?

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (2, Funny)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402869)

That's why I love my wife... she'd be right there blowing up polygon hookers with me :)

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (2, Insightful)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402893)

Gee, my girlfriend is about as pure as snow, but even she thinks Vice City is cool.

Does your fiance' ever watch violent movies? If so, what weak argument does she offer to excuse that but still condemn GTA?

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (1)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402898)

You poor, poor soul.

My cousins have the game but I don't own a PS2 nor own the PC version. My fiance and I play it everytime we're at my aunt's house. My fiance likes it more than I do! (yes we're heterosexual and she's female... lol)

Anyway she's bugging me to spend the money to purchase a PS2 just so we can get that game. As much as I'd love to we just can't afford it.

Moral of the story... there are attractive females out there who enjoy what men do and are completely "feminine" as well.

- Garett

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (1)

Malkuth (652585) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402904)

What?! Violence is a part of human nature. Every living organism on this planet destroys and consumes other organisms to survive. Humans, America specifically, thrives on violence. The back bone of this horribly mediocre society is the Bible, one of the most violent works ever written. As a whole, we need to stop fearing violence and death. We need to teach our young ones that death is a part of life, and vice versa. Before I go off more and become flame bate, I will stop here and leave you with a neat quote. "If adult entertainment killing our children, or is killing our children entertaining adults?"

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402910)

Damn, man, you're WHIPPED

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (4, Funny)

retro128 (318602) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402924)

Now as all the married and almost married men out here know, that if i was to say what i was thinking, it would have been a very lonely night for me and my PC! :-)

Yeah, but you would have to got to blow away some hookers!

My girlfriend cackles like a banshee and says things like "Come here and die, bitch!" when she runs over people in Carmageddon. I'm almost afraid what's going to happen if I hand her GTA3.

Re:Ohhhhh the violence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402927)

Then why are you marrying her? So she can divorce you and take all your money? Why not just buy someone a house that you don't like and keep the car? Pussy.

Good for them (3, Insightful)

Eese (647951) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402768)

I think this just goes to show that any publicity is good publicity. The GTA series has been the poster-child for anti-violentvideogame groups. However, I have to agree that it's a kickass game, and I'm glad to see that Rockstar is being successful and not taking a pounding in sales for having some content that several concerned mothers don't approve of.

/. & Patience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402770)

Patience & tolerance is usually not /. reader's virtue.

First post! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402774)

YEAH!

Oh boy, such horrendous failure.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402868)

YOU FAIL IT worse then Custer's Revenge. I mean cmon man, you're like 10 posts down!

Duke Nukem Forever (1, Offtopic)

$$$$$exyGal (638164) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402776)

That "Duke Nukem Forever" joke is made every single time any software on Earth is behind schedule. I, for one, am a little sick of it.

--From 0 to 1,000 fans in less than 2 months. [slashdot.org]

Re:Duke Nukem Forever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402816)

from 0 to 1000 fellow fags in 2 months...

$$$$exygal, you are soooo a she-male

Re:Duke Nukem Forever (1, Troll)

deadsaijinx* (637410) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402855)

wow, congrads on being the single biggest karma whore /. has ever seen.

One of your 1,000+ Fans,
Deadsaijinx*

STOP DLING PR0N, THERE IS MORE TO LIFE, trust me...

Re:Duke Nukem Forever (2, Interesting)

jrstewart (46866) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402876)

Actually I think there were some signals crossed here. The next GTA isn't late, it's just not scheduled out this FISCAL year (i.e. not before Oct. 31, end of Take Two's fiscal year). Nobody so far has claimed that it was ever scheduled to be released earlier.

Also Take Two had to write down charges related to Duke Nukem Forever (as mentioned in the article). Right now they're taking the whole development as a loss. That could mean that there's no game coming out ever, it could mean that it's just going to take so long they don't want to keep the expenses on their books, or it could just be that they're taking the charge in a good quarter when they can offset it against high profits.

Since they've already treated the devlopment costs of DNF as a loss they can treat the sales when (if) it comes out as pure profit. This is the kind of game that accountants play to keep earnings statments balanced. Like in physics, no money is created or destroyed but when you report what affects how the quarterly numbers look.

Re:Duke Nukem Forever (2, Insightful)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402926)

How is it a "joke"? The article specifically states that Duke Nukem Forever is basically a write off at this point: It materially relates to the story at hand.

In a related note, what a disaster DNF has been, and what a tremendous example of an incredible software project management failure. I mean using the "we're making it super, duper good!" excuse works for so long until pretty soon you're just perpetually fighting the natural curve of technology. I really feel sorry for that team, or anyone who works on it.

Screw DNF. (1, Troll)

MortisUmbra (569191) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402777)

Even if it came out tomorrow I could not FATHOM buying it! What a crock that game has become....I really wonder if there even IS a damn game....GoergeB sucks!

because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402779)

It's the freaken best game ever.. plus it has all the great music from the 80's!!! and the talk radio is the *BOMB*!!!!

I Like (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402785)

Hookers.

Giggalos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402883)

And $$$$$exyguy likes Male Giggalos.

The true American spirit (-1, Troll)

(1337) God (653941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402786)

The true American spirit really shines through these sales results.

So, who is it that loves violence, terror, and rape so much again?

Yeah, thought so.

Re:The true American spirit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402828)

If there is a moderator reading this that is currently not under the influence of a narcotic, please mod this idiot down.

Re:The true American spirit (1)

JeffSh (71237) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402834)

Yeah, because the only place in the entire world this game is sold is in the United States.

Turd.

RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402846)

8.5 million copies *WORLDWIDE*

Note: emphasis added to aid the stupid.

Re:The true American spirit (4, Funny)

finkployd (12902) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402886)

Remember back when Super Mario Brothers was popular? You know, when all Amercians aspired to be overweight, Italian plumbers with a 'shroom problem?

Or perhaps they are just video games after all.

Yeah, thought so.

Finkployd

Re:The true American spirit (4, Insightful)

IIRCAFAIKIANAL (572786) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402888)

Uh huh, yeah, there's a lot of rape in that game alright. Dumbass.

Incidently, you can also be a "good guy" in this game (more so than GTA 3). You can stop criminals (through non-lethal methods) and get jobs (ie/ pizza boy), save up and buy a house, all without committing crimes.

I'm not trying to justify the game (the whole point of the game is to commit crime and that's how it is sold and we like it like that - nothing wrong with escapist fantasy, depending on the shrink you talk to :), but it's interesting that you can abandon the game plot and lead a moral life within the game.

In Totally Unrelated News (1)

ihatewinXP (638000) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402901)

Fourth quarter sales were down for: puppies, toy trucks, jacks, and bikes. Meanwhile oddly enough sales for duct tape and plastic sheeting continue to rise based on a scared populace that thinks "There are madmen running loose int he streets!"

Re:The true American spirit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402903)

Quite a difference between gassing your own civilians and using a controler to shoot a polygonal person with a polygonal gun on a damn tv screen. MORON

Re:The true American spirit (1)

deadsaijinx* (637410) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402905)

i assume that all the assholes of /. have told you that would be worldwide sales, so i wont mention it any further...
though i will offer you this link [fuckitall.com] to a very important speech that might answer your... questions

weapon selection? (1)

johny_qst (623876) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402790)

Why oh why did rockstar replace the rocket launcher with the minigun? how am i supposed to kill those pesky helicopters? Every other shooter loves to include the rocket launcher, but not vice city.... why?

Re:weapon selection? (1)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402813)

If you haven't got a rocket launcher, it's because you're not looking hard enough!

Re:weapon selection? (1)

SushiFugu (593444) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402822)

Just for the record there is an RPG, similar to the original Rocket Launcher from GTA3, in Vice City.

Re:weapon selection? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402844)

You can get the rocket launcher- but the heavy machine gun fires a lot faster and can blow up a car in two seconds.

what idiosy (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402793)

i can not believe such idiots spend time, rather waste time playing mindless games.

obviousy they are content with where they are in life, and couldnt care abaout progreesing forward.

why not read the art of war, play chess to develop skills, or write code for the next big thing.

Re:what idiosy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402812)

yea, fun sucks... Dipshit.

Re:what idiosy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402829)

why not concentrate on getting to the top, retire at 25 to the playboy mansion, is that not fun?

Re:what idiosy (1)

Kurt Russell (627436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402894)

why not read the art of war, play chess to develop skills, or write code for the next big thing.

W00T party on BoB!!

Re:what idiosy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402916)

You could have concentrated on learning how to spell, but you decided to post on Slashdot instead. Teach them a lesson, brah!

influences... (2, Funny)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402795)

some people claim that that games like GTA:VC cause influences in their behavior.

i think they're right. ever since i've been playing, i've been on a kick for 80's music.

it's not just you...listen to any real life 80s (2, Interesting)

512k (125874) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402863)

station, and you'll hear music that was in GTA:VC And when they picked the music for that game, they didn't pick the biggest hits from each artist..ie "Thriller" isn't on there, but there are some other Michael Jackson songs

New solution for crime control (1)

Lothar+0 (444996) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402797)

Between encouraging people to act out violence on a TV rather than on the street, and these numbers refuting the "modchips cut into sales" arguments, I think we have the next crime-control device on our hands. Beats anything Ashcroft would come up with.

GTA and vaporware? (1)

appleprophet (233330) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402799)

"Also, there's still a couple people waiting on Duke Nukem Forever, and their patience is wearing thin."

Sorry, but I don't understand the correlation between GTA and vaporware. Has Take Two ever not released promised software?

Re:GTA and vaporware? (0)

ArmyOfFun (652320) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402858)

Huh? What's there to get? Duke Nukem Forever was/is/will/never to be published by Take Two, the same publishers (though not developers) as GTA. Of course, my genius comes from the simple fact that I read the article....

guess i'm one in 8 mil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402806)

I spent my 50 bucks for the game... but it was worth it.. i have betten it, but still play from time to time.. who can beat blowing everything up with an Apache helicopter?

Overall? (1)

Senator_B (605588) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402817)

Anyone know how this ranks in comparison to all other games? I remember last year an article on slashdot (I can't seem to find it right now) telling us that The Sims had overtaken Myst as the top selling game of all time.

Next Game's Time Period? (5, Interesting)

Galahad2 (517736) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402821)

I'd like to see a Grand Theft Auto game set in 1930's Chicago. That'd be so awesome -- the mob, the depression, prohibition; there's huge number of possiblities! I just hope they don't do the 1970's... I mean, Vice City already did all the "boy, people were weird back then... look at their clothes/hair/idioms!" jokes.

Re:Next Game's Time Period? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402872)

I heard that Vice City takes place 20 years before GTA3.

Re:Next Game's Time Period? (4, Informative)

Cyph (240321) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402900)

While I doubt that there's ever a chance of a 1930s GTA happening, you might find a game called Mafia [mafia-game.com] to your liking. In that game, you assume the role of a gangster, working for the mob in the 1930s. You drive cars and shoot people. :)

I love it (4, Interesting)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402839)

GTA Vice City was the best game that I have ever played in my 16 years of video game playing (I am 23 years of age). It had an entertaining story line, great dialogue, unbeatable gameplay, and is just plain fun. The sheer volume of what you can actually do in this game, aside from the actual somewhat-linear story line, is worth 100 hours of game time.

GTA Vice City made this Nintendo fan boy buy a PS2 last week. I love it, and it's developers and designers deserve every penny they are making from it.

But don't think for one second that I didn't preorder the new Zelda. =)

Just proves that... (0, Troll)

403Forbidden (610018) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402842)

8.5 million drones will buy a buggy, unpolished game just to:

1: Say they have it (it's teh uber 1337 with da' t33nz0rs!!!)
2: Run around and shoot people some more, ignoring the missions
3: Annoy me all day by talking about 80's music and how great the freaking game its.

It's gotten so annoying, in fact, that I will never buy this game... ever... I will never fall to the same level of the ignorant little shits that buy it currently.

Re:Just proves that... (0)

ArmyOfFun (652320) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402921)

Yea, how dare people talk about the things they enjoy! The nerve!

It's the same reason I never go see movies, people are ALWAYS talking about movies they saw. And apparently, millions and millions of people watch movies, that just makes me want to see movies less so I can feel better than them! God, what mindless sheep they are!

does anyone besides me wipe standing up? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402845)

thats how i learned to do it....
after i shit - i stand up and wipe my ass
maybe thats just me..

the king.

AJFERGUSON.

Re:does anyone besides me wipe standing up? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402891)

my father does it like that too. i guess, in general, it's an asshole thing. (no pun intended, asshole).

joel

Re:does anyone besides me wipe standing up? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402908)

how the fuck do you do it sitiing?

Re:does anyone besides me wipe standing up? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402935)

with my hand and some toilet paper; like a normal human being.

joel

Ah, Laslo! (1)

Willow_mt (550444) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402848)

I'd love to see what happened to Laslo, as he himself says "This is Laslo on Chatterbox, cause I got thrown off the rock station"...dying to see the game! "I save your daddy! I save your husband! It is a miracle!!!"

For GTA4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402851)

Bring back multiplayer! For PS2 Online, or at least for the PC version plz!

Aren't there other ways? (0, Troll)

(1337) God (653941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402856)

Aren't there other ways for people to relax and have fun.

I personally would rather make love to my wife a couple times than sit around all Saturday afternoon staring at the TV screen.

Maybe that's just me though.

Read my journal, join my Slashdot clan, enjoy!

What about video game piracy?? (1)

Pentagon13 (166309) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402860)

Compared to the piracy-laden music industry, the video game industry seems to be doing quite well. I'll keep this short and sweet: perhaps people are putting what little extra money they have in their pockets these days into products that offer more "play" than just a list of songs. Shuffling the playlist to make track 2 come before track 1 just doesn't seem as interesting as defeating the next big boss, or trying a different course/weapon/whatever. Maybe that could explain for the downturn in music sales. I don't have any stats or pages to back this up, but video games in general seem to be doing respectably well even in the down economy right?

Re:What about video game piracy?? (2, Informative)

nfg05 (638727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402940)

You also don't see video game piracy of playsation games because Sony has copy controls on its games and getting around it requires soldering a chip onto your motherboard in most cases. Most people aren't going to do that, so piracy isn't mainstream. You don't hear the outcry about PS copy protection, just CD copy protection. But I digress, the point is that the video game industry doens't suffer from mainstream piracy because it is prevented by strong copy controls that are a bitch for normal users to get around.

No Playstation (1)

shoemakc (448730) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402879)


That's all well and good, but what about the rest of us unwashed heathens without a playstation? :::cutting to the point:::

Has anyone heard anything about a PC version? I know with the original the PC version lagged the PS2 by almost a year, but you'd think they'd have most of the heavy porting aleady done.

Unless of course the sales of the PC version were lackluster and they don't have any interest in investing the time in porting it. Notice this time around there hasn't been :::any:: mention of a PC version what-so-ever.

I'd really like to play it, as I loved the first...but i'm not buying a $250+ console system just to play one game.

-Chris

PS-I know at least one person who :::did::: buy a PS2 just for one game. Hello Steve.

Re:No Playstation (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5402907)

from gtavice.com

New York, NY- February 14, 2003- Rockstar Games, proudly announced today that the PC version of the global blockbuster, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, is set to hit retail shelves in North America on May 13th and in Europe on May 16th. The PC version will possess enhanced features including improved graphics and sound, additional PC controls, as well as several options for players to customize the game.

Correlation (1)

t0ny (590331) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402890)

Doesn't this now mean that there should be a phenomenal increase in crime rates across the US?

All I know is I cant wait for this game to be released for the PC in a few months. I love GTA3!

Fuck, I'll do my own Ask Slashdot (0, Troll)

(1337) God (653941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402892)

OK, I'm trying to decide which new video game to pick up.

My heart's content wants me to get Metroid Prime since Super Metroid was my favorite game of all time, but then again my brain is screaming for the hilarious drop dead fun of Vice City.

I can only afford one so it's quite a tough decision.

Any advice, geeks?

[Read my journal, join my Slashdot clan!]

Re:Fuck, I'll do my own Ask Slashdot (1)

shepd (155729) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402915)

>My heart's content wants me to get Metroid Prime since Super Metroid was my favorite game of all time, but then again my brain is screaming for the hilarious drop dead fun of Vice City.

>I can only afford one so it's quite a tough decision.

>Any advice, geeks?

Sell one of your two systems and then you can afford the game of your choice, and you'll be able to spare enough for a second controller.

Where's the accompanying spike in crime? (4, Insightful)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 11 years ago | (#5402925)

8.5M copies. That means a fairly large percentage of the population has played this game.

So if the "fake violence breeds real violence" crowd is right, we should be seeing a fairly significant spike in violent crime, right?

No? That's what I thought.

-S
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