Yesterday’s Mass High Tech reports on a dramatic attempt to steal code directly from a computer on display last week’s PAX East conference. The game title is the kicker:
"An alleged would-be thief who attempted to steal the game code of a game not yet for sale at the recent PAX East conference has been hit with an arrest warrant after failing to appear for an arraignment this morning in Boston Municipal Court. Justin D. May, 20, of Wilmington, Del., was arrested just prior to 4 p.m. Sunday by the Boston Police Department for allegedly attempting to steal a copy of the yet-to-be released game ‘Breach’ from PAX exhibitor Atomic Games, a division of Destineer Computer Corp. of Minnesota."
Today’s Boston Herald quotes Curt Schilling discussing the staggering cost of producing an MMO game:
“Creating the content is just hugely expensive,” said Schilling yesterday during a panel at the PAX East video-gaming convention at the Hynes Convention Center. “You have to design your game around a revenue stream from the beginning or else it fails.”
Specifically, Schilling observed that “developing a … multiplayer game will range from $75 million to $125 million.”
Schilling’s dedication to his enterprise is impressive: He has invested $30 million of his own money into development.
Today’s Mass High Tech has a good article about this local start-up - StarStreet Inc. - which is attempting to work around the laws against online gambling by establishing a stock market for sports. See the site at starstreetsports.com.
It will be interesting to see whether this attracts the attention of the A.G.’s office or if, in fact, the company’s founder - Jeremy Levine - has discovered a way to avoid running afoul of the law.
From Mass High Tech — big news for this local video game developer:
"38 Studios LLC, the Maynard video game development company established by Curt Schilling, will be launching a sort of preview game set in the same background world as its planned massively multiplayer online role-playing game, currently called Copernicus. That game, called Project Mercury, has signed on industry titan Electronic Arts Inc. as a publisher."