Raven developer Manveer Heir claims he will pay for your copy of Wolfenstein if it outsells Madden in today's news roundup. In other news, Yoko Ono is revealed to be a bit of a nightmare when it comes to games development, Wii Sports Resort won't come bundled with the Wii, and Valve boss Gabe Newell looks set to leave Sony hanging.
Wolfenstein Developer Will Pay You If Sales Top Madden
Raven developer Manveer Heir may have went a bit overboard when he announced on Twitter "if Wolfenstein outsells Madden 10 in August I will personally pay for your copy (keep your receipt)." He promises this is a legitimate offer, but points out a few ground rules. The sales total for each game will be based on NPD numbers, you will need to follow him on Twitter, and of course keep your receipt as proof.
It's a bold claim, but chances are the offer was based on the unlikelihood of Wolfenstein ever outselling the hugely popular Madden, plus Madden has the benefit of appearing on twice as many platforms as Wolfenstein. Although if by some miracle Wolfenstein actually achieves this incredible feat, Manveer Heir will be out over $100,000 just paying his current Twitter followers, and on the fast track to homelessness. [1UP]
Yoko Ono Gave Harmonix Hell
The Beatles: Rock Band developers recently described what a nightmare Yoko Ono turned out to be when she came along to 'help'. Apparently Ono made very specific suggestions, like proposing that the game's final scene, where the Beatles hold their famous rooftop concert on the Apple Corps building in Knightsbridge, look windier. Harmonix's Alex Rigopolous described her as "an artist, so she was very concerned with the look of the game. She really held our feet to the fire." She sounds fun. [Wired]
Wii Sports Resort Won't Be Bundled With Wii
Wii Sports has been bundled with the Wii since launch, offering gamers the chance to get to grips with how the Wii works. Speculation suggested sequel Wii Sports Resort is set to take its place, but according to senior supervisor of communications and advertising at Nintendo of Canada this isn't likely to happen anytime soon. "There are no plans to make Wii Sports Resort what is packed in with the Wii purchase" said Matt Ryan.
"What is in the Wii box will remain the same. Wii Sports Resort will not replace Wii Sports. The intention with Wii Sports was to provide an out of the box experience for consumers and we want new consumers and non-owners to experience that just as everybody else has." Ryan described Wii Sports Resort as more like full-on software that you would expect to pay full price at retail for. So it looks like anyone purchasing a Wii anytime soon will have to be happy with regular old Wii Sports. [Torontothumbs]
Valve Not Bothered About PS3
Valve and the PS3 are hardly the best of friends, and according to Valve boss Gabe Newell the future doesn't look bright. When asked, "Are you guys working on PlayStation 3 here now, trying to understand it, trying to get better at it?" Gabe answered simply, "Uh, no. Not in any real way." If the PS3 loses support from a big name like Valve it would be a serious blow, let's hope they can work it out.