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This Week In The Business: “Difficult to Excuse.”

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What's happened in the business of video games this past week...

QUOTE | "Peaked in some respects." - M2 Research's Billy Pidgeon on the status of Xbox 360 in the market and the chances that Microsoft announces new hardware at E3 2012.


QUOTE | "The market opportunity is there." - THQ boss Brian Farrell talks about Homefront actually achieving Call of Duty type sales success someday.

TWIST | Will the Battlefield franchise follow in footsteps of Call of Duty with annual releases, as EA scrambles to catch up to rival Activision in the shooter category?


STAT | One-Third – Nearly the number of people who actually chose improved motion controls over HD graphics and robust online in a poll about desired Project Cafe features.

QUOTE | "Very concerning." - Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack on the Sony network breach and how it "undermines" consumer confidence in digital markets.

STAT | $100 Million – The estimated cost analyst Michael Pachter says EA is pumping into Star Wars: The Old Republic ($80 million on development, $20 million on marketing).

STAT | Two million – The sales mark that Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Dead Rising 2 each achieved as Capcom had five million-sellers in the last year.


STAT | 700% - The massive increase in pre-orders for EA's Battlefield 3 compared to the number for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 before its launch.

QUOTE | "Difficult to excuse." - The opinion of security experts on Sony's terribly weak network defenses and handling of the PSN fiasco.


QUOTE | "A lot of life left." - Harmonix VP Greg LoPiccolo on the future of the Rock Band franchise and the creative direction it could take.

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So really how weak were Sony's defenses? Reading that industrygamers piece its pretty evident nobody actually knows what Sony's defenses were exactly composed of, and reading the piece from FT it's possible that no data at all from PSN was ever taken by anybody because almost all of it wasn't available to take.

This is the thing that worries me the most. Sony's been answering a lot of questions but can't answer what data was actually accessed and whether or not this data is up for sale or not. I suppose they might not, or worse can't actually be able to answer that.