You Naughty Dog, you: Hidden phone-sex numbers in The Last of Us “a mistake”

Phone Number "Easter Egg" in The Last of Us a Mistake

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Of all the easter eggs in The Last of Us, one of them turned out to be pretty, well, naughty: the two phone numbers on a bulletin board in Pittsburgh apparently are the numbers for phone sex hotlines. However, Naughty Dog game director Neil Druckmann said that it’s a mistake, and it’s no easter egg: “That was an artist’s mistake. What happened was, they put some phone numbers in the game and then they thought they could just change the area code to 555, then it’s invalid because it’s what they do in movies. But I guess that doesn’t work when you have a 1-800 in front of it.”

According to Druckmann, it was just an honest mistake, and the team’s working to fix it.

Good one guys!


Graphic designer accused The Last of Us devs of stealing artwork

The Last of Us Transit Map

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Graphic designer Cameron Booth today berated The Last of Us developers on his blog for using his work in the game without permission. The work in question: the conceptual redesign of the Transit Map of the Boston subway system.

After first demonstrating is “frustration” on his blog, the Internet and all it’s Last of Us fans descended upon his blog, slamming him for berating Naughty Dog in the open before attempting to resolve it privately, telling him to be thankful that someone uses a “map of a map” he created, and that he should be glad that his “work is good enough for someone to actually want to use and shut the fuck up.”

He then updated his site after speaking with Naughty Dog, saying, “I’ve just spoken with Naughty Dog over the phone in a very constructive conversation. Can’t say more at the moment, but it seems as if matters will be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction shortly. I can say that they do acknowledge their error in using my map and were very apologetic for it. I likewise apologized for my initial vitriolic post.”

This also comes after Ellen Page expressed her dislike of the use of “her personality” as Ellie. Rough week for Naughty Dog.

The Last of Us holds the #1 spot on UK charts for second week

The Last of UsFor the second week in a row, The Last of Us continues to reign supreme at the top of the UK charts. Following Naughty Dog’s masterpiece is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which continues to hold steady at #2, unable to take the top spot. This has been a quiet week: MotoGP 13, the only new release on the charts, only managed to breach the top 20 chart at 15.

FIFA 13 came in at third and Tomb Raider at fourth. Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 did jump to fifth due to a newly bestowed £10 price tag on both consoles.

Top 10 UK Software Sales (All Formats); week ending June 22:

  1. The Last of Us
  2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  3. FIFA 13
  4. Tomb Raider
  5. Max Payne 3
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  7. Far Cry 3
  8. Injustice: Gods Among Us
  9. Assassin’s Creed 3
  10. Grid 2

The Last of Us coming May 7, catch the official VGA 2012 trailer

After being unveiled at the VGAs last Friday, the official story trailer for Naughty Dog’s upcoming The Last of Us leaked to the internet for everyone to see. And if you were expecting an Uncharted-like experience, you won’t find it here. In this latest trailer, the Infected make their first appearance in in-game footage, death is everywhere, humans are just as dangerous as ever, and survivors have anything but an easy, well, survival.

Naughty Dog announced that The Last of Us is scheduled for a May 7th North American and European release date.

Irrational Games’ Nate Wells is now on board with Naughty Dog (officially)

The rumors of Nate Wells’s departure from Irrational Games last week have now been confirmed. The firmer Irrational Games Art Director tweeted, “In this fall, and this is hard, In this fall, I’m taking my talents to South Beach”..wait..I mean #naughtydog and #thelastofus…can’t wait.” He’ll be joining Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us development team. Irrational’s Ken Levine also announced via Twitter that Scott Sinclair would be the new Art Director.