The monetary expenses associated with the game development process.

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Why is it so hard to develop a MMO? [closed]

I want to develop a MMO like World of Warcraft, but some basic research says that is going to take months (if not years) and cost a lot of money. I'd like to know why.
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How much to pay for artwork in an indie game? [closed]

I am an indie developer and I need some detailed artwork. How much is reasonable to pay an artist for say 20 character designs? I know it depends on the artist's skills, etc, but I am wondering what ...
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How much does it cost to produce a major video game?

I asked this same question here, but was closed and told to ask it on this site instead. How much would it cost to develop a video game. I mean like a major PS3/360 video game. I know there really is ...
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Cost of game development and maintenance of an MMORPG [closed]

I am doing a project and I have a few questions about game development/maintenance costs. For a MMORPG like Second Life, how much does it cost to develop and maintain? Maintain as in servers' ...
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What are some typical server/vps/colo hosting costs for deployed MMOs?

From my estimates the MMO I'm designing can support 500000 concurrently connected non-idle users (and still be able to you know, do stuff) for about $1700/month in total hosting costs (includes ...
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Where does the money to make a video game come from?

So 360/ps3 video games takes a few months to a few years to make I assume. If so where does the money to pay employees and costs of everything needed to make the game come from during those few ...