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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition review: heart-shaped blocks

Block-shaped trees can be harvested for block-shaped wood, and then that wood can be used to craft a variety of block-shaped objects, like tools, torches and boats. Mine more materials to craft more things. Repeat.Simple. Now, Minecraft has made its way to the Xbox 360 courtesy of Mojang and port developer 4J Studios, and all of that simplicity - and its various complications - have come with it. But while Minecraft XBLA chips away at the time required to scour the depths of Mojang's debut, some of the mystery might have fallen away in the process. However you choose to spend your time in Minecraft is fine with Minecraft - It doesn't judge The core of Minecraft's gameplay has remained intact: you mine and then you craft. You begin empty-handed and literally construct...

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Minecraft creator steps up to the Ice Bucket Challenge for a cold hit

The Ice Bucket Challenge is making its way through the gaming industry and has soaked another participant: Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson. The Ice Bucket Challenge dares someone to take a bucket of ice water over their head or donate money toward fighting ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease (though many opt to do both). Once challenged, a person only has 24 hours to fulfill the dare. Notable participants in the past include Martha Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Chris Pratt, Steven Spielberg and Nathan Fillion. Persson's challenge came by way of Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and chief product architect of Tesla Motors; Musk's five sons selected Persson, Tony Hawk and Johnny Depp. Musk himself was nominated by Bill Gates, who was called out by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. ...

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The guidelines for making a game a week, every week

Can you be creative without constraints? Adriel Wallick, better known in the game jam community under the moniker MsMinotaur, has been making one game a week, every week, for the past 38 weeks. Her answer to the question above, following a period of pure creative freedom which resulted in a lot of time browsing Reddit forums and not much in the way of finished projects, is no. Speaking at this year's GDC Europe in Cologne, Wallick described the issue of re-educating herself about the creative process as an independent developer. The result is a four-part set of guidelines for conquering the fear, apathy and "empty Unity projects" that often result when a hopeful indie developer has nothing but ideas and free time. While independent developers may feel they stand in the shadow of...

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Learn how to copy, and know when to steal

There's nothing wrong with copying the work of other games, or other genres, the important thing is to know why you're copying, and do something interesting with your own product. "Look at the game you are thinking of copying, the one that got all those YouTube views, and look at why it worked, the decisions and choices, the objectives," Volume and Thomas Was Alone developer Mike Bithell wrote in a recent blog post. "How the surface of the game achieved the outcome, and then come up with something different that may duplicate some of that success." He describes a meeting where his then boss asked how to make a Minecraft game, and instead Bithell sat down and made a list of what Minecraft did well. He was focused on why it was a success, instead of simply looking to rip off the topical...

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Yogscast's game failed, but this is why the game that fans are actually getting didn't

Developed by a team of 25 people at Nerd Kingdom, TUG is an open-world sandbox survival game that's openly inspired by Minecraft but also looking to expand that formula with a unique art style and evolving design. Sound familiar? That's basically the exact same pitch as Yogventures.  And in fact, TUG was Kickstarted as well. The only difference is that TUG is already playable through Early Access on Steam and already receiving largely positive reviews from a growing player base. How did TUG succeed, then, where Yogventures failed? Nerd Kingdom founder Peter Salinas says that step one was going in prepared. "There was a detail I think a lot of people missed on our Kickstarter," he says. "[The Kickstarter] was a lot about getting needed art support to make our already-developed...

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Job ad says Maxis is working on a new franchise, cites Minecraft as model

Maxis appears ready to begin work on a new franchise, according to a job listing that cites LittleBigPlanet, Minecraft and Disney Infinity as models. It could figure to be big news as, since its acquisition by Electronic Arts more than 15 years ago, Maxis has begun only two new series: The Sims, the very profitable, long-running lifestyle series, and Spore, an ambitious but critically panned biology simulator that spawned few expansions and a partial sequel, 2011's Darkspore. The job listing is for a senior designer and says the person will work on "a new unannounced Maxis product." Maxis is looking for someone with experience in "deeply social multiplayer games, such as MMOs," and tips off that crafting and RPG leveling play a large role in this game. Oh, and this game will involve...

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The original Star Wars, recreated shot-for-shot in Minecraft, is almost fully operational

The project to re-create Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, shot-for-shot, within Minecraft is nearing completion. Its creator says the flick will be ready in 2015, and released this teaser trailer to show his work. Grahame Skeavington, aka "Paradise Decay" on Youtube, says he has been working three years on this project, and that all of the structures and spacecraft were made in Minecraft. No mods. That's a lot of heavy breathing over the action, of course. Skeavington, who is creating this film as a tribute to his father, says that a DVD of "the original 1977 version of the film," synchronized to the Minecraft flick, will be needed for audio. This, presumably, is to avoid any ... copyright entanglements. Skeavington says the final version will be 100 percent free to view. "NO money...

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'Honest Game Trailers' puts its comedic crosshairs on Minecraft

The Honest Game Trailers series has been skewering big names in gaming since March, including Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat. None is sacred and none is safe, certainly not Minecraft, the latest victim. As with the others, creator Smosh Games is careful to point out their Twitter mob has called for the latest game's head. To be fair, though, there is plenty to make fun of even in a popular game like Minecraft, from the dullness of mining obsidian blocks to showing dazzling creations the average gamer has no hope of building for himself. For more of the Honest Trailers series, this link has the entire run, spanning 13 episodes so far.

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Here's what Xbox is bringing to San Diego Comic Con 2014, including a Halo first look

Halo fans attending San Diego Comic Con will get a first look at Halo Nightfall, the episodic series from producer Ridley Scott, according to an Xbox Wire post detailing Xbox's 2014 presence at the convention. Xbox-related panels will discuss Halo: The Master Chief Collection July 25 at 10:15 a.m., Sunset Overdrive July 24 at 5 p.m. and the upcoming documentary about Atari's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial landfill July 25 at 3:30 p.m. Microsoft will bring the following games to SDCC, split between its booth and an Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt: The Crew Dance Central Spotlight Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Disney Infinity 2.0 The Evil Within Evolve Fable Legends Fenix Rage Forza Motorsport 5 Forza Horizon 2 IDARB Killer Instinct Kinect Sports...

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Sweden named Europe's premier development hub in GDC Europe survey

Sweden, home to game developers behind Minecraft and the Battlefield series among others, has been named Europe's premier game development hub, according to the latest results of the second annual European State of the Industry survey released from organizers of the GDC Europe today. The survey also shows that both Germany and the U.K. are expected to overtake Sweden as the region's top hub within the next five years. This is likely the result of government tax breaks in both countries, with 47 percent of respondents stating the U.K. offers the best tax breaks for local game development, with Finland, France, Germany and the Netherlands tied for a distant second with 9.5 percent of the votes each. The U.K. is still seen as inferior to Canada with regards to tax incentive programs,...

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