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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition launches May 16 at retail

The PlayStation 3 version of Mojang's Minecraft will be available on disc at retail May 16 in North America, the studio announced today. It will be released May 14 in Europe. Developer 4J Studios launched Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition on PlayStation Network in mid-December, and has sold more than 1.5 million copies since then. The retail version will include all content updates through title update 14, which was released on PS3 last month; that patch brought Emeralds, Ender Chest, potatoes and more to Minecraft. Update 15, which is the most recent one, is not yet available on PS3. According to Mojang, 4J is still working on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the sandbox game. The Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft has been available at retail since April 2013. You can...

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition surpasses 21M copies sold

Minecraft has reached a new sales milestone on mobile devices: Mojang has now sold more than 21 million copies of the game's Pocket Edition, announced Mojang's Jens Bergensten on Twitter today. "[Minecraft: Pocket Edition] has sold over 20 million copies (actually, over 21M)," said Bergensten, the game's lead developer. That means that sales have more than doubled in less than a year, and that the pace of that climb is increasing over time. The Pocket Edition debuted in October 2011 on Android and the following month on iOS, and it wasn't until the end of April 2013 that it reached 10 million copies sold. Earlier this month, sales of the game's Xbox 360 Edition surpassed 12 million copies. "We're extremely grateful to all players for your dedication and creativity. Without that, M...

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Meet the people improving video games one line at a time

Every line of dialog the player chooses to speak, every character the player romances, every character the player doesn't romance, every encounter they have, every encounter they don't have — these details are carefully noted so the game can respond to the player's actions accordingly. Players of the Mass Effect series will often refer to their avatar Commander Shepard as "My Shepard," a testament to the care the developers put into making players feel invested in their character. But it takes more than care to pull together an elaborate story that draws players into the game and keeps them there. Video games are often made by teams of writers, designers, programmers, artists and producers, but there's an important role that is often over-looked, forgotten and, in some studios,...

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Here is the The Simpsons' Minecraft-stylized intro

Last night's episode of The Simpsons took a more blocky approach to its couch gag, stylizing its opening to look like Mojang's popular sandbox title Minecraft. The episode, "Luca$," opens with the word "Simcraft" — a direct allusion to the title — before moving on to show cubed versions of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie working their way through an equally cubed version of Springfield. The gag ends with the typical rush to the couch and includes an appearance by Moe the Bartender as Creeper, who promptly does what all Creepers do best. Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson is aware of the gag. "I'm not sure how I feel about it," he tweeted shortly after the episode aired, noting that to him the game still feels like the "small game" he made at home. I STILL feel a bit...

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition passes 12 million sold mark

The Xbox 360 edition of Mojang's crafting-heavy sandbox game, Minecraft, has sold more than 12 million copies to date, according to a post on Xbox Wire. On Windows PC, the game has sold more than 14 million units. The PlayStation 3 edition topped 1 million in January. The Xbox 360 version of the game was released in 2012, and Mojang continues to support Minecraft with updates. The next update for the game, the Candy Texture Pack, launches April 18. Speaking with Xbox Wire, business developer Daniel Kaplan said that the team is "looking forward to creating mashups with other games" for future packs. The game's most requested feature, Kaplan continued, are "probably bigger worlds." "We're pushing the limitations of the 360 in various different ways and we will continue doing that,"...

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How being a successful independent developer can make you feel guilty

On the day that Vlambeer released Ridiculous Fishing last year, developer Rami Ismail earned more money than his mother earned all year, Ismail told told The New Yorker. Out-earning the woman who raised him and his brother on the salary from a local government job made him feel guilty. "Somewhere in the back of your head you know that you worked hard, that you sacrificed your stability and you took on the risk of financial ruin for a long while," Ismail said. "You did things that other people were not willing or capable of. And that paid off. But, even so, it feels awful. I couldn't get rid of the image of my mother in her car, driving to work." In 2011, The New Yorker spoke with Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who expressed a similar sort of discomfort with his success. "...

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Sev Zero headed to Fire TV from Amazon Game Studios

Sev Zero, Amazon Game Studios' hybrid tower defense/third-person shooter with a multiplayer component for Amazon tablets, is available for the Fire TV, Amazon's new set-top box that supports gaming. The game, which was "built from the ground up for Fire TV" according to Amazon, is available in the Amazon Appstore for $6.99. The story takes place in the early 22nd century, after Earth is threatened by an alien species called the Ne’ahtu, who've disabled the planet's defense grid with a computer virus. Dr. Amy Ramanujan, a "computer prodigy," disabled the virus and leads the charge to protect Earth when the Ne'athu return. In Sev Zero's 15 levels, players are on a mission to join Dr. Ramanujan and defend the planet. They switch between "tower defense mode" to build towers that...

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Uncharted, Killzone, Heavy Rain make Minecraft appearance on PS3

The latest update to Minecraft on PlayStation 3 adds a number of new skins for player avatars, including a handful based on PlayStation franchise characters, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. Skin Pack 1 includes outfits based on characters like Uncharted's Nathan Drake, thieving fox Sly Cooper and a handful of outfits from Heavy Rain and the Killzone series. A second skin pack, the Battle and Beasts pack, feature a number of animal and creature-themed skins, including a koala, ocotpus and cavemen. Two new texture packs are also available, the City Texture pack and the Plastic Texture pack. The former — designed for the "modernist Minecrafter" according to the post from Mojang's Owen Hill – is a more "clean, clinical look," while the latter makes all surfaces look...

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Minecraft user builds an entire city on the back of a giant turtle

Many large, impressive things have been created in Minecraft, from scale models of the USS Enterprise to entire U.S. cities. Yet nothing is quite like this, Atropos — a Steampunk-themed city placed on the back of an enormous turtle. Atropos is the work of user CARLOOO and required five months to complete. Previous iterations of the city included one placed on the back of a whale. Atropos may be downloaded here.

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Frog Fractions 2 stretch goal aims to buy Oculus back from Facebook

Frog Fractions 2 developers at Twinbeard have added a new $2 billion stretch goal to the project's Kickstarter campaign as part of a timely gag to "buy Oculus back from Facebook." Game studio Twinbeard is now joining the likes of Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson in its public disapproval of the recent Facebook acquisition. Persson took a more serious tone earlier this week, stating he would cancel plans to work on an Oculus Rift version of Minecraft now that it is under the Facebook umbrella. Facebook acquired the Oculus VR for $2 billion, the company announced this week. The billion dollar price tag includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of stock valued at a total of $1.6 billion. According to a press release from Facebook, the company plans to expand the...

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