Markus "Notch" Persson is spending some of those billions that Microsoft paid for Mojang, buying a $70 million mansion, which just so happened to be the most expensive house in Beverly Hills.
The John Aaroe Group announced the sale, a record $70 million, with the following press release: "Persson's purchase included everything in the house from luxury furnishings to exotic electronics such as the automated 54-foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal."
Notch's new digs are pretty damn nice, with the house taking up a massive 23,000 square feet. The $70 million mansion features "vodka and tequila bars, a candy room, an 18-seat tiered screening room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and an exquisite 18-foot onyx dining room table for 24 that includes place settings by Roberto Cavalli at a cost of $3,700 each. Three high-definition 90-inch television screens bring panoramic views of Los Angeles from the roof into the down stairs lounge - especially breathtaking at night, says De Los Reyes. Art pieces include a replica of James Dean's motorcycle and a chromed Ma Deuce machine gun. On a conventional note, the home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms all equipped with Toto Neorest toilets at a price of $5,600 each."
It's been a few rough months for Blizzard, their servers have experiences different niggling issues - seemingly since around the release of the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
Last night, Blizzard's Oceania servers took a tumble with locals reporting "incompatible server" issues being widespread amongst World of Warcraft Oceanic based offerings.
Rockstar has announced the new "Festive Surprise" for Grand Theft Auto Online, a new update which adds snowball fights, Christmas sweathers and much more.
There are new weapons in the form of a new homing missile launcher and proximity mines, as well as some new vehicles with the Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, Slam Van, and the Massacro and Jester sports cars. GTA Online gamers are now welcome to a third garage to store their vehicles, with the new weapons available at the in-game Ammu-Nation.
There's also some seasonal clothing included with the "Festive Surprise" update, something that includes scarves, masks and holiday pyjamas for free. These items will continue to be made available through to January 5, with special holiday crates dropping "frequently" between now and then.
Since the dawn of eSports, poor old Oceania has been heavily neglected in receiving invites, qualifiers or any chances to enter global gaming competitions. In a move to capture a new audience, HiRez Studios have just announced that players from this region will now have the ability to qualify for the Smite world championships, season 2.
This free, Multilayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) 3rd-person game has begun a massive push into the Australian market - after a positive showing at PAX Australia 2014 and the recent acquisition of well-known fighting games player and organizer Daniel Chlebowczyk, they're looking to give the locals something that they've been wanting for ages - international exposure.
It looks like the US government could respond to North Korea hacking Sony Pictures, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest telling reporters that the attack was an example of "destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor."
Earnest continued, saying that US national security leaders "would be mindful of the fact that we need a proportional response. They were also aware that people carrying out such attacks are "often seeking to provoke a response." He added that "They may believe that a response from us in one fashion or another would be advantageous to them" by helping their image on the world stage. The White House spokesman added that the US viewed North Korea hacking Sony as "a serious national security matter."
Sony has since cancelled the release of 'The Interview' from US theaters, after North Korea threatened an attack under the guise of the 'Guardians of Peace' or GOP.
There have been a few videos floating around the Internet comparing Techland's upcoming zombie survival shooter, with claims that Dying Light has been graphically downgraded. We've seen it before with Ubisoft's titles, such as Watch Dogs and The Division, but now the claims of Dying Light have PC gamers in a fit, and rightly so.
Techland's Paul Milewski spoke with GamingBolt, where he said "If you compare the 2103 footage to any of the material released lately, you can clearly see major improvements. Downgraded? Not a chance. Just look at the latest interactive footage released by us a couple of days ago." Milewski added "Also, consider that most of the recent media and YouTuber gameplay that's out there is all on PCs that we have no idea what's in them. And yet they all look better compared to the 2013 promo material which was recorded on a high-end PC at the time."
Dying Light hits the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next month.
An undercover BBC investigation revealed ongoing poor working conditions of employees inside of factories manufacturing Apple products. At a Pegatron factory manufacturing iPhone 6 smartphones, there were routinely broken guidelines, with workers' hours, dormitories, work meetings, juvenile workers and ID cars being breached in day-to-day operations.
Not surprisingly, Apple "strongly disagreed" with conclusions from the investigations - despite video showing employees falling asleep during 12-hour shifts. One employee worked 18 consecutive days, despite previously asking for a day off. A different worker had to work a 16-hour shift and said that he or she wouldn't want to move, and just wanted to lie down and rest: "I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."
Here is what Apple noted in a statement: "Worker safety and well-being are our top priorities. We set very high standards, conduct rigorous training for managers and workers, and have external auditors regularly visiting our facilities to find areas for improvement."
Alert Logic has recently informed the public of a "grinch" Linux vulnerability, but according to Red Hat - it's a perfectly normal thing.
The official reply noted that "this report incorrectly classifies expected behavior as a security issue," through a Red Hat Bulletin released on Wednesday just one day after the report being made public. This was in response to Alert Logic claiming that this Grinch issue may be as large as the previously seen Heartbleed bug, noting that they believe it is a serious design flaw in how Linux handles user permissions.
Microsoft has a huge early Christmas present for Xbox One preview members, where they'll receive early access to Halo 5. The multiplayer beta for Halo 5 kicks off on December 29, with 343 Industries and Microsoft ending the year on a big bang.
The early access is invite-only, with all current Xbox One preview members most likely receiving a message from Xbox Live tomorrow, which will include two codes to download the Halo 5 beta. The early access beta for Halo 5 will start at 4PM ET tomorrow, and will end at 3AM ET on December 22. This gives Xbox One preview members the great ability of playing the Halo 5 beta over the weekend. Get in now!
The Microsoft Xbox One rolled out Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix, Telemundo Now and Bravo Now apps for gamers, in time for Christmas. Pandora previously wanted to run a custom Pandora music service app built by HTML5 for television screens - while largely ignoring game consoles.
Rolling out a native Pandora app is a good effort for Microsoft, which has been promptly outsold most of the year by the Sony PlayStation 4 game console.
Microsoft has been quick to roll out apps for Xbox One owners, including HBO GO, MLB.TV, Twitch, and Plex - the company is embracing apps to help keep users running entertainment and media services through the console.