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Minecraft creator made a cool $100 million last year

Markus 'Notch' Persson, the guy behind Minecraft made approximately $100 million last year, not bad for what most people consider an "indie" game. Making $100 million pits him directly against mode huge games, and even nipping on the heels of AAA titles.

 

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Notch was answering some questions through a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), where readers unearthed (geddit?) some information on him, and how he was able to acquire so much cash, so quickly. Notch isn't too sure what to do with it all, as would most people that aren't born into money, but he'd like to provide for his family and finally get his drivers license and maybe buy a car, but he's still a bit uneasy about it all, he wrote:

 

I grew up in a relatively poor family, but once I got a decent job, I never really had to worry about money. My hobbies were playing games and programming, so there wasn't any real drain. I could eat out when I wanted to, and go to the movies without having to save up for it. I still had to save up for trips and to be able to buy computers or consoles, but that just felt normal.

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LeakedTT: Xbox 720 GPU specifications reportedly leaked online

It would appear that detailed specifications of the Xbox 720's GPU have been leaked online. While there is no guarantee that these specifications are authentic, they are along the lines of what we would expect from the next-generation console. Couple that with the fact we are only a few months away from the expected announcement and these specifications get a bit more credence.

 

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As you can see in the picture above, the GPU is said to have an 800MHz clock speed. The GPU reportedly features 32MB of embedded ESRAM, similar to the EDSRAM on the 360. However, this ESRAM is said to be free of some of the many restrictions placed on the 360's ESDRAM.

 

The GPU is also reportedly able to do 2x, 4s, and 8x MSAA antaliasing, which means picture quality should be vastly improved in games. The Xbox 720 is widely expected to be announced by Microsoft in June at E3, which is a couple of months after Sony is expected to announce the PlayStation 4.


Police Quest creator to start up a Kickstarter project

I'm sure there are some of you out there, like me, who remember the class adventure series from Sierra, Police Quest. Well, the creator of Police Quest, Jim Walls, was interviewed by Chris Pope, the Executive Producer of Guys from Andromedia LLC where he had something interesting to announce.

 

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Walls announced that he is to soon join some of his ex-Sierra buddies, where they'll begin a new Kickstarter project where they hope to raise enough funds to start a new Police Quest-like game. We won't see a proper Police Quest game as Activision own the rights to it, but something like Police Quest would still be great.

 

Walls is asking for help, and would like people who are interested in helping to contact him through his website, but still has full intentions of starting a new Kickstarter-funded project sometime this year.

PlayJam wraps up successful GameStick Kickstarter campaign to the tune of $650k

When PlayJam first launched its Kickstarter campaign, they were only hoping to receive about $100k in funding to get the GameStick, a small yet powerful Android based gaming device, enough funds into production. Today they wrapped up that campaign to the tune of $647,658.

 

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With the Kickstarter campaign over, all PlayJam has to do is deliver on its promise to ship about 5,500 GameStick's by April including additional docking stations and special editions of the device itself. While that may seem like a tall order, we are sure that the manufacturing process has already begun.

 

"We are overwhelmed, excited, grateful, thrilled and everything in between." says Anthony Johnson, CMO, PlayJam. "The campaign has been an incredible success with support from thousands of backers worldwide but this is just the beginning. The feedback from the Kickstarter community has been invaluable in shaping the final product and we will continue to seek input from those that supported us to ensure continued innovation ahead of a global retail launch."

Battlefield 3: End Game DLC receives new 'Capture the Flag' mode, shown off on video

The last Battlefield 3 DLC is nearly here, "End Game". But, it looks like this is going to be one of the most exhilarating DLC packs for Battlefield 3, with End Game introducing a new Capture the Flag mode.

 

 

The video above shows it off, as well as the all-new dirt bikes. There's also new dog tags, a new dropship, 4 new huge maps, new assignments and air superiority mode. End Game will be released in March, but will reach the PlayStation 3 one week before the other platforms.

 

What do you think? I'm just getting back into Battlefield 3 after nearly a year off, and I'm loving it. I can't believe this is the last DLC we'll receive before we begin playing Battlefield 4, which I'm like a little kid on Christmas over.

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Sony hints the PlayStation 4, says we'll 'see the future' on February 20

2013 is set to be the year of a huge game changer for, well, games. It looks like Sony could be out of the gate first this time round, where the Japanese company is teasing a PlayStation event for February 20 at 6pm.

 

 

Sony says that the PlayStation Meeting 2013 will allow us to "see the future", but are vague with everything else. The video above is really a total tease, made up of abstract renderings of the old school PlayStation button symbols. Very small flashes splash the screen, teasing something else - so I'm sure we'll see some Internet wonder kids work this out, hopefully.

 

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Not long until we know what Sony want to show us, but wanting to show us the future is a pretty big hint at the future of PlayStation. Let's hope Sony don't let us down.

Microsoft 'unlocking' Netflix app for this weekend only, will allow non-Gold users to use Netflix

Microsoft is doing a rare deed by unlocking Xbox's Netflix app for all members of Xbox Live. Normally to use the Netflix app, you'd have to be an Xbox Live Gold member. However, Netflix is debuting their new original series House of Cards and they obviously want all the eyes on it they possibly can, so it appears Microsoft worked with them to allow anyone to use the Netflix app for this weekend only.

 

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All the episodes of season one will be uploaded at the same time, so you should have just enough time this weekend to watch them all. Thankfully, you can do so on your Xbox, even if you aren't a Live Gold member.

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Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL to see a few big releases in the coming months

Nintendo may have released their next-gen Wii U console, but that doesn't mean we won't be seeing some quality releases on their portable gaming systems in the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. Coming later this month is Scribblenauts Unlimited, which should please puzzle fans and if you're after a new fishing game - Super Black Bass will... wet your appetite. If that wasn't enough, Viking Invasion 2 will also be released.

 

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February will also see the releases of Crash City Mayhem, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Unlocked (wow, that's a mouthful). In March, we're also treated to multiple releases from Majesco Entertainment with paranormal investigation title The Hidden, undead fun will be had in Pet Zombies, Face Racers will give you some fast and frenetic racing and if you want some outer space weirdness, Nano Assault might tickle your fancy.

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Grand Theft Auto V release pushed back until late summer 2013

Today, Rockstar Games announced that its long anticipated Grand Theft Auto V will not be releasing this spring as previously thought. Citing the need for more development time, Rockstar said that we should see the game available for purchase September 17, 2013.

 

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Grand Theft Auto V is being billed as the "largest game world Rockstar has ever created." It takes players back to the beloved Los Santos, where players will assume the identities of three protagonists and be able to switch between at will.

 

Grand Theft Auto V continues to push the series forward in new ways; Rockstar North are creating our deepest, most beautiful and most immersive world yet. We are very excited for people to learn more about the game in the coming months.

Duncan Jones selected as director for World of Warcraft movie

Well it's official; there will be a World of Warcraft movie. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that filming will take place late 2013 and is scheduled for a 2015 release date. The movie is said to have been in the early development stages for the last six years.

 

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Charles Leavitt, of Blood Diamond fame, is said to be the writer, and Duncan Jones has been selected as the director. You may remember him as the director of The Moon and Source Code. He also worked as a designer on the 2003 video game Republic: The Revolution. Jones tweeted about the position, but never actually acknowledged the job was for the WOW movie.

 

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We have no information yet on whether or not the movie will be a live action thriller or will be a mass of CGI special effects and green screen acting. A budget has also not been released, but Blizzard has alluded to a budget of $100 million in the past.

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