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Minecraft has become a phenomenon across multiple platforms, but on the Xbox 360, it has sold over 12 million copies. The PC version has sold over 14 million copies, while the PS3 version of the game has passed one million copies.
Mojang released Minecraft for Xbox 360 back in 2012, with updates being pushed out continuously since it was released. The next update arriving for the game is the Candy Texture Pack, which will arrive on April 18. When speaking with Xbox Wire, Business Developer Daniel Kaplan said that the team behind Minecraft is "looking forward to creating mashups with other games" for future packs.
Kaplan continued: "We're pushing the limitations of the 360 in various different ways and we will continue doing that. However, bigger world's would require the guarantee of a hard drive on each 360; since not all 360's ship with hard drives that makes things tricky. Luckily, on Xbox One, that's not an issue".
What does Microsoft, a landfill in New Mexico, Atari, and the movie E.T. have in common? That was a hard one for me to figure out too, but it appears that Microsoft is filming a documentary that focuses on the mass burial of the game E.T. that was released on the Atari 2600.
Apparently the game did not do so well back in 1982, and Atari was struggling to keep afloat. With millions of copies of the game being returned to stores by consumers, Atari was forced to take back almost all of the copies it had produced. Legend has it that Atari shipped off this warehouse sized cache of worthless games and had them buried at a New Mexico landfill along with tons of other useless and unwanted stock it was footing the storage bill on.
Now Microsoft has been given the OK to begin prospecting at the landfill to find the millions of copies of the game, and to dig them up as part of the documentary. Unfortunately there is no documentation that provides conclusive proof that the mass burial ever took place, but Microsoft is willing to spend millions to find out.
There are many people out there that wait eagerly for the latest DLC packs to land for Call of Duty: Ghosts. The new DLC pack for Ghosts has now launched and it brings new maps, weapons, and the latest episode of the Extinction story.
The DLC pack launches first for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. It includes the new tactical 2-in-1 Ripper SMG/Assault Rifle. The new Extinction story is Episode 2: Mayday and follows the fight between humankind and the Cryptids.
Perhaps the best news is that this DLC pack brings the Predator to the game. The DLC includes maps called Ruins, where you will be able to become the Predator. Collision is a map on a crashed ship, Behemoth is atop an excavation platform in South America, and Unearthed is an updated version of the map "Dome" from Modern Warfare 3. The DLC is available for $14.99 or as part of the season pass.
Square Enix opened up the PS4 beta for Final Fantasy XIV to PS3 and PS gamers a while back. Those gamers who also happened to have a PS4 were invited to participate in the beta on that new game console. That means that many PS4 gamers were left out of the beta action.
If you are a PS4 gamer and like the Final Fantasy franchise, you can now get in on the action. Square Enix has announced that the FF XIV beta is now open to all PS4 gamers. All you need to do to play the game is download the beta version from the PlayStation Store.
You will need a Square Enix account, if you don't have one you can create one easily. The open beta will run from now until 9am on April 7. Another bit of good news for gamers is that the progress you make in the game and characters you create will be saved for play when the full game launches thanks to the beta running on live game servers.
Some of you may be playing The Elder Scrolls Online before you read this, but if not, spare up around 32 hours if you're the kind of person who wants to immerse themselves fully into the world.
Why 32 hours? Well, that's the amount of time it will take you to read the 2,235 books that are in The Elder Scrolls Online - some 480,000 or so words. There are some other impressive numbers from the infographic, such as you'll need to kill 119,050 mudcrabs to reach level 50 within the game. There are an insane 10,202 non-player characters in the game, and to meet all of them in real life, it would take the average person around 15 years.
There are 61 million items in the game, and over 40 million different weapon variations within The Elder Scrolls Online world. Over five million players registered for the beta, which is quite an astounding amount of gamers.
Fans of Telltale Games' incredible The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us should be glad to hear that the developer is making its episodic hits available on Amazon's Android-powered set top box, Fire TV.
Better yet, Telltale has already made The Walking Dead: Season One available on Fire TV, the second season, The Wolf Among Us, and the upcoming Game of Thrones title set to come soon. Telltale didn't provide an exact date, but we should hopefully see an announcement soon.
When I was young, the Under a Killing Moon games were a dream - full-motion video, incredible (for the time) graphics, and much more. Well, now there's a new game in the Tex Murphy world arriving on April 22: Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure.
Tesla Effect goes on sale on April 22 for both the PC and Mac for just $19.99, which marks a return of Tex Murphy, and the actor who plays him, Chris Jones. The new game features live-action, full-motion scenes against 3D backgrounds, interactive dialogue and detective style gameplay which sees the player investigating crime and questioning witnesses.
The new Tesla Effect picks up after the cliffhanger ending of Tex Murphy: Overseer, which was released all the way back in 1998. Tesla Effect was funded on Kickstarter, where nearly 7,000 backers provided $598,000 of funding to see the game made.
Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced four new gaming laptops, with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available and different configurations to choose from.
The 15.6-inch models are named Javelin and Lance, while the 17.3-inch models are Krypton and Behemoth - all powered by the NVIDIA GTX 800M GPU.
"We've wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "The cards' ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere."
The Javelin is the most affordable unit out of all four, and provides a full 1080P display, and the Lance notebook has increased sound quality using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MP3 platform. The 17.3-inch Krypton has three storage drives and is fully customizable, while the Behemoth has dual SLI GTX 880M GPUs.
Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT recently launched its latest audio product, releasing the Syva earbuds for gaming and music enthusiasts.
Syva has 10mm drivers for each earbud, and ROCCAT says deep bass and quality treble can be heard while listening to music or playing video games. The earbuds connect via ribbon cable and includes an omni-directional microphone for in-game communication or answering phone calls.
"We designed the Syva to provide outstanding mobile sound while still remaining easy and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT CEO and founder, in a press statement. "The Syva comes with three interchangeable ergonomic ear tips to match your ear size and is perfect for gamers who demand the utmost in comfort and sound quality."
The ROCCAT Syva is available now with a $34.90 MSRP.
Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft officially launched on PC and Mac last month, and today Blizzard has began a limited roll-out on the iPad in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. This news comes hot on the heals of the company announcing that in the last month, Hearthstone has grown to more than 10 million registered accounts.
It is still unclear as to why the roll-out is being limited and not being made available everywhere, but Blizzard did say that it would be opening up to other markets soon. The company also said that it does plan on bringing the game to iPhone and Android later this year, but no official date was given. Have you played Hearthstone yet? Let us know in the comments below.