Everyone's favorite mining simulator finally gets a story
We've been fans of Minecraft since the old days, and we mean the "small, medium, large" map days. We also mean the "no biomes" days. We mean way back, when the game didn't have an endlessly-generating map or multiplayer days. So when we heard Minecraft was getting a single-player, narrative-based game, we immediately turned up our noses. However, we decided to snag Minecraft: Story Mode to see if the game really lives up to all the hype it's been generating.
Gaming news summary for September 8, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a former Microsoft executive suggests the company could have avoided the Xbox One launch PR issues, Elite: Dangerous gets closer to shipping on Xbox One, Arma 3 and Satellite Reign reaches Mac, and some versions of Minecraft get cross-platform play between desktops and mobile.
Gaming news summary for July 5, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to Windows 10, Club Nintendo ends in North America, Sales are halted and refunds offered for Final Fantasy XIV for Mac, and the revelation that Destiny could have been a funnier game.
Gaming news summary for June 3, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Lego takes on Minecraft, Fallout 4 is revealed with a trailer, and Valve has changed the return policy of its Steam online store to offer refunds for "any reason."
Gaming news summary for May 3, 2015
The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming from the last few days. Today's edition includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealing a reason behind the purchase of Mojang, a bomb threat at a GamerGate meeting, Yooka-Laylee exceeding expectations on Kickstarter, and Bungie using Destiny's community to help a charitable effort.
News from the video game industry for the week of December 14
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN put together a one-stop article for some of the major news in the video game industry in the past week. In this week's edition of the Weekly Game Replay, we look at Valve's handling of Hatred on Steam Greenlight, Mojang and Telltale Games team up for a narrative-based Minecraft game, a judge gives the go-ahead on a Killzone resolution lawsuit, World of Warcraft is exploring in-game purchasable game time tokens, and Majesco Entertainment's receiving an investor cash infusion.
News from the video game industry for the week of November 2
Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on some of the happenings of the video game industry during the past week. In this week's edition, we take a look at Microsoft's purchase of Mojang finalizing, Blizzard's new expansions for Starcraft II and Hearthstone, Unity asset development payouts, Grand Theft Auto 5 first-person mode on next-gen consoles, and Electronic Arts terminating its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, Dawngate.
Spencer thinks unifying platforms is important, focusing on community needs first
Fans holding out for a Minecraft 2 after the Microsoft acquisition of Mojang could be in for some disappointment. In a podcast recording last week, Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that he doesn't believe that a second version in the franchise make sense. Even though the brand has room to grow, meeting the needs for the community is currently the most important job.
News from the video game industry for the week of October 5
Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN round up some of the important pieces of news in the video game industry from the previous week. This week, we take a look at some statistics regarding the number of players in Destiny, issues with the launch of Driveclub, free next-generation copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for customers buying it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, as well as some other notable news bits and upcoming releases.
Mojang acquisition involves exit of company founders including Markus Persson
Microsoft has officially confirmed it is acquiring Mojang, the Swedish game studio behind Minecraft. Purchased at the rumored cost of $2.5 billion, the deal will include the majority of the Mojang development team, though notably company founders Carl Manneh, Jakbok Porser, and Markus "Notch" Persson will be leaving the company once the acquisition is completed.
Acquisition cost pinned at eight times Minecraft's 2013 sales
More details are emerging from Microsoft regarding the rumored deal for Mojang deal. According to sources familiar with the matter, the software giant could announce the deal which would net it the Minecraft developer as soon as Monday, for $2.5 billion in cash. The acquisition cost is about eight times the developer's sales for 2014, and there is no clear known heir to the Minecraft throne in the pipeline.
Sale would be against Mojang's philosophy, could bolster Xbox support for Microsoft
Microsoft has entered into discussions that could see it signing a deal to purchase Mojang AB for more than $2 billion, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Mojang AB is the developer behind Minecraft, one of the most popular games across the globe. The potential sale marks a shift in philosophy for the Swedish developer, as its majority shareholder and founder Markus "Notch" Persson has been a proponent against large corporations and mainstream video games.
Announcement includes data imports from older consoles, upgrade price
Minecraft is making its way to the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita this August, according to a statement from Mojang today. The company detailed some of the differences from previous console generations, including a reduced cost for buyers of previous versions and ability to import saves to next-generation consoles. The company also announced that most downloadable content (DLC) and texture packs would be available in the new versions.
Putt-Putt trademark owner not distinguishing between Mojang and users
Minecraft developer Mojang has been hit with a cease-and-desist order by miniature golf franchise owner and trademark holder Putt-Putt over the use of the "Putt-Putt" name in YouTube videos generated by game players. Enclosed with the legal complaint are screenshots pulled from YouTube of Putt-Putt miniature golf content within the game generated by users not affiliated with the developer.
Near-manufacture 5-megapixel camera to undergo testing
A prototype of the full production camera add-on for the Raspberry Pi has been demonstrated in public. Shown at the Electronica 2012 trade fair in Munich, Germany last week, the 5-megapixel camera is said to be close to the eventual final production model, suggesting it will be released to hardware hobbyists in the not too distant future.
Notch vows to make sure 'they don't get a cent'
Minecraft developer Mojang is being sued by Uniloc over alleged patent infringement. According to Uniloc, patent number 6,857,067 for a "System and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data" is being used by Mojang for its Android port of the game, and is seeking damages by way of a jury trial in Texas. Mojang lead Markus Persson, also known as Notch, has tweeted that he will "throw piles of money at [them] making sure they don't get a cent."