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Minecraft for Xbox Live Arcade Sells 1 Million Copies

Trials Evolution's day-one records didn't last very long.

Just weeks after Trials Evolution broke day-one sales records on Xbox Live Arcade, the Minecraft juggernaut comes along and breaks ‘em all over again.

Xbox evangelist Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb just announced Minecraft has sold more than one million copies on XBLA.

Hryb also released a few details about the insane amount of time people have spent in-game:

  • Total online hours: 5.2 million

  • Multiplayer sessions: 4 million

  • Total multiplayer gaming hours: 2.4 million

Yeesh.

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Posted by patrickklepek

Just weeks after Trials Evolution broke day-one sales records on Xbox Live Arcade, the Minecraft juggernaut comes along and breaks ‘em all over again.

Xbox evangelist Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb just announced Minecraft has sold more than one million copies on XBLA.

Hryb also released a few details about the insane amount of time people have spent in-game:

  • Total online hours: 5.2 million

  • Multiplayer sessions: 4 million

  • Total multiplayer gaming hours: 2.4 million

Yeesh.

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Edited by Zyzus

That's pretty impressive. PC is the way to go though.

In other news: huzzah!

Posted by JustinAquarius

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Posted by JBG4

wow... I'm having fun with it

Posted by Recombinant

Didn't realize so many people were waiting to buy it on the xbox

Posted by MariachiMacabre

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Two completely different games with literally nothing in common.

Posted by CRAG7

@MariachiMacabre said:

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Two completely different games with literally nothing in common.

People just like to put down other people's choices in games to justify their choices. It's some weird superiority complex. I don't get it.

Posted by cloudyimpulse

@CRAG7 said:

@MariachiMacabre said:

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Two completely different games with literally nothing in common.

People just like to put down other people's choices in games to justify their choices. It's some weird superiority complex. I don't get it.

To bad Kid Niki (for NES) is way better than both of those games.

HA!

Posted by Video_Game_King

One million copies? Why, that's more than something that's less than one million!

Posted by MariachiMacabre

@cloudyimpulse said:

@CRAG7 said:

@MariachiMacabre said:

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Two completely different games with literally nothing in common.

People just like to put down other people's choices in games to justify their choices. It's some weird superiority complex. I don't get it.

To bad Kid Niki (for NES) is way better than both of those games.

HA!

Also, Kid Nicky Minaj is the greatest piece of entertainment in history. It's everything Minecraft and Trials Evolution wish they could be.

Posted by paulunga

So people have played Minecraft 360 online for about 5.2 hours on average? Is that right?

Posted by MormonWarrior

Is it still $15 at Best Buy?

Posted by MjHealy

It's a pity that week in and week out, games are still tanking on XBLA.

Posted by wewantsthering

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Different game, not better or worse.

Posted by Wallzii

Great news. Hopefully this means there is a lot of incentive to catch up to the PC version with features as there is obviously a good userbase on the 360.

I'm actually considering getting the 360 version as well to play local splitscreen multiplayer with friends while chuckin' back a few beers.

Posted by Rongaryen

Even though I own this game on PC, I bought it and I'm currently playing the 360 version despite having easy access to the superior pc version... Don't ask.

Posted by VibratingDonkey

Don't know how so many people can have been unaware of Minecraft's existence until Microsoft put ad blocks on the dashboard, but I guess that's what happened here.

Posted by Winternet

Guess the hype-machines really work.

Posted by Ravenlight

So, on average, everyone who bought Minecraft has only played it for a bit over five hours? That doesn't sound like Minecraft to me.

I'd love to see a breakdown of the number of people who gave up after an hour and people who play 10-hour sessions.

Posted by Chtasm

Those poor souls...

Posted by ALavaPenguin

It is cool but i really hope they upgrade it to the modern version eventually.

I love minecraft but knowing I have the adventure update on PC just keeps me from getting into this, as the adventure update adds SO much. I originally thought that was the point of the 1.0 update too so they could release a "full version" of the game on stuff and it would not be in beta forever? I think that is what irks me the wrong way, this is basically the beta version of Minecraft.

Still like it though and I would prefer to play minecraft witha controller and on my xbox, but it needs to at least get the adventure update if I am going to spend my time.

Posted by NewfieBullet

Minecraft looks cool, but I'll stick with Terraria.

Posted by mabber36

@MariachiMacabre: not really, the creation tools in trials evolution puts minecraft to shame

Posted by Phished0ne

@wewantsthering said:

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Different game, not better or worse.

wrong, Trials is the game period, minecraft is a digital lego set.

Posted by Unequivocable

Much as I know it's a better experience on mac or PC it's such a great lazy on-couch low commitment game! I was skeptical about why they would put it on 360 but it surprisingly fits

Edited by jozzy

@Ravenlight said:

So, on average, everyone who bought Minecraft has only played it for a bit over five hours? That doesn't sound like Minecraft to me.

I'd love to see a breakdown of the number of people who gave up after an hour and people who play 10-hour sessions.

Multiplayer hours, I reckon most play it in single player. They can't track single player times though (hopefully).

EDIT: Online hours, not multiplayer specifically.

Posted by Rekt_Hed

wow

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

If you laid out all those hours end-to-end, they would reach the moon! Or something!

Edited by wewantsthering

@Phished0ne said:

@wewantsthering said:

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Different game, not better or worse.

wrong, Trials is the game period, minecraft is a digital lego set.

That's an interesting opinion. It sounds like people are just butt hurt because the game they prefer was outsold by a game they don't like or understand. :-)

Edit: Also what would be wrong with digital legos? That sounds awesome! :-D

Posted by mnzy
@VibratingDonkey said:

Don't know how so many people can have been unaware of Minecraft's existence until Microsoft put ad blocks on the dashboard, but I guess that's what happened here.

Why would they have to be unaware?
Posted by MariachiMacabre

@mabber36 said:

@MariachiMacabre: not really, the creation tools in trials evolution puts minecraft to shame

Minecraft on PC has resulted in people making scale models of the Enterprise and the Kremlin. It's pure creation. Trials creation tools are in the game for the sole reason of creating tracks. Minecraft has creative mode for the sole reason of creating whatever the hell you want. Why the fuck do you idiots always feel the need to put down other games over the most trivial of things? Minecraft and Trials are both fucking incredible games. Calm down, this news doesn't make Trials any less fun. Jesus Christ, sometimes I wonder what the hell goes through peoples heads.

Posted by Darkecho117

Me and my roommate have been having a blast with local split screen. I think this has been a big draw for a lot of people.

Posted by RinSatori

@Recombinant said:

Didn't realize so many people were waiting to buy it on the xbox

They werent.. but the console gave the game a new crowd that never have tried it.

Posted by FinalDasa

If I can do math, which I just might not be able to do, that's $20 million. Crazy numbers.

I also like that nearly half of game hours have been spent in multiplayer. Especially when you consider someone has to be on your friends list to get into their game.

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Posted by BrockNRolla

@Darkecho117 said:

Me and my roommate have been having a blast with local split screen. I think this has been a big draw for a lot of people.

My girlfriend and I too. It really is a lot of fun.

Posted by JackSukeru

I wonder how many of those sales come from people rebuying it, despite owning it on PC.

Posted by CABBAGES

wow! News!

Posted by ptc

@MormonWarrior: Nope.

Posted by Slaegar

@RockmanBionics: The idea of playing on a TV with splitcreen is enticing. The massive amount of stuff cut from the pc version is too much to bear, though. The idea of mining around and suddenly hitting an invisible wall is insane. That's one of the coolest parts of minecraft, it goes on forever. I understand having only 512MB of RAM (considering that has to be split between graphics, code, and the OS you end up with only around 170 MBs for graphics and game logic each (the rest for the OS)) is a tough thing to work with, but isn't there a way to stream it from the hard drive or something? Me and my sister just played it on our laptops while I ran the server on my desktop.

Posted by President_Barackbar
@FinalDasa said:

If I can do math, which I just might not be able to do, that's $20 million. Crazy numbers.

That's (20) million bucks
Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

Who cares if its not as superior as pc version, its still just a fun building blocks game. Im sure they will update it, that was the appeal of the pc version the trickle of new stuff appearing in the game.

Edited by Twiggy199

@MariachiMacabre said:

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Two completely different games with literally nothing in common.

Lol too true. what a ridiculous comment.

Posted by Luddite

People are comparing Minecraft with Trials? On a related note I'd like to know how Civ 5 stacks up against Twisted Metal, because I'm just that kind of stupid...

Posted by FoxMulder

It's a shame because most people probably have PC/Mac that can handle the game yet they buy the inferior version!

Posted by MrMuscle

Even I bought this for my 360. I built a man cave and started digging down and down and down until I came across a cavern and promptly fell into it and got killed by monsters in the pitch black darkness.

Posted by ptys

God the mainstream is annoying! Where were these people two years ago.

Posted by Atwa

Notch is getting richer.

Edited by Peanut

@FoxMulder said:

It's a shame because most people probably have PC/Mac that can handle the game yet they buy the inferior version!

I'm more comfortable on my couch with a controller.

I like the ease of playing co-op with friends on Live and splitscreen with my fiance.

I don't need infinitely large worlds to have fun, which in turn means I don't have to worry about the FPS taking insane dips and having my computer flatline.

All of these reasons and more make the 360 version my preferred version of Minecraft, why is it so difficult for people to understand this shit? Either way the dudes who made the game are getting rewarded with fat stacks, so why the fuck does it matter which version someone buys? And with so much success I don't know that they can get away with never updating this game. It's gotta happen now.

Posted by radioactivez0r

I put like 14 hours into the game over the weekend, all split screen with my roommate (who really got into it). I may have already burned myself out on it, but I think at least finally understand the appeal. It may even get me to go play Terraria again.

Posted by mnzy
@ptys said:

God the mainstream is annoying! Where were these people two years ago.

On their couch.
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