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Minecraft for Xbox Live Arcade Sells 1 Million Copies

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

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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 MezzerliptikJay

@nail1080: yeah real gamers dont upgrade! and new graphics cards dont have HD ports....

LOL

i think those "real gamers" have been lying to you friend

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Edited By Phished0ne

@wewantsthering said:

@Phished0ne said:

@wewantsthering said:

@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

Nope, i've had this discussion numerous times with numerous different people on these forums. Minecraft as it stands on the xbox, and how it originally was on the PC is not a game. Because a game has to have goals. now its you who assumed i thought it was a bad thing. A game cannot exist without some sort of point, otherwise you are running around the world making up the games in your head(ex. 'im gonna only mine during the day time, and only do construction work during the night time).

It's fine if you feel that way, but video games are not so narrowly defined. You sound like Roger Ebert explaining why video games are not art. A game does not need a point, story, etc to be a game. Minecraft does, however have a point. It's point is to create a platform in a video game format through which people can collaboratively express themselves without the parameters the game creator has set. The stories I could tell from experiences I've had in Minecraft working/fighting with people on Minecraft greatly outweigh any experiences I've had playing the Call of Duty single player campaigns that have a "purpose."

Sure, you can categorize it as a 'game', i think if you get down to splitting hairs though, it really isnt. As i said in my main post, any game you come up with inside the construct of minecraft is a game of your mind, and the minds of whoever you are playing it with. The 'game' never tells you "go build a house", it never gave you anything to do as a game until the adventure pack. I dont mean to sound like i am starting shit or anything, because its just a pet peeve of mine. It really is just a question of semantics.

Call it an experience, call it a digital lego set(and i dont mean those terms derisively at all), but a game must have a point. Keep in mind, i played a lot of minecraft and had a great time with it on the PC. But i call it a game the same way i call Flower, Linger in shadows, and Datura games, and that is because calling them "digital interactive experiences" sounds hoity-toity. Sure it is more of a game than those now because of the addition of the adventure pack, but vanilla MC was no game. Minecraft has a good bit in common with them though, when you 'play' them it isnt about the 'game'play, or the graphics, or anything like that, its about what you feel when you 'play' them. Its about discovering the world, just because you dont even know what the hell you are doing. Being thrown into a room full of mechanics, having none of them explained to you, and being told "have at it" isnt a game. A game requires more.

I never once said there was no place for these games, or that they arent doing the gaming community a great service, because they are. I think they are helping people to realize that 'games' dont have to be GAMES. Understand?

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Posted By wewantsthering

@Phished0ne said:

@wewantsthering said:

@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

Nope, i've had this discussion numerous times with numerous different people on these forums. Minecraft as it stands on the xbox, and how it originally was on the PC is not a game. Because a game has to have goals. now its you who assumed i thought it was a bad thing. A game cannot exist without some sort of point, otherwise you are running around the world making up the games in your head(ex. 'im gonna only mine during the day time, and only do construction work during the night time).

It's fine if you feel that way, but video games are not so narrowly defined. You sound like Roger Ebert explaining why video games are not art. A game does not need a point, story, etc to be a game. Minecraft does, however have a point. It's point is to create a platform in a video game format through which people can collaboratively express themselves without the parameters the game creator has set. The stories I could tell from experiences I've had in Minecraft working/fighting with people on Minecraft greatly outweigh any experiences I've had playing the Call of Duty single player campaigns that have a "purpose."

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Posted By Phished0ne

@wewantsthering said:

@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

Nope, i've had this discussion numerous times with numerous different people on these forums. Minecraft as it stands on the xbox, and how it originally was on the PC is not a game. Because a game has to have goals. now its you who assumed i thought it was a bad thing. A game cannot exist without some sort of point, otherwise you are running around the world making up the games in your head(ex. 'im gonna only mine during the day time, and only do construction work during the night time).

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Posted By nail1080

@MezzerliptikJay said:

@nail1080 said:

Fuck this game you can't play split screen in standard definition, can only play it in HD.

whatever dude this game is great, you need to upgrade grandma,

its not as if HD tvs are too expensive because you can pick up a good 2nd hand one for less than $150,

No any real gamer will tell you it's SD or GTFO.

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@nail1080 said:

Fuck this game you can't play split screen in standard definition, can only play it in HD.

whatever dude this game is great, you need to upgrade grandma,

its not as if HD tvs are too expensive because you can pick up a good 2nd hand one for less than $150,

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Posted By nail1080

Fuck this game you can't play split screen in standard definition, can only play it in HD.

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Posted By Elazul

@HistoryInRust said:

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Hah. We have a comedian in here, guys.

Nah, the guy has a perfectly valid opinion, especially if he's specifically referring to the hamstrung, glitchy, overpriced and thoroughly-outdated Xbox version. Even if he isn't, there are plenty of people who just don't like that style of game, whereas I'm yet to show Trials to someone who didn't think it was an absolute blast.

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Posted By 2ale9

he is rich anyway

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Posted By inevpatoria
@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Hah. We have a comedian in here, guys. 
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Posted By Gamer_152

Sweet lord. Notch must be one happy developer.

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Posted By aatlas

am i missing something?

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Posted By McShank

@yodasears said:

It is awesome! It's 3d Terraria :) Srsly tho, local co-op. Makes it awesome.

Minecraft was before terraria so Terraria is the less popular 2d minecraft.

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Posted By Paindamnation

@mnzy said:

@ptys said:

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

On their couch.

haha

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Posted By Grilledcheez

That's insaneeeee

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Posted By Weird01

I own both versions, it makes me sick that with 20 million in sales for the Xbox we get an old version. I thought that they said it would be the same version. Ah well, live and learn!

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Posted By MariachiMacabre

@Alphazero said:

@Twiggy199 said:

@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.

You have to admit that the motorcycle physics are way better in Trials than in Minecraft. It's not even close.

But then... I prefer the diamond mining in Minecraft over Trials, even if I did get buried in lava. The diamond mining in Trials is sorely lacking.

Not to mention the Creepers in Trials are completely broken. Way to fuck that up, RedLynx.

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Posted By yodasears

It is awesome! It's 3d Terraria :) Srsly tho, local co-op. Makes it awesome.

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Posted By Alphazero

@Twiggy199 said:

@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.

You have to admit that the motorcycle physics are way better in Trials than in Minecraft. It's not even close.

But then... I prefer the diamond mining in Minecraft over Trials, even if I did get buried in lava. The diamond mining in Trials is sorely lacking.

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Posted By xbob42

@SoothsayerGB said:

This is great to see. It doesn't matter that the PC version is vastly better. Most people prefer console and will pay plenty to have a taste of PC games.

World of Warcraft on consoles would make a killing!

Except like Minecraft, it just wouldn't work on consoles. Minecraft is barely functional on the 360 and is a shell of its former self, with itty bitty worlds. That kind of is okay-ish for Minecraft since you still get the gist of the experience, but an MMO would absolutely be murdered by these types of issues.

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Posted By Bunny_Fire

@JustinAquarius said:

Too bad Trials is the better game.

Two completely different games with literally nothing in common.

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Posted By OleMarthin

i have now bought the game two times, i played the PC version for maybe 3-4 hours, and so far i have spent 20+ hours in the 360 version. the reason is the streamlined crafting and the great split-screen coop.

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Posted By CookieMonster

wat.

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Posted By Cheesebob

I might buy it just so I can enjoy the sound of the Pc Gamer Elite gnashing their teeth in rage at the 'mainstream'

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Posted By dungbootle

Kids love the Minecraft. I know because I was in GameStop and a kid asked for Minecraft for 360 and dude at the counter was like "It's a downloadable, but we sell the code yo." I dunno why you'd wanna buy a version with less features if you have the PC version already though. But then I think about how I always bought both versions of Pokemon when I was a kid even though it made no difference.

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Posted By ThatPrimeGuy

Totally expected as much, the series has a massive fan base.

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Posted By Milkman

I was definitely one of those people who never touched Minecraft on PC but put in at least 10 hours within the first couple days of the XBLA version's release. I guess I'm a mainstream console sucker.  Oh, well.

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Posted By Jimbo
@Video_Game_King said:

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

also, that's million copies
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Posted By joshth

For whatever reason, this game coming out and being successful made me decide to buy Terraria...

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Posted By mnzy
@ptys said:

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

On their couch.
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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.

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@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.

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Posted By Atwa

Notch is getting richer.

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Posted By ptys

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

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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.

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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!

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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...

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@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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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Posted By ptc

@MormonWarrior: Nope.

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Posted By CABBAGES

wow! News!

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Posted By jacksukeru

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

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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.

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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 RinNowaru

@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.

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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.

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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.

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