Notch, the mastermind behind Minecraft, has become a bit of a cult figure in the video game industry and when he first mentioned that he may fund the development of Psychonauts 2 his stock skyrocketed.. but unfortunately Notch bit off far too much with this one.
Oh Minecraft, is there anyone out there who doesn’t love you? Well, apparently not, as the game has surfaced, from tongue in cheek references in Skyrim, to flatout mad love imitation in Borderlands 2. And now, it’s going to be invaded by a game based on tribal warfare, exploding tigers and madness.
Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has released some early footage of the game he is currently making: 0x10c. Even though I’m not really sure what that means or how to pronounce it, I’m pretty sure it’s been invaded by a Team Fortress 2 soldier. Oh and it’s in space and it’s got a lot of pew pew in it.
Do you like Lego? Ever fancied building something, but either not having 10 000 of the same colour blocks, or having to pack up every day stop your creative genius? I always wanted to build the Death Star, but only had about 100 grey blocks. Luckily, if you suffered from any of these constraints, Minecraft is here for you.
Minecraft is all about cubes, because everything is made of cubes. Dirt cubes, stone cubes, water cubes; even your little character is a 2x1 set of blocks. All these blocks make up the world, which is infinitely large, for you to conquer. But don't just stand there! Monsters come out at night, and they love the way you taste. So smack that tree until you get wood.
I’ll admit, at the sake of my credibility, that I just don’t get Minecraft. I mean, I understand its ideas and while I truly believe that it’s a genius concept, I just don’t find it very fun. Apparently I’m very, very wrong though - because Minecraft, already a title that’s sold in the millions, has sold a million more.
Xbox Gamers have snapped up the digitally-downloaded title since its release as the last game of Microsoft’s “Arcade Next” promotion.
FortressCraft site hit with massive coincidence bomb, on the day that Minecraft launched on the Xbox 360
By now, if you’re an avid fan of the Xbox Live marketplace, then you’ve no doubt purchased the quirky and charismatic world-building title, Minecraft. The game has been a massive success for developer for Markus “Notch” Person and his team, and of course, has inspired quite a few imitations.
One such blatant imitation is FortressCraft, which is about as subtle as a Chinese flea market when it comes to copying ideas. And while Minecraft has had a decent Xbox 360 launch, Fortresscraft has suffered from a rather unfortunate and coincidentally well-timed DDOS attack on its website, prompting the following response from its creator, Adam Sawkins.
I’d love to see how the legions of filthy pirates are going to defend this one? Everytime we post a story insulting piracy or blaming it for the problems it causes we get inundated with idiotic facts about how piracy is good for the industry.
Well now Notch, the developer behind the phenomenal Minecraft, yesterday asked someone running a pirate server and giving away free copies of Minecraft to cease and desist.
Yesterday, Geoff spoke about how no one wanted to make a sequel to that beloved Tim Schafer creation, Psychonauts. It’s a crying shame too, because the game was one of the most original and fun titles to appear on the PS2, and despite it not really raking in any cash, it still managed to become a cult hit over the years.
According to Schafer, who’s tried pitching a sequel numerous times, no one seems interested in ponying up some cash to revive the beloved game. Until now that is, as salvation has come through in the form of a certain bearded and hat-wearing icon in the gaming world.
Mikael Hed, head of Rovio, the company behind casual gaming phenomenon Angry Birds isn’t too worried about piracy. In fact, he believes it’s a great way of getting new fans - who might be more inclined to pay the next time round.
Minecraft, the indie game that’s essentially a digital version of LEGO got an actual release last year, and has been racking up all manner of accolades. While the video game industry in general is doing all it can to stop piracy, the game’s creator, Markus “Notch” Persson seems to have a different attitude.
Last month, Bethesda’s lawyers sent a cease and desist notice to Mojang, the independent studio behind Minecraft. The reason? They seem to think they own the word “Scrolls,” and that Mojang’s upcoming game by that name infringes on, and would cause consumer confusion over their own “Elder Scrolls” franchise.
Mojang head Markus “Notch” Persson responded by offering to settle it all over a game of Quake. that would have been awesome, but it’s unfortunately not happening.
You may remember earlier this month, that Bethesdaâ€™s trademark-happy lawyers had sent Minecraft creator Markus â€œNotchâ€ Persson a cease-and-desist letter, claiming that his studioâ€™s new game, Scrolls, infringed on their Elder Scrolls trademark.
Scrolls is a fantasy strategy game, built on the trading card game ethos, that has absolutely buggâ€™rall to do with The Elder Scrolls. Heâ€™s challenged the case, and to settle the dispute has further challenged Bethesda to a game of Quake 3.