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MineCon tickets on sale today


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Tickets for MineCon 2015 are going on sale today. Tickets will be sold in two waves; the first 5,000 tickets will go on sale today (March 27) at 6pm GMT, and another 5,000 will go on sale Saturday, March 28 at noon GMT. Tickets will be £129 each, and you can buy up to six per order. Tickets will become available for purchase at minecon.mojang.com.

MineCon, the world-hopping convention for all things Minecraft, is taking place London this year. The event will take place July 4-5 in the London ExCel Convention Center, and as always attendees will receive a free in-game cape. For more information on the convention and ticket sales, check out Mojang’s blog.

Source: Mojang

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April Games with Gold have been announced


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For the month of April the Xbox team has decided to celebrate the fact that over 100 million games have been downloaded through the program and over five billion gamerscore earned. Because of the celebration there will be double the games for free this month, meaning two free Xbox One Games and four free Xbox 360 games. Both Child of Light and Pool Nation FX will be free for the entirety of April for Xbox One players. Meanwhile, on Xbox 360, Terraria  and Gears of War Judgement will be free from April 1-15 and  Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel will be free from the 16-30.

We really loved Child of Light back when the game released and it received a ‘Buy It‘ rating from our reviewer, so be sure to check it out. Sound off in the comments about what games might be in next month’s offerings or any post how you feel about April’s.

Source: Major Nelson

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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (finally) coming to Xbox tomorrow


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Oddworld New 'n' Tasty for Xbox One

Two and a half years after it was first announced for an Xbox platform, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty will finally release tomorrow, March 27, publisher Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc. has announced. The game, which is a remake of 1997’s Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, will cost $19.99 upon its release on Xbox One.

New ‘n’ Tasty‘s appearance on Xbox consoles has been a long time coming, as it was originally announced as an Xbox Live Arcade title back in 2012. Now it comes to Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox program. The remake first released for PlayStation 4 and Vita in July of last year and on PC, Linux and Mac last month. Though New ‘n’ Tasty largely retains its progenitor’s level designs, the remake features reworked gameplay and art in addition to an HD resolution.

It will be the first Xbox release for the Oddworld franchise since 2005’s Stranger’s Wrath, which itself had an HD remake announced for XBLA once upon a time. That remake also never released for the Xbox 360.

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Despite arriving on Sony’s PlayStation Network, the HD remaster of Stranger’s Wrath was denied an XBLA release. At first, this was because it exceeded a 2GB file size limit that Microsoft reportedly at one time had in place for XBLA games. XBLA Fans eventually confirmed that this limit was either done away with or never existed in the first place. Still, despite talks with Microsoft and several other interested parties, the Xbox 360 version of Stranger’s Wrath was never able to find a publisher.

Source: Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc.

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Game of Thrones Episode 3 out today


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The third entry of Telltale Games’ six-part Game of Thrones saga is out today. The Sword in the Darkness continues to follow House Forrester as their path only gets darker. The Whitehill occupation of Ironrath continues, and members of the family will do whatever it takes to save their house. Asher seeks an army in Mereen, Mira is handling politics in King’s Landing and Gared must head north of The Wall. Every character will be facing new dangers, as seen in the trailer below. The episode is available now on Xbox 360 and Xbox One for $4.99, or as part of the season pass.

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Minecraft Pattern Texture Pack now available


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The Pattern Texture Pack has now been released for all Xbox versions of Minecraft and is great for players looking to spice up their worlds. The pack allows players to litter their planet with bright colors, fancy patterns and knitted animals until the cuteness level simply reaches too much. The theme of the pack can also be applied to any previously made world, as well as any new worlds that are created. Those that are looking for a more through idea of what the pack has to offer, check after the jump to see a gallery of screenshots.

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Microsoft’s purchase of Minecraft started with a tweet


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Minecraft on Xbox One

The $2.5 billion deal that saw Minecraft change hands from creator Markus “Notch” Persson to Microsoft all started with a tweet, reports Forbes.

“Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life?” Persson tweeted in June of last year. “Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig.”

Mojang CEO Carl Manneh read the tweet, and, by his estimation, the phone rang just 30 seconds later. A most interested party was on the line: Microsoft. The console holder and software giant wanted to know if Persson was serious. So did Manneh.

As it turned out, the Minecraft mastermind had written the tweet half-jokingly, but things quickly turned serious when Persson realized this was his chance to divorce himself from Minecraft. He had once sworn he would never sell out, but after years of dealing with caustic communications — sometimes in regards to content changes Persson wasn’t even aware of, let alone responsible for — Persson had a change of heart.

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April Xbox One system update details


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The first, of two system update waves, have been released for preview members and with it comes three new improvements to the system. One of the improvements comes in the form of a new party chat help guide to solve some of the more common issues. Games hubs are also receiving a signal boost by making it easier for console users to see them in their activity feeds.

Major Nelson had a more through description of the game hub update, “You’ll see activity feed items when any of your friends follow a game, and you’ll also be able to get back to a game’s hub from activity feed posts related to the game – including feed items about the game’s achievements, game clips and screenshots. Finally, we’ve added a link to game hubs from the game’s page in the achievements app.”

Achievement notifications also received an update and will now display the achievement’s description when it unlocks. The snap achievement app even got a nice speed boost with some performance optimizations.

Source: Major Nelson

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XBLA Fans Streaming Schedule for 3/23 to 3/29


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The XBLA Fans Twitch Stream Team has grown drastically in recent months thanks to the support of our viewers. I’d love to personally encourage each of our readers to check out at least one broadcast this week. We will be updating the site on a weekly basis with a plethora of streams for you to enjoy.

In addition to our scheduled streams below we also sometimes do impromptu streams. The best way to stay informed of those is to follow XBLA Fans on Twitter and follow us on Twitch.

If there is a game you want to see streamed, please contact us.

All times are listed in EST.

Monday 3/23

  • 5p – 8p White Night with K4rn4ge
  • 8p – 12a Ziggurat with Zero (Till he passes out)

Tuesday 3/24

  • 12p – 5p Smite with Zero
  • 7p-10p Jet Car Stunts + Giveaway with Cain141
  • 10p – 1a Slender: the Arrival with Snapplecap

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Strike Vector EX coming this summer to Xbox One


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RageQuit Corporation have announced that their game, Strike Vector EX, will be coming to the Xbox One at some point this summer via the ID@Xbox program.  Strike Vector EX is a multiplayer-only game that centers around first-person fast paced aircraft fights. The game originally launched on Steam in 2014 but the console versions will be receiving refined controls to help with the transition.

The very first console exclusive screenshots as well as a teaser trailer can be seen below the break. With only limited information revealed as of now, there should be plenty more news as the summer isn’t that far away.

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Capcom blocking select Resident Evil: Revelations 2 spoilers from native streaming

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The current console generation has incorporated streaming technology with native solutions to share gameplay through Twitch.tv. This feature has been embraced by many, including the staff at XBLA Fans. Our stream team reported to us last night that specific segments of gameplay in Capcom’s Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 and 4 have been blocked from streaming via the native Twitch App in the Xbox One.

Without getting too detailed and spoiling specific moments in game, at the end of Claire’s mission in Episode 3 it doesn’t censor the boss fight; however, it does sensor the scene following. In Episode 4 it appears to block the final boss and all gameplay, cutscenes, ending, credits and after-scene credits. The game unblocks at the result screen. When a player streaming reaches those segments, the stream will be blocked out by the Xbox One Twitch App displaying the paused screen seen below.

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When contacted, a Capcom representative informed XBLA Fans that “Those segments feature key spoilers and are critical to determining what ending the player receives. In an effort to give players a pure and un-spoiled experience, the development team chose to disable the native capture so that video sharing during those segments was limited.”

It is worth noting that a player can stream these segments with additional equipment using a capture card solution. It is also common that prior to release, a developer or publisher requests that specific spoiler type content be restrained and kept from public consumption prior to release. Additionally, both Sony and Microsoft have given publishers and developers tools to prevent “spoilers” via the Twitch app; however, that information doesn’t seem to have trickled down to the average consumer. It does feel a tad strange that a publisher has decided to block their content post release.

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