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The Simpsons gives Minecraft a nod in latest intro

Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons started like any other – with a funny, culturally relevant intro. This one is a little more personal to gamers than normal, featuring Minecraft as its main inspiration. Check out the video above for an experience chock-full of references to XBLA’s most popular virtual world, including Moe as a creeper.

According to two tweets from Minecraft creator Markus Persson, “The Simpsons did a Minecraft couch gag. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I STILL feel a bit like it’s just this small game I made at home. It’s so weird to have all these things happen. <3″. With Minecraft showing up more and more in popular culture, who knows where it will make an appearance next.

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4J Studios is working to get a fix out for Minecraft bugs

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4J Studios is coming off the release of their latest highly anticipated Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition title update, but that doesn’t mean their work is done. While the update introduced a massive number of new features, according to some tweets from the developer there are still some lingering issues they are working to resolve. Unlike TU14, however, there will be a much shorter timeline for this release: “There’s about 15 [bugs] we want to fix quickly, and get another update out…”

How is the latest update working for you? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: TotalXbox.com

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Minecraft TU14 coming tomorrow

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If our Twitter feed is anything to judge by, the moment you’ve all been waiting for is about to arrive. Minecraft Title Update 14 is smashing onto XBLA tomorrow, March 26. While we’ve been hearing about the update for a while, the release date was announced suddenly by the fine folks over at PlayXBLA, Microsoft’s official XBLA site.

TU 14 brings with it a slew of new items, a massive number of features, and a whole bunch of bug fixes. You can see us get into some of the details here and here, or you can check out the full list after the break.

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Minecraft Title Update 14 enters certification

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Minecraft has been pretty busy recently, launching on PS3 and making movies and all. It may feel like the Xbox 360 edition hasn’t gotten much attention in the past few months, but that will soon change as Title Update 14 is right around the corner. 4J Studios has completed the update and handed it to Microsoft, where it is currently being tested. Once it passes certification, it will be released to the public.

A lot of major features from Title Update 14 have already been revealed, including temples, emeralds, and villager trading, but the update has so much more to offer. Nether Quartz has been added, becoming the first ore available in the Nether. The new Ender Chests lets you store items and access them from any other Ender Chest in the world. Invisibility and night vision will soon be possible with the addition of new potions. There’s also plenty of changes to how the game works, including cauldron filling up in the rain and no more knockback while drowning. Cobblestone walls, anvils, flower pots, zombie villagers – the list goes on and on. The entire update log can be found on the official Minecraft forums, so be sure to check it out.

Source: Minecraft Forum via Polygon

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Minecraft TU14 screenshot and details

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Now that Minecraft is on more consoles than ever, it’s time for the game to expand yet again with a new update. 4J Studios has teased some changes with the screenshot above, showing new interfaces and new things in old interfaces. There’s a lot being shown off; from dyed armor to plant pots to wool carpets, there seems to be a lot coming in TU14. Co-Optimus has put into words the major parts of the new update, in case you don’t want to study the picture for an hour.

Temples have been added to the jungles and deserts, bearing great treasures for those who make it past the various booby traps. You’ll now be able to trade with villagers; give them the items they want; and they’ll give you a brand new item: emeralds. If you’re hungry, a bounty of new food options including carrots, potatoes and pumpkin pies will be available. Anvils will give players the ability to upgrade and name their gear, or recreate classic Looney Toons cartoons. While all these additions sound great, the bad news is the release date for TU14 has yet to be announced.

Source: Co-Optimus

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The Xbox games of 2014: Part III

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We’re late, and it seems that’s become somewhat of a trend for us lately. Our Game of the Year awards weren’t doled out until January, and now our look forward at the XBLA and Xbox One XBLA-type games of 2014 is just making its way to you in February. You were on your own when it came to planning out January’s releases, but now it’s time for our annual look ahead at the top downloadable games likely to arrive on an Xbox platform during the (remainder of) the year ahead. Read on to find out what you can expect out of Xbox over the next (not quite) 365.



Minecraft: Xbox One Edition


Developer: 4J Studios, Mojang and Microsoft Studios

As was announced at Microsoft’s E3 2013 presentation, 4J Studios will be bringing its open-world block-building game to the Xbox One. The 360 edition of Minecraft was a huge success and 4J is looking to build off of that success by bringing a “bigger” world to players. The Xbox One edition promises to deliver on the power of next-gen gaming by giving players more of what they want. Maps, Adventures, multiplayer features and console specific enhancements will all be improved and larger in scale on the Xbox One than they were on the Xbox 360. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released sometime in the month of March of 2014.

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Super Minecraft: Marvel Avengers skins have landed

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Two major players in the related markets of TV/movies and video games are coming together to make beautiful music. Marvel Studios is fresh off the release of about two million different films starring Iron Man and the gang, and Minecraft is available on more or less every platform known to mankind. And as of 12/23 you can bring pixelated versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and 31 other super characters into your Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition world for $2.99.

Mind not made up? Download the demo skin set to try out a few of the heroes before going for the whole shebang.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Minecraft hits 10 million copies sold

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Holy texture packs, Batman! Major Nelson announced Friday that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has passed 10 million in total sales. To put that in perspective, this massive number is creeping up there towards the likes of the Halo series – not too shabby for an XBLA game. With an Xbox One version already in the works, a documentary, and an unlimited supply of potential tie-ins, it’s clear that Minecraft‘s domination of pretty much every platform out there will continue for the foreseeable future.

Source: Major Nelson

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Minecraft documentary hits YouTube

In case you haven’t heard of this Minecraft thing, 2 Player Productions has the full story on what is now one of gaming’s most iconic franchises. Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is a nearly two-hour documentary covering the origin and evolution of Minecraft from perspective of the creators themselves.

This Kickstarter-funded tribute originally premiered on Xbox Live in December 2012. Now, you can watch it for free without getting in trouble for piracy.

If you wish to support 2 Player Productions or just want a copy to own, you can buy it digitally for $8 or get the DVD for $20.

Source: YouTube via Polygon

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Minecraft Skyrim mash-up coming tomorrow

Dragonborns and Minecraft players, rejoice! The official trailer has been released for the Skyrim Mash-Up Pack, showcasing the Dovahkiin’s hijinks as he ventures through blocky recreations of famous Skyrim locales. The DLC will included the pre-build world seen in the trailer as well as a Skyrim-themed texture pack, 40 new skins, new UI and 20 songs from the Skyrim soundtrack. You’ll be able to get your hands on the pack in no time; today 4J studios tweeted the Skyrim Mash-Up will start rolling out tomorrow morning for $3.99/£2.69/€3.79.

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