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Minecraft gets an Honest Game trailer


Smosh Games, creator of the Honest Game trailer series, has parodied Minecraft in their most recent video. There’s lots of excellent parody content to be had here, but the bit that will really hit home for many readers is in the cast list: “…starring stuff you’ve made — like a hole, or a table…and stuff other people have made, like Battlestar Galactica, or Minas Tirith.”

The full video is available below, and well worth taking the time to view. One quibble: while the “Pocket Edition” of the game (most of the portable editions with the exception of the release for PS Vita) isn’t nearly as good as the PC version, the console ports have been excellent, to which the continuing popularity of Minecraft on Xbox 360 and Xbox One can attest.


Minecraft Xbox One Edition’s multiplayer to expand after launch


According to a new tweet from Roger Carpenter, the Lead Producer for Minecraft Xbox One Edition, the game will originally only feature eight players for multiplayer but they will continue to work on adding more players for future updates. Even with that tweet there is still no word on when this update will hit or how many players will be supported in the multiplayer world. But there is no need to get ahead of ourselves since the game hasn’t even been released yet and there is still no definite date, only the tentative time frame of August. We can only hope the update comes fairly soon after the initial release.

Source: OXM


Banjo Games Bundle now available on 360


As of today the Banjo Games Bundle, featuring Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie, is now available on Xbox 360 for only $14.99. But beware this bundle is only available for one month, so those interested had better act fast. Also, be warned that if you already own either of the games in the bundle there is no price cut to the deal, and it is not possible to own either of the games more than once. This is the perfect deal for those looking to relive the past or to simply find out what was missed out on by not playing these games back in their glory days. If you are interested in the bundle then it can be picked up right here.

Source: PlayXBLA


Minecraft: Xbox One Edition screenshots


Have you ever arrived to a movie late and had to sit in the front of the theater where you could barely see a thing because you were too close? You sat there the whole movie wishing you could just move to the back where you could see everything. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is going to give you those back row seats.

This past week 4J Studios tweeted some of their recent artist creations that are taking full advantage of the increased view distance in Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.

These screenshots show a zoomed out reproduction of Andy Scott’s horse-head sculptures The Kelpies that are located in Falkirk, Scotland.

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is expected to release this August. Check out more screenshots after the jump.

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Minecraft Halo Mash-Up Pack lands May 28

We’ve been on the surface of Mass Effect‘s Mars, we’ve fought the ender dragons of Skyrim, but Minecraft‘s next Mash-Up Pack will take us to its biggest franchise yet. Minecraft: Halo Edition transforms the game into the popular FPS series, complete with needlers and energy swords. The pre-built world includes re-creations of classic multiplayer maps including Sandtrap, Valhalla and Blood Gulch. The pack comes with 40 new skins, including Master Chief, Cortana, Guilty Spark and much more. A new texture pack and 31 songs from the franchise are also included to truly sell the Halo vibe. The Halo Mash-Up Pack comes out tomorrow for $3.99. Check out the screenshots after the jump to see everything the pack has to offer.

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Minecraft Xbox One Edition to have larger worlds


4J Studios is hard at work on the Xbox One edition of Minecraft, and it looks like their next-gen port is going to be a lot bigger. They’ve released screenshots on Twitter comparing the draw distances on the Xbox One (above) and the Xbox 360 (below). Being able to see farther into the horizon is nice, especially when you’ve got so much more of the world to see. 4J tweeted that it is currently trying out a world size that is 36 times bigger than that of its predecessor. Wow. With much larger worlds and the ability to transfer save filesMinecraft: Xbox One Edition is shaping up to be one huge upgrade.


Source: Twitter via Total Xbox


Minecraft Spider-Man Skin Pack coming April 30


Everybody loves The Avengers. They’ve been getting all the attention lately, making countless movies and, thanks to their awesome skin pack, saving the world of Minecraft from creepers. Their skin pack contains many characters, yet it somehow neglected the greatest of Marvel heroes. That injustice will soon be corrected, thanks to the upcoming Marvel Spider-Man Skin Pack. The pack contains 35 skins of both friends and foes from the Spider-Man series, finally allowing you to become the friendly neighborhood web-slinger. The skin pack will release April 30 for $2.99, with a reboot coming in the next few years.


Source: PlayXBLA


Minecraft Candy Texture Pack out now


Craving something sweet? Look no further than the new Minecraft texture pack! The Candy Texture Pack turns every block in the world into an edible treat. Forests are filled with ice cream trees, the ocean overflows with soda, and sheep grow thick coats of cotton candy. There’s just so much to see – check out all the delicious screenshots after the jump. You can pick up the texture pack here for $1, and as always you can check out the free trial before you buy.

Source: PlayXBLA

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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.


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

Minecraft TU14 fixes

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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