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Minecraft Cartoon Texture Pack available now

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What do you get when you cross Minecraft with childhood memories of Saturday morning? A brand new texture pack! The Cartoon Texture Pack makes every block in the world colorful and silly, just like the cartoons of yesteryear. If you’ve ever wanted  to trick your friends with a fake tunnel or drop a piano on the head of an unsuspecting roadrunner creeper, these are the textures you’ve been waiting for. Check out the screenshots after the jump to see all the potential hijinks this pack has to offer. The Cartoon Texture Pack is available now for $1.

Source: PlayXBLA

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Minecraft gets an Honest Game trailer

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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.

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Gunscape joins the ID@Xbox program

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Gunscape is making its way onto Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program. Gunscape can perhaps best be described as a mix of Minecraft, Duke Nukem and Dungeon Keeper. Players can create levels for single player or online play; co-op and competitive multiplayer game types are both available as well. There is a campaign mode and players can even create their own campaign designs utilizing traps, geometry and monsters.

E3 featured a playable demo of the current Gunscape build alongside many other ID@Xbox projects. The indie support and focus on games at E3 has really been a fantastic change of pace from Microsoft’s 2013 approach to E3. Gunscape is scheduled to release for Xbox One one during November of this year.

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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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Xbox One maintains cumulative software sales lead in the U.S. *updated*

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Last month was a big month for the Xbox One, as Microsoft reported that April’s NPD Group results showed the Xbox One continuing to sit on top in life-to-date software sales. Driving these sales was a game that was not available on any other next-gen console, Titanfall. Popular XBLA title Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition finished fourth.

As usual, Xbox One did not come out on top in console sales, trailing behind Sony’s PlayStation 4. However, life-to-date the Xbox One has more cumulative software units sold than any other eighth generation home console. In its first six months on the market, the Xbox One sold over 76 percent more units than the Xbox 360 did during its debut. Microsoft hopes that sales of the Xbox One will grow even faster with the release of the $399 Kinect-less version releasing on June 9. Continue reading for more highlights and statistics from the NPD Group report.

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Halo Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft

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Anyone who has ever wanted to explore a Blood Gulch made entirely of blocks or guide Master Chief through their Minecraft worlds is soon going to have those opportunities available to them, as the Halo Mash-Up Pack will add a variety of Halo-themed content into Minecraft. It even features many iconic musical tracks from the popular shooter franchise. In total, the pack will feature 40 character skins and a complete pre-built world, so eager explorers can jump right down into the action, with many popular Halo locations built into a world specifically designed to make use of the new content.

Source: PlayXBLA

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Minecraft gives gifts for its second Xbox 360 birthday

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Minecraft is celebrating its two-year anniversary for the Xbox 360 by giving out yet another “Birthday” skin pack. From May 8 through the 18, players can get the new pack for free, including characters from Viva Piñata and the Halo, Fable and Banjo franchises. The first birthday skin pack is also available for free during this period. Minecraft is headed to the Xbox One and 4J Studios has recently released a preview of the increased draw distance capability. The announcement that save files will be transferable is another added bonus. The only mystery that remains is a release date.

Source: PlayXBLA.com

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Minecraft Spider-Man Skin Pack coming April 30

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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.

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Source: PlayXBLA

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Minecraft save files will transfer from 360 to Xbox One

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The news comes directly from the digital mouth of Phil Spencer: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition saves (worlds) will be able to be transferred to the Xbox One. This is another step in potentially gaining some “backwards compatibility” for the Xbox One. If the 360 emulator project works well, and the most popular arcade titles (such as Minecraft) are able to be played on the new console, the need to keep the older console is reduced if not negated completely. The news coming from Microsoft lately certainly shows that it is willing to listen and adapt to players’ needs and wants.

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Minecraft to be used for real-world redesigns

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In what is likely the strangest, most amusing case of life-imitates-art-imitates-life, it appears that the free-form, sandbox-y block-placing smash hit Minecraft will now be used to submit entries in contests to redesign real world buildings. The initiative is called Block by Block, a joint venture between the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Mojang.

UN-Habitat is a UN agency with a mission of promoting sustainable towns and cities. The goal is to engage young people (and realistically, any users of the PC version of Minecraft) in the design and upgrade of a total of 300 public spaces by 2016. Look for one of the first projects, Plaza Tlaxcoaque, to have its design presentation on April 27, 2014, with real architects transforming the models into real designs to present to city officials sometime later. Work in Nairobi has already begun, and similar efforts have started in Haiti, India, and Nepal.

Block by Block is a truly innovative and commendable international undertaking and goes to show how the gaming industry can give back to communities in creative ways. Being able to engage the gamers, themselves, is phenomenal, as well.

Here’s hoping no creepers slip into the presentations. It’d be a shame if something were to happen to these lovely models.

Source: Block by Block via IGN

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