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  • Minecraft PS4 Physical Version Gets Solid Release Date

    minecraft ps4Whilst Minecraft for the PlayStation 4 has been available as a digital download from the PlayStation Network since the beginning of this month, many players who have hoped for a retail version of the game have had to hold their breath for a physical release.

    Luckily enough, Mojang has now announced that the physical retail version of Minecraft PS4 is on the way, and players will be able to pick it up from in-store starting from some time in October this year. In Sony's official press release related to the matter, Sony announced that,

    "As many of you will already know, Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition has been available from PlayStation Store since the beginning of the month. Following the successful digital launch, we are pleased to announce that the retail disc version will be available from 3rd October."

    Sony followed on this topic by mentioning the upcoming PS Vita version of Minecraft, and their plans for cross-buy support for the game,

    "In other Minecraft related news, for those waiting for the PS Vita Edition, we'll have more information on this in a few weeks and will include full details on how the Cross-Buy works between the PS3 and PS Vita Editions."

    Despite Minecraft already being one of the top selling games on many other platforms, the PS4 version of the game is proving popular among PlayStation 4 owners, and it's already pulling in many more sales for Mojang, which will ultimately now go to Microsoft.

  • Microsoft Plans to Buy Mojang

    microsoft mojangIt seems that nobody can escape acquisition these days - if you're a successful business, and you manage to get the spotlight on you, chances are somebody like Google, Microsoft or Amazon will swoop down and offer a pricey deal to purchase your entire business.

    Recently, Twitch was acquired by Amazon for $970 million, and now there are rumors circulating that Microsoft is looking to acquire Mojang, the creators of the ever-popular Minecraft.

    Whilst nothing is definitely confirmed at this point, it is looking likely that Microsoft are looking into paying whatever they can to get hold of Minecraft, including a cash payment upwards of $2.5 billion.

    The deciding factor will come down to whether the current Minecraft owners will be willing to give up their rights to the game for a huge cash sum. Markus "Notch" Persson, the original creator of Minecraft has already stated in the past that he has made enough money from Minecraft, but due to changes in Mojang, it may not be down to Notch to sell the company.

    If Microsoft do purchase Mojang, it could mean we'll see more Minecraft branded toys, TV content or other entertainment mediums that can help Microsoft boost the revenue from the game. It's also possible that Microsoft may bring Minecraft to Windows Phone - as it stands now, Mojang have not developed a Pocket Edition version of Minecraft for Windows Phone due to the "tiny" market share Windows Phone currently holds.

  • Minecraft for PS4 Has Gone Live

    minecraft ps4 - CopyAt long last, the PlayStation 4 port for Minecraft has finally been put up for sale after months of development, planning and delayed releases. 4JStudios, the development team responsible for the port, have been working on the PS4 and Xbox One ports before the consoles were even available to the public. However, Minecraft can now be picked up from the PSN store for $19.99.

    If PS3 owners already have a copy of Minecraft on their PlayStation 3, they can 'upgrade' to the new PS4 version of Minecraft for just $4.99. Unfortunately, the promotion is not available for those that have purchased the physical copy of Minecraft for the PlayStation 3 in the past, however going forward all PS3 physical copies of Minecraft will now have pre-packaged codes that will players a $14.99 discount on the PS4 version of the game.

    Minecraft has been planned for the Xbox One as well, however due to a few issues the release has been slightly delayed. The Xbox One version of Minecraft will be released this Friday, and the same $19.99 full price and $4.99 upgrade price will be available on the Xbox One too.

    For those unaware, the new generation ports for Minecraft have a bunch of new features not supported in either the PS3 or Xbox 360 version, including worlds that are 36 times larger than the last-gen versions, better render distance and improved graphics.

    If you're an avid Minecraft fan and enjoy playing the game on your console, the $4.99 upgrade price should be something you may want to consider, as the extra world space will definitely come in handy.

  • Minecraft PS3 Set for Release this week

    Minecraft PS3 ReleaseDespite being out on the Xbox 360 since last year, no other ports have reached the market, apart for the pocket edition version for Android and iOS devices. However, that is about to change as it has been confirmed that 4J Studios, the team behind the console ports, has finally finished with the PS3 version and it is planned for a release this week.

     

    On Tuesday, 17th December, Minecraft for PlayStation 3 will be available as a digital download on the PlayStation store. The Minecraft Xbox 360 version is available for around $20, so it's likely the price of the PlayStation 3 version will be similar, however we won't be able to find out until it's release day tomorrow.

     

    Although it has taken 4J Studios a long time to port the Xbox version over to the PS3, the PlayStation version won't be missing out on any game content, and will include all of the features in the latest patch on the Xbox 360 version.

     

    The PS3 game will come with no extra skins or texture pack DLCs, but these will be added later on in 2014.

     

    The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ports were also planned for a late 2013 release, however they have since been delayed and will now only make it to consoles some time in 2014, along with the extra PS3 DLC content.

     

    4J Studios also have plans for improving upon the current gameplay experience for the console port, however they won’t be working on new updates for the consoles until all console versions are out, so TU14 for Xbox 360 has since been delayed.

  • Skyrim and Minecraft Mash-Up Coming to Xbox 360

    Bethesda has just teamed up with Mojang to announce a new DLC pack currently exclusive to the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft Pocket Edition.
    The new DLC content will replace some of the existing materials in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition with Skyrim themed versions, as well as adding completely new items and equipment into the game.

    The new mash-up pack will include a range of new features -

    Skyrim themed texture set that replaces the textures for all blocks in-game with Skyrim themed versions.

    40 Skyrim character skins that can be chosen from the menu. This will include some well-known races and creatures from Skyrim such as an Orc warrior, a Khajiit merchant, an Argonian mage, an Orc blacksmith, a frost troll and more.

    Skyrim themed menu and user interface

    Skyrim music score will replace the original Minecraft music. Includes Watch the Skies, Dragonborn, Awake, From Past To Present, The City Gates, Dragonsreach, Distant Horizons, Dawn, The Jerall Mountains, Secunda, Frostfall, Unbound, Far Horizons, The Streets of Whiterun and others.

    Pre-made world will be included in the pack and will include landmark locations from Skyrim, such as Whiterun, Riverwood and Bleak Falls Barrow.

    The Skyrim mash-up pack is now the second Xbox 360 mash-up following on from the Mass Effect themed DLC pack, and will be available for 3.99 Dollars/ 2.69 Pounts / 3.79 Euros

    Although this content pack is only available for Minecraft Xbox 360 edition at this time, it may also become available on other platforms when it is released to other consoles.

  • Minecraft's Notch Gets Invited to E3 by Sony

    Minecraft managed to land a huge amount of sales on the Xbox platform, but since then, talk of moving the popular game to PlayStation has been pretty quiet. However, Sony has very recently sent Notch, the main developer of Minecraft, a golden PSOne as 'special VIP pass' to E3. On top of this, Notch also got sent a copy of Dungeon Master 2 to play on the console.

    Could this mean anything past the fact that Sony want Notch to come and view them reveal more information about the PlayStation 4? - Probably very likely. But what could the reason be for Notch's VIP pass? The first thing that comes to mind is that Minecraft will be revealed for the PlayStation, but whether that's for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 is currently unknown.

    It would make sense that Minecraft was put out for both platforms as it would allow players to play Minecraft whether they are on the new console or the old one.

    Another possibility is that Notch may be teaming up with Sony to bring out a new game by Mojang studios.

    Would you prefer to play Minecraft on the PlayStation or have a completely brand new game by Notch and Mojang instead?

  • Journey Into Minecraft - Recap

    Hey all welcome back to my seventh and most likely last post along my Minecraft journey! Last week I said that I had started a new world with more friends, but because this may be my last blog post about my Minecraft journey, I decided that it would be better just to rehash some of my favorite moments from the original game.

    If you have been following my blog you would know that I had a lofty list of goals at the beginning that I never really achieved because I was either too dumb or too screwed to do them, but let's take a look at some of my finest achievements!

    I'm a winner...

    My first achievement that I was most proud of in the game was building my first shelter. I know, it doesn't look like much and I used blocks of wood instead of wood planks but you know what. It was my first and it protected me from the great unknown that is Minecraft. The shelter gave my companion and me a sense of security. This was the same kind of security that a blanket gives a kid.

    I created a tool! Well I mean I created many tool before this one but the shovel had to be the most confusing creation. Anyhow the feeling I got creating something out of materials that I had collected was gratifying to say the least and now I could collect more materials at a faster pace! It was a vicious circle but I loved it!

    From starving Neanderthal to cultivated cat I thought I was pretty hot stuff for creating my own farm. Alas, I had found a use for the hoe and was able to make bread with my own grain. Way too cool!

    Animal husbandry! Check it out! I actually crossed out one of my goals that I intended to do. Well...katycat37 did. But I am not jealous! Ok I was jealous but I was still happy for her and her newfound love of being a cat lady. P.S. We had an infestation of those guys in our house. UGH!

    Alas, I also screwed up along the way. From my house being blown up to eating zombie flesh. I died and learned a lot.

    I get knocked down but I...fall down again...

    If being invaded by zombies wasn't enough, my house was blown to smithereens when a creeper decided it would be cool to chase me down to my house while I wasn't looking. Man did I feel dumb.

    This moment was just sad. At this point in our journey we decided it would be better for us to leave the jungle and head to a new biome. So, we began the salvaging process of our first house but we decided to leave a little relic behind just in case we ever ran into it again. When we left, to add insult to injury, it began to rain. Darn game.

    All good things must come to an end...

    I'd just like to thank my girlfriend katycat37 for coming along this journey with me and taking all these screenshots for this blog. I'd also like to thank the fans for reading! I now understand why so many people have been sucked into this blocky world of Minecraft and why they won't come out for hours. It is great fun.

    That's all folks!

  • JOURNEY INTO MINECRAFT - PART 6

    Hello everyone and welcome back to the sixth part of my Minecraft series. Where you get to laugh at my pain and hopefully learn something from it for your Minecrafting adventures!

    Last time I left you my companion and myself had started a new life in the swamp biome with a new home and even a rooftop garden! Of course, it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows to get to that point but it worked out.

    This week was looking a lot more productive. Katycat37 was about to learn animal husbandry and I was about to learn how cool it is to have a boat, and how cool it was to get lost.

    Fishing and kittens...

    As we started to finally settle down in our new home we decided it would be a good time to stop worrying about caring for our survival and just living leisurely. So, my companion found out how to make a fishing rod and began to fish! These fish that she caught was a great source of food for us but when my Minecraft guru friend told her she could domestic cats with the fish she...freaked!

    "OH MY GOD! YOU CAN HAVE CATS!!!111" "They are so cute!!!!"

    Yeah.

    After that point it was her goal, no, her duty to domestic ALL THE CATS!

    Boating...

    As my companion was collecting all the cats, I decided to create a boat and navigate the waterways! Which surrounded the swampy lands. When I did this I felt this kind of invincibility. I used to be terrified of zombies, spiders and skeletons and when I knew they couldn't touch me, I just laughed! The monsters would have the last laugh though. It was dark and I was completely lost. Darn..

    Lost...

    This moment reminded me of a good family friend of mine who would always say, "There I was! Waist deep in rice patties with Vietcong all around me!" How this reminded me of a real combat situation I have no idea, but it was apparent that I was screwed. So throughout the whole night I would try to navigate my way back.

    Along the way I would find small waterways where skeletons could shoot at me and the thought of being stranded lingered. I was lost. I was terrified and had no idea where I was going.

    Then all of a sudden I see light! The game begins to load in the new scenery and then...MY HOME! I was so ecstatic to find my home that I jumped right out of the boat and went straight in to have myself a cooked pork chop. Ah, home sweet home.

    Alas, this adventure was coming to an end. My companion and I have moved from place to place, died multiple times and I achieved some of the goals I put in my first blog!

    Fear not though! We started a new journey with two new friends which ended up with me traveling days trying to find a dog, beautiful architecture and deep caverns. Check out my companion's stats for this journey!

    Stayed tuned for next week and thanks for reading!

    (This Journey began as result of BHLGaming.com's Minecraft Month for September. If you would like to meet similar gamers be sure to check out their site. )

  • JOURNEY INTO MINECRAFT - PART 5

    Hello everyone and welcome back to my second life that I like to call Minecraft!

    Last week I left you with bitter sadness coupled with the unknown frontier that lay before me. But this week, everything was starting to look a whole lot better... kind of.

    Off on the wrong foot...

    After leaving our dismantled home with sadness in our thoughts we set out to a new land, a land that would be much flatter and hopefully not as dangerous as the last. But before we even got to our destination my companion katycat37 and I were separated. I began to look for her like a mad man but with the sun coming down I knew we had to make a shelter. So I did what any good companion would. I left!

    Yes I felt bad! But what was I gonna do! Kill both of us? Stop being selfish!

    Anyways, as I left the jungle I came to the swamp biome. This particular land was filled with...nothingness. This biome is completely desolate. Except for the water surrounding it with a few swamp trees it was pretty empty, but it had to do.

    Forever alone and a rooftop garden...

    As I began to lay the first wooden planks of our new house I knew that night would quickly come so I had to make a rudimentary shelter. Did I? No I didn't. I decided that it would be better to create a two-story house at this time. Except I didn't have enough wood with me to build this house so, I was stuck with a house with no roof and stairs to no-where. That's just great.

    It's kind of like when you built something with Legos and you didn't have enough Legos so your battleship looks like a gutted fish. Yeah that was my new beginning. DERP!

    As soon as the dawn came my companion was able to travel to our new home and helped me construct it to a real glorious house with a rooftop garden no less!

    IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A MINECRAFTER...

    Ah yes. This was the Minecraft paradise that I have been searching for! A home with a nice ocean front view, two-stories with rooftop garden and a farm to provide sustenance, oh yeah this was it!

    But, I committed a sin. I did not know how to make a bed for our house and if you are new to Minecraft then know this: beds act as spawn points. Because I didn't know this and when I died I had to run from my old wreck house in the jungle to our new one in the swamps. So...

    I CHECKED THE WIKI! Oh the humanity! I did it! I did what I said I was never going to do. But at least I could spawn in my new house every time I died!

    Check in next week when my companion becomes a cat lady and we go boating!

    Thanks for reading!

    (Check out BHLGaming.com and join their forum for more Minecraft fun throughout the entire month of September.)

  • JOURNEY INTO MINECRAFT - PART 4

    Howdy all, and welcome back to Part 4 of my Minecraft blog here on Evil Controllers! Last time, I left you all with a beautiful Minecraft sunset which seemed to hint that things were starting to looking brighter.

    Well, it was anything but bright.

    I hate creepers...

    After a long journey in the underground mine outside of our humble household I decided that it would be a great time to reorganize all my loot. As I was doing this I had this comforting feeling that my tools could face any enemy in the world of Minecraft. Spiders, creepers, skeletons and zombies all bowed before the heel of my boot in the underground cavern and it gave me a sense of serenity.

    Life was good.

    Then, all of a sudden, my character was thrown across the room from a powerful explosion! Half of my hearts were gone and my foundation was shaken to its core. I thought to myself,"What the hell just happened?" I then looked to where I was standing and saw this...

    It was one of the most disheartening experiences of my Minecraft life. I knew creepers were harmful enemies underground but to have them come to the front doorstep of my house was just frightening. Nowhere was safe.

    This was when I made the decision to pack up our bags and get the hell out of this jungle biosphere and find one that is much more open. I vowed that no creeper would touch my house ever again and make me rebuild it all. (Which, by the way, is incredibly frustrating.)

    But before I did that I found that you could have different skins for your character. So I chose to be one of my videogame heroes: Gordon Freeman. (Ahh yeah.)

    As Gordon I told my companion that this jungle was too harsh and that we needed to travel to the East and make a new house in a different biosphere. She reluctantly agreed with me and we began the upsetting process of taking our house apart for the wood planks.

    Sad...

    As we finished our job on scavenging the resources from our house we decided that it would be best if we left some behind in order to serve as a memorial as our first house in this big Minecraft world.

    When we left, the world almost knew what was going on and decided to put salt on the wound by raining.


    The sadness I felt was almost sickening. It was the same feeling I had when I destroyed a Lego creation in order to create a new one as a kid.

    SIGH...

    Stay tuned next week when we start our new home in a not so far away land. This time our house was twice as big and our ingenuity went from Neanderthal to well not as stupid.

    (Check out BHLGaming.com and join their forum for more Minecraft fun throughout the entire month of September.)

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