Tag Archive: Gaming


Microsoft Pays $2.5bn For Minecraft Maker Mojang

 

 

 

 

” Microsoft has bought Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the popular video game Minecraft, for $2.5bn (£1.5bn).

  The title, which has sold over 54 million copies, allows players to build structures with retro Lego-style blocks, as well as explore a large map and battle others.

  The deal was announced by Xbox chief Phil Spencer.

  Mojang, whose three founders will leave the company, assured fans that “everything is going to be OK”.

  Some analysts have speculated the deal is designed to attract more users to Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices.

  The acquisition comes a year after Microsoft bought the Finnish mobile phone firm Nokia.

  Minecraft creator Markus Persson has been critical of Microsoft

  Minecraft is one of the top-selling apps on both Apple’s iOS store and and Android’s Google Play, and has recently been released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, further boosting sales. “

 

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‘Minecraft’ Creator Cancels Oculus Rift Version Following Facebook Acquisition

 

 

 

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” Minecraft creator Markus Persson has revealed that an Oculus Rift version of the game was potentially in the works, but following the sudden news that Facebook has acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, that’s no longer the case. “I just cancelled that deal,” Persson tweeted. “Facebook creeps me out.” He later expanded on his reasoning in a blog post, citing in particular Facebook’s constantly changing platform, which has proved a challenge for game developers.

I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook,” wrote Persson. “Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me.” “

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Xbox One Vs. PS4: Microsoft Sells One Million Units In First 24 Hours, But Which System Will Prevail On Black Friday?

 

 

 

” Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) says it sold more than 1 million Xbox One gaming systems in the first 24 hours on Friday. The console hit shelves in 13 countries that day and was priced at $499 in the U.S.

 The Redmond, Wash.-based company stated Sunday that the new console went on sale in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, the UK, the U.S. and Australia. The corporation was forced to eliminate eight countries from its original sales list due to quality and production conflicts.

 One week earlier, the Sony PS4 sold more than 1 million units on Nov. 15. The next-gen console launched at $399 in North America and is still currently sold out at places like GameStop and Wal-Mart.”

 

 

    Anyone have any opinions to offer ? My son who has been an Xbox fan forever has opted to switch to PS4 . I don’t know the significance of this as all he can articulate to his uncool dad is that PS4 is better . Anyone have more to offer than ” it’s better” ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google’s “Ingress” Opens To All Android Users December 14th

 

 

 

” We, at Niantic Labs at Google, are really excited to let you know that our biggest milestone since the introduction of Ingress is just around the corner: On December 14, 2013, when our worldwide 9-week, 39-city global player event called Operation #13MAGNUS concludes, Ingress will exit Beta. So today, we have several important announcements to share:   

First off, we are dropping the invitation code requirement so that we can welcome all Android players into our Beta. We look forward to welcoming new Agents into the global Ingress community. Beginning now, you can join the worldwide action by downloading Ingress on Google Play at http://goo.gl/KIshWr 

Niantic Labs would also like to thank Agents around the world who have supported us during the beta, so today we are also announcing a special one-time badge: The Founder Medal .  All Agents that reach Level 5 by December 14, 2013 will qualify for a special achievement for their early support of the Ingress experience.   

Additionally, we are excited to announce The Ingress Elite Vchallenge. From Monday, November 4 through the culmination of Operation #13MAGNUS on Saturday, December 14, all Ingress Agents will be eligible to participate in this challenge to identify the five (5) most elite Agents from around the world. Measured by a wide set of Ingress performance stats and a creative social media submission, the winning Ingress Agents will be flown to California for Top Secret Ingress briefings in February 2014 and a special interview with+Susanna Moyer  from The Ingress Report at http://www.youtube.com/ingress . Details on the Ingress Elite V challenge can be found at http://goo.gl/Cxfo1b ”

 

 

 

    Along with the shift from the Beta experimental stage to the open market Google is offering some additional treats and challenges for those lucky enough to be playing the Beta version of the game during the lead-up to going public . Below is a brief synopsis of what Ingress is all about … for the uninitiated , such as ourselves …

 

 

“Ingress is a game of exploration and discovery in the real world, as well as a way to join in with an amazing global community of Ingress Agents,” said +John Hanke , VP in charge of Google’s Niantic Labs. “Our journey over the past year has taken us to live events in more than 80 cities around the world, more than one million downloads of the Ingress app, and more than one million Portals discovered and submitted by Ingress Agents. Two ebooks, a comic book series, and a weekly YouTube show, ‘The Ingress Report’ paint a rich picture of the Ingress world. And Agents have made it their own with more than 2,000 Ingress user communities created on global social networks and countless designs for shirts, badges, jewelry and other objects. More than a dozen Agents have gone so far as to tattoo the Ingress logos on their bodies! A huge thank you to all of the amazing people that have been part of the Ingress journey so far. You have helped make Ingress what it is and have inspired us with so many amazing stories about meeting one another and finding new ways to explore and interact with our world. We can’t wait to see how players continue to make Ingress and the real world a more fun and inspiring place.”

 

 

    Even after putting together this post we must admit that we are still mostly in the dark as to the whole concept of Ingress , but if nothing else , it is a game that will finally get people’s butts up off the couch and out into the world . We supposed that that is benefit enough for a start .

 

 

 

 

 

‘I Don’t Think It’s About More Gun Control’

 

 

 

 

 

Well , what do you know , again we find ourselves in agreement with someone we seldom agree with . That flock of pigs is growing .

 

” Actor Samuel L. Jackson is refusing to join the chorus of actors, celebrities and politicians pushing for more gun control in the wake of the deadly massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“I don’t think it’s about more gun control,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. “I grew up in the South with guns everywhere, and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”

Jackson, one of the stars in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming violent Civil-War era thriller “Django Unchained,” said parents and role models are more important than gun control laws. “