Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Microsoft Staff Surprised by Minecraft Announcement
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Microsoft only reached the agreement to bring Minecraft to XBLA one week before the game’s E3 2011 announcement, says head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer.

The deal was so rushed that the graphic used for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition's on-stage reveal was made the night before the conference. Indeed, such was the last-minute nature of the reveal, it caught some Microsoft employees off guard.

“Even the people inside Microsoft, as they were looking at it, were thinking, ‘What is that Minecraft thing and why are we putting it on stage?,” said Spencer.

Despite the rushed announcement, however, Microsoft is pleased by the title’s stellar performance on Xbox Live Arcade.

“And then the thing comes out and sells 2 million copies in a month,” said Spencer. “Did I know that? No. Even Mojang didn’t know that.”

[via Destructoid]


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Comment #1 by Zmoke
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 04:48:06 AM
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This trailer basically explains it all: :-[)

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Comment #2 by ThoracicKez
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:02:06 AM
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how the fuck can you not have heard of minecraft if you work for a gaming company

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Comment #3 by Peter W
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:13:49 AM
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@2 Because they probably work solely on the Xbox, and minecraft is an indie game (albeit a vastly successful one). Doesn't seem that impossible to me.

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Comment #4 by Tom Bick
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:15:05 AM
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@2 maybe because they don't care about games that are primarily aimed at teenagers and children...

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Comment #5 by DarthTrakd
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:23:55 AM
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as has already been pointed out Minecraft was very much an indie game on the PC, still is really. only the Xbox release has really put it in the limelight of a wider audience.

But still 2 million copies in a month, well done mojang.

But I'd still like to see an update sometime soon, I got excited about the one recenlty but it didn't seem to do much besides updating some blocks and NOT ADDING PISTONS!!!!

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Comment #6 by Caramel Cardinal
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:29:14 AM
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@2 posibly because at the time it was still in beta and wasn't a full release yet

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Comment #7 by Rapturous Rich
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:37:45 AM
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@4, they don't care about games that are primarily aimed at teenagers and children? Really? Let's not get into the debate over how many pre-pubescent kiddies you come across in the likes of Call of Duty and FIFA and what-not, how about all those Kinect games with cute, little fluffy animals, awwww? Tell me that's genuinely aimed at 'adult' gamers and I will happily munch on my hat, good sir.

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Comment #8 by Jeff.Spectre
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:37:46 AM
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this game is great, best on pc though since you can mod the crap out of it.

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Comment #9 by dannypne18
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 05:55:30 AM
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#2 i,d never heard of minecraft untill a week ago when a played the demo and its pretty good imo

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Comment #10 by smeegle
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 06:09:33 AM
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@#2 Maybe they didnt know it was coming to Xbox?

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Comment #11 by smeegle
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 06:11:42 AM
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@ #7 What kind of hat do you have? I favor my bowler but i never turn down the chance to munch on a trilby :)

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Comment #12 by jordanwyo
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 06:16:48 AM
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if u read the article it says they were surprised by it coming to xbox, is what i understood not that they didnt know what it was. it was a quick decision and alot of people inside the company didnt know that microsoft was going to develop a minecraft game. if you people are so quick to bash microsoft then just buy a playstation and use linux.

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Comment #13 by Septic
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 06:35:09 AM
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Little ten year old's go ape crap for this.

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Comment #14 by Rapturous Rich
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 07:11:15 AM
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@11, I used to have a trilby but my brother borrowed it for a Halloween costume 2 years ago and I haven't seen it since. Though at present I've got 2 beanies and a fedora lying around ;)

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Comment #15 by strawberry
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 07:31:34 AM
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I agree with @2

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Comment #16 by Steakslave
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 07:34:45 AM
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I've played Minecraft and I still don't know what the hell it's supposed to be...

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Comment #17 by Jeff.Spectre
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 07:54:09 AM
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@16 - its digital Lego, you mine for building materials, all to build a magnificent cock and balls.
i suppose you could build something else if you really want, but that is sort of frowned upon.

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Comment #18 by Spanish Assault
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 07:56:05 AM
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It blows my mind how popular this game is.....I guess I might buy it... maybe.

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Comment #19 by Eliasmcfly
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 08:36:36 AM
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I got this game thinking why did i just buy this. For some reason I continue to play it and I enjoy digging and building crap just to get blown up by some creeper or some punk that joined my game. :D

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Comment #20 by reaper527
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 08:47:57 AM
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the article explicitly quotes:
"Even the people inside Microsoft, as they were looking at it, were thinking, ‘What is that Minecraft thing'"

you are clearly putting a spin on the article that doesn't belong by saying they knew what minecraft was but merely didn't know it was coming to the 360. perhaps you should read the article a little more carefully before starting posts with "if u read the article"

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Comment #21 by AgentOrange330
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 09:36:41 AM
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@ 2 - Its didn't say that the employees didn't know what Minecraft was. They didn't know that there was an agreement to bring it to the 360...

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Comment #22 by Mezerashi
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 09:58:47 AM
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The title to the article is "Microsoft Staff Surprised by Minecraft ANNOUNCEMENT" Not surprised that such a game existed. Sweet mother of god people, use common sense and stop believing that everyone is as imbecilic as you are.

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Comment #23 by kSlice
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 10:13:47 AM
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I cant wait for the first update, but I really cant wait for the adventure update, that will make the game really fun again.

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Comment #24 by ash356
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 10:15:46 AM
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'Even the people inside Microsoft, as they were looking at it, were thinking, ‘What is that Minecraft thing and why are we putting it on stage?,”'
I realise you must hold your staggering ability to read Titles in high regard, but anyone with the most basic understanding of the English language should be able to understand how that quote right there could be interpreted in such a way that hints M$ hadn't heard of Microsoft.

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Comment #25 by SuperWoody64
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 10:46:43 AM
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@24, I think they were referring to the graphic that was created the night before. I can't imagine anyone in the industry (a) not knowing what minecraft is and (2) calling minecraft "that minecraft thing"

And I'm pretty sure they've heard of their own company.

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Comment #26 by Trombonafide
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 10:55:32 AM
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No offense, but anyone who hadn't heard of Minecraft before the Xbox360 release is not connected to gaming news in any way. The game was in beta when it hit its popularity, and has been a full PC game release since November 18, 2011. The alpha of the game came out in 2009. Don't be stupid.

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Comment #27 by The Remdizzle
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 11:43:47 AM
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I thought it was like Starcraft or something... Ha!

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Comment #28 by ash356
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 11:48:37 AM
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I'm not saying that's what the statement implies, I'm just pointing out how one could view it in such a fashion. The arrogant tone of the other guy just incensed me to do so, by making it sound as if anyone who thought as such was 'an imbecile', when it's pretty obvious, and somewhat logical, how someone could come to such a conclusion.
Also, heh. That last word was supposed to be Minecraft. Should probably proof-read my comments more. My bad :P

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Comment #29 by francisrossi
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 12:08:50 PM
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@5 - it fixed bugs, added auto-save and nerfed the duplication glitches. First two fine, but not the latter.

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Comment #30 by BeheldBryan
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 12:10:16 PM
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Out of touch.

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Comment #31 by Man On The Run
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 12:31:46 PM
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Am i one of the few that read this as MS employees wondering why Minecraft was being put on stage due to them havibg no idea it was to be announced it was coming to the 360?

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Comment #32 by jorax
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 01:16:49 PM
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@31 - that is clearly the intent of the article. Haters gonna hate!

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Comment #33 by DecadentBeaver
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 02:41:27 PM
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2 million copies is a lot for an Arcade game. Selling well and lots of people playing it. Worth every one of the 1600msp I spent on it.

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Comment #34 by FuzzMan3000
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 03:22:34 PM
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wow, 2 million? That's impressive. Been thinking about getting this, the ipad version is a bit shit and don't really use the pc much nowadays.

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Comment #35 by Mezerashi
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 04:21:30 PM
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@ ash356 It was an arrogant tone. The people before were ridiculing Microsoft employees for not knowing what Minecraft is. The sentence can be read as such, I agree. But people should be smart enough to use common sense and context clues to figure out that that is not the case. The writers of these articles are adults who write their articles like adults. If people want to be less than intelligent and rant and spread their idiocy, I for one am going to point it out and hope they learn something.

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Comment #36 by ash356
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 08:08:20 PM
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Your point might be valid, if it were not for the fact that the source article has a totally different title: 'Minecraft XBLA was a rushed deal before E3, says Spencer'.
Thus, considering this is the source article, it is obviously more reliable than the title of the article that cited it, i.e, this one (X360A).
I agree that the people may be in the wrong for ridiculing Microsoft, but I still feel you have no right exerting an attitude of higher intelligence, especially given the fact that the two titles suggest totally different ideas.

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Comment #37 by Mezerashi
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 08:51:05 AM
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@ash356 You and I have every right to feel however we want. Its our rights as human beings. Saying you don't feel I have the right to feel a certain way just shows how restrictive your thinking is. I don't care about the article or its title. It's an interesting read and I enjoyed it for the little pieces of info it shared. What bothers me is the people who run their mouths about shit they don't even truly understand. What makes it worse is, all the information they needed on the subject at hand is right in front of them. I have been a gamer all my life,nearly 30 years, and I am getting sick and tired of all these idiots trying to make themselves feel better because of their stupity. Rise above yourself. Make yourself better. You seem an intelligent person, stop defending ignorance.

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Comment #38 by gravelandx88
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 11:20:30 AM
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I might get it later, when they drop the price.

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