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access_time May 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM in Culture by John De Large

Xbox Fever (May 14)

JDL has lost his voice, which he insists via a note, he needs to do this week’s Xbox Fever, so Chris is taking the reigns and JDL will chime in with via an Etch-A-Sketch and smoke signals.

Minecraft Sells A Million Copies In Less Than A Week

OCD for everybody!: CVG
Chris: So, how about that Minecraft? I love how it teaches kids and adults alike the wonderful lesson of hoarding while encouraging them to develop OCD — at the same time! Yeah, baby! Now everyone can be as neurotic as the characters I play! But it wasn’t enough to have gamers playing Minecraft on their computers! I prayed long and hard until Minecraft came to the greatest console of all, the Xbox 360! And what do you know Mojang’s Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has sold over a million copies before the end of it’s first week.

“It’s official: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has has broken all previous Xbox LIVE Arcade digital sales records, selling more than any other title in the first 24 hours on Xbox LIVE Arcade,” said Microsoft’s Major Nelson blog in an official announcement last week.

Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, Minecraft creator — Minecreator — tweeted that performance numbers were “very, very good” and that the title became “profitable in an hour.” Sounds like my movies, eh JDL?

JDL draws: A picture of a middle finger.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Hits PSN and XBLA June 5

Virtua Fighter 5 Mecha Metal Turbo Edition comes out the day after: Game Guru

Chris: Virtua Fighter 5 came out a while ago…

JDL draws: The number 2007.

Chris: Right. Virtua Fighter 5 came out 2007 years ago and while it didn’t set the world on fire like Capcom’s fighting game offerings, Virtua Fighter returns, baby! Taka Arashi returns from obscurity and newcomer Jean Kujo enters the fray. Character customization DLC packs will be available for all nineteen fighters in the game, which will cost 4.99 for PSN or 400 Microsoft Points. Although gamers can get nine or ten characters’ worth of DLC items at the time of launch for 14.99 USD or 1,200 Microsoft Points.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is expected to cost 14.99 USD or 1,200 Microsoft Points. A pretty good price for a pretty good game if you ask me!

Halo 4 Cover Art Revealed

Game Rant

Chris: In a shocking twist, the cover art for Halo 4 doesn’t feature Robert Downey Jr. in a Tanooki suit punching Chris Brown in the mouth, but it features none other than Master Chief on a strange rock/surfboard thing while an episode of Doctor Who takes place behind him. Actually, it looks like he’s riding atop the remains of Forward Unto Dawn the destroyed ship from the end of Halo 3. Was that supposed to have a spoiler tag? My bad, son. What do you think of the Halo 4 cover, JDL?

JDL draws: A better cover.

Chris: Phillistine! Make sure to get Halo 4 for your 360 on November 6th later this year.

Gears Dev Needs More Power


Chris: Tim Sweeney, Epic CEO of Epic Games, wants more processing power in the next consoles from Microsoft and Sony, so that they will be accepted.

Sweeney points out that a console’s selling point is the fact that they provide a “high-end gaming experience.” And I guess our desktops are chopped liver?

Sweeny elaborates, “When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and those games are the best out there, bar none.” Sweenet also “What we want is as many teraflops as is economically possible to deliver to consumers…You need awesome games that provide a level of graphical fidelity that people have just not seen or even imagined previously.”

Will the console developers deliver? Probably, if it saves everybody the trouble of having to come up with anything original. I mean, who actually plays games for their story?

JDL writes: Sadly, nobody does anymore.

That’s it for JDL and Chris. De Large is going back to bed with some Cepacol and antibiotics so he can get rested before trying a new fighting style on top of Judo, while Chris is going to the Cheesecake Factory to see if he can eat a whole cheesecake. Until next week, be good!


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