Xbox Fever (July 24th)
Chris: Where the hell did you go?!
JDL: Oh, you know. Judo. Training. Lost 20 more lbs.
Chris: You disappeared for a MONTH. I won’t let this go so easily, baby!
JDL: But I brought you some Baby Ruths, some Pop-Ems and an autograph from Daigo Umehara.
Chris: All! Is forgiven!
JDL: How ’bout some news?
Minecraft Sells 3 Mil
JDL: The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has officially surpassed 3 million sales. I’m impressed, but not surprised.
Mojang founder Markus “Notch” Persson tweeted the news: “I got told Minecraft for XBLA passed three million sales today!” Mind you, this is since May 9th of this year!
Chris: Psh, I’m not that surprised either, considering 35 million people have signed up to play online with almost 6.7 million purchasing the game.
JDL: In case you missed it, Mojang released an Xbox 360 update last week, featuring the addition of stackable fences, lighting improvements, sugar cane, cacti, and clay and several other fixes.
Chris: For those that want to know, the PC version is available for about $24.25, the 360 version is worth $20 (that’s 1600 MS points) and $6.99 for the mobile version.
No Patch For Fez?!
says: Ars Technica
JDL: Puzzle platformer Fez has a few “bugs,” but it would cost “tens of thousands of dollars,” a charge Microsoft would impose to correct said problems.
A first patch was released to fix some initial problems, but then players would experience save file corruption, essentially erasing their progress through the game.
Rather than pay Microsoft “such a large sum of money” (Double Fine’s Tim Schaefer estimates the cost at around $40,000 in an interview with Hookshot Inc. earlier this year), the initial, slightly error-prone patch is available again on Microsoft’s servers.
Developer Phil Fish offered an apology to gamers, saying it broke his heart to leave them with a broken game, but paying “a ton of money” to fix the issues “doesn’t make any sense, especially when Microsoft itself considers the current patch ‘good enough,'” according to Fish. “We already owe Microsoft a LOT of money for the privilege of being on their platform,” he added. “People often mistakenly believe that we got paid by Microsoft for being exclusive to their platform. Nothing could be further from the truth. WE pay THEM.”
Ouch, that sucks for everyone involved.
Chris: Truly a sad story. Don’t you have some GOOD news, my man?
Cheap Kinect Action!
JDL: For a limited time, Best Buy has refurbished Xbox Kinects available for $59.99.
Chris: Oh baby, that’s what I like to hear!
JDL: HOWEVER! This Kinect comes with no warranty. Thems the breaks, kiddo. It does come with Best Buy’s return policy, so if it sucks or breaks within 30 days, you’re all good.
Chris: That’s STILL not bad! No part of that deal sounded suckish!
JDL: Hey, you’re right! Considering that’s a $90 discount, getting it refurbished? That’s not a bad deal. AT ALL. Shoot, at that price I might grab one.
The refurb’d Kinect comes with Kinect Adventures, by the way.
+|15% to Xbox Live Subscriptions
JDL: Xbox Live’s user base was fifteen per cent higher this year with a large increase in more paid Gold accounts and free Silver accounts.
Back in February, Microsoft claimed it had an audience of more than 40 million Xbox Live subscribers. For reference, 67 million systems have been launched since November 2005. Microsoft also reported increased revenue by 4 per cent bringing them to $18 billion.
Chris: I love news like this! Here’s to Microsoft’s great success!
Chris: Where are you going now?
JDL: Florida for a week. I go every year about this time.
Chris: To sweat off the last of your fat?
JDL: Hopefully! Actually, I’m going on vacation with my family. Provided we —
Chris: We? Speak for yourself!
JDL: — haven’t upset anybody by not posting, I’ll be more vigilant with updates when I return. And I’ll make them sushi. Until then, be good!