Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sells a million copies

It appears that Minecraft's popularity extends beyond the PC. The Xbox 360 Edition of Mojang Specification's iconic crafting game has sold a million copies in less than one week on the market.

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"This 'Minecraft' thing is just a fad, right?" - Fictional person made up for the purposes of this article.

Sorry, fictional person. It appears that Minecraft's popularity extends beyond the PC. The Xbox 360 Edition of Mojang Specification's iconic crafting game has sold a million copies in less than one week on the market. According to Microsoft, that means the game has broken "all previous Xbox Live Arcade digital sales records." Sorry, Trials Evolution.

With the game profitable after one hour of sales, it boggles the mind to think how rich the developers of Minecraft are with such record-breaking sales.

Major Nelson reports that since its launch, there have been more than 4 million multiplayer sessions played, with 2.4 total multiplayer gaming hours. Combined with everyone crafting online, gamers have clocked in 5.2 million hours, suggesting many Xbox 360 owners spent more time mining low-res blocks than they did with their moms.

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    May 14, 2012 1:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sells a million copies.

    It appears that Minecraft's popularity extends beyond the PC. The Xbox 360 Edition of Mojang Specification's iconic crafting game has sold a million copies in less than one week on the market.

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      May 14, 2012 1:30 PM

      Money. Hats. Notch really did hit on something huge with virtual Lego sandboxes. Wow.

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        May 14, 2012 1:31 PM

        and the game still needs sooo much more work to be everything it could be.

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          May 14, 2012 1:32 PM

          Thanks JR.

        • Zek legacy 10 years
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          May 14, 2012 1:45 PM

          Minecraft is what it is, you're going to need to wait for a full development team to take on the genre if you want that.

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        May 14, 2012 1:32 PM

        I hear he has whole suits made of money.

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      May 14, 2012 1:32 PM

      Excellent

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      May 14, 2012 1:35 PM

      I knew it was popular, but I was not expecting that on the Xbox.

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      May 14, 2012 2:21 PM

      I can hear PR/marketing execs screaming shouts of envy in unison, and for that I'm happy.

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        May 14, 2012 2:41 PM

        So, 20 million bucks just from Xbox alone...

        Absolutely nuts.

        Why are we not making this kind of cash again?

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      May 14, 2012 3:05 PM

      I never played a second of it until yesterday. I played the tutorial and before I knew it the tutorial turned into a "game" and I had built a multistory castle and was exploring the caves under my warbase. I was eating porkchops and wearing leather pants and killing zombies that I dug into.

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        May 14, 2012 3:09 PM

        That's it son, your life is over.

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        May 14, 2012 3:26 PM

        Yeah I was all "well this is kinda boring" smash cut to a whole weekend of blissful digging

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          May 14, 2012 3:43 PM

          smash cut? is that anything like a... you know...

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            May 14, 2012 4:09 PM

            SMASH CUT TO:

            DUTCH ANGLE - Dave-A raises a glistening pink and silver X-Box 360 controller to his face. His eyes dart between his television and the controller. CLINK. CLINK. CLINK. A smile widens across his face.

                                                             DAVE-A


                                                   This means something.

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              May 14, 2012 4:12 PM

              I thought he was talking about smashed hams (which you can craft into a gilded spadger)

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                May 14, 2012 4:32 PM

                You know, I realized it could be taken either way, but mh had it right. Good to know we're all thinking similarly though, EH?

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                May 14, 2012 6:56 PM

                Is that related to a mewling quim?

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        May 14, 2012 6:41 PM

        I've put hundreds of hours into the PC version... but I was surprised how much fun it was to lay back on the couch and play some more on the 360. Maybe it's smaller, but the basic game is intact. He just nailed the magic formula with this game. It's just damn fun.

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        May 15, 2012 12:26 PM

        You are reading for jumping to the PC/Mac version and start installing shaders, textures, HD, mods... all packed together in an almost infinite world that discovers under your steps.

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      May 14, 2012 4:35 PM

      Any idea how that stacks up against other best-selling XBLA games? Absolute numbers don't really mean anything without something to compare them to!

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      May 15, 2012 10:36 AM

      what a shame. people has no idea what great games are nowadays. they only know cod, minecrap and shit like this

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