Minecraft XBLA played for 1 billion hours

Minecraft on XBLA has crossed the one billion hours played mark.

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We've heard a lot about the Xbox Live Arcade version of Minecraft selling like gangbusters--most recently crossing six million on the platform. But nothing puts popularity in perspective quite like time spent, and the game has reached an impressive milestone there too: 1 billion hours.

Microsoft announced the number today. That's only for the XBLA version, mind you, not the PC version which has reached 10 million sales and been around significantly longer. This little Minecraft thing might go places.

To put that in perspective, it means that the average total playtime for its six million players is 167 hours. Or to frame it a different way, that totals to just over 100,000 years. To reach this count a single person would have had to start playing sometime in the Paleolithic era. It's a really long time, is our point.

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    April 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Minecraft XBLA played for 1 billion hours.

    Minecraft on XBLA has crossed the one billion hours played mark.

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      April 12, 2013 4:11 PM

      look I love notch as much as the next guy, but do we really need to hear about how good minecraft is doing at this point? We get it - it sold a lot.

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        April 12, 2013 4:18 PM

        Gaming news on a gaming news site? THE NERVE!

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        April 12, 2013 4:26 PM

        Oh you.

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        April 12, 2013 4:32 PM

        what are you going to do when Google Reader is shutdown and your "minecraft posts" feed can't remind you of all the places to take a shit on?

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          April 12, 2013 4:36 PM

          Shacknews.com is the only place I see this kind of "news"

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            April 12, 2013 5:02 PM

            my guess is you just don't read that many other gaming sites as closely and you wouldn't have made the same root reply if the same news was for any game other than Minecraft

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        April 12, 2013 5:44 PM

        like clockwork

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        April 12, 2013 5:45 PM

        I think there should be public subject matter bans on the Shack. I nominate you to be the first recipient.

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        April 12, 2013 7:28 PM

        I hope he gets Times Person of the Year just to see your meltdown

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        April 12, 2013 7:54 PM

        I would rather hear about Minecraft occassionally then about the countless Call of Duty games and DLC.

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          April 15, 2013 3:16 AM

          Except for the zombis mode. I would rather a shackzombies.com

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      April 12, 2013 4:17 PM

      Turns out 500,000,000 of those hours was the creation of this:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afcudstM9zA

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        April 12, 2013 4:28 PM

        Good lord

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        April 12, 2013 4:43 PM

        that is awesome and makes me want to play and build AGAIN =/

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        April 12, 2013 4:47 PM

        I...uh... wow.

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        April 12, 2013 4:48 PM

        Everytime I see this I'm completely amazed!!

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        April 12, 2013 4:49 PM

        You just made me watch this whole thing again.

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        April 12, 2013 5:07 PM

        That's so insane. The details from the movie are on another level.

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        April 12, 2013 5:39 PM

        Hooo leee SHIT!! Wow. That isn't just one of those things which is impressive by how much time it probably took.. .that is also amazingly awesome in it's design! So many great ideas there!

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        April 12, 2013 5:55 PM

        wjw

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        April 12, 2013 6:39 PM

        holy hell

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        April 12, 2013 7:04 PM

        what the fuck

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          April 12, 2013 7:05 PM

          i always feel bad in that one part in beetlejuice where that fly is getting eaten by beetlejuice and hes all "help me! help meeeee!!!" :( :( :( :(

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        April 12, 2013 7:59 PM

        fucking lol

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        April 12, 2013 8:18 PM

        we're.

        not.

        worthy.

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        April 12, 2013 8:19 PM

        the part that still amazes me the most is that they did this on the xbox 360 version

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        April 12, 2013 8:26 PM

        The music sure ruined what enjoyment I was having of that video.

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      April 12, 2013 4:40 PM

      Still no cure for cancer.

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      April 12, 2013 4:43 PM

      I wonder how many hours of WoW have been played.

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        April 12, 2013 6:59 PM

        at least 100, upwards of 150 id wager

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        April 13, 2013 10:15 AM

        There was an article in the Wall Street Journal at the beginning of 2011 that estimated 5.93 million years had been spent playing WoW. So, 51,946,800,000 hours, I think. But, it's been two years since. If you extrapolate that number over two additional years, you get ~66,788,742,857 hours. That's probably a little low though.

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      April 12, 2013 6:34 PM

      Yet another game people love, and I just can't get into......

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