This week for Xbox Live Marketplace Deal of the Week we have 4 titles on sale for %50 off. The Deals are good through Dec. 5th and are available to Xbox Live Gold members. There are also 4 new titles joining the On-Demand marketplace.
Deal of the Week
|Age of Booty||400 MSPoints||200 MSPoints|
|Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD||1200 MSPoints||600 MSPoints|
|Street Fighter 2 HF||400 MSPoints||200 MSPoints|
|Final Fight: DblImpact||800 MSPoints||400 MSPoints|
|James Bond 007: Blood Stone||$49.99|
|Apache: Air Assault||$49.99|
|MX vs. ATV Alive||$19.99|
|Kung-Fu Panada 2||$39.99|
Minecon 2011 has recently come to a close, and with it came many new and exciting things for the Minecraft community. One of the biggest releases that took place at Minecon was the full release of Minecraft 1.0.0, and info about this update can be found here.
The big Minecraft news that this post will be focusing on though, is the impending release of Minecraft on the Xbox 360. This game has been long anticipated, and a solid glimpse at the game has finally given us something to truly look forward to.
Whether you’re a regular Minecraft player for the PC or an Xbox 360 gamer looking for the next best thing, this is something that you will not want to miss.
The game has been anticipated for quite some time now and the interest of gamers has grown ever since the first Minecraft for Xbox 360 trailer was released over 5 months ago.
For those of you who have yet to hear of the Indie Royale Bundle, it’s a project run by Desura that is similar to the Humble Indie Bundle, but without the connection to charity. It also uses a slightly different pricing scheme, which has a minimum donation point that starts out low and gets higher as more people purchase it, but also drops as people make large donations. There are four different points at which a large donation can lower the price, marked by the Iron Star, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Gold Star. How much each point lowers the minimum price depends on how much money is needed to reach it; the Iron Star only lowers it by a small amount, while someone who can afford the Gold Star level can actually lower it by a significant amount. While the bundle is sponsored by Desura, Steam keys for the games that have them are also included, along with DRM free installers for all of the games.
In an open letter to their customers, the people at Indie Royale recently announced that because the first two bundles had sold much better than they had anticipated — to the point that their servers couldn’t handle the number of people trying to purchase them at once — they were going to be making some changes to how they do things. The first change is that they are now releasing on a more flexible schedule. The initial plan was to launch a bundle once every two weeks, but this change — which doesn’t have a direct explanation in their news letter, beyond a description of what it does and does not alter — will make it so that there is more time between each bundle. The second, and more significant change, is that they are opening up pre-orders for people who want to buy the bundle ahead of time and avoid purchasing it at the same time everyone else is, and avoid having to deal with a purchasing page that is being flaky due to an overloaded server. This brings some pricing changes with it, as well. While those who purchase the bundle after it has gone live still start with a minimum price of $2.99, those who pre-order will be paying extra for the privilege, with a starting minimum of $3.99, and a recommended (but optional) contribution of $5. The kicker is that those who pre-order the bundle don’t find out what’s actually in the bundle until the rest of us do, which is when it goes live, but their minimum price is also unaffected by purchases — meaning it stays $3.99 from the time pre-orders go live to the time that they stop taking them. As the open letter puts it,
Why do pre-orders? We know that you’re all busy people, and you may actually not be on the Internet (?!) the second it launches. So it’s a simple way to guarantee you get the Bundle, albeit sight unseen. This means that you won’t know what games are in the bundle until it launches. But you are guaranteed to get the bundle at a low minimum price, and you will be supporting hand-picked, high quality independent games along the way.
Considering that the stats from the last bundle show that the minimum price ended at $4.92, $3.99 is indeed a lower price than someone who didn’t find out about the bundle until the end would otherwise pay, and it’s also significantly less than someone who missed the bundle entirely would wind up paying for all of its contents — which include a minimum of four games, and often add more games, DLC, and other goodies as the offer goes on.
Great Minecraft Buildoff Season 2: FINAL BUILD!!!!!!!
- Red (67%, 105 Votes)
- Blue (33%, 56 Votes)
Total Voters: 156
This week’s deal is a trio of Sega games that are 50% off. The deals are available to Gold members and are good through Nov. 28th. There are also a trio of new games available on the On-Demand Marketplace.
TGMCBO S2 Episode 8: Dragon
- Blue (90%, 91 Votes)
- Red (10%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 101
TGMCBO S2 Episode 8-2: Igloo
- Green (91%, 86 Votes)
- Yellow (9%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 94
Notch’s long-awaited masterpiece has finally reached its full release. Minecraft has been in development for quite some time, starting all the way back on May 10, 2009 and is now “complete.” The game has changed vastly since the beginning however, with updates on top of updates.
The most recent update to Minecraft 1.0.0 was one of the biggest updates ever based on added content. Notch and his team added new blocks, mobs, items, and even dimensions!
Potions & Enchanting
Some of the most notable additions to the game are the abilities to enchant items and to make potions. Item enchanting finally gives players a way to get that extra step up from their usual diamond tool, and gives that level bar above your hot bar a purpose!
The levels that you gain from picking up XP orbs are the levels that you will use to enchant your items.. So make sure you don’t miss any orbs when you take down your next zombie!
Potions are also a very key part to surviving and thriving in Minecraft 1.0.0. Reason being, is that some mobs are now more difficult and have increased health. These potions can do a large variety of things, from increasing your health, improving your attack power or lobbing them as grenades! Not to mention that now you have an Enderdragon to fight!
The original Halo was the game that made me passionate about video games. I owned an NES when I was a kid and played a bit of Mario. I ran through the old Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games when I was a bit older; but the first time I picked up an Xbox controller and played a 16 player FFA on Chill Out, I knew that this business would be the focus of the rest of my life. My four years of high school were spent on a couch with a close group of friends mastering every grenade jump, timing every Overshield, and perfecting every three shot kill. Even after the subsequent Halo games came out, we always went back to the one that started it all, and now, ten years later, Microsoft and 343 Industries have done the same thing. It’s not perfect, but it is still the best birthday present a video game has ever gotten.
Minecraft is finally available for iOS (requires iOS 4.3)! Not Xperia, not Android, but finally out for iPods, and iPads. The app was supposed to be released tomorrow for Minecon, but for whatever reason, they snuck it out there early.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition currently costs $6.99 and is 2.9 MB.
Minecraft on the iOS is going to my favorite app of choice. I am a huge minecraft player, and now I can play it anywhere!
Minecraft – Pocket Edition has the same randomized worlds that we all know and love, plus much more! You can use 36 different kinds of blocks, and build to your hearts content. You can invite your friends to your local worlds, and build together (which uses a local wireless network). These multiplayer worlds will be saved on your phone.
They said it couldn’t be done–well whoever they were, they were wrong. Nintendo succeeded at what they had set out to accomplish with the launch of the 3DS. The first 3DS title to actually use 3D as an integral part of the gameplay experience has arrived. 3D Land’s platforming relies heavily on the precision leant by the 3D effect. You can play without 3D enabled, but it makes things considerably more difficult and frustrating – this game was designed to be played in 3D, and you can’t fully experience it otherwise. If you’re a Mario fan (or even a 3DS owner) this should certainly spark your attention. Read past the break to find out if you should invest the $39.99!
There is only one deal available this week, and that is Ms. Splosion Man for 50% off. This deal is available to Xbox Live Gold members and is good through November 22nd. There are also 3 new games available on the On-Demand marketplace.
Call Of Duty Elite has been delayed once again, and this time it’s for the mobile app. Elite has had a shaky release so far, with several issues delaying it, and delaying it…and delaying it. The servers have had enormous amounts of stress put on them, and are being updated daily.
The App will use some of the same servers that are being used for everything else Elite–with so many people logging on, the servers simply can’t handle it. With the Elite servers incapable of handling what they have had to deal with so far, there’s no way that they’re going to release the iOS/Android app yet.
Activision has stated that they are working ’round the clock 24/7 to get their servers working properly, and will release the iOS/Android app whenever the servers are stable.
This will not affect MW3 Multiplayer gameplay in any way though. This is solely a COD Elite issue.
COD Elite fans should see the servers fixed soon, and hopefully the app being released soon after.