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Minecraft sells one million copies

Minecraft sells one million copies

Minecraft, the block-building game from Mojang Productions, has sold one million copies.

Minecraft, the PC-exclusive indie game made by Markus 'Notch' Persson, has sold over one million copies despite not even coming out of beta phase yet.

Persson announced the milestone on his personal blog, making no further comment other than 'exclamation mark'.

'It feels bizarre and amazing and huge, and I can’t stop talking about it,' Persson said earlier this week, as Minecraft approached the mark. 'One. Million. Copies. Sold. Wow!'

It's also worth bearing in mind that, not only is Minecraft a PC-exclusive indie game that's only just moved out of Alpha, but it also has no publisher attached to it and has had no retail release. That means, few overheads and no need for Persson to split the profits with anyone.

Minecraft was previously available for 10 Euros to those who bought it in Alpha phase, but the move to Beta has upped the price to 14 Euros as new features are added.

Minecraft drops players into randomly generated worlds made entirely of cubes. There are no goals per se, but players often focus on exploration, collaborative building in multiplayer and invention using some of the more advanced types of cube. We've seen everything from working computers to replicas of Minas Tirith crop up in the game.

Bit-Gamer is still divided on the issue of how fun Minecraft really is, however. There are those who love exploring it, then there's those who consider it a waste of time. Let us know who you agree with in the forums.

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DragunovHUN 13th January 2011, 11:22 Quote
One step closer to world domination.
Canon 13th January 2011, 11:32 Quote
One step away from productivity at home and the workplace. :)
Mraedis 13th January 2011, 11:34 Quote
And well deserved, I've never played any 'simple' game this much.
alpaca 13th January 2011, 11:48 Quote
one step away from the myth of 'curves'
[USRF]Obiwan 13th January 2011, 12:04 Quote
So India has a new millionaire...
B1GBUD 13th January 2011, 12:23 Quote
I can't get enough of it, am still playing singleplayer (peaceful mode cos i'm a big sissy) but I have just mined my first diamond after stumbling upon a deep cavern.
LightningPete 13th January 2011, 13:06 Quote
My question is: What exactly would I get from it? I can take over someones brilliant design, or could i destroy it? When i explore, can i come across other players or is it movements of cubes i only see?

I want to blow something up, like that picture in this article, the large grey tower...
Flibblebot 13th January 2011, 13:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
So India has a new millionaire...
eh?:?
Mraedis 13th January 2011, 14:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
So India has a new millionaire...

Notch is Swedish, and he already was a millionaire.
azrael- 13th January 2011, 14:32 Quote
Stories/news like these makes you wonder if what was previously known as the American Dream should be called the Internet Dream now. The internet has really helped "equalize" (for lack of a better word) opportunities.

It's no longer just big corporations that can successfully market a good idea. In many ways and specifically regarding games this hasn't been true since the "infancy" of computer gaming in the 80s.

Minecraft as such hasn't really wowed me, but I can certainly appreciate the effort and also its charms. I say Notch's success is welldeserved.

By the way, could've sworn I already posted this, but apparently not...
yakyb 13th January 2011, 15:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Stories/news like these makes you wonder if what was previously known as the American Dream should be called the Internet Dream now. The internet has really helped "equalize" (for lack of a better word) opportunities.

It's no longer just big corporations that can successfully market a good idea. In many ways and specifically regarding games this hasn't been true since the "infancy" of computer gaming in the 80s.

Minecraft as such hasn't really wowed me, but I can certainly appreciate the effort and also its charms. I say Notch's success is welldeserved.

By the way, could've sworn I already posted this, but apparently not...

good post,
Fizzban 13th January 2011, 15:38 Quote
Amazing really.
general22 13th January 2011, 17:39 Quote
Yeah pretty good for a **** game :P

LET THE FLAME WARS BEGIN
knuck 13th January 2011, 18:00 Quote
you fail at trolling
Eiffie 13th January 2011, 21:13 Quote
This game makes me want to play Lego Creator on my old Windows 98 PC sitting in the basement. I'm really sad those Lego PC games kinda died. They offered so much but with a bit more style and flavor than Minecraft ever gave me. There is an MMO Lego game I see on the steam store but I'm not looking for an online experience, just me, a buncha Lego's and my imagination.
Cerberus90 13th January 2011, 22:51 Quote
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Obiwan]So India has a new millionaire...

£8.488 million if all the purchases to date have been at the 10 euro price.
schmidtbag 14th January 2011, 01:43 Quote
pc EXCLUSIVE? i'm 90% sure there was a mac and linux version available too. i was going to try the linux version on my netbook but i realized how demanding the game was and how little my netbook can handle.
sausages 14th January 2011, 01:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by general22
Yeah pretty good for a **** game :P

LET THE FLAME WARS BEGIN

I'm with ya. I'm happy for the guy but I think his game is crappy and I only think it sold so well because of some weird viral hype machine gone haywire, based on the frenzied buying of people who want to try whatever everyone else is talking about, not based on how good the game actually is.
Guinevere 14th January 2011, 12:00 Quote
A "PC Exclusive" hmmm. Native versions for other platforms (I use OSX) and playable in pretty much any web browser.

Come on, part of it's success was it's ease of access. Anyone can get a feel for the beta in a browser!
Zoon 14th January 2011, 12:51 Quote
It is PC exclusive - a PC may run Windows, Linux or OSX, but they're still PCs.

It does not run on Xbox, PS3 etc so that makes it PC exclusive?
_Metal_Guitar_ 14th January 2011, 13:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
pc EXCLUSIVE? i'm 90% sure there was a mac and linux version available too. i was going to try the linux version on my netbook but i realized how demanding the game was and how little my netbook can handle.

The clue is the fact that the article did not say 'Windows' exclusive. It said PC, which stands for Personal Computer regardless of what OS is installed.
Jaffo 14th January 2011, 19:29 Quote
Love the pic, kinda like when they make a cast from an anthill. Is it just a mock up or is there a prog that can generate them?
Mraedis 14th January 2011, 23:14 Quote
Anthill? What? The tower in the pic is man-made, obviously.
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