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Microsoft Exclude’s Minecraft Creator from 10th Anniversary Event

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Microsoft is hosting a ten year celebration event on May 17 for seminal game Minecraft. A spokesperson from Microsoft told Variety that Markus “Notch” Persson, the original creator of Minecraft and founder of game studio Mojang, has been purposefully excluded from the event due to his past comments. “His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft,” the spokesperson told Variety.

Persson famously sold Mojang and Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. He has not been actively involved in the game’s development since.

In the past several years, Persson, who currently has 3.7 million twitter followers, has broadcasted several controversial and frankly abhorrent opinions and views regarding politics, race, gender, and sexuality, and even full-blown conspiracy theories.

The most recent Minecraft update quietly removed any mention of Notch in the loading screens, though his name is still present in the credits as the original creator. Many fans of Minecraft, upset with Notch’s behavior, have elevated digitally-created vocal artist Hatsune Miku as the creator of Minecraft, thanks to a viral tweet.

Minecraft was originally released in 2011. To this day it’s one of the most popular games of all time, especially for younger kids and teens. It’s the second best-selling video game of all time, behind Tetris. As of last year Minecraft boasted over 90 million active players.

Minecraft is available on every console and platform, and is even used as a teaching tool in schools.

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Minecraft-like MMO Trove Reaches 15 Million Players

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Trion Worlds has announced that its free-to-play, voxel-powered MMO Trove has surpassed 15 million players worldwide.

“Trove has been a labor of love for us here at Trion,” said Scott Hartsman, CEO of Trion Worlds. “The team has been pouring their hearts and souls into the game since 2013, and we couldn’t be more proud of them in hitting this milestone. We have a lot of awesome in store for Trove, and we want to thank the community for taking the ride with us. We owe it all to you!”

Trion Worlds has been tracking various stats since the game’s launch, and compiled some fun statistics below:

  • 6,584,382,807 Blocks Placed
  • 10,234,600,287 Blocks Destroyed
  • 237,203,112 Quests Completed
  • 4,520,061 Dragon Mounts Unlocked
  • 352,837,481 Clubs Entered
  • 119,881,221 Piñata Parties Thrown
  • 161,977,123.98 Lifetime Hours Across All Players
  • 18,490.54 Lifetime Years Across All Players
  • 184.91 Lifetime Centuries Across All Players

Trove’s open beta began in 2014, and launched on PC in 2015. It arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One late 2016 and expanded to China last year. It’s coming to Japan this year and is currently available in eight different languages, with more on the way.

Trion Worlds has teased large content updates coming in 2018, including one that will “change the Trove universe in an enormous way that no one will expect.”

Trove is free to download and play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and TroveGame.com. It’s rated E for Everyone.

 

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Microsoft Announces Four New Xbox One S Bundles

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This week Microsoft has announced four new 500GB Xbox One S Bundles. The four bundles provide different gaming options that are included in the box (as download codes). All four bundles are priced at $279.99 MSRP.

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle 

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Explorers Pack
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1: The Complete Adventure
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Rocket League
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle (Available exclusively at Walmart)

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • 14 days of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 3 months of Xbox Game Pass

An Xbox Live Gold subscription is required to play Xbox games online. Note that the Halo Bundle only comes with a 14-day trial. Xbox Live Gold normally costs between $4.99 and $9.99 per month depending on your subscription. Like PlayStation Plus, being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber also provides monthly free and discounted games.

The Xbox Game Pass is a separate Netflix-like subscription service that provides access to over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. New titles are added each month, though it typically doesn’t include brand new games. The Xbox Game Pass is normally $9.99/month. You’ll still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play any games online.

If you’re looking for a beefier Xbox One S bundle, there’s a recently released 1TB Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundle, and a 1TB Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins Bonus Bundle launching October 27. Meanwhile, the new Xbox One X is launching November 7.