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Call of Duty, Minecraft and Mario Are Some of the Most Popular Brands Among Kids in USA

An NPD Group report reveals that Call of Duty, Minecraft and Mario Brothers are some of the most popular brands among kids in the USA. The US Kids License Report tracked dollar sales of licensed products that take the highest share among kids aged 2-14, and found that video games alone claimed 27 percent of sales among boys aged 10-14, with the share increasing “substantially” among girls as they grow older. Here are the top 10 licenses (in alphabetical order) among kids in the US market alongside industry: Batman (clothing) Call of Duty (video games) Disney Frozen (toys) Mario Brothers (video games) Mickey & Friends (clothing) Minecraft (video games) Paw Patrol (toys) Pokemon (video games) Star Wars (toys) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (toys) NPD Group analyst Juli Lennett said: While licenses remain important to kids throughout the phases of their youth, they are engaging with licenses in new and different ways as they get older, and simultaneously become more technologically mature. Technology in the form of video games, electronics, and mobile apps poses an opportunity to extend the life of a license among kids where it makes sense. You can find the full report below. [Source: NPD] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


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Now You Can Get An Xbox One S For Just $200

It doesn’t come with any bundled extras (other than a copy of Minecraft), but $200 is the best cash price we’ve seen on an Xbox One S to date. I’m one of those dummies that paid $500 for a Day One Xbox One, so I’m gonna go sulk in the corner for a minute. Recommended Stories Stock Up On Your Favorite Supplements During This One-Day Amazon Sale Ease The Stress of Packing with Discounted Travel Gear and Luggage The Miniaturized Version of Your Favorite Bluetooth Earbuds Is Back On Sale READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Xbox Boss Responds to Sony’s Comment About Minecraft Cross-Play

In an interview with Pressfire.no (translated by NeoGAF), Mojang CEO Jonas Märtensson offered up a potential reason as to why Sony isn’t allowing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One cross-play – at least with Minecraft. After revealing that the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft requires you to log in with an Xbox Live account, Märtensson added, “That’s pretty unique as well! But everyone that’s in on this, all the platform holders, have been pretty pragmatic and understanding of that what we’re trying to do is create a good experience for the players. We needed a good system to connect everyone, and Xbox Live is a good system.” During a recent Giant Bomb livestream, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, explained why they’re using Xbox Live with Minecraft cross-play, saying, “We use Xbox Live as the way to make sure we know who our players are, controls around parental controls and other things that we put into our platform are there, and as you’re buying things in Minecraft you want to make sure you have them available on the other platform, so we have to know who you are. And if you have a Realm that you’ve created on the PC and you want to get to it on the READ…

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Sony Defends Lack of PS4 Cross-Play With Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

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Sony on Lack of PS4 Cross-Play With Xbox & Switch: “We’ve Got to Be Mindful of Our Responsibility to Our Install Base”

At Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference, they announced that Minecraft was getting cross-platform play across all systems, but PlayStation 4 wasn’t on the list of participating systems. Then, earlier today, it was revealed that the new Nintendo Switch version of Rocket League will have cross-play with Xbox One and PC, but not PS4. Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe President Jim Ryan was asked what’s going on with the lack of cross-platform support between PlayStation and other consoles. He replied: It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We’ve done it in the past. We’re always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance. When Eurogamer brought up how PS4 owners are upset about the lack of cross-play, and the lack of an explanation, Ryan said: We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the READ FULL STORY AT…

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Sony Reportedly Refused Minecraft Cross-Play on PS4

[embedded content] Microsoft announced yesterday during their E3 2017 press conference that Minecraft is getting “the Better Together Update to unify console, mobile, and Windows 10 versions of the game under a single edition.” However, when the list of cross-play platforms was released by Mojang, PlayStation 4 was absent. According to Jez Corden of Windows Central, “RE: cross platform Minecraft. Yes to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation refused.” Asked if the news came directly from Sony, Corden added, “Dunno, Microsoft said it’s their hope for all modern versions to connect to each other. But I got separate info that Sony refused.” In a couple of follow-up tweets, Corden said, “Didn’t ask [Sony] for comment, I don’t cover PlayStation. It’s confirmed that it won’t connect to Nintendo/Windows/Xbox versions of the game,” and “Microsoft approached, [Sony] said no.” GamesBeat reached out to Sony for a comment on Minecraft cross-play and hasn’t heard back yet, but Minecraft communications boss Aubrey Norris did say, “We can’t speak for Sony. But as we said, we would love to have our PlayStation 4 community join our Minecraft unification plans.” Speaking with Time, Executive Producer Jesse Merriam said, “Our goal is always to bring every Minecraft player together. Today we can confirm Nintendo Switch and Xbox One…

Minecraft Gets An Official High-End Graphic Makeover

Minecraft is getting a major graphics overhaul according to an announcement made by Mojang at Microsoft’s E3 press briefing today. These improvements, including 4K treatment, will be part of the “Super Duper Graphics Pack,” available this fall. GIF The new texture pack will also come alongside a “Better Together” update which will introduce cross-play among the many different platforms Minecraft is on. New player-made content and community run servers will be incorporated into the game proper, helping to unify the player-base across “mobile, Windows 10, VR and console.” In the trailer it shows an Xbox One and Nintendo Switch but no PS4, so it’s unclear if PS4 is included in this new ecosystem. Advertisement Saves and other purchased content will be transferable between the old and newer versions of the game. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 Announced; Episode 1: Hero in Residence Premiering July 11

Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 has been unveiled by Mojang and Telltale, and its first episode will be released on July 11. …Read More The post Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 Announced; Episode 1: Hero in Residence Premiering July 11 by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.


Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 Confirmed, Premieres on July 11

Telltale Games and Mojang officially announced today that Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 will premiere on July 11 with Episode 1: Hero in Residence, which will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS/Android devices. As the description reveals, Season 2 will be five parts, your choices from Season 1 will carry over to Season 2, and Season 2 will include Telltale’s Crowd Play feature (potential Season 1 spoilers ahead): Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 continues Jesse’s saga in a five-part, narrative-driven, episodic game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang and members of the Minecraft community. Though players’ choices from the first season will carry over into season two, this new season will be accessible to both returning fans and newcomers alike. This second season will also include Telltale’s unique multiplayer ‘Crowd Play’ feature, which allows friends and family to engage with the adventure together by helping to decide the direction of the story from any mobile device with an online connection. Now that Jesse and the gang have vanquished the Wither Storm, saved the world, and become totally super famous heroes, life has gotten a bit more…complicated. With more responsibilities and less time for adventure, old friendships have started to fade — at READ FULL…


The History Of The Creeper, Minecraft's Most Infamous Monster

GIF Art by Angelica Alzona Silent, deadly, and destructive, creepers are probably the most dreaded mob in Minecraft. Fittingly, the creeper has a twisted and horrifying past that ranges all the way back to one of the first editions of Minecraft. This piece originally appeared 11/23/16. The creeper is one of the oldest entities in the franchise: it was the first enemy mob added in the survival test in 2009. Creepers were never meant to be in the game, though. According to creator Markus “Notch” Persson, he was originally trying to create a pig. “The creepers were a mistake,” Notch revealed in the 2012 documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang. “I don’t have any modeling programs to do the models, I just write them in code. And I accidentally made them tall instead of long, so it was like a tall thing with four little feet. And that became the creeper. As opposed to a pig.” Inspired rather than horrified by the monstrosity he had created, Notch added a green texture and some aggressive behaviors and threw the creature into the alpha version of the game to torment players for years READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


First Episode of Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two Rated By Australian Board

The Australian Classification board has rated the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two, details of which have yet to be revealed officially by Telltale Games. All we know so far is that Episode 1 is called Hero in Residence. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Telltale initially came up with the idea of a story mode for Mojang’s hit title back in 2012, with Telltale Games’ Head of Creative Communications Job J. Stauffer later revealing that Minecraft‘s universe was a blank canvas in terms of storytelling, putting it at the top of the list of games that the studio wanted to explore. The listing is dated June 2 so it’s pretty recent. We expect to hear more details during E3 2017, if not before that, so stay tuned with us. Are our readers looking forward to this? Let us know what you think. [Source: Australian Classification Board via Sora96 & Wario64 (Twitter), NeoGAF] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Minecraft Update 1.49 Today on PlayStation Adds Adventure Time, Magic DLC Support

[embedded content] Now out in Europe and Japan, with North America getting it later today, the new Minecraft update for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita adds a free Glide track, support for the Adventure Time and Magic: The Gathering packs, and much more. Here’s the full list of patch notes for update 1.50 (PS4)/update 1.49 (PS3, PS Vita): Additions & Changes Added Adventure Time Mash-up Pack. Added Magic: The Gathering Skin Pack. Added Temple, a free Glide track. Your best run in Glide will now be recorded (as long as it is under 5 minutes), and a Ghost will fly alongside you in Solo Mode to help you improve! The default controls have been changed slightly, and you can now define your own control scheme in the options menu. Added Pick Block – This is unassigned by default. Added Off-hand slot for Maps and Arrows. Added Shulker Box item. Added Shulker Shell item. Added Iron Nugget item. You can now smelt Iron and Gold armour into nuggets. More items can now be used as fuel in a furnace. Added new Note Block sounds Added some new sound effects for filling Cauldrons, paddling Boats, using a Fishing Rod, and End Portals. Using a Firework while READ…

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The Unending Appeal of Minecraft

The first half of 2017 was crammed with exceptional games. That high tide ebbed in May, and I’ve spent the last couple of weeks going back and catching up on what I missed. I’ve also spent a lot of time playing Minecraft, a game that came out almost six years ago. I’ve played a lot of different versions of Minecraft over the years. I spent dozens of hours playing the game on PC when it first came out, back when I needed to keep a crafting guide open on my phone to have any hope of making anything useful. I played for a week on PS4 a year or so ago, and again in virtual reality a bit after that. These past couple of weeks I’ve been back at it, this time on Nintendo Switch. What began as a test run to see how the game worked on a new portable console has become a bonafide new Minecraft save file. I’m invested. So far I’ve got a pretty good house going, with a nice front yard. I cleared out a room for a basement/wine cellar down below. I’m READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!