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Minecraft Is Finished 272

Posted by timothy
from the it's-never-finished dept.
SharkLaser writes "Minecraft, the most widely known and best selling indie game in the history, is now finished. Minecraft creator Notch tweeted yesterday that Minecraft has gone gold and will be released at the end of the week at the first Minecon, a gathering of Minecraft fans. So far over 4 million people have bought the game, generating over 50 million dollars in revenue. Minecraft has also had a rapid modding community around the game, developing gems like the Millenaire mod, Builders and Tornadoes. Minecraft also brought back the interest in voxel based engines, introducing games like Ace of Spades (build, make tunnels, capture the flag FPS) and Voxatron [note: you might want to turn down your volume for this video]. It also opened up many ways for new indie developers, as Minecraft showed development can be funded solely by making something new and giving out early access to the game for those who are interested in the project. The upcoming Steam-like IndieCity-platform will also employ similar feature where, in addition to normal indie game store, players can look at unfinished projects and choose to support their development."
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Minecraft Is Finished

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  • Not finished (Score:5, Informative)

    by Sockatume (732728) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @10:38AM (#38059412)

    They've explicitly and repeatedly stated that while the 1.0 release is a major milestone, it's essentially arbitrary, and their development work on the game won't change quantitatively or qualitatively once it passes.

  • Re:Great (Score:3, Informative)

    by cos(0) (455098) <pmw+slashdot@qnan.org> on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @11:15AM (#38059884) Homepage

    That's still true with the latest version of Steam. If Steam cannot get online, you cannot move it to offline. I struggled with this very problem just last week: I was on a laptop away from any open wi-fi access points, wanted to demo Sanctum (a wonderful game, btw) to a friend, and couldn't launch Steam. One can play in offline mode only if you have the foresight to set yourself as offline while being online.

  • by Megane (129182) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @11:30AM (#38060088) Homepage

    (sigh)

    It is official; Netcraft confirms: Minecraft is finished

    One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Minecraft community when IDC confirmed that Minecraft market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all games. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Minecraft has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Minecraft is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

    You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict Minecraft's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Minecraft faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Minecraft because Minecraft is finished. Things are looking very bad for Minecraft. As many of us are already aware, Minecraft continues to lose market share. Red lava flows like a river of blood.

    Minecraft is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant announcements from long time Minecraft developer Notch only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Minecraft is finished.

    All major surveys show that Minecraft has steadily declined in market share. Minecraft is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Minecraft is to survive at all it will be among indy game dilettante dabblers. Minecraft continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Minecraft is done.

    Fact: Minecraft is finished

  • Congratz Mojang! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Zpin (921535) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @11:58AM (#38060470)
    For anyone interested in hosting their own Minecraft server(s): http://www.multicraft.org/ [multicraft.org]
  • minetest (Score:5, Informative)

    by dgp (11045) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @12:09PM (#38060614) Journal

    The open-source minecraft clone, minetest, is surprisingly complete, playable, and fun.

    http://c55.me/minetest/download.php [c55.me]

  • Re:Gone gold! (Score:4, Informative)

    by gknoy (899301) <<moc.smetsysizasana> <ta> <yonkg>> on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @01:17PM (#38061588)

    I hate them. I don't think I've hated an NPC so much in ANY game. It'd be one thing if they only killed me, but the fact that they destroy the things that I built, often irrevocably (because the blocks are destroyed, not merely disassembled) makes them SUCH a threat. Brilliant, and yet I hate them so. It's almost crippling sometimes, to the point where I don't even want to log in and play.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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