In videogames, anything can happen. And outside them, well, apparently the same rule applies. It all started when Tim Schafer lamented that he's “actually pitched [Psychonauts 2] to publishers several times and no-one has taken the bait so far." Sounds like the end of the line for the brain-bending, mind-invading cult hit, right? Not if Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has anything to say about it.
Minecraft, if you ask us, is one of the absolute easiest games to explain to non-gamers. While we often awkwardly stumble through Fallout (“...and the best part is, uh, when you get chased around by giant scorpions while wearing armor that may as well be made of 'Kick me' signs!”) and don't even bother with Call of Duty (“Er, some of the commercials are neat”), Minecraft's a quick, simple “Legos for grown-ups.” But -- now that Minecraft Legos for tiny-block-swallowing youths are on the way -- we might have to come up with something a bit more creative.
After a star-studded, presumably crawling-with-Creepers convention in Vegas, Minecraft has officially put its beta days behind it. That, however, doesn't mean Notch has any intention of letting his gravy train stall out in the station. “I had this goal of where I wanted to take the game, but there’s so much we can add and we keep finding out,” he told IGN. “We’re going to keep working for as long as people keep buying, really.” So then, what's next? “One thing we really wanted to do, which for some reason kind of slipped [through] the cracks, is the mod support, because lots of people are adding really cool stuff and we want to embrace that more,” he explained. Further, he's now hired an AI specialist to breathe some life into Minecraft's braindead villagers. Will they repeatedly spout nonsense about taking arrows to the knee? We can only hope.
So there's this little game launching today. Modern Fair Tycoon or somesuch. As it's literally impossible for you to not know, it's backed by a $327 quadrillion marketing campaign and will be purchased by everyone on earth. Twice. That in mind, seeing a previously unknown indie that's entirely bereft of explosions or Hans Zimmer or explosions achieve a similarly nuclear level of success is pretty damn inspiring. In response to the milestone, Notch merely tweeted “4milyay.” Meanwhile, Minecraft, er, actually launches next week. So hats off to Notch for that. Seriously, remove your hat. His is probably cooler than yours, so you're only embarrassing yourself.
We suppose you really can't teach an Elder Scroll new tricks. We have no idea what we actually mean by that, but it sounds nice enough when you consider that Zenimax hobbled out of the court room with a mean shiner after its first legal tussle with Minecraft creator Mojang. The tooth-and-nail battle over another word for paper is far from over, but Notch and co can now breathe a fair bit easier.
Steam has a lot of games. Like, all the games. Well, minus a couple from EA and – now that we think about it – indie ultra-sensation Minecraft. Pretty weird, right? We wish we could just chalk the whole thing up to coincidence and get back to constructing a scale replica of the second Death Star, but – as is typically the case with Death Stars – it's not quite so easy.