Minecraft convention hitting Las Vegas Nov. 18-19

Indie hit creator Markus Persson tells PC Gamer MineCon will land in Sin City this fall to coincide with full launch of game.

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Indie hit Minecraft was created just two years ago by Markus Persson AKA "Notch." In that time, it has grown wildly. The game--which is still in beta--has passed 10 million registered users, is spreading to the Xbox 360 later this year, and will be part of the Smithsonian's Art of Games exhibit. Now, the game is expanding further with a dedicated convention this November.

Minecraft is a very big little game.

PC Gamer today is reporting that a Minecraft convention called MineCon will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from November 18-19. It will coincide with the full launch of Minecraft from Notch's studio, Mojang. The convention's registration site will open next week with tickets and a full event schedule available.

"For me, MineCon is about celebrating the full release of Minecraft," Notch told PC Gamer. "I'm really looking forward to getting up on stage and pushing the button to upload the final build."

Additionally, Notch made it clear that Minecraft's launch won't signal the end of Mojang's work on the title.

"We'll just go back home and keep working on Minecraft directly after MineCon," he said. "But it does represent a huge milestone where the game finally leaves beta, something we'd never be able to do without our fans, so it feels natural to celebrate it with them."

MineCon will join other specialty game conventions happening in the coming months, including QuakeCon 2011 (August 4-7) Call of Duty XP (September 2-3), and BlizzCon 2011 (October 21-22). For more on Minecraft, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

45 comments
King_Wii
King_Wii

@lifemeister That, we can agree on... now I'm off to play minecraft!

zeemonster66
zeemonster66

do any1 knows when its coming to the xperia play?

lifemeister
lifemeister

@King_Wii You'd have to know me to understand what I'm all about. Words are easy my friend. I'm not the hardcore fanboy you think I am. To each his own. Minecraft is a good game, no matter where it's at. How about that.

King_Wii
King_Wii

@lifemeister I dunno you smashing people because they like PS3 sounds like an Xbox Fanboy to me, afterall isn't that what Fanboys do... pramote what they love by degrading things that other people love. Yah you're a Fanboy.

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

@lifemesiter If you have a PC, then get Minecraft for the PC. Why wait two months when you can get it right now and it will come with mods. And to your first post, technically Playstation is getting Minecraft. Just on the Xperia Play instead of the PS3.

lifemeister
lifemeister

@Eynonz No - hahaha - please don't call me a fanboy...too insulting. I just find it funny because I read the comments often and run into Sony fans talking about exclusives, then you have games like this that some of them wish were on their platform. I have a PC too, I could easily purchase it right now and play it, but I like the consoles...more comfortable sitting, relaxing on the couch. Hahahaha...later dude.

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

CoD Fanboy: This is madness! Notch: Madness? No! THIS IS MINECRAFT! *punches CoD Fanboy into the void* P.S. I think MineCon will be awesome.

eynonz
eynonz

@lifemeister Oh your a bragging xbox fanboy i see...... well im a PC gaming fanboy, and you can have your modless console minecraft........... i promise i wont get jealous.....

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

@trick_man01 Considering there are mods out there, many created by only one person, that are much better than any Minecraft updates we've had in awhile, you'd think Notch with his multi-million dollar company could be pumping quality updates at a faster rate.

lifemeister
lifemeister

MINECRAFT for XBOX! I'm waiting patiently. For those wishing it be on PS3 - LOL - enjoy those PS3 exclusives fanboys keep bragging about... but not Minecraft. :)

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

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chazy035
chazy035

I WANNA GHOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!!! -Great Job!

Hammarbykille91
Hammarbykille91

This game is awesome.If you ever enjoyed playing with Lego when you were a kid you'll love Minecraft. Build whatever you want, and mine for some redstone and build some machines into it too! How cool wouldn't your Lego fortress had been if it had some moving parts, enemy traps and lights to it? /Dedicated Minecraft player

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

A whole Minecraft convention? Epic :P

StanleyL
StanleyL

@Barighm Oh, saw your edit. Anyways though, he's already super rich now. :D

StanleyL
StanleyL

@Barighm Every one of those 10 million customers paid up front for the game. Estimates late last year put sales numbers at $100k-350k per day. PER DAY.

trick_man01
trick_man01

@stEElyDaN909 I would rather the updates come slowly than being rushed and ruining the game.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

If Notch has been this slow updating Minecraft while it's still in beta, i don't even want to think about how slow updates will be after it goes full retail.

vaejas
vaejas

I haven't been playing it lately, but that's mostly to wait until the slew of changes this year settle in. Being the first person to play with pistons doesn't appeal. ;) Anyway, can't wait for GameSpot's exclusive MineCon coverage!

Evenios
Evenios

lol MineCon no offence but seriously? lol interesting i guess...

Barighm
Barighm

*finally starts charging full price. Edit button never works...

Barighm
Barighm

I hope the majority of those 10 million people will pay for the game when it finally starts charging. Clearly the guy deserves some compensation for his talent and hard work. A lot of people complain about how boring and unoriginal games are these days. Well, here's your chance to give a great new talent all the money he could ever need to become a major dev.

Icky27
Icky27

This is one of the best games in years, I can't wait for the 1.8 update. I've been adventuring since alpha, and I still love it. It's not just about building, go explore a cave and forget to light up a passage way only to find a creeper sneaking up behind you and exploding. It can get intense.

djmiranda15
djmiranda15

@Eoino WOW, lets not get ahead of ourselves! There won't be any height limit changes to Minecraft. There will be the option to change, but it won't be made by Mojang. Having double the map height means having to spend up to double of your computer resources while playing the game. Imagine what would be like with 4x the map height!!! I don't think investing up to 4GB of RAM in Minecraft is reasonable.

CPNGamerGhost
CPNGamerGhost

i got the beta and i love minecraft a good game to play when bored as hell.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I might try it when it goes on XBLA. (At least I think it is?) Of course I still don't know whether I will dig it or not.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

So he's finally going to release it huh?

Deltaforce2665
Deltaforce2665

@iAmDeathSpank when you buy the BETA it gives you the full retail release for free and at a discounted price

Eoino
Eoino

Minecraft is a great game and anyone who hasn't tried it already should. For the price I have got WAY more gameplay hours and fun out of it than other full priced games. Great thing is that you can do what you want, don't like building ( i'm not a big fan) go explore caves and dungeons. The adventure update will make exploring much better with the new mobs, improvements to terrain generator, ravines, 4X height limit and bigger dungeons. Gonna be epic :D Plus the community is great (as good as communities can be anyway lol) with lots of mods, texture packs and custom maps.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Oh and btw, this 'beta' is by far more polished than even a lot of fully released games. Don't let the word 'beta' scare you away from trying. It's basically a full game and they are only waiting to make it a fully 'released' when they have reached a certain amount of content which is already at a very high level with deep and creative gameplay.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

This game is great. I was a big skeptic when I first heard about it and then watched youtube videos. Finally I gave it a shot after a month or two of not really knowing. Now I'm 100% completely hooked and my wife is too! We run a local server and build together. The amount of creativity and exploration is amazing, better than any other game I've played. Plus, it's constantly being updated with official updates or you have the option to play using really great mods. I'm looking forward to the release of the 'final' version and the addition of the adventure updates (npc towns, etc). Really it's a very addicting game if you just give it time.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

@zidan4000 That's about it. It was interesting for a few hours but the novelty runs out real fast and then it just becomes extremely boring and repetitive. The only "excitement" comes from the monsters but their AI is so utterly non existent (all they do is come straight at you) that they end up just being annoying. People must find enjoyment in it somewhere but for the life of me I can't understand how.

ZICO11
ZICO11

why not ps3 WHY??

zidan4000
zidan4000

i don't understand the rage behind this game , i saw videos on youtube and such and it looks like a game where you can build stuff .

ggregd
ggregd

@iAmDeathSpank They call it a beta for liability reasons. i.e. you play at 100% your own risk with no support. It will probably be a beta forever, or until a huge publisher buys it.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I might get it for the XBox 360 or the PC later this year. Haven't decided. It's something I won't be able to play for many hours though. Just don't have the time.

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

I'm not the creative type, so minecraft just never appealed to me. My friends love it though.

iAmDeathSpank
iAmDeathSpank

@MuffintopX I haven't played it either. I just dont feel like spending money on a beta, i'm going to wait until the full game is released before I pick it up.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Man, those numbers mean I must be one of the FEW who still hasn't played this.

Taix34
Taix34

Gotta Love minecraft, Notch is an Epic Man

moncealyo
moncealyo

Sony make it come out on PSN. Now.

oskuuu
oskuuu

cool, minecraft for xbox will be the best xmas present ;)