Minecraft goes platinum

Indie phenomenon breaks 1 million paid customers before it even emerges from beta phase of development.

It's been a good month for Minecraft. The indie PC game scored three nominations for the Independent Games Festival Awards--including a nod for the Seamus McNally Grand Prize--which it followed up with a trio nominations for the Game Developers Choice Awards.

What Minecraft lacks in cutting edge graphics it makes up for in sales.

Now the underground phenomenon developed and distributed by Markus Persson has reached a milestone of commercial success to go with its critical acclaim, as the game's official site reports that more than 1 million people have purchased the game. While Minecraft is still in beta, gamers can purchase it for €15 ($20), whereas the full game will sell for €20 ($26). Whenever Persson finishes Minecraft, purchasers of the beta version will be able to download the full game for free.

An open-ended game, Minecraft allows players to explore vast (but crudely rendered) 3D environments, harvesting resources to craft into various tools and materials. In addition to reshaping the world to their whim, players must build their own shelters so as not to fall prey to wandering monsters at night.

Winners for both the Independent Games Festival Awards and Game Developers Choice Awards will be revealed during a March 2 ceremony at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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JuanJo_H
JuanJo_H

Congratulation to the developers.

Mitchell_1797
Mitchell_1797

hey that picture is exactly the same as my first world

nils2317
nils2317

@Toysoldier34 you're correct other than for the fact that anyone who reads this already has a computer

Gabe447
Gabe447

This game is better than sex

minhas27
minhas27

Go pc gaming go.............

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Cwagmire21 My point was a gaming computer doesn't really cost that much. If people still buy PCs and a game console. They will likely be spending $300-$400 on the console, and low end computers will be around $200-$400. So overall they will spend $500-$800 on both and for that much you can get a computer that can play games much better than people would expect. So you are still getting the gaming and your computer side will be better also. PC gaming isn't that expensive. It can be, but doesn't have to be.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

The creater of this game should put this in the Indie games section on Xbox. I bet the sales would explode. Plus with all of the people on Xbox live and all of the Minecraft players already will make the experience alot better , imagine going online with your friends on Xbox live.

OGKNav
OGKNav

I'm completely ok with this. This is just a mere **** slap to graphic whores all over the world. I. Am. Completely. Ok. With. This.

SamSharp505_UOC
SamSharp505_UOC

Awesome game takes so much time out of your life :P Personally I think the graphics are part of its charm :) looks cool

Anicsin
Anicsin

I think this game would be perfect if they would work a little more on the graphics. This game is awesome anyways, it can suck me stick me in front of the computer for hours,

ads_legend
ads_legend

Why did they focus so much on the graphics. Graphics are the ONLY weak point of this game. You don't buy Minecraft for the graphics. You buy it for the amazing gameplay and HUGE randomly generated world. That's the beauty of this game. If you ever get bored then just start a new world.

jrxbond
jrxbond

And, Minecraft is awesome! Built some really cool stuff in my world. The place I built almost looks like a Sith Temple, which will have the statues holding up rocks.

andalore
andalore

Crudely Rendered? Minecraft doesn't have the most realistic graphics but by no means is it ugly, far from it the cubes just add to the beauty.

chrille27
chrille27

@loopy_101 You obviously haven't played Minecraft. :) But yeah i see your point. Except, this isn't JUST the alpha, its EVERY other version of Minecraft, including the final version. (and for me it will be expansions or w/e content Notch decides to add, free!) So, its like pre-ordering, and getting the game a whole lot ealier, allowing you to emerge in the forums with something meaningful, and not just some ramblings about how much youre looking forward to the launch..

loopy_101
loopy_101

There is something seriously wrong with paying for alpha builds...

firefluff3
firefluff3

@marttinavat its really not that well optimised, tbh.

chrille27
chrille27

QQ about the graphics, its the content thats awesome. It's awesome that there even IS any graphics. Gamespot needs to reorganize their priorities.. -.-

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@toysoldier34 It's not like we're in a global recession where people are probably concentrating on more important matters to place their money, such as bills, savings, educations, etc... Games like these succeed because the focus is on the gameplay and not the graphics.

mattinavat
mattinavat

Likely one of the reasons it has sold so well is because so many people can run it thanks to the graphical style. If it had better graphics, it wouldn't have found this success. Not to mention it wouldn't have been created in the first place due the cost and the fact that the big publishers that fund graphics intensive projects want iteration not innovation.

Ghost_702
Ghost_702

It's rather incredible how a game with such abysmal graphics can sell so well, before it's released. Graphics are of course not everything, but in today's world with such realistic graphics in games that hit shelves weekly, it's astounding to see one with such minimal effort. It's a fun game to play whenever I'm bored. However, there are way better games to get for that $20 price tag.

CallOfPlaying
CallOfPlaying

It looks like a game my little brother plays www.roboblox.com

caityful
caityful

I love how Minecraft is cubed. "Crudely rendered" - its what makes it appeal. Not a lot of games are designed this way, now.

jrxbond
jrxbond

Actually.. with that leaf decay, the developer said there are some lag issues. Doesn't matter what type of computer you have. So those who think they have an awesome computer are just full of crap. The alpha version runs amazing while the beta version is still a bit bugged.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Wow, some people here need to buy a new computer or upgrade a little. Too many people here have problems with the game slowing down and it isn't a very intensive game either. A halfway decent computer doesn't cost much at all. I've built computers for friends for under $600 that can max out games on the source engine.

Seifer-fx
Seifer-fx

Minecraft shows its impossible for PC gaming to die. Cant beat quality gameplay and design.

kazater
kazater

yeah on the lowest setting it lags like theres no tomorrow on my pc.. but still very addicting.. :)

it009x9281
it009x9281

Wish there would be a demo in the future after full game has been completed cos i cant afford to but it and not like it.

toolz92
toolz92

Crude graphic! ha! They're good enough that my home computer cant run it.

Caldrin
Caldrin

I know its not the right thing to say lol but i really like graphics to look good in a game as well as the gameplay to be good.. i want both not just one of the other.. its now 2011 and i dont want to be playing games that look like somthing from the c64 days.. I certainly would not pay for mniecraft for that very reason.. now im not saying tis a bad game i guess its not has thousands love it.. but not for me thanks.. kudos to the developer tho for sure he had some great ideas.. hopefully a big company will eat him up and let him make somthing really good..

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

It's quite the success story and proof that gameplay is more important than graphics.

selbie
selbie

Crudely rendered? My graphics card renders the game just fine. They might be PROCEDURALLY GENERATED, but not crude.

ecw1983
ecw1983

But all PC gamers are pirates (Sarcasm) Dont think Mojang Specifications will be indy for much longer.

GeneralShowzer
GeneralShowzer

Would be nice if they used all that money to upgrade the graphics or something

shimya
shimya

The graphics are not crude. They are fantastic. They fit the game perfectly fine. It's pixel art meets 3D. There are several hi resolution texture packs out there too. Not every game has to abide to the "cutting edge 3D". It even offers a 3d anaglyph option built in.

Baritu
Baritu

gamespot don't know nothing about games anymore. Majong won't pay them for a good review so they'll just give it a 6. I bet. Get real Gamespot.

jameslee1997
jameslee1997

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fooltheroyalbos
fooltheroyalbos

Such a fun addictive time consuming game. Once it becomes less of a ram eating beast I'll be happy. 1gig ram usage *thumbs down*

vaejas
vaejas

@CTFreak: Please stop spreading misinformation. What you've said has been refuted by Notch and the official forums about 500 times. All alpha and beta buyers get the final product. However only alpha buyers will get major expansions for free. Think "Minecraft: Cataclysm".

ssjdagas
ssjdagas

He's got so much money at this point that he could probably buy Starbreeze or Avalanche or some other Swedish studio if he wanted to.

sircyrus
sircyrus

I wonder if they'll be giving a cut of their sales to Penny Arcade, since they owe the game's massive success to PA's numerous news posts and linkage. I really like the idea of the game but I never bought it. Back in the 90s I played something called Alpha World which was the same sort of concept (build your own world). Ultimately it's not enough of a game. Though that's not to say it can't still be fun.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

I still pour about an hour into minecraft every day.

Wula_
Wula_

I remember playing it for about the first 3 weeks I bought it back in the spring time. Good stuff. But then took a break to play other things till the full version comes out. So far I have been impressed to 90% of the new content he has added. Since I started playing.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

I'm really quite glad I got it during alpha, only ~$13 for me. But even at $20, it's well worth it.

Yomanboby
Yomanboby

I do love this game. But this is unbelievable. I should've thought of this.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

@Shardz7: If there were a comment of the month award, you'd have just won. Kudos to you, sir.

Hox
Hox

hmmmm still dont get all the hype whit this "game"...