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Minecraft Could Change the Face of XBL

Minecraft Could Change the Face of XBL

by David GeesonJanuary 20, 2012

Minecraft has already done a fantastic job of changing the general perception of indie games with the sheer level of it’s scope, innovation and community focus. It’s not done though, recent comments from 4J studios in EDGE magazine could mean that the Xbox version of the game may bring with it some much needed changes to the Xbox live as a platform.

Comments from 4J studios chief technology officer, Paddy Burns, point towards a shift in Microsofts famously slow certification process for games. Anyone familiar with the PC release history of Minecraft will know that it’s a game subject to frequent updates. This looks to be similar to how the XBLA version will work, but given the current certification process the updates would be months apart.

The current plan is that the first day release of Minecraft for XBLA will be the same as the 1.6.6 build that the PC saw prior to last years E3. In an effort to bring the game back up to the current PC version, as well as following any later builds, is to use frequent updates. This is where the XBL certification would change.

[quote]”Microsoft knows that to do a similar thing that’s on PC where they constantly update it, that’s a very difficult thing to do on Xbox because you have to go through the full tests. But they are quite keen to move towards that – they do see it as the future, so I think we might be the first to do constant updates.” – Paddy Burns, Chief technology officer of 4J studios [/quote]

Burns’s plan is to release updates every 2 months, whilst still fairly far apart this would mean a vast improvement on the current process. If this works, and every indication supports this idea, this means that not only Minecraft will benefit from the new systems. Games will be able to see more frequent updates and fixes, putting XBL in much better sitting with developers.

This may not be a monolithic change that will transform XBL into something new and unrecognizable but it’ll bring it more in line with the hyper pace of the mobile and PC markets.

There’s still no firm date for the release of XBLA Minecraft, though  Mojang couldn’t help by finishing up with a teasing comment:

[quote] “Winter in Sweden is very long, so you can expect … just kidding. Late winter.” [/quote]


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  • Anne Felton

    To establish the body of Shaymus who has been badly burnt. Paddy seems first,turns the human body more than and says”No,that’s not him” Mick then looks,turns the entire body over “No that is not Shaymus’s body” Document asks”How can you be so sure?” Paddy replies”When we all went out together,folks utilised to say ahh this is Shaymus with the two a rseholes”

  • homerliveshere

    OK So I brought the game the first day it came out.
    It was good but then when the game was loading a little sort of tip came up at the bottom saying: “We think 4J studios has removed Herobrine from the game but were not too sure.”
    Does anyone know if he is in the game?!

  • John

    My financial aid was just sent to the DOE Direct Loan for certification for a stafford graduate loan. My Master Promissory Note
    and everything has been signed and done. I’m just now waiting for the “certification” process. I’m not a first time borrower so
    I’m assuming it should be relatively quick.

    Does anyone know tha approximate lenght of time (particularly now in March) for the department of education to certify a
    direct stafford loan once all necessary paperwork is completed and the school has sent it in to them?

  • Mike

    10 points for a link, I need it for a school research project.

  • thinkthought

    In your own words, describe the intent of certification in the clean room software engineering context.

  • josh12rox

    my credit was approved im just waitin becuz the application says its waiting on the certification process
    no my classes haven’t started yet
    i start in september
    i just got a letter in the mail from them and it had like a copy of my application that i have to bring to my financial aid office so they can fill out the bottom portion and then i have to mail it back

  • Flash Funk

    I have passed 3 sections of this Certification exam but I have 4 more exams to go to be fully certified.

    @KMcG: Good idea!!

  • Johnky J

    We have not got CCC certificate before.We don’t know how to?

  • llb443

    how long until i know if im approved? i know most ppl get approved for this even if u dont have any credit.

  • Xedo

    It says that the application is complete and certification is in process. Does that mean I got denied or approved?


  • Jason

    Hi i would like to know the whole certification Process

  • Andres C

    Personal experiences welcomed.

  • Ryan Dunn

    I am currently 26 and going back to school to receive a dual MBA/Management Information Systems degree. What is the process? Do I become certified as a CCNP, work for a few years, and then become certified? I was a teacher, but would like to know if I’m not too late to enter the IT field and pursue these certifications.

  • The Dark Knight

    I like to get my certification for A+ certification from the CompTIA

    I am in Canada. I am confused on the exact process to go and book a test.
    My testing centre is at Confederation College.

    I would like to know who do I contact first and pay money to?

    Do I buy a voucher first from CompTIA for the A+ then contact my testing centre?

    Help please?