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Minecraft Goes Gold; is a Real, Finished Game

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Minecraft has officially gone gold, and will be released on Friday during the first-ever MineCon convention.

Minecraft creator and Mojang studio head Markus "Notch" Persson said via Twitter that the popular indie sandbox title Minecraft has finally gone gold. The news arrives just four days after the team's previously projected "gone gold" date of November 11, 2011, and three days before the game is officially released at the inaugural (and sold out) MineCon 2011 event in Las Vegas on Friday.

Minecraft was originally launched as an alpha on May 17, 2009 and then slipped into beta mode on December 20, 2010. In 2011, Mojang launched the "Pocket Edition" exclusively on Sony Ericsson's Xperia PLAY Android smartphone during E3 2011, and then opened up to portable edition to the rest of the Android market as of October 8.

A version for the Xbox 360 with Kinect will reportedly be playable this Friday during the convention although it's not slated to hit Xbox LIVE until next year.

As seen here, the first-ever Minecraft convention will take place on Friday and Saturday. Persson will kick things off with his keynote and the official launch of Minecraft, and will be followed by various panels including "Minecraft as a Tool for Education," "Running A Server," "YouTube 101" and more. Attendees will supposedly receive a code that will unlock an alpha version of the studio's next game, Scrolls.

According to Mojang, over 1 million units had been sold as of January, but that number quickly skyrocketed to over 4 million units at the beginning on November -- a stunning 3 million units sold within ten months. Over 16 million gamers have created Minecraft accounts, 12 million of which are seemingly playing the "classic" free versions (single player / multi-player). The full version will supposedly sell for $28.95 when it's officially released on Friday, but fans can still purchase the sandbox game for its "beta" price of $21.95 until then.

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    jdw_swb , November 16, 2011 3:13 AM
    Now, get working on that new Elder Scrolls game you announced.
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    Horhe , November 16, 2011 4:01 AM
    I find $30 a bit too expensive for Minecraft.
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    pwnorbpwnd , November 16, 2011 3:09 AM
    Finally. Someone has to say it.
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    jdw_swb , November 16, 2011 3:13 AM
    Now, get working on that new Elder Scrolls game you announced.
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    livebriand , November 16, 2011 3:26 AM
    Maybe the final version will run better than the earlier versions did? The java base didn't help at all.
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    koolkat574 , November 16, 2011 3:41 AM
    JDW_SWBNow, get working on that new Elder Scrolls game you announced.


    I just laughed so hard
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    artiqe , November 16, 2011 3:48 AM
    Just in time for my new computer, receiving the parts Thursday.
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    Horhe , November 16, 2011 4:01 AM
    I find $30 a bit too expensive for Minecraft.
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    squattingdawg , November 16, 2011 4:17 AM
    Everything is a bit too expensive when it's first released...
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    the_krasno , November 16, 2011 4:18 AM
    HorheI find $30 a bit too expensive for Minecraft.


    You'll always have the free version.
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2011 4:34 AM
    seriously an whole convention for an indie game? kudos for majong, youve achieved something i never though would be possible, you Made minecraft a hit.

    But... i seriously dont understand the logic/reasoning of a minecraft convention, to show adverts? what can they present as entertainment?
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    artiqe , November 16, 2011 4:56 AM
    KAKconventionseriously an whole convention for an indie game? kudos for majong, youve achieved something i never though would be possible, you Made minecraft a hit.But... i seriously dont understand the logic/reasoning of a minecraft convention, to show adverts? what can they present as entertainment?


    Dirt and Gold blocks!
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    eklipz330 , November 16, 2011 5:07 AM
    congrats to notch, i dont care if he 'stole' the idea, who ever he stole it from couldnt bring it to life like he did. and i bought it during alpha so yay! free upgrades fo-evah
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    olaf , November 16, 2011 8:41 AM
    30$ for 80's graphics :D  sounds like a good deal :D 
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    neiroatopelcc , November 16, 2011 9:37 AM
    I wonder how long it'll take bukkit to have support for it then.
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    neiroatopelcc , November 16, 2011 9:41 AM
    olaf30$ for 80's graphics sounds like a good deal

    It's not entirely 80s graphics. It's blocky sure, but it's way more end 90s than 80s graphics. Oh and the game still has quite some system requirements. A minimum of 1GB memory for starters, and a fast dualcore cpu for server hosting. Hardly 80s style.
    The game's design is simple. Sure. But simple ugly graphics didn't stop valve from getting tons of their cs and tf2 games sold, so why'd it stop mojang?
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    cronik93 , November 16, 2011 10:47 AM
    This game is going to be GOTY.

    GoW3, UC3, BF3, and Skyrim have no chance.
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    11796pcs , November 16, 2011 11:33 AM
    neiroatopelccBut simple ugly graphics didn't stop valve from getting tons of their cs and tf2 games sold,

    TF2 actually looks quite good maxed out. Also it's nice to see a indie developer doing well.
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    Granter , November 16, 2011 11:40 AM
    olaf30$ for 80's graphics sounds like a good deal

    the fact that you say this proves that you are really dumb and dont what a good game is, do you complain about supermario aswell or?
    HorheI find $30 a bit too expensive for Minecraft.

    you could have bought the game in beta for half the price since over a 1 year back so the fact that anyone would complain about this is pretty funny. If you cant afford it, ye sucks to be you, there is a free alpha version that you can play.


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    neiroatopelcc , November 16, 2011 12:18 PM
    cronik93This game is going to be GOTY.GoW3, UC3, BF3, and Skyrim have no chance.


    Skyrim will definetly get the game of the year title from someone. It's by far the best game launched this year. There are serveral games I wanted this year (fear 3, saints row 3, heroes 6 etc) but only one I knew I had to get - and that's skyrim. The game isn't suited for the adhd sort of person - for that type a shooter is a much better choice (and two high grade shooters were released recently), but for rpg fans there's little to complain about in that game (apart from the ui which is horrible).

    I mean dragon age was great, starcraft 2 was decent as well. But now that skyrim's around, everything else is sort of a class below. Hell I haven't even logged into lol since I got that game. And every time I log onto steam I've got 3-4 friends playing skyrim and maybe one playing bf3, dead island or pvk ...

    minecraft's good fun no doubt, but it doesn't have the lasting feel of an elder scrolls game.

    ps. I agree - $30 is a bit too much for minecraft unless they've added a lot of stuff that ain't there in the current beta. I mean half the game is basicly plugins from bukkit atm. Without it you grow bored after one week.
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    jl0329 , November 16, 2011 12:45 PM
    Saw some videos of Minecraft on tube. Probably the greatest sandbox game ever! I would enjoy it so much if I am still in school, but now, nah~ Gosh I wish this game was out 10 years ago!



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    halls , November 16, 2011 12:52 PM
    The amount of time my friends and I have sunk into Minecraft has been well worth the beta's asking price. We would have been hesitant at $30 but I would definitely argue I've already had more value from it than, say, Deus Ex: HR which I paid more for (if we consider time played, and time spent learning about the game world). The value of Minecraft when you're playing on your own hosted server is way up there.
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