Tech Talk: New Minecraft Creator’s Game & Hidden ET Games

tech1  This Week: a new game from the Minecraft creators and the bizarre search for hidden ET Atari games.

New Game from Minecraft Creators – if like me, you’ve got kids who are glued to “embedded-Lego” game Minecraft, you’ll understand the power of Mojang. Well now the creative force behind Minecraft, has released it next title, called Scrolls, is a digital collectible card game, similar to Magic: The Gathering. Like Minecraft, it’ll allow users to access the software very early, inviting them to become a key part of the development process. Minecraft is a wholesale success, by virtually every possible metric. At I/O, the Play team revealed that it plays a game called “Where’s Minecraft?” which quite literally has them find the title in the top grossing list. It’s always near the top, which is remarkable for a game that offers a straightforward, one-time purchase pricing scheme – in general free-to-play titles rule the charts these days. The mobile version has sold over 10 million copies, Mojang says, and revenue is up well past $100 million at this point. Scrolls has been in development for a few years now, and is now ready for a public release. It’s hard to picture Scrolls exceeding Minecraft numbers – it’s hard to imagine anything doing that – but there’s no question all that its progress will be scrutinised.

ET Atari Games Lost in the Desert? – Fuel Entertainment has confirmed it will search a former landfill site in New Mexico where Atari’s much-criticised ET game may be buried. The video game was among the first to be licensed from a film franchise and was based on the Spielberg film ET. Despite the success of the film the game was very badly received and Atari suffered huge financial losses when it was released at Christmas 1982 for the Atari 2600 console but many copies were returned and the game was given terrible reviews. Shortly afterwards the entire video games industry crashed, as PCs started to become more widespread. In September 1983 the firm supposedly dumped millions of cartridges at the landfill site and buried them under concrete, although Atari has never confirmed whether it did dump the games there. As for the game itself, there is much web-discussion about how bad it really was. The object of the game was for ET to find parts of a phone to put together in order to “phone home” and be collected by a spaceship as happens at the end of the film. The character had to avoid falling into any of the many pits which proliferate across every screen, and being caught by a scientist and FBI agent who are in close pursuit throughout.

Source: BBC, MoviesBlog,
Reporter: SilverFox

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