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Old 15-09-2014, 14:14   #3501
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Do you want one game (that you already have on the Xbox) or enough funds to make 100's?
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Old 15-09-2014, 14:14   #3502
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Is that an offer?
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Old 15-09-2014, 14:15   #3503
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The Wall Street Journal put it quite nicely. This sounds like a ton of money, but it's ~1month's earnings fro MS
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Old 15-09-2014, 14:30   #3504
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The ironic thing is that now Microsoft have more big name titles coming to Vita than Sony does.
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Old 15-09-2014, 14:32   #3505
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I read that joke on Twitter too
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Old 15-09-2014, 14:33   #3506
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Not been on Twitter today. Did it go down well.
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Old 15-09-2014, 15:33   #3507
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So what is MS's masterplan with this latest purchase?

Release Minecraft 2 as an Xbox One exclusive to help it catch up with the PS4?
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Old 15-09-2014, 15:52   #3508
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Release Minecraft 2 as an Xbox One exclusive to help it catch up with the PS4?
Unleash the power of the MS cloud on Minecraft.
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Old 15-09-2014, 16:04   #3509
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I'm not sure I see the point of this move to be honest. It's a decent enough game with a very large fan base, but short of drip-feeding the owners with cash from new skins etc, I'm not sure where there's any scope for making proper money for MS long-term.

Even the next gen versions are practically identical, just bigger.

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Old 15-09-2014, 16:47   #3510
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It's digital crack to kids though. I can't find the hook but if you're in your teens it's stupidly addictive. My guess is it will be going Xbone only and the hooked kids will have no choice but to try the new dealer for a fresher better fix.
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Old 15-09-2014, 16:52   #3511
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But kids don't have the sort of money to buy a games console for one game. The reason it's sold so many copies and is so popular is because you can play it on 50 odd devices and is dirt cheap.

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The really hooked kids are playing it on PC, where it'll remain. This is more about phones than consoles, I imagine.
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But kids don't have the sort of money to buy a games console for one game. The reason it's sold so many copies and is so popular is because you can play it on 50 odd devices and is dirt cheap.
When Mircosoft tie up a phone and Xbone exclusive combined version of the game, parents won't have a chance.
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Old 15-09-2014, 17:27   #3514
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But the PS4 version is already out, what are they going to do, withdraw it?
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Old 15-09-2014, 17:29   #3515
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I'd imagine they'll use it to flog XB1's and Windows Phones with Minecraft 2. Let the android and Sony users get addicted then withdraw their supply like any good dealer.

$2.5 billion does make Disney's Marvel and Star Wars deals look like bargains.

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Old 15-09-2014, 17:36   #3516
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Of course it's peaked, it's on every platform going. They can't go exclusive now, it'll be the new MySpace, in 2-3 years time Notch will buy it back for 1% of the value
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I read that the profits from Minecraft have increased year on year, so it might not be accurate to suggest it has peaked.
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It's a good job Microsoft have a grade A tip top record of buying great studios and looking after them so they produce a string of great games.
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Old 15-09-2014, 17:56   #3519
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From what i recall the markets do not like companies to sit on excess cash reserves. So if MS has plenty using it to produce a steady income stream probably is seen as a positive.
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Old 15-09-2014, 18:06   #3520
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Love the bitterness on here

Saying that I would rather MS have used that money for some new studios and games. As I said before I get why they got minecraft and the studio (don't think the game has peaked despite the mass of clones of the game out there)
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