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Minecraft sales top 15 million in 2012

Minecraft sales top 15 million in 2012

We already knew that sales for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition came in over the 5 million mark for 2012, but today we're getting a broader picture of the sales the franchise managed last year. Mojang has shared a list of Christmas Day stats for all versions of Minecraft, and in doing so, the company has also revealed how many sales each version brought in throughout 2012. Needless to say, the numbers for each impress, while the final tally for the franchise in general is pretty staggering.

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Steam extending holiday sale with “encore weekend”

Steam extending holiday sale with “encore weekend”

We're closing in on the end of the Steam holiday sale, sadly. The deals can't last forever, but in a moment of sheer awesomeness, Valve has decided that it wants them to last just a little bit longer than originally announced. While the sale was supposed to wind down officially on January 5 (which is tomorrow, in case you haven't noticed), Valve announced today that it will be extending the sale until Monday, January 7 at 10PM PST.

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Elite: Dangerous reaches Kickstarter goal with two days left

Elite: Dangerous reaches Kickstarter goal with two days left

It was a close one, folks, but it looks like Elite: Dangerous will become a reality after all. The latest entry in the much-love space sim series reached its Kickstarter funding goal of £1,250,000 earlier today, crossing the finish line with just over two days left to go. At the time of this writing, there are 51 hours left before the campaign wraps, with developer Frontier Developments adding a number of new stretch goals in these final hours.

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First Black Ops II DLC details leak out

First Black Ops II DLC details leak out

We knew since before Black Ops II released that Activision and Treyarch would develops all kinds of DLC for the game, and sure enough, the details for the game's first DLC offering have leaked out. Like all Call of Duty DLC packs before it, this one is a map pack, and it's apparently being called "Revolution." Provided everything about this leak is accurate, players will be in for five new maps total - four for competitive multiplayer, one for zombies mode.

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Torchlight II hits 1 million sales milestone

Torchlight II hits 1 million sales milestone

It looks like Runic Games is ending 2012 on a very high note, announcing over Twitter today that Torchlight II has sold more than 1 million copies since its release back in September. In this era of Call of Duty and Skyrim selling millions of copies on launch day, that may not seem like much, but it's important to remember that Runic is a smaller studio without the resources to roll out huge marketing campaigns. Add to that the fact that Torchlight II launched just a few months after Diablo III, and Runic has a lot to celebrate with those 1 million sales.

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Fez coming to other platforms, Polytron announces

Fez coming to other platforms, Polytron announces

Polytron's Fez, despite being an indie title that's exclusive to the Xbox 360, was easily one of the best games of the year. It's no surprise, then, that fans are wondering when Polytron will begin porting the game to other platforms, if it ever does at all. We've heard whispers of such ports in the past, but nothing was ever made official... until today, that is.

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Multiplayer mode confirmed for Tomb Raider reboot

Multiplayer mode confirmed for Tomb Raider reboot

The Tomb Raider franchise will be getting a highly anticipated reboot next year, but when this new game arrives, it will be sporting some features that series veterans will find unfamiliar. After a UK listing for the game set off rumors about a Tomb Raider multiplayer mode, Crystal Dynamics today confirmed it. For better or worse, the next Tomb Raider title will indeed have multiplayer.

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Blizzard starting over with Diablo III Team Deathmatch mode

Blizzard starting over with Diablo III Team Deathmatch mode

We've heard a number of complaints about Diablo III over the last few months, and the lack of a PvP mode seems to be one of the most common. Blizzard was touting Diablo III's PvP mode long before the game even released, but we're now seven months out from launch and there's no PvP mode to speak of. It seems like there won't be one for some time yet either, as Diablo III lead designer Jay Wilson said that the team is starting over on the game's Team Deathmatch mode.

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Why 2012 was a great year for gaming

Why 2012 was a great year for gaming

2012 was an interesting year in many respects, but it was a particularly interesting year for gaming. 2012 had its share of ups and down, but looking back on the year as a whole, I'd say that it was ultimately good for gamers, developers, and the industry in general. A lot happened throughout the year, and even though we saw vitriol from gamers climb to pretty frightening heights in some cases, there were some pretty cool things happening that you may not have noticed. Needless to say, if 2012 was any indication, then 2013 should be one of gaming's biggest years yet.

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