Minecraft May Soon Have Achievements

What do you need for one of the most successful self-published games of all time, and on top of that, one of the best indie games of all time? Well, you’ve got monsters (hello, Creeper!), mega-structures (the above being my work-in-progress for a house on the edge of a cliff), beds, a new lighting system, and now (possibly) an achievements system.

When creator of Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson, spoke to Indie Games, he stated the words quoted below, and that these achievements could include basic things like cutting wood or trees for the first time, and so on.

I’ve had the idea to make achievements kind of like the in-game questing,” Persson told Indie Games. “So you’d be able to see the first achievement in a tree of achievements, and you have to unlock the top ones first before you can unlock the ones further down.”

More advanced achievements could “converge into a big task, like kill a dragon or something, which would put a kind of narrative into the achievement tree.”

You know Notch, I wouldn’t mind killing dragons in Minecraft. Just saying. Via: IndieGames

Countdown Page To Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Goes Live (Update: FAKE!)

You just bought Call Of Duty: Black Ops? Then you’re a n00b, because the countdown page dubbed “Find Makarov“, the main Russian villain in Modern Warfare 2 is briefly seen, then a countdown to the middle of GDC next week, which also will debut some more Battlefield 3 info and gameplay. Expect the announcements to be covered here, when both games are outed in more detail.

Update: And just like that, Activision shot it down.

Via: That Videogame Blog

The HTC Merge Will Hit Several U.S. Carriers This Spring


The HTC Merge is alive. It’s been rather quiet for almost a half-year, and some thought it had been killed off. Now apparently, the specs stay the same: 3.8-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 with updated Sense UI, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. And best of all, according to HTC’s press release seen after the jump, it’s coming to “multiple North American operators” this spring.

The New Macbook Pros: Thunderbolt, Quad-Core, AMD Graphics And More

Below is a list of the new Macbook Pros, debuted on Steve Jobs’ birthday. The design hasn’t changed a bit, except the internals. The main revisions are new processors, graphics, FaceTime HD, and a Thunderbolt port, used for 10 gigabytes per second file transfers (download and upload), which utterly destroys Firewire and USB. Prices range from $1,199 for the 13-inch model and up to $2499 for a 17-inch quad-core Core i7, clocked at 2.2GHz.

  • MC700LL/A: 13.3-inch display, 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,199
  • MC724LL/A: 13.3-inch display, 2.7GHz dual-core Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,499
  • MC721LL/A: 15.4-inch display (1440×900), 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6490M  — $1,799
  • MC723LL/A: 15.4-inch display (1440×900), 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6750M — $2,199
  • MC725LL/A: 17-inch display (1920×1200), 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HD, dual graphics processors with automatic switching (Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M) — $2,499

Oh, and they’re all available for purchase, right now. Press release is always after the line-break, of course. Via: Apple

HTC Arrive Is The First Windows Phone 7 CDMA Device — On Sprint

So, what’s this? It’s the HTC Arrive and it just arrived (sorry for the pun). The Arrive uses a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture , and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it the second keyboard device for Windows Phone 7 — the first being the LG Quantum.

Also, the standard crap apps like Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV will be present, as well as copy/paste support. It will retail for $199.99 with a two-year service contract, on March 20th. Presser after the cut.

Motorola Xoom Now Available For $600 On Contract, $800 Without

It’s the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to be available on the market, and the first true Android tablet (sorry Galax Tab, you don’t cut it). For $599 you’ll get the Xoom on a 2-year agreement using 3G, while later this year your Xoom will be sent into a factory for a radio switch to 4G. There’s also a month-to-month data package available that brings the pricing of the Xoom up to $800 (but as of Verizon policy you wouldn’t actually need the data plan at all). Meanwhile, there’s no WiFi version to be found just yet.

Via: Verizon Wireless