Boudewijn de Kemp

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Microsoft officially owns Minecraft and developer Mojang now

Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of <i>Minecraft</i> developer Mojang has officially closed, announced Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, on Twitter today.<p>"It's official, today we welcome Mojang to the Microsoft Studios family," said Spencer. "We're excited for the possibilities ahead …

'South Park' mocks the true cost of free-to-play games

There is nothing wrong with free-to-play as a concept, but the model is often built on concepts that are designed to get you hooked on a reward loop that's a bit more artificial than we're used to from the standard, one-price premium model.<p>It can be tricky to explain the process, even to people who …

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare doesn't have Share Play on PlayStation 4 (update)

<i>Updated at 1:15 p.m. Pacific with comment from Activision on Share Play</i>.<p>PlayStation 4’s unique Share Play game sharing only arrived last week, but it’s already come up against a big release that feels selfish.<p>Sony describes Share Play as being like a “virtual couch” that enables you to share games …

OnePlus reveals how many phones it's sold

Ever since OnePlus first unveiled the One, Android fans have been clamoring for the limited invites needed to buy their own. It's been an infuriating wait for many, but it seems the company is slowly starting to meet demand. Co-founder Carl Pei told <i>Forbes</i> that OnePlus has now sold 500,000 …

Blizzard's big challenge: Duplicating the success of World of Warcraft

One of the most successful video games ever made is a decade old. What's Blizzard's next act?<p>World of Warcraft is already one of the world's most successful games. Now it's time for a second act.<p>That, at least, is Activision Blizzard's challenge on the eve of BlizzCon, a gathering of its most …

'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker' Preview

One of the most popular aspects of Super Mario 3D World is getting its own game: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. The intricate Captain Toad puzzles challenged players to not only locate the star but find all manner of hidden items while doing it.<p>Although these initially looked simple, they actually …

What's killing your battery? Android's top 10 performance-sapping apps

Is your phone or tablet battery constantly reduced to a sliver of red on the screen? New research has found the worst performance-draining apps on Android devices, and Facebook is the biggest culprit.<p>It may seem to consume every spare moment of our lives, but the world's most famous social …

'Splatoon' Single-Player Means Nintendo Is Birthing A New Uber-Franchise

Nintendo held another Direct yesterday, this time one that had nothing to do with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as the company does actually have other projects in the works, it wants to remind us. We heard about a huge number of upcoming projects, the highlights of which were Majora’s Mask for 3DS, …

'Minecraft' now officially belongs to Microsoft — here's what you should know

<i>Minecraft</i> now belongs to the House that Bill Gates built, punching trees into wood blocks into tools into processors into Windows.<p>Today's announcement is more or less a formality at this point; the acquisition was originally announced in mid-September for $2.5 billion (ironically, in 2012 <i>Minecraft</i> …