Minecraft tops Modern Warfare 3, becomes most played game on 360

By on October 29, 2012, 11:30 AM

For as long as Xbox Live activity has been divulged by Microsoft’s Major Nelson, a first-person shooter has been the most popular title based on the number of unique people playing a game while logged in with the service. Titles from the Gears of War and Halo franchise dot the map in addition to the most recent Call of Duty release at the time which has held the spot for more than two years.

That all changed recently as it was revealed that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is now the most played game on Microsoft’s popular console. The game was first released on Xbox 360 on May 9, 2012 and quickly shot up to second place where it remained under Modern Warfare 3 for several months.

It appears that last week’s 1.8.2 “Adventure Update” was enough to push Minecraft into the top spot, just two weeks before Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is released. The update introduced Creative Mode, something that Minecraft fans had been looking forward to for quite some time.

Topping Call of Duty is a significant milestone as no other game in the past two years, including the world’s most popular sports franchise FIFA, was able to do so.

The fact that it isn’t a first-person shooter is also significant but even more interesting is the fact that it isn’t a full retail game. Minecraft is sold as a downloadable game from the Xbox Live Arcade and is the first time such a title has been at the top of Live’s activity charts.




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1 person liked this | Lionvibez said:

Haha the 12 year olds have better taste in games than the 13-28 year old frat boy drunks that line up to buy COD which is a garbage game.

There is hope for this world after all.

Gareis Gareis said:

Minecraft is epic.

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

I still have not played Minecraft. To be honest, I'm afraid it will consume my life. CoD is no threat though, its entertaining for about 10 minutes.

1 person liked this | Porters said:

Haha the 12 year olds have better taste in games than the 13-28 year old frat boy drunks that line up to buy COD which is a garbage game.

There is hope for this world after all.

As a 13-28 year old, although admittedly not fat, but often drunk, I am offended :P I do not know what kind of creature plays that game though...

seefizzle said:

My 4 year old son plays Minecraft all the time. He likes it better on PC.

1 person liked this | Lionvibez said:

Haha the 12 year olds have better taste in games than the 13-28 year old frat boy drunks that line up to buy COD which is a garbage game.

There is hope for this world after all.

As a 13-28 year old, although admittedly not fat, but often drunk, I am offended :P I do not know what kind of creature plays that game though...

lol frat as in fraternity so college students.

1 person liked this | Gareis Gareis said:

although admittedly not fat, but often drunk,

Bahahaha, this made me laugh!

Guest said:

Oh my my....! This is soooo sad for the 360 gamers. M$oft abandon the console and it,s core gamers favoring Kinect. The gamers are starved for games M$oft!!! Take a page out of Sony's book and concentrate on games and not gimmicks, like kinect.

ikesmasher said:

Oh my my....! This is soooo sad for the 360 gamers. M$oft abandon the console and it,s core gamers favoring Kinect. The gamers are starved for games M$oft!!! Take a page out of Sony's book and concentrate on games and not gimmicks, like kinect.

kinect isnt a requirement for Minecraft on xbox, what are you talking about? do your research before you make idiotic assumptions.

danhodge danhodge said:

I don't like the idea of Minecraft on console - I enjoy it on PC, but going away from the PC gets rid of the casual feel to it.

Although I'm happy they are taking money away from the big publishers... :'

ramonsterns said:

I don't like the idea of Minecraft on console - I enjoy it on PC, but going away from the PC gets rid of the casual feel to it.

Although I'm happy they are taking money away from the big publishers... :'

Hardly taking money away from publishers if they're paying Microsoft to have it on the 360.

1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

Hardly taking money away from publishers if they're paying Microsoft to have it on the 360.

I believe he was referring more to activision, EA, ubisoft, etc.

veLa veLa said:

What a terrible game.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

If only they could join PC players... There is no comparison to minecraft for PC vs Xbox. It'd be like comparing Xbox Minecraft to iOS Minecraft.

killeriii said:

What a terrible game.

Go punch a tree!

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

What a terrible game.

All the horrible games are popular :P

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I would hate to play MC with a controller ...

ikesmasher said:

I would hate to play MC with a controller ...

I can say that it is significantly slower in the creation/deletion progress...and the map is limited...but they couldnta done a much better job.

danhodge danhodge said:

Hardly taking money away from publishers if they're paying Microsoft to have it on the 360.

Sorry, I worded that badly - as the other guy said, I was referring to the fact that people make the choice of an indie game over a AAA game.

dawei1993 said:

LOL this is just sad.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Hardly taking money away from publishers if they're paying Microsoft to have it on the 360.

Sorry, I worded that badly - as the other guy said, I was referring to the fact that people make the choice of an indie game over a AAA game.

Microsoft isn't EA. It doesn't product run of the mill games every year so I highly doubt money is being taken away from Microsoft over Minecraft. Microsoft Gaming Studios has been pretty quiet as of recent because they are preparing Halo 4.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

I still have not played Minecraft. To be honest, I'm afraid it will consume my life. CoD is no threat though, its entertaining for about 10 minutes.

:o You don't play the story modes?

danhodge danhodge said:

Microsoft isn't EA. It doesn't product run of the mill games every year so I highly doubt money is being taken away from Microsoft over Minecraft. Microsoft Gaming Studios has been pretty quiet as of recent because they are preparing Halo 4.

Read that again - I was quoting someone else's response to me. I was referring to publishers like Activison (since we are on the topic of COD), as people may have chosen to buy Minecraft instead of MW3. I know I have to make choices like that every year.

1 person liked this | ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Read that again - I was quoting someone else's response to me. I was referring to publishers like Activison (since we are on the topic of COD), as people may have chosen to buy Minecraft instead of MW3. I know I have to make choices like that every year.

I swear I clicked reply on his post and not yours. I blame my crappy phone. My bad

Guest said:

Creation vs Destruction.

Peace on earth war in bed.

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