Minecraft Gets Halloween Themed Texture Pack

It appears that Minecraft fans will get a little treat and no trick this Halloween. A Halloween Themed Texture Pack has been released and is available free of charge for Xbox 360 users. 4J Studios has been releasing texture packs and add-ons for Minecraft on the Xbox 360 at a rapid pace over the last few months.  Alongside the title updates 12 & 13, the studio released Minecraft Mash-up Packs, and Natural Texture Pack that recently hit the Xbox Live Store.

What do you get in it you ask? Basically the all themed zombies, creepy castles, pumpkin head environments, for example jack-o’-lanterns, screaming trees, slimy rivers, skeletal remains, black cats and much more. Players can even build their own Halloween world, so if you don’t have any plans for that night, you can have loads of fun playing around with Minecraft’s Halloween environment (and maybe even make a creepy map to scare your friends with).

Hurry up though, the offer is limited and the last day to get the Halloween Themed Texture is the 3rd of November. You can download the pack from the Xbox Live Marketplace here.

Thank you PlayXBLA for providing us with this information.
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Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale Starts July

Microsoft has confirmed that it is going to be starting a new Xbox Live Ultimate game sale over on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The sale will slash the prices of many big name titles like BioShock Infinite, Max Payne 3, Tomb Raider and more.

With a whole host of discounts expected on a wide list of games from July 1st Microsoft is looking to get Xbox 360 users used to buying digital games online. The Xbox Live Marketplace already saw an ultimate sale earlier on at the start of 2013 and so this will be the second.

The included games in the promotion are:

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  •  Bioshock Infinite
  •  Borderlands 2
  •  Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
  •  Bulletstorm
  •  Command and Conquer Red Alert 3
  •  Crysis
  •  Crysis 3
  •  Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga
  •  Dragon Age Origins
  •  Far Cry 3
  •  Far Cry Instincts Predator
  •  Forza Horizon
  •  Gears of War: Judgement
  •  Hasbro Family Game Night 3
  •  Hitman Absolution
  •  Kinect Sports 2
  •  Left 4 Dead 2
  •  Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes
  •  Lego Lord of the Rings
  •  Mass Effect
  •  Max Payne 3
  •  Metal Gear Rising: Revengence
  •  Monopoly Streets
  •  Perfect Dark Zero
  •  Prey
  •  Rockstar Table Tennis
  •  The Orange Box
  •  Tomb Raider
  •  The Witcher 2
  •  WWE 13 GonD
  •  XCOM: Enemy Unknown

There are no specific details yet on what games will get what discounts but you only have to wait until July 1st to find out. You should also expect daily specials too so if you’ve got an Xbox 360 and still play it, it could be worth checking the Xbox Live Marketplace everyday in July.

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Xbox Live Account Ban Will Result In Losing Access To All Your Xbox One Games

Edit: Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has answered the question “if someone is banned their fault or not will they lose access to the games they purchased?” by responding “absolutely not you will always have access to the games you have purchased” but he did suggest the ban could still apply to multiplayer. This essentially crushes what Xbox Live’s official support team stated on Twitter in the article below. Details of Major Nelson’s response can be seen here. Thanks to Kyuu for the tip-off in the comments below.

It seems like things have gone from bad to worse for Microsoft. Some of the criticisms it has faced in the past weeks include:

(We have written articles about most of these big issues with the Xbox One although we haven’t been able to cover them all, you can see the articles we have written below as they have hyperlinks)

There are probably more criticisms that we missed but as you can see Microsoft’s Xbox One has had a really hard time of late. This shows no signs of letting up as now it is revealed an Xbox Live Account ban means losing all access to your Xbox One games according to Xbox’s Support Team on Twitter. Again this is causing outrage because people are worried about if there account is hacked or banned for an unfair reason. In essence the PlayStation 4 won’t have this problem because games are all physical, not digital, and are not tied to your account. While this is “no different” to current digital Xbox 360 games it is still likely to outrage people more. At least with Xbox 360 you have the option to buy physical copies and avoid this “risk” of losing your digital content with account bans.

What Microsoft are doing with this is nothing out of the ordinary, in fact as far as I am aware the same principle is used by Steam. However, the fact there is no option to get around this (because all games have to be digitally registered to your account) means a lot of people could be put off.

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EA Confirms It Will Remove Online Passes From Old Games

Two weeks ago we brought you the quite surprising news that EA was scrapping the online pass system for all of its games. However, we were unsure whether that meant old/current/new games would have the online passes scrapped. My educated guess would of been that new games and future releases would get the online pass system removed by according to an EA official confirmation all of their games that use the online pass will have it scrapped.

The move surprised quite a lot of people when EA took it, and now it appears they have laid out plans to gradually phase the online pass out. In the coming weeks EA will either remove the online pass from games via patches and updates or the company will make the passes free on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace and so on. Not many other details were given by the confirmation from EA but expect them to announce more details in the future such as a full list of affected games and what remedial actions will be used for those games to remove the online passes.

What are your thoughts on this story? Are you surprised to see EA going back to old games (in addition to new and current games) to remove their online passes?

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