Minecraft hits 200m sales, Disney shuts down Club Penguin clones, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, I hope you are doing well, Here’s the thing folks, there was very very little news today. So I do have a show here for you with a few items and it’s gonna be a little chillaxed and conversational, so if you are in a rush or just want the hard hitting stuff, then feel free to skip today’s episode. Otherwise, it is Tuesday, May the 19th, let’s get into it.

Minecraft hits 200 million sales, and 126m monthly active users

Minecraft has now officially sold over 200 million copies of the game. We talked yesterday about the entire Resident Evil franchise doing half that number. Of course Minecraft still maintains its lead as the best selling game of all time. Also this might be a bit of surprise for you, so they’ve sold 200 million and over half of those people are still playing every single month. 126 million monthly active users, to be exact. That is absolutely incredible. So they revealed that information in celebration of the game turning 11 years old, and to commemorate that, Mojang has also done a bit of a rebranding. They’ve got a new logo, and they’re officially called Mojang Studios now. So I think is really cool, Minecraft is a game that very much deserves its #1 spot. It has stuck around as a staple of so many people’s lives, and obviously the player count reflects that to this day. By the way, there has been some conversation happening about opening up a TGO Minecraft server, so me and my community can come together and play some Minecraft. If that’s something you’re interested in being a part of, make sure you are in our Discord server, because that’s where most of the information will probably be about it. If you haven’t visited that server yet, feel free to join the conversation, thegamingobserver.com/discord. It’s a great way to follow up on what I talk about here on the show, we also like to do some community game days, and obviously an extension of that might become the Minecraft server. See you there.

Disney shuts down Club Penguin clones

Remember Club Penguin? The game officially closed up shop in 2017, but that didn’t stop a number of clones from popping up over the past few years. There were actually a number of unofficial revivals of the game, however the most popular one was called simply Club Penguin Online. Well the big problem with these clones were that they went unmoderated. There was tons of racism and inappropriate behaviour, there was even issues going on between the competing clones of the game, DDoS attacks were happening. Well, Disney has now shut all of it down, in particular because someone involved with the biggest site has been arrested on suspicion of possessing images of child abuse. And you know, presumably he acquired those images because children are using the unmoderated Club Penguin server. So that’s all gone now, Disney let it happen for a while there, but this is obviously a good reason to stop it.

Lots of free games right now!

I’ve got an article here from GameSpot that outlines all of the games that are currently free to keep on every platform. Cheers NCIceman for sending this our way, folks take a look at this link on the website, there’s an insane number of games that are free right now. On all platforms there’s the Lego Ninjago game, on Xbox there’s Crackdown and Too Human, PS Plus has Cities: Skylines, on PC you’ve got GTA V, the Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours, Snake Pass, on mobile there’s Hitman Sniper. Anyway that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I can’t say they’re all super high quality games, but I’m sure there’s something there for you.

Alright everyone thank you so much for joining me. Like I said there was basically nothing in terms of news today, but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless. I’d like to give a big shoutout to Jonathan and Darin for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. And actually Darin said they’ve been listening since the very beginning, which is just so weird to me. Shoutout to all of you who have been listening since 2018, you’ve all heard this show grow in more ways than one, and I appreciate your support through it all. Folks, that’ll do it for today, join me tomorrow where there will hopefully be more to talk about, and until then, happy gaming everyone.