I understand the importance of addressing the last mile of video gamers. You may know a few: the ones who can’t or don’t want internet access, the ones with inattentive parents, the people who simply can’t pay to pull down a Minecraft download from the cloud. Well, Microsoft won’t leave them hanging.
For a game that requires an internet connection to exercise its social muscles and collaborative efforts, Minecraft in a box seems like the most backwards thing you can think of. But you know, there will be those who prefer to tailor their own private worlds and they should go ahead and do that. The entire time I’ve known the game, it’s always been a digital affair, heck, even in alpha when it was a mere Java applet on the web site. Well, Microsoft it releases Minecraft to retail as a shiny disc in a green box next month for $20. Seriously, Minecraft burned to a nine-gigabyte DVD just seems like overkill for a version of the game that’s essentially a year old.
Rabble, rabble, rabble.