Minecraft Breaks Call Of Duty's Grip Atop Xbox Live's Chart

In news certain to delight indie games fans, Minecraft has done something that has not been seen in a long time -- knock a Call of Duty game out of the top two on the Xbox 360's most-played list.

To put this in perspective, the only thing that knocked Call of Duty: Black Ops out of the No. 1 spot from its release in 2010 was the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011. And those two have run No. 2 and No. 1, respectively, ever since. Until Minecraft elbowed Black Ops out of the way last week.

The figures are according to Major Nelson's regular listing of the top Xbox Live activity. It counts numbers of unique users, worldwide, that are playing the game while connected to Xbox Live -- so it's not just multiplayer figures (although one can assume that's the bulk of Call of Duty's total here.)

The last time I could find something other than the two most recent releases of Call of Duty holding the top two was in 2010, after the release of Halo: Reach (Halo 3 was a steady No. 2 before that, to Modern Warfare 2). Whatever the case, the idea that Minecraft -- a downloadable title, no less -- did that to a position that has been dominated by a retail big-budget first-person shooter since forever, is rather damned remarkable.

And, oh yeah, the 360 version was the most purchased Arcade title -- by a mile, one expects.

LIVE Activity for week of May 14th [Major Nelson]


    Notch IS saving the world!

      One pixel at a time!

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      Minecraft let's you mine AND craft. Sometimes AT THE SAME TIME.

      Excuse me KOTAKU, in a discussion between these two games I simply stated "CoD has better graphics".. Does it not? Why the removal of my input?

    Yay! People have taste!

    LOL CoD.

    finnally something has come to defeat cowadoody

    Always had an interest in Minecraft but never bothered to get it on PC.

    Got the XBL version as the same time as an massive games order came in from the UK.... i've now got the latest Assassins Creed, Arkam City, Rage, The Witcher 2 and Dead Space 2 all unopened and gathering dust while I work on my totally pointless but completely epic Minecraft castle.

    Interesting thought: If there are more people playing Minecraft than the biggest games over the past few years, and it (and Trials) are both XBL exclusives. Would it be possible for Microsoft to "win" this year over Sony purely on the basis of smaller, downloadable titles?

    i can't see why this hasn't reached PS3 - makes me sad

    As soon as the 360 version catches up with all the PC updates, I'll buy it. For now though, I'm sticking with PC.

      Well you could get it now. It's not changing in price and you can work on your world then the update will come out?

    just buy a 360 i have both e

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