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News Blips: No more Microsoft Points, Mojang considers itself non-indie, and next Xbox chip

I've never realized the density of my university's student population before actually walking around in it. Why, the class I'm in right now is so packed, I'm not even writing this — I'm moving the arm of the person jammed next to me across my keyboard.

News Blips:

Microsoft Points could disappear by year's end. Inside Mobile Apps reports "a source with knowledge of the company's decision" hinting at Big Green's apparently forthcoming adoption of real-world pricing plans for its virtual products. Currently, Microsoft uses a hybrid system of Points and cash. It also predictably fired off a "no comment" in response, but I'm sure both your wallet and your overflowing cache of extra Points will rejoice.

Minecraft creator Markus Persson isn't indie anymore. "I don't think [Mojang] are indie in the sense of how I used to work, because we have a payroll to worry about and we need to do stuff to ensure the company lasts," he told PC Gamer in an interview. "Back in the day, it wasn't called being an 'indie programmer' but a 'garage programmer.' You weren't expected to charge for your game, so you couldn't do it. Now, it's become hip to pay for indie games." I guess I can't tout myself as a "garage programmer" any longer just because I got the car remote working in one try.

The next Xbox's primary chip enters production. Fudzilla says the 32-nanometer square piece of circuitry goes by the name Oban and reportedly features a modified ATI Southern Islands graphics processor based on ATI's 7000 series. Development kits using the chip are on the way to companies in April, according to Fudzilla, so the feasibility of a holiday 2012 Xbox 720 release (we really need a better moniker) seems rather slim.


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