The recently released Xbox 360 edition of the ever popular world-building game, Minecraft has had a somewhat rocky launch, as the game’s split-screen ability was not properly elaborated on to early purchasers. Unbeknownst to many of those who bought the game, the much-vaunted couch co-op functionality of the XBLA title is only available to those with an HDTV. In the description of the game on the Game Marketplace, this isn’t specified, and only a brief warning in the trial version of the game makes a note of this.
While many gamers are calling Microsoft out on this issue, the issue truly lies with Minecraft developer Mojang, who should’ve made this functionality either abundantly clear in the description of the title, or found a way to implement split-screen gameplay in standard definition formats. If Gears of War 3 and Halo: Reach can accomplish this without a sweat, why can’t Minecraft?