The last week has been a great one for “Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition” and the gamers who play it. They’ve gotten their hands on creative mode thanks to an update last week, a large skin pack dropped last week as well, and yesterday the game was named as the most played Xbox 360 game for the last month.
Hold up, there’s more. Announced today is the “Minecraft Halloween skin pack”, which is packing 55 new character designers from developers around the world. There’s all sorts of designs here, from zombies to ghosts, just what a Minecrafter needs, more skins.
The pack will cost a cool 160 Microsoft Points ($2). Not only do players get over fifty new skins for the game, all of the proceeds from the DLC sales will go to four charities chosn by Mojang, 4J Studios and Microsoft Studios.
The first charity, “Block by Block”, aims to involve urban youth in planning local public spaces (using “Minecraft”) by giving them the opportunity to show planners and decision makers how they would like to see their cities in the future. The goal of the project is to create 300 public spaces by 2016. A third of each purchase will be donated to this cause.
The second charity, “SANDS Lothians”, offers support, understanding and help, both of a practical and emotional nature to bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or soon after birth. A third of each purchase will be donated to this charity.
The third charity is my personal favorite, “Child’s Play”. “Child’s Play” seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game industry and the power of play. We provide consoles, peripherals, games, and more for over 90 hospitals and therapy facilities worldwide. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience. A sixth of each purchase will be donated to this cause.
The last charity, but not the least, is “Macmillan Cancer Support”. MCS aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer in the UK; providing practical, financial and medical support as well as pushing for better cancer care. A sixth of each purchase will be donated to this cause.
The map pack will go on sale Oct. 26, and will be available for purchase through Nov. 26. That’s plenty of time for “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” players to get in on the charitable event.