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Mojang, the creator of Minecraft, was bought by Microsoft for a staggering $2.5 billion in late 2014. The game continues to capture the imagination of millions around the globe, and has especially become an important learning tool for children in the classroom (and even college students). Today, Microsoft is solidifying Minecraft’s place in education with the acquisition of MinecraftEdu, which is produced by Teacher Gaming LLC. MinecraftEdu has allowed teachers to easily integrate Minecraft into the curriculum, including lessons that run the gamut from history to language to STEM. Microsoft plans... Read more...
Last Christmas, so-called hackers at Lizard Squad decided to toy with the emotions of millions. At a time when many people would have been hooking up a brand-new game console (or loading up a new game), both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were knocked offline, thanks to an effective DDoS attack. Considering the fact that the same group decided to take PSN down on Black Friday a few weeks ago, it seems the attackers haven't grown bored. With Christmas right around the corner, we can't help but wonder what will happen next. So far, there have been no visible threats on PSN or XBL, but... Read more...
Minecraft is a hugely popular game around the globe, and Microsoft was wise to snatch up its creator, Mojang AB, for $2.5 billion last year. Given its popularity, it’s not uncommon to see Minecraft gamers live stream their digital exploits for all to see. What is uncommon, however, is to see such a mundane activity disintegrate into utter chaos and mayhem in a matter of minutes. A 40-year-old Japanese gamer, who goes by the name Daasuke, decided to step away from his mouse and keyboard during a Minecraft streaming session for a smoke break. Instead of using a simple book of matches to light his... Read more...
How do you top the release of Windows 10, the last version of Windows ever, which by the way Microsoft is giving away for free to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users? Quite frankly, you don't, though there's another freebie that ties into that. If you already own Minecraft for PC or Mac -- and 20 million of you do -- then you can get the new version for Windows 10 at no cost.Called Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, the new edition of Minecraft that was announced at Minecon 2015 a few weeks ago is now rolling out. To grab your copy, just log into your Mojang account and click the "Redeem" button on... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft hasn't just been putting in overtime to make sure Windows 10 gets out the door in time, it's also been ardently working on a special version of Minecraft to also launch on July 29. It's important to note that this isn't an update to the Java-based Minecraft; instead, this will be the version found inside the Windows 10 store, and will be meant to be played full-screen. This would make it suitable for tablet or notebook use - most hardcore players are likely to stick to the full-blown release. Microsoft draws comparisons to the "Pocket Edition" of the game, laying out these... Read more...
Minecraft is a blockbuster game that has been played by millions around the globe, both young and old. The incredible popularity of the game is what prompted Microsoft to buy the game’s creator, Mojang, for $2.5 billion in late 2014. And while Minecraft is can be seen as a game that allows players to dilly dally a virtual 3D world, the creative and building aspects of the game have been cultivated to help in learning environments. Over the years, Google’s Quantum AI Lab Team and MinecraftEdu joined forces to experiment with quantum physics. In March, an even deeper dive into the education sector  ... Read more...
In what must be considered one of the most obvious, inherently logical, and overdue moves in open world gameplay, the Internet, technology, commerce, business, marketing, etc., LEGO has launched LEGO Worlds, the company's entry into the sandbox gaming space.   Available through Valve's PC gaming Stream platform (Windows only, at this stage), LEGO Worlds players can procedurally generate their own landscapes using LEGO bricks that can be freely manipulated (virtual ones, of course), and they can dynamically populate their worlds with LEGO models based on real-world LEGO play sets... Read more...
Hackers have posted a list containing 1,800 usernames, passwords, and email addresses belonging to Minecraft players. While that represents a small fraction of the overall number of Minecraft players, those who appear on the list are at risk of having their accounts broke into by anyone who views the list, which has been made public on Pastebin.German-language publication Heise first discovered the breach, noting that the information posted online could be used to log into the game under any of the compromised accounts. In addition to wreaking havoc with people's virtual worlds, it also allows... Read more...
One of the most hotly debated issues regarding current consoles isn't just whether the PS4 or Xbox One is the better device -- it's whether the new consoles launched with sufficiently advanced hardware at all. Many in the press and readers alike have complained that next-gen devices just aren't powerful enough to justify an upgrade when compared to previous-gen products or current PCs. Now, game engine company Euclideon wants to change that -- with a new foray into gaming and a voxel-based engine. The company has put together a six-minute video clip of its new engine, and its genuinely impressive... Read more...
It appears that the rumors have turned out to be true. Today, both Microsoft and Mojang announced that they have reached an agreement where Microsoft will pay $2.5 billion for Mojang, which includes its Minecraft franchise and other IPs currently being developed. However, it was also revealed that the game developer’s founders will be leaving the company. “Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance,” Mojang chief word officer Owen Hill wrote on the developer’s official website. “Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft... Read more...
The rumors keep on flying as an unnamed source “briefed on the matter” told Reuters that Microsoft is not only looking to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang, but buy it for the hefty sum of $2.5 billion. That’s $500 million more than was previously rumored last week. The same source went on to say that an announcement could be made this Monday. At last count, the popular voxel-based, sandbox game has sold over 54 million units total. The game is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStatin 3, PlayStation 4, iOS, Andoid, and PC platforms. However, the game is not available on Nintendo... Read more...
There is no doubt that, at this point, the Xbox One needs a shot in the arm. While Microsoft has struck a deal with Square Enix for limited exclusivity over Rise of the Tomb Raider, Sony was able to hog the advertisement spotlight when it came to Destiny. Now Microsoft is reportedly looking to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang according to unnamed sources that talked to The Wall Street Journal. According to its sources, WSJ says that the value of Mojang has been estimated to be more than $2 billion. A price that Microsoft could be willing to pay for the developer but, according to the unnamed... Read more...
When I first caught wind of Markus "Notch" Persson's latest game, called Cliffhorse, the first thing I thought was, "Is this a joke?" As it turns out, it is a joke, and personally, I think it's a pretty good one. "Early Access" games are common, and it seems that everyone has an opinion on them. Personally, while I can appreciate their purpose, I'm not a big fan. There's such a big risk that a game will go unfinished (which has happened), that I am not sure I'd ever want to back a title being developed by a small company. In perusing the Web, I know I'm not alone. It appears that Notch feels the... Read more...
Lest anyone carp about tax dollars being wasted on such a seemingly ridiculous endeavor as recreating the entire country of Denmark in Minecraft--which is an actual thing that the Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen) did--note well that the project is intended to be as educational as it is awesome. First of all, the Geodatastyrelsen had enough data to be able to recreate the country in Minecraft blocks, which is something remarkable in and of itself, but the world is available to schoolchildren and anyone else with access to the server and a license, although they removed the ability to dynamite... Read more...
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