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Are there any Minecraft fans in the house? Mojang’s sandbox video game is about to receive a “Boss Update” for Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android and iOS and the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta. The update was announced at MineCon in Anaheim, California. The Boss Update includes several interesting new features, including add-ons. Mojang’s Marsh Davies remarked, “They let you remix mobs, switching out the models, textures and behaviors. Rideable chickens! Ultra-explosive pigs! Et cetera!” Players will be able to customize the appearance of animals, mobs, and other items by working with... Read more...
One of the most popular games of all time is gaining support for one of the most popular virtual reality headsets of the day. We're of course talking about Minecraft and Oculus Rift, the pairing of which was scheduled to take place in a few weeks. Apparently things are ahead of schedule because one of Minecraft's developers posted an update to Twitter on Thursday saying a version that supports Rift will be out next week. This could be just the thing that helps spur VR gaming. Oculus and HTC haven't seen a shortage of early adopters flock to their respective headsets, but for pricey headsets that... Read more...
At its core, Minecraft is a game. It's designed to be fun, immersive, and challenging. But as we've seen in recent years, it can become a lot more than just a game, thanks in part to its extreme modularity. Especially with the introduction of the Redstone block, we've seen people create everything from calculators to conveyor belts to printers. With Minecraft, the sky really is the limit. So too is the potential of the game itself, it seems. Despite its modest graphics and extremely blocky nature, Microsoft sees great things coming from Minecraft. While some might just want to chop down a tree... Read more...
With over 100 million copies sold, Minecraft qualifies as the best selling PC game of all time, and the second best selling video game for any platform behind Tetris. Given how wildly popular it continues to be more than five years after release, it was probably inevitable that Minecraft would eventually land on the silver screen, and in 2019 it will."Hello future Minecraft movie-goers! I know you've been thinking just about every day. 'When's the Minecraft movie coming out?' Luckily for you, we can finally say! The Minecraft movie will be released on May 24, 2019!, Mojang stated in a blog post.Why... Read more...
Give Microsoft credit, it didn't ruin Minecraft when it purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion nearly two years ago. At the time of purchase, Xbox boss Phil Spencer noted that Minecraft was "one of the most popular franchises of all time." It had sold over 54 million copies, and now two short years later, sales have almost doubled with Mojang bragging nearly 107 million copies sold to date. "We’d like to offer our heartfelt thanks to every one of you who’s bought Minecraft over the past few years, no matter which platform you play on. We’re constantly in awe of our community and the amazing things you... Read more...
Minecraft is seemingly taking over the gaming world with its accessible gameplay and simple (but fun) mechanics. The game is appealing to all ages of gamers and even serves as a learning tool in primary schools and universities, which is why Microsoft was so keen on purchasing developer Mojang for $2.5 billion back in 2014. That reach expanded when Minecraft: Wii U Edition launched this past December and today, Nintendo and Mojang have announced a strategic partnership to bring the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack to the platform. You’ll find Super Mario-themed textures, 40 skins (Mario, Luigi, Wario,... Read more...
Back in January, Microsoft announced that it had acquired MinecraftEdu in an effort to create a new platform aimed at school teachers: Minecraft Education Edition. Microsoft initially said that Minecraft Education Edition would be available this summer, and the software giant is sticking to that promise with May/June launch windows. The beta will launch in two waves -- starting in May, Microsoft will launch a closed beta in 100 schools scattered across 30 countries. Microsoft will use this small-scale rollout to tweak Minecraft Education Edition and prepare it for a more wide-scale release. Then... Read more...
Minecraft is the ultimate sandbox for geeks and gamers alike. It attracts players of all ages and skill levels, and once hooked, it becomes a time waster of epic proportions, as any Minecraft junkie will attest. But for as much fun as Minecraft is to play, its combat system has been pretty limited, at least until now.Development studio Mojang, which is owned by Microsoft, announced a pretty robust update for the PC version of Minecraft. Described as a "Combat Update," the version 1.9 upgrade introduces a host of changes to the combat mechanics designed to "make fighting more interesting." One of... Read more...
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...
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