|Platform Win, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, 360, xbox one, PS3, PS4, PS Vita||Publisher Mojang||Developer Mojang||Release Date 2011-11-18|
By Russ Pitts on May 07, 2012 05.07.12
Block-shaped trees can be harvested for block-shaped wood, and then that wood can be used to craft a variety of block-shaped objects, like tools, torches and boats. Mine more materials to craft more things. Repeat.Simple. Now, Minecraft has made its way to the Xbox 360 courtesy of Mojang and port developer 4J Studios, and all of that simplicity - and its various complications - have come with it. But while Minecraft XBLA chips away at the time required to scour the depths of Mojang's debut, some of the mystery might have fallen away in the process. However you choose to spend your time in Minecraft is fine with Minecraft - It doesn't judge The core of Minecraft's gameplay has remained intact: you mine and then you craft. You begin empty-handed and literally construct...
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By Alexa Ray Corriea on Apr 23, 2014 04.23.14
An update headed to the PC version of Minecraft will allow players to create their own terrain down to the grittiest of details, according to a video recently shared by Team Mojang on YouTube. The video above demonstrates the terrain creation feature, which will hit with Minecraft update 1.8. The feature includes 16 different sliders for players to tinker with when building their environment — including biome depth, height and weight as well as the field's depth of noise. Players can use these sliders to play with these variables or input values directly, giving absolute control to creators in terms of how structures will be generated. According to the YouTube description, Mojang will provide seven pre-set terrain options in the update that they feel players will find "interesting,"...
By Brian Crecente on Apr 22, 2014 04.22.14
"The main thing for me is that it changes the relationship between professionals, like architects and urban planners, and ordinary people," said Pontus Westerberg, of the United Nations Human Settlements Program. "It gives power back to ordinary people." The United Nations Human Settlements Program was established in 1978 with the idea of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. To do this, UN-Habitat officials say it's important that all countries have a national urban plan. Something, Westerberg said, that is "really rare." That plan needs to include space for public space as a first priority, he said. Public space is so important because without it a city can't function correctly. Public space promotes social inclusion and diversity, improves urban...
By Emily Gera on Apr 22, 2014 04.22.14
Minecraft is at the center of real-world re-design initiative Block by Block: a partnership between the United Nations Human Settlements Program and game developer Mojang that currently aims to construct a new design at Plaza Tlaxcoaque in Mexico City. Block by Block is a four year program that aims to allow young people to design and upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016. The initiative, which began in 2012, has resulted in a number of pilot projects across the globe, with the first pilot project in Kibera — an informal settlement in Nairobi — already underway. Other projects are taking place in Tikok, one of the poorest slums in Haiti, as well as Rwanda, India, Kenya and Ethipia. "For the Aldea Digital competition we have created 500 versions of Plaza Tlaxcoaque on a server," writes...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Apr 21, 2014 04.21.14
Just in time for the post-Easter candy sales, a new texture pack that reskins all objects to look like candy is now available for Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition, according to a post on Play XBLA. The Minecraft Candy Texture Pack costs $1 through the Xbox Games Store and includes a handful of textures for a variety of different materials. Players can now create objects like ice cream bushes, lollipop trees, soda rivers, cake stones, easter eggs, chocolate, candy golems and dozens of other sugar-coated things. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition recently added characters skins based on Marvel's Avengers, while the PlayStation 3 version received skins based on characters from a number of Sony franchises, including Uncharted, Killzone and Heavy Rain. Earlier this month, it was announced that the Xbox...
By Samit Sarkar on Apr 16, 2014 04.16.14
The PlayStation 3 version of Mojang's Minecraft will be available on disc at retail May 16 in North America, the studio announced today. It will be released May 14 in Europe. Developer 4J Studios launched Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition on PlayStation Network in mid-December, and has sold more than 1.5 million copies since then. The retail version will include all content updates through title update 14, which was released on PS3 last month; that patch brought Emeralds, Ender Chest, potatoes and more to Minecraft. Update 15, which is the most recent one, is not yet available on PS3. According to Mojang, 4J is still working on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One versions of the sandbox game. The Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft has been available at retail since April 2013....
By Samit Sarkar on Apr 09, 2014 04.09.14
Minecraft has reached a new sales milestone on mobile devices: Mojang has now sold more than 21 million copies of the game's Pocket Edition, announced Mojang's Jens Bergensten on Twitter today. "[Minecraft: Pocket Edition] has sold over 20 million copies (actually, over 21M)," said Bergensten, the game's lead developer. That means that sales have more than doubled in less than a year, and that the pace of that climb is increasing over time. The Pocket Edition debuted in October 2011 on Android and the following month on iOS, and it wasn't until the end of April 2013 that it reached 10 million copies sold. Earlier this month, sales of the game's Xbox 360 Edition surpassed 12 million copies. "We're extremely grateful to all players for your dedication and creativity. Without that, M...
By Tracey Lien on Apr 09, 2014 04.09.14
Every line of dialog the player chooses to speak, every character the player romances, every character the player doesn't romance, every encounter they have, every encounter they don't have — these details are carefully noted so the game can respond to the player's actions accordingly. Players of the Mass Effect series will often refer to their avatar Commander Shepard as "My Shepard," a testament to the care the developers put into making players feel invested in their character. But it takes more than care to pull together an elaborate story that draws players into the game and keeps them there. Video games are often made by teams of writers, designers, programmers, artists and producers, but there's an important role that is often over-looked, forgotten and, in some studios,...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Apr 07, 2014 04.07.14
Last night's episode of The Simpsons took a more blocky approach to its couch gag, stylizing its opening to look like Mojang's popular sandbox title Minecraft. The episode, "Luca$," opens with the word "Simcraft" — a direct allusion to the title — before moving on to show cubed versions of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie working their way through an equally cubed version of Springfield. The gag ends with the typical rush to the couch and includes an appearance by Moe the Bartender as Creeper, who promptly does what all Creepers do best. Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson is aware of the gag. "I'm not sure how I feel about it," he tweeted shortly after the episode aired, noting that to him the game still feels like the "small game" he made at home. I STILL feel a bit...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 04, 2014 04.04.14
The Xbox 360 edition of Mojang's crafting-heavy sandbox game, Minecraft, has sold more than 12 million copies to date, according to a post on Xbox Wire. On Windows PC, the game has sold more than 14 million units. The PlayStation 3 edition topped 1 million in January. The Xbox 360 version of the game was released in 2012, and Mojang continues to support Minecraft with updates. The next update for the game, the Candy Texture Pack, launches April 18. Speaking with Xbox Wire, business developer Daniel Kaplan said that the team is "looking forward to creating mashups with other games" for future packs. The game's most requested feature, Kaplan continued, are "probably bigger worlds." "We're pushing the limitations of the 360 in various different ways and we will continue doing that,"...
By Dave Tach on Apr 04, 2014 04.04.14
On the day that Vlambeer released Ridiculous Fishing last year, developer Rami Ismail earned more money than his mother earned all year, Ismail told told The New Yorker. Out-earning the woman who raised him and his brother on the salary from a local government job made him feel guilty. "Somewhere in the back of your head you know that you worked hard, that you sacrificed your stability and you took on the risk of financial ruin for a long while," Ismail said. "You did things that other people were not willing or capable of. And that paid off. But, even so, it feels awful. I couldn't get rid of the image of my mother in her car, driving to work." In 2011, The New Yorker spoke with Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who expressed a similar sort of discomfort with his success. "...