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'Honest Game Trailers' puts its comedic crosshairs on Minecraft

The Honest Game Trailers series has been skewering big names in gaming since March, including Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat. None is sacred and none is safe, certainly not Minecraft, the latest victim. As with the others, creator Smosh Games is careful to point out their Twitter mob has called for the latest game's head. To be fair, though, there is plenty to make fun of even in a popular game like Minecraft, from the dullness of mining obsidian blocks to showing dazzling creations the average gamer has no hope of building for himself. For more of the Honest Trailers series, this link has the entire run, spanning 13 episodes so far.

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Minecraft now has bunnies, including one from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The latest pre-release, update test code for Minecraft, called snapshots, brings with it a few bug fixes, an improved debug world type and ... bunnies! Yes, bunnies have invaded the pre-release world of Minecraft. Or as my son put it, when I mentioned that a new snapshot was out: "Yeah, I kno ... oh, my god bunnies!" You can see a few of the bunnies in action in the video I captured above. Also note, when I spawned a bunny, he or she came complete with two baby bunnies. And the only thing cuter in this world than bunnies is baby bunnies. The rabbits come in eight different varieties, including a hostile rabbit and "toast" the rabbit. You can tame them with carrots and then breed them. When killed (who would do that?) a rabbit drops leather, rabbit meat and rabbit's feet which can be...

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Halo skins and items available in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition on May 28

The Halo Mash-up Pack will be available tomorrow, May 28 for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, bringing with it character skins and items from 343 Industries' popular military science fiction franchise, according to a post on Xbox Wire. The Mash-up Pack was created by 4J Studios, the developer behind the console versions of Minecraft. The pack includes a Halo-themed texture set, menu and UI options, as well as Halo items for crafting. Players can also dress their characters in one of 40 character skins — including Arbiter, Cortana, Master Chief and Sergeant Johnson — and set up a handful of pre-made Halo worlds featuring fan favorites like Blackout, Blood Gulch, Guardian, Sandtrap and Silent Cartographer. Additionally, the pack adds 31 tracks from games across the Halo series, bringing the...

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Captive Minecraft transforms the game into a prison

In response to Minecraft 1.8, an update that lets players create a flickering wall that borders the in-game world, a new survival mod called Captive Minecraft has been developed which places the player in a 1x1 box that expands as they earn achievements. "For each Minecraft Achievement you get, the World Border widens by half a block in each direction," reads a statement from the mod's creators. "As your captive world slowly expands, you gain access to more and more resources. You'll have no trouble Getting Wood or Taking Inventory, but suddenly making that Cake and riding a Pig off a cliff isn't quite so simple..." The beta version of Captive Minecraft can be found at the Farlanders website. While the 1.8 patch has yet to be released, players can download the world border feature as...

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The entire country of Denmark has been recreated in Minecraft

Denmark has been totally recreated in sandbox game Minecraft, making it the first country able to be explored in the game "in the ratio 1:1," the Danish Broadcasting Corporation reports. The map is the work of Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of Geodatastyrelsen, the Danish Geodata Agency, who reportedly pulled public data about roads, buildings, elevation models and more. Dynamite has been disabled on the map to prevent serious modifications. "This means that all of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside the Minecraft," the mod's description (translated with Google) reads, "thus you can freely move around in Denmark, find your own residential area, to build and tear down as you can in whichever any other Minecraft world." You can view the Minecraft version of...

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Check out Minecraft's upcoming terrain creator in action

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,"...

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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition launches May 16 at retail

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....

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Here is the The Simpsons' Minecraft-stylized intro

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...

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