By Jenna Pitcher on Feb 19, 2014 02.19.14
March's upcoming Minecraft 1.7.5 update will introduce a feature allowing users to transform their Minecraft Realm into a mini game, as highlighted in a video released by the developer. The video demonstrates how players can switch their Realm to a mini game whenever they want to and vice versa. Mini games mentioned in the video include Cake Defense, Block vs. Zombies, The Walls, Autospleef and Dash of Doom. The five games, some of which require more than one player, will be available at roll out with more introduced later on. Minecraft Realms is a service that allows users to create permanent, private worlds on servers, which you can learn more about by reading our interview with Carl Manneh, co-founder and CEO of Mojang. Minecraft Realms is currently only live in Sweden or...
By Michael Moore on Jan 30, 2014 01.30.14
Today on Friends List, Features Editor Russ Pitts and Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar ask: Do games need to be finished? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Does a game's story need to end? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.
By John Funk on Jan 09, 2014 01.09.14
A new video shows the Marvel Comics character skins in the Xbox 360 version of indie darling Minecraft. In the video, characters dressed like Captain America, Black Widow and Iron Man roam through the blocky world of Minecraft, only to be challenged by a group of villain-skinned characters resembling the likes of Loki and the Red Skull. Consisting of over 30 characters, the Marvel character skins pack is currently available to download on the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft.
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 18, 2013 12.18.13
By Dave Tach on Dec 06, 2013 12.06.13
Second gaming ceasefire held for Sandy Hook but skepticism remains Antwand Pearman is organizing a ceasefire for online shooters "to make it an annual event in remembrance of those who lost their lives to violence." Though well-intentioned, some wonder if it might unintentionally imply between video games and real-world violence. Minecraft's first opera will be livestreamed this week [Update: Watch it now!] A group of college and high school students teamed up this week to bring Mozart to Minecraft. We have the details and the video stream in our article. Best Buy tournament focuses on gamers, not in-store experience During the next few weeks, Best Buy will sponsor a series of Madden NFL 25 tournaments. The winner will be crowned Dec. 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the...
By Tracey Lien on Nov 21, 2013 11.21.13
Minecraft players can now stream their games to Twitch at the click of a button, developer Mojang announced today. The feature was first announced in early November when Mojang revealed its partnership with Twitch to bring built-in broadcasting to the game. The feature is now live and is supported on Windows (XP or higher) and Mac OS X Lion (10.7). Mojang wrote on its website that the functionality may still be a bit buggy and not all features have been implemented yet, but it should still give users the opportunity to test it and provide feedback. Instructions on how to use the broadcasting integration can be viewed here. The video above shows a walkthrough of the process.
By Dave Tach on Nov 15, 2013 11.15.13
A trailer released today for Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition shows what happens when Minecraft and Skyrim combine. Check out the trailer above to see the result of Bethesda Softworks and Mojang's upcoming collaboration, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Mash-Up pack, which is in development at 4J Studios. Announced earlier this month the pack is "coming soon" with a Skyrim texture set, 40 characters skins, 20 tracks from Skyrim's soundtrack, a revamped user interface and more, like pre-made worlds based on Skyrim's Bleak Falls Barrow, Riverwood and Whiterun.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 11, 2013 11.11.13
Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, a documentary from 2 Player Productions about the rise of developer Mojang, is now available to watch on YouTube. Originally funded through Kickstarter, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang features more than an hour and a half of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. The documentary premiered on Xbox Live for a one-time showing in December 2012. It was later released in two separate editions: an $8 DRM-free digital download, or a $20 DVD. You can watch the full film above. Its soundtrack is also available via Bandcamp for $7.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 09, 2013 11.09.13
Minecraft creator and game developer Markus "Notch" Persson made an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, where he talked about his past as a developer. Notch discusses Minecraft, the origin of his nickname and which games he likes to play — including Grand Theft Auto 5. As for Mario Kart, however, Notch says its multiplayer doesn't quite feel like a proper game. Watch the video above for the full segment.