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 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 Owen S. Good on Mar 30, 2014 03.30.14
Many large, impressive things have been created in Minecraft, from scale models of the USS Enterprise to entire U.S. cities. Yet nothing is quite like this, Atropos — a Steampunk-themed city placed on the back of an enormous turtle. Atropos is the work of user CARLOOO and required five months to complete. Previous iterations of the city included one placed on the back of a whale. Atropos may be downloaded here.
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.