By Dave Tach on Dec 12, 2013 12.12.13
The "biggest update yet" to Minecraft - Pocket Edition is available now for Android and iOS, according to a post on developer Mojang's official site. Update 0.8.0 adds a bunch of new features, including mine carts, rails and powered rails, new textures and colors from the PC version, new carpets, wood types, crops, food types, and much more. Mojang also "massively increased" the game's draw distance, which you can tweak in the game's options menu, made mobs more intelligent, improved lighting and fog effects and squashed some bugs. You can download update 0.8.0 through Amazon, Google Play and the iOS App Store.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Dec 10, 2013 12.10.13
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson turned down a job at Valve while he was working on his game, according to a passage from the book Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game that Changed Everything as reported by AllThingsD. The book reveals that Persson was invited to visit Valve while the original version of Minecraft was still in beta. The studio's human resources team spoke with Persson about hiring him, asking if he was interested in working with the company. According to Persson, after touring the office and meeting with studio head Gabe Newell, he realized he was in the middle of a job interview after answering a string of questions about himself. The team told Persson Valve wanted to hire him, but he "answered politely but firmly, no." Persson...
By Dave Tach on Dec 06, 2013 12.06.13
Minecraft's 1.7.3 update will be available in pre-release form next week and allow native Twitch streaming, according to a post on developer Mojang's official site. The update's banner feature will allow users to broadcast their gameplay more easily through the streaming service. The post details what players will need to do to get it up and running on Windows Vista and higher and Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and higher. "Before you can start streaming, you will need to visit your Mojang account settings and link a Twitch account to your Mojang account," the post reads. "Then in the game you may check the quality settings in Options -> Broadcast Options, or just go ahead and start broadcasting at any time by hitting F6. This key can be configured in the Controls options." The update will...
By Brian Crecente on Dec 03, 2013 12.03.13
This week a collection of 30 students, performers and instructors band together to deliver an original opera set to the works of Mozart and taking place inside the world of Minecraft. The project, which kicked off at Virginia Tech in March, debuts this week at the university's Cube space at the Center of the Arts and a last minute addition has both shows streaming live on the Internet. Ariana Wyatt, an assistant professor of voice at Virginia Tech and the show's director, decided to stream the full show because the venue can only hold about 100 people. The show combines the in-world actions of a cast of Minecraft characters controlled by a group of high school students and voiced by a group of Virginia Tech music majors. The performance takes place in The Cube, a four-story high-tech...
By Emily Gera on Nov 29, 2013 11.29.13
PC systems are the superior choice for gamers still deciding whether to purchase the recently released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Nvidia's Matt Wright told MCV in the wake of the company's release of a series of smaller livingroom-friendly PCs. "We are proposing small form-factor PCs to be a viable alternative to the next-gen consoles," said Wright, describing Nvidia's push to try and remove the complexities of PC technology that can scare away casual gamers. "Enthusiast players want the ultimate games system and that is the PC. "The PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming, plus you get all the extra functionality that a computer brings," he added. "Steam now has more users than Xbox Live... There's a huge community who love playing their games on...
By Colin Campbell on Nov 15, 2013 11.15.13
Players of Minecraft on Xbox 360 may be able to transfer their saved games to Xbox One, according to developer 4J Studios The company, which handles Xbox development for Mojang's game, tweeted a reply to a follower today stating that the company is "working on ways to move Xbox 360 saves to Xbox One with Microsoft." 4J cautioned that the transfer cannot yet be confirmed "until it's 100% working." Earlier this year, Microsoft's Phil Spencer said that the company is trying to solve the problem of transferring Minecraft saves. Minecraft was released on Xbox 360 in May, 2012. An Xbox One version was announced at E3 earlier this year, offering an expanded world and more multiplayer features, with a release date loosely scheduled within the console's launch window. 4J Studios is also...
By Dave Tach on Nov 11, 2013 11.11.13
The in-development PlayStation 3 version of Minecraft is getting ready for testing, developer 4J Studios revealed on Twitter today. "We're hard at work getting Minecraft: PS3 Edition ready for testing just now," the tweet reads. "The other platforms & [Title Update 14] will be later." Markus "Notch" Persson revealed earlier this year that Minecraft was headed to the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita handheld. Sony Computer Entertainment announced a PlayStation 4 port at Gamescom 2013 in August. That version of the game is slated to arrive before the end of the year. Minecraft was released for Xbox 360 in 2012 and is also headed to Xbox One.
By Colin Campbell on Nov 05, 2013 11.05.13
Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson is due to guest on CBS's The Late Late Show this Thursday night. According to the Craig Ferguson-hosted show's web-schedule, Notch will be on the show Nov. 7, alongside actress Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Following an unexceptional career programming for other companies, Notch, 34, has enjoyed enormous success in the last few years, as Minecraft has become a staple entertainment for millions of adults and children. A biography of Notch's life, Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, was recently released.
By Michael McWhertor on Nov 02, 2013 11.02.13
Minecraft developer Mojang is partnering with Twitch to bring built-in broadcasting to the game, the two companies announced today, making it easier for players to stream their games to Twitch "at the click of a button." Twitch integration for the Windows PC and Mac versions of Minecraft is expected to go live "soon," the companies announced at MineCon, the Minecraft convention being held in Orlando, Fla. this weekend. Minecraft has sold nearly 13 million copies on PC since launching in 2009. Twitch has previously partnered with developers to bring its livestreaming service to games like Path of Exile and Trackmania 2, as well as Electronic Arts' Origin client. The company is also working with Sony and Microsoft to bring its service to next-generation consoles.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 01, 2013 11.01.13
Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks and Mojang are teaming up to bring a official content pack inspired by The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim to Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition, the companies announced at Minecon 2013 today. The pack, which is currently in development and "coming soon," overlays the world of Skyrim onto the "iconic, pixelated" world of Minecraft. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Mash-Up pack, which is being created by Minecraft Xbox 360 developer 4J Studios, includes an exclusive Skyrim texture set for the title. The pack will also add 40 new character skins, Skyrim-themed menus and user interface, crafting items and more than 20 background tracks from the original Skyrim soundtrack. The Mash-Up pack will also feature a pre-made world styled after three main Skyrim areas:...