Minecraft Markus Persson

After $2.5 billion buyout, Minecraft creator has never felt more isolated

By on August 30, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

After $2.5 billion buyout, Minecraft creator has never felt more isolated

For many developers, the allure of creating a hit application and raking in lots of money is enough to justify long hours and months, if not years, of thankless work spent hunched over a computer and tinkering with code. And while some developers may not be interested in being bought out by a larger corporation (read: Mark Zuckerberg), for others, the money, which can be life-changing, is simply too good to pass up.

While one might easily assume that developers who cash out for untold millions are just as happy living the good life as they are coding away at a 9-5, that’s not always the case.

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Minecraft Story Mode Trailer

Watch the Amazing First Trailer for the Upcoming New Minecraft Game

By on July 6, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Watch the Amazing First Trailer for the Upcoming New Minecraft Game

Minecraft is nothing less than a phenomenon, and the game’s upcoming new chapter is shaping up to be one of the most exciting releases of 2015. Minecraft: Story Mode will be an entirely new take on the pixelated masterpiece, injecting the popular characters into a narrative reminiscent of a LEGO game.

And now, Telltale has released the hotly anticipated first trailer for the upcoming new Minecraft game. More →

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Minecraft HoloLens

Video: This is the HoloLens Minecraft demo that just blew everyone’s minds at E3

By on June 15, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Video: This is the HoloLens Minecraft demo that just blew everyone’s minds at E3

Warning: If you’re a fan of video games — even a casual gaming fan — we’re not sure there is anything that can prepare you for how insanely awesome the demo video you’re about to watch is.

Microsoft held its huge press event at the annual E3 conference earlier today, and there were several highlights from the show. First and foremost, the company announced that the Xbox One will be backward compatible with Xbox 360 games before the holidays this year. That was enough to make Xbox fans positively giddy, but Microsoft was only getting started.

There’s plenty to be excited about from Microsoft’s E3 2015 event, but there was one demo in particular that riled the audience up more than anything else: Minecraft for Microsoft’s HoloLens. More →

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Game of Thrones Minecraft

Incredible: Watch the world from ‘Game of Thrones’ come to life in Minecraft

By on February 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM.

Incredible: Watch the world from ‘Game of Thrones’ come to life in Minecraft

What do you get when you cross the fantasy world from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones with the blocky digital phenomenon that is Mincraft? You get WesterosCraft, which, as you might have guessed, is Westeros recreated in Minecraft. The incredible project will attempt to recreate the entire world of Westeros inside the popular game Minecraft, and the team behind this huge undertaking is already well on its way. More →

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Minecraft Story Mode Telltale Games

We finally have details on the next Minecraft game – and it’s nothing like the original

By on December 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

We finally have details on the next Minecraft game – and it’s nothing like the original

From the first alpha all the way up to its most recent update, Minecraft has never stopped growing. To this very day, Mojang is still consistently improving upon and adding to what has become one of the biggest games of the decade, but people still want to know what’s next. We finally have an answer… sort of. More →

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Microsoft Buys Minecraft Developer

Microsoft now officially owns Minecraft

By on September 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM.

Microsoft now officially owns Minecraft

After rumors began swirling over the past few weeks, Microsoft announced on Monday that it had officially acquired Minecraft and Mojang, the development team behind the game, for $2.5 billion. Minecraft has become a staple of console, PC and portable gaming in the years since its original release with over 100 million downloads on PC alone. More →

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Minecraft Functional Hard Drive Design

Functional hard drives have already been built in Minecraft

By on August 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Functional hard drives have already been built in Minecraft

Minecraft players have taken a huge step towards building a functional computer inside the game by creating a critical computer component: A hard drive that can actually store data. In fact CNET reports that two such hard drives have already been created by two distinct players, including one that can store 1KB of data and a slightly bigger one that can store 4KB of data. More →

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Minecraft PS4 Xbox One PS Vita Release Date

Minecraft is finally coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita

By on May 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Minecraft is finally coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita

The indie game phenomenon is finally making its way to the next generation. Mojang announced on its blog on Thursday that Minecraft will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PS Vita in August for $19.99, rounding out the last electronic devices on the planet that weren’t able to play the game that’s solid nearly 50 million copies since its alpha release in 2009. More →

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Minecraft for Xbox One, PS4

Minecraft fans will be able to safely upgrade to the Xbox One, PS4

By on April 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM.

Minecraft fans will be able to safely upgrade to the Xbox One, PS4

Minecraft fans who play the game on an Xbox 360 or PS3 console will be able to safely upgrade to the Xbox One or PS4 without losing any progress of their games. While the Xbox 360 and PS3 game versions won’t be compatible with the new machines, the game saves will be transferable to Microsoft’s and Sony’s last-gen consoles. More →

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Minecraft Oculus Rift Canceled

Notch says Facebook creeps him out, cancels Minecraft for Oculus Rift

By on March 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Notch says Facebook creeps him out, cancels Minecraft for Oculus Rift

Not a lot of people are happy about Facebook’s acquisition of the Oculus Rift, but Notch might be the most upset of us all. In a blog post Tuesday night after the news broke, Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang, announced the cancellation of his team’s efforts to bring Minecraft to the Oculus Rift.

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Raspberry Pi Minecraft

Minecraft now available for free on the Raspberry Pi

By on February 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM.

Minecraft now available for free on the Raspberry Pi

Minecraft, the popular sandbox construction game that has taken the world by storm, is now available for the similarly popular Raspberry Pi computer. Mojang, the company behind the hit game, announced on Monday that Minecraft: Pi Edition is available for free on the credit card-sized device. The game supports the same creative gameplay, although it doesn’t support the survival mode that mobile and desktop users have come to know. On the other hand, it also grants users the unique ability to edit the game’s code at a base level and allows them to manipulate the game to their liking. More →

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Minecraft Xbox 360 Sales

Minecraft sells almost 4.5 million copies on Xbox 360 as other indie games continue to struggle

By on December 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM.

Minecraft sells almost 4.5 million copies on Xbox 360 as other indie games continue to struggle

Big-budget games such as Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II might brag about how they rule the Xbox 360 in terms of sales, but indie games can also compete – if they’re addictive enough and offer enough value. Take Minecraft, an indie game developed by Markus “Notch” Persson’s company Mojang. According to Mojang, Minecraftan indie game originally made for PC and ported to the Xbox 360 seven months ago has sold 4,476,904 copies as of the end of November with 40,000 to 60,000 copies sold every week. Minecraft is an anomaly because it doesn’t boast high-definition graphics that ooze of detailed lighting effects and didn’t cost millions of dollars to make, and yet it is the third-most played game on Xbox LIVE. More →

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Minecraft Augmented Reality

New augmented reality app turns your world into a giant Minecraft game [video]

By on November 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM.

New augmented reality app turns your world into a giant Minecraft game [video]

Have you ever played Minecraft for so long that you start seeing the outside world as a series of blocks that can be manipulated at will to create all sorts of fantastic constructions? Well, the folks at 13th Lab are trying to give us the next best thing with a new augmented reality app that lets users see what our Minecraft creations would look like if they existed in the real world. The new Minecraft Reality app, now on sale for $1.99 in Apple’s (AAPL) App Store, “maps and tracks the world around you using the camera, and allows you to place Minecraft worlds in reality, and even save them in a specific location for others to look at.” A video demonstration of the app is posted below. More →

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