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Video game films are notorious for being pretty bad, but in the case of the upcoming Minecraft film by Warner Brothers, the problems are beginning even before the film hits cinemas.
If you haven't played Minecraft for some time, you may soon fancy dipping a toe in again, as the latest phase of the Update Aquatic is bringing a raft of new features to the game.
Phase two is now available for players on Windows 10, VR, mobile devices, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. The new release expands on phase one of the update, which itself brought a bunch of new additions; including nine ocean biomes, coral reefs, shipwrecks and some (very enticing) treasure chests.
So, what's new in phase two?
Minecraft's long-awaited Update Aquatic has finally surfaced, and is now available on Xbox One, Windows 10, Gear VR and Oculus, mixed reality devices, and mobile.
Update Aquatic, as its name suggests, is designed to add more life to Minecraft's oceans. It's a major update too - so big, in fact, that developer Mojang has elected to release it in two parts. The first is out now, while phase two is "coming soon".
Once the new patch is installed, Minecraft players on supported platforms will be able to enjoy a wide selection of new fish and other water-dwelling creatures, including salmon, cod, pufferfish, tropical fish, and dolphins - the latter of which will follow boats across the ocean.
Update Aquatic, the next big content drop for Minecraft, will be the last to arrive on older console platforms.
After this, Microsoft will no longer update the game's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, or those on PlayStation Vita or Wii U.
The update will not arrive at all for those still playing the specific Xbox One and Nintendo Switch edition of the game - you'll have to switch over to the Bedrock version of Minecraft for these platforms instead. (The Switch version of the Bedrock edition still lacks a release date.)
Minecraft now has the option for you to test "experimental features" within the game's main client.
When Microsoft announced Minecraft's Better Together update, fans cheered. Minecraft feels built for cross-network play. It's the world's biggest family game, an experience designed with collaborative play in mind, and now truly open to everyone regardless of device (except PlayStation).
At least, that's how it seemed. Sadly, the edition which has arrived on console is not quite what fans had envisioned.
Microsoft never did a great job of communicating the fact its Better Together Update is not actually an update for console owners. It's a completely different game - one which is almost identical to Minecraft's previous Pocket Edition for mobiles.
Minecraft's big new cross-platform version is available right now on Windows 10 PC, Xbox One, iPhone and iPad, Android, and for VR devices.
It is a huge moment in the history of the game - and of gaming in general - although the Nintendo Switch version is lagging behind.
"We're working really hard with our partners at Nintendo to accomplish cross-device connectivity that is yet unprecedented in the history of gaming. This is very exciting work, but introduces lots of complexities to the development process," Minecraft's big cross-platform Q&A now explains.
Halo will finally land on a Nintendo platform - in the shape of the Microsoft franchise's Minecraft mash-up pack.
A 3DS edition of Minecraft was just announced, and then revealed to be launching later today on the eShop.
UPDATE 21st AUGUST 12PM BST: The Minecraft Xbox One S bundle will be exclusive to retailers Argos and Sainsbury's in the UK, and be priced £350, Argos has confirmed.
Minecraft convention MineCon won't be held in a publicly attended physical location this year. Instead, it will be beamed into our hearts and minds via the magic of livestreaming.
Microsoft recently released a big new update for Minecraft that marked the beginning of cross-platform play, and alongside the update updated its safety features for playing the game online.
Minecraft's game-changing cross-network update is now available to beta test if you are on a Windows 10 PC or Android PC.
Xbox One beta access will follow "in the coming days", Microsoft stated in a blog update.
Each version will let you play with people on other platforms, such is the nature of Minecraft's Better Together Update, which will launch properly this autumn. (There's no beta for Nintendo Switch players, though Switch will also be getting cross-network play).
Sony has defended its decision to block cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One after coming under fire from gamers this week.
UPDATE: Minecraft's "Better Together" update will launch for Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices - but not PlayStation.
In what seems like a pretty logical team-up, kid-friendly animation series Adventure Time and perennial sandbox fave Minecraft are teaming up.
Minecraft maker Mojang has confirmed it will patch the game's parrots in response to a recent fan outcry.
Parrots are a relatively new addition to Minecraft, and currently are fed using the game's existing chocolate cookie item.
Feed two nearby parrots, like any other Minecraft animal, and they will pop out a baby.
Microsoft has announced a new storefront for selected user-made Minecraft content on mobile and Windows 10, which will go live alongside the game's 1.1 Discovery update this spring.
Minecraft's various console versions are getting Glide, a new free mini-game.
Do you remember your first adventures in Minecraft? I do. I was mostly confused. For much of its history, Minecraft hasn't done much to help you understand how to play it, how to craft things, what these crafted things do, and why you'd want them. It doesn't tell you about the alternate dimensions that you can visit, or about how you get to them. It doesn't tell you why should should play or what you're aiming for.
Minecraft continues to be an astonishing success - the sandbox game king has now sold more than 121m copies across all platforms.
In its continued quest to add every building material known to mankind, Minecraft has finally found itself at terracotta.
Cor, somebody has made an entire Pokémon game inside Minecraft called Pokémon Cobalt and Amethyst!
What happens when you go up against Minecraft? What happens when you dare suggest gaming's golden child not belong in the classroom, then call it "a gimmick", then say "we need to drain the swamp of gimmicks"? It does not involve being sent nice flowers I'll tell you that.
Wings are finally coming to Minecraft: Console Editions in December.
The government's schools adviser has been criticised for dismissing the usefulness of Minecraft in education.
Horror author Max Brooks is writing an official Minecraft novel.
Minecraft's next console update will get bears, beets and... banners.
If you owned a bakery in London in, ooh let's say 1666, and you were in the middle of a roasting hot summer, would you leave your oven on overnight? I wouldn't even leave my oven on now! Though I may have accidentally done that once. But I watched those harrowing Fire Service videos at school in the '80s - I know what's at stake.
I remember learning about the Great Fire of London and picturing an old city so stuffed with crooked houses leaning together that people with manky teef could pass babies safely from top window to opposite top window. It's a true story! But I had to imagine all that. Wouldn't it be cool if we could actually walk around that vision and interact with it today?
The Minecraft movie officially has a release date... in 2019.
24th May to be exact. That's straight from the horse's mouth of Minecraft developer Mojang.
"Yes, that might seem like a long time away, but it just so happens to be the right amount of time to make it completely awesome," said Mojang COO Vu Bui. "And we all want an awesome Minecraft movie, right?"
It is, simply, a phenomenon: Minecraft has now sold more than 100m copies worldwide across PC, console and mobile platforms.
The game is owned in every country and territory on the planet - even Antarctica (it's probably David Attenborough) - and in 2016 more than 53,000 copies have been bought every day.
Creator Mojang released an infographic showcasing some statistics. In Europe, for example, the mobile version of Minecraft is most popular but only by the smallest of margins. The mobile version accounts for 36 per cent of sales whereas the console versions account for 35 per cent. The longer-serving PC version accounts for 29 per cent.
Minecraft developer Mojang is cracking down on the sorts of creations people erect in its procedurally-generated sandbox. The gist is that people can still make whatever they want, unless it's specifically to promote an unrelated product. That's now against the user guidelines.
Lego's top-selling Minecraft range will get a big new addition in June with the arrival of an enormous £169.99 set named The Village.
Minecraft has long been a testing ground for people to explore and experiment, but the sandbox game will soon host players of a very different kind: artificial intelligences.
Minecraft's PC version has finally hit version 1.9, which developer Mojang has named the Combat Update.
As you might expect, the game's rather basic fighting mechanics have seen the biggest changes.
Players can now craft shields to defend themselves from enemy attacks.
A new education-focused version of Minecraft will launch this summer, priced at $5 per account per year.
Minecraft: Education Edition is the latest version of the popular sandbox game and the first from Microsoft specifically aimed at students.
Minecraft is already used within schools to help teach subjects such as design and programming. Microsoft mentioned the game's educational uses as one of the key reasons it snapped up the game and Mojang for $2.5bn back in 2014.
Mojang and 4J Studios are set to launch a huge new update to Minecraft's various console versions.
Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3/Vita and PS4 editions of the sandbox creation sim will get a raft of new features, animals, blocks and biomes.
The update was submitted to Microsoft and Sony for certification earlier this week and is due to go live shortly.
Minecraft maker Mojang has launched an online tutorial to help teach kids how to code.
UPDATE 17/11/15 10.45am: PEGI has quietly removed its listing for the unannounced Minecraft: Wii U Edition.
Sandbox phenomenon Minecraft will soon add a flying cape, allowing players to soar around their worlds.
Minecraft will, finally, get official virtual reality support.
Northern Ireland's government, in an attempt to simultaneously seem hip and educational, has recreated its region in Minecraft.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator and star Rob McElhenney will be directing the Minecraft movie, Mojang has announced.
Mojang has announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, which will launch in beta form alongside Microsoft's new operating system on 29th July.
It will be free to download if you already own Minecraft on PC, or $10 (about £6.40) if you don't.
This edition is separate to the existing PC build and will offer online and local multiplayer with anyone playing on Minecraft: Pocket Edition (that's the version available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone).
All of Minecraft's console version will receive a new update tomorrow.
As detailed on developer Mojang's official blog, this new version version 1.17/TU25/CU14 will add new objects like stained glass, trapdoors, inverted daylight sensors, books and quills.
Other additions include new blocks such as oak, spruce, birch and "jungle wood".
Minecraft is going to get a HoloLens edition.
Nintendo's paint-based team shooter Splatoon is now playable in Minecraft via a seriously-impressive fan-made mod.
Still mourning over the loss of Silent Hills in between checking whether the PT demo is still playable on your console or not? Good news - even if PT's scares have been relegated to the history books, there's still a way to experience that infamous 'L' shaped corridor without forking out a couple of grand for a pre-installed PS4 on Ebay. Ian's hunted down a fan-made homage in Minecraft, and it's surprisingly eerie. It also contains squids, so there's that. Enjoy!
George R. R. Martin is said to have first started writing A Song of Ice and Fire back in 1991, believing that he could tell his story in a trilogy of novels and probably wrap it all up before the start of the Third Millennium. This didn't quite go to plan, did it? 24 years later and we're still on book five of seven. Come on George, mate.
Minecraft now includes a range of default female avatar options on PlayStation 3, 4, Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Mojang has issued an update for the PC version of Minecraft after a coder detailed an easy-to-manipulate vulnerability that allowed players to crash servers.
Free copies of sandbox survival game Minecraft will be given to every secondary school in Northern Ireland.
Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry is seeking a ban on Minecraft.
MineCon, the Minecraft convention, is set for a 4th-5th July showing at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre, Mojang has announced.
Minecraft's Xbox One and Xbox 360 editions will be getting The Simpsons-based skins in an all new pack coming in late February.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson just spent $70m on the most expensive house ever in Beverly Hills.
Mojang and its new owner Microsoft have launched Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone devices.
The handheld version costs £4.99 in the UK.
Mojang first announced a Windows Phone version of its smash-hit sandbox game back in October - after Microsoft's $2.5bn purchase of both the game and studio.
Beano comic star Dennis the Menace now has his own Minecraft mod.
Microsoft has released the first of several new Star Wars skin packs, which will only launch for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
55 player skins are included in the Star Wars Classic Skin Pack DLC, including Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca.
Dozens of lesser known characters also make an appearance, from Greedo to Governer Tarkin via Bib Fortuna and Admiral Ackbar (but no Wedge?!).
Warner Bros. is in talks with Night at the Museum director and producer Shawn Levy to helm its upcoming Minecraft movie, Deadline has reported.
Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition will finally be available to download from next Wednesday, 15th October, developer 4J Studios has announced.
That date applies to European Vita owners only, however. There's no word yet on when the game will be released in North America.
The Vita edition will be a Cross-Buy game for anyone who has already bought Minecraft on PlayStation 3. (The PS4 version is a separate entity, although you can upgrade to it from PS3/Vita at reduced cost.)
Don't blink - Minecraft's new Doctor Who-themed pack is now available to download on Xbox 360, priced £1.99.
A new trailer for the DLC confirms that the pack is also coming to Xbox One, although the content is not yet live on the console's store.
Included in the download are skins for Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor, current companion Clara, plus previous Tardis team Amy, Rory and Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is getting a disc release on 18th November, where it will retail for $19.99 (about £13).
Now Xbox maker Microsoft owns the phenomenally successful block-placing sandbox Minecraft, what will happen to the game on PlayStation platforms?
Microsoft has bought Mojang and Minecraft in a deal worth an incredible $2.5bn, it's announced.
UPDATE 10/9/14 9.55am: Minecraft creator Markkus "Notch" Persson instigated talks with Microsoft to sell developer Mojang, a new source has claimed, and will leave the company for good when the deal is complete.
Waiting until midnight for your copy of Destiny to unlock? One intrepid fan is already exploring the game's Tower location - albeit in Minecraft.
Saddle up those pigs and get ready to punch some trees, Minecraft is now available to download on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Minecraft is now available to download on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, each of which offer an expanded draw distance compared to their last-gen counterparts.
UPDATE #2 4/9/14 10.20am: Minecraft's Xbox One edition has popped up on Microsoft's Xbox Games Store a day early, priced £114.95.
The listing, presumably a mistake, allows you to click "purchase" and select a payment option.
We're checking what's going on with Microsoft now, rather than breaking out the Eurogamer credit card to download it ourselves.
Mojang has detailed its long-awaited next Minecraft patch, named the Bountiful Update, which launches today for the game's PC version.
Version 1.8 has been in development for over 300 days - the longest amount of time to date for any major update.
It brings with it some major new additions to the game, such as the underwater Ocean Monument dungeon types plus associated new enemies (Guardians and Ender Guardians) and block types (Prismarine, Sea Lanterns).
Minecraft's Xbox 360 Edition will soon play host to a range of Doctor Who characters.
A visually-accurate version of Great Britain's geology has been recreated within Minecraft.
Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition may miss its August release window after Sony spotted technical issues during a test.
Developer 4J Studios relayed the bad news last night via Twitter, and told fans that another wait was now in store.
"Sony found some issues we have to fix in their final test of #MinecraftPS4 :(," 4J wrote. "We're fixing, but we need to go through the process again."
Lego's new range of officially-licensed Minecraft sets have been spotted online.
Minecraft's console editions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have now sold more copies than the game's original PC and Mac version.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has hit back at fans who branded developer Mojang "literally worse than EA" after the studio's recent update to its Minecraft end-user agreement.
Minecraft's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions will show off more of your world on screen than their PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Minecraft maker Markus "Notch" Persson talked about how he has a 10-year plan for his staff if he doesn't come up with an idea for a successor to the all-conquering Minecraft.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of Minecraft won't feature the "infinite" world size of the game's PC version.
UPDATE 25/4/14 08.10am: Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now confirmed that game saves from Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will be transferrable to the upcoming Xbox One version.
UPDATE 13.15PM: Mojang has now confirmed the physical version of Minecraft: PS3 Edition and teased the game's box art for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.
More than 1.5 million copies of the PS3 Edition have been downloaded so far, the EU PlayStation blog reports.
We've known that the game will come to both PS4 and PS Vita for some time, but the existence of box art suggests that both of these platforms will see the game as a physical release, too.
Last night's North American episode of The Simpsons featured a new opening credits sequence inspired by Minecraft.
The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has now sold an astonishing 12m copies.
Microsoft announced the new milestone today, along with word of another new mod pack for the game - the Candy Texture Pack, due to launch 18th April.
"I remember when we started talking about sales numbers that we would be super happy to sell 1m copies," Mojang's Daniel Kaplan said. "That would have put us on par with BF 1943 and Castle Crashers, which both are awesome games, so that was something to aim for.
Earlier this week Minecraft creator Notch cancelled an Oculus Rift version of the game in protest at Facebook's $2bn purchase of Oculus. But what kind of game was that going to be?
According to Notch, it would have been a free version of the phenomenally successful build anything sandbox designed to promote virtual reality.
Notch revealed the now scrapped plans on Twitter last night after ex-Gears of War developer and Oculus investor Cliff Bleszinski wrote a blog post defending the Facebook deal.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition's long-awaited new update launches today, developer Mojang has confirmed.
Minecraft maker Mojang raked in over 2 billion Swedish kronor (£197m) in 2013, the company has revealed.
A film version of Minecraft is in development at Warner Bros., a new report has revealed.
The next update for Minecraft's best-selling Xbox 360 version will include some major features from the game's PC build.
Minecraft's console developer 4J Studios posted on Twitter last night confirming the inclusion of NPC trading and anvils in the upcoming Title Update 14, all of which will presumably also filter through to the game's PlayStation 3 port.
It means that you'll soon be able to pester the game's NPC Villagers for items, in return for emeralds - a major block type which will also make its console debut.
A talented Minecraft fan is re-creating the entire world of Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away.
Minecraft developer Mojang has released a new update allowing Twitch integration with the touch of a button.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition developer 4J Studios is working with Microsoft to allow players to transfer their Xbox 360 save data to the Xbox One edition of the popular block-based building game.
Minecraft: The Story of Mojang - the feature length documentary about the paradigm-shifting indie sandbox title - is now viewable, in its entirety, ad-free, on YouTube.
Minecraft console developer 4J Studios has said that it is prioritising work on the game's PlayStation 3 version before launching on any other platform.
UPDATE: Eurogamer's Ian Higton has been exploring the Ordnance Survey map for himself - watch his travels below as he takes in Stonehenge, London, Oxford and mispronounces everything around Eurogamer's home city of Brighton.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition's first mash-up pack is themed around the Mass Effect series and will launch tomorrow.
UPDATE: Yesterday's announcement of Minecraft for PlayStation 4 was not the whole story - Sony has now confirmed that all of its current platforms will see the mega-selling sandbox.
PlayStation 3 and Vita versions are also on the way, PlayStation rep Adam Boyes wrote on Twitter. Xbox 360 Edition developer 4J Studios will once again handle the game's console conversions.
Minecraft is currently only available for Android, iPhone, Mac, PC and Xbox 360. An Xbox One version is also on the way.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition developer 4J Studios has at last confirmed the final list of changes in the game's next title update.
Title update 12 will add a number of recent features from Mojang's main PC version (but not horses - they're due in yet another future patch).
The biggest new addition is the Jungle biome - complete with wild ocelots to tame into Creeper-scaring cats. The biome also includes the jungle tree and ability to grow cocoa.
Tickets to Minecon 2013, this year's biggest gathering of Minecraft fans, will go on sale tonight, developer Mojang has announced.
Putt-Putt, the entity behind the chain of miniature golf courses so prevalent that its name has practically become synonymous with the hobby, is threatening to sue Minecraft developer Mojang over user-generated levels that allegedly infringe upon the "Putt-Putt" name.
Traditional MMOs have gone out of fashion lately. It used to be that every gaming brand had exciting untapped MMO potential and every publisher wanted an MMO in its stable, but the gold rush inspired by World of Warcraft yielded little precious metal, and a lot of publishers got burned in the process - especially Electronic Arts with Star Wars: The Old Republic - while the term "MMO" has become taboo when discussing a new breed of games that includes The Division and Destiny, even though in many respects they are both massively multiplayer and online.
UPDATE: Microsoft studios boss Phil Spencer has suggested there is still hope for Minecraft save transfers on Xbox One.
The Xbox 360 version of sandbox smash-hit Minecraft will be released in physical form for the first time on 28th June, Microsoft has announced.
Boxed copies will come with a free 48-hour subscription to Xbox Live Gold, but will otherwise be exactly the same game as their downloadable brothers.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has been a phenomenal success since it launched on Xbox Live Arcade last year. It shifted more than five million copies in eight months - many more than the PC original in the same timeframe, and is to date the best-selling Xbox Live Arcade game ever.
There's a Minecraft subscription service on the cards.
Good news for PlayStation fans: there's a chance Minecraft could come to Sony consoles.
In 2012, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson earned $101 million (~£64 million).
Maker Mojang is overwhelmed by the success of Minecraft. Remember that Mojang is a just small Swedish developer that was founded by Markus "Notch" Persson when Minecraft exploded. Then learn that Mojang earned a reported $240 million (£152 million) in 2012.
Holy Moly! King's Landing - the main city in George RR Martin's realm of Westeros (A Song of Ice and Fire, AKA A Game of Thrones) - has been recreated in Minecraft.
There's a lovely moment very early on in this feature length documentary where footage of the Swedish countryside where Markus "Notch" Perrson grew up segues into the landscape of Minecraft, the bash-and-build indie hit that made his fortune.
It's an obvious edit, but one that hints at an all-important connection between tangible reality and virtual fantasy. In suggesting a source of inspiration for Notch's work, it drags gaming from its realm of ones and zeroes and into a more relatable creative sphere, where the artist draws on their own life and experience to create something universal. Sadly, that brief edit is as close of The Story of Mojang comes to unearthing any great truths about this most modern of phenomena.
That isn't to say it's not a pleasant movie. For fans of Minecraft it contains enough harmless glimpses behind the curtain and enough validation of their passion to justify its existence. It's just not terribly illuminating, and has very little to say that hasn't already been said during Minecraft's meteoric rise. The closest comparison would be the direct-to-DVD promotional films that follow the latest boyband around on tour, offering a veneer of candid insight but mostly serving to tell fans what the singer's favourite colour is.
Runt of the litter no longer - the Xbox Live Arcade version of Minecraft sold more copies than the PC edition in 2012.
Remember the flashy-pants Kickstarted Minecraft documentary that followed Notch for a year as he founded Mojang and meteorically shot to fame in 2011? It's done, it's finished and there's a free screening on Xbox Live this weekend.
Minecraft on Raspberry Pi: the dream has come true. And it will be free.
Every week we bring you an article from our archive, either for you to read again or discover for the first time. This week, with news circling of Microsoft buying Mojang, we bring you a reminder of the power of Minecraft via Keith Stuart's excellent article, first published in November 2012.
Imagine being eight years old today. You pack your bag, hop on a bus, act like your crush has cooties and go through lessons on history, English, maths, science, and... Minecraft?
The upcoming Minecraft 1.4.1 patch due this Thursday, 25th October fixes a number of bugs including "wet wolves looking way too scary."
Apparently no one told Mojang that stuff is supposed to be scarier around Halloween, but who am I to question the decisions of the industry's most successful indie studio?
Elsewhere, the patch fixes some more practical issues like a bug causing mobs to suffocate and fall through wooden floors.
I'd finished my interview with Tom Cassell, and it had gone fairly well. Although, something did feel like it was missing. "Would you mind if I walked with you for a bit?" I asked. "So I can see it happen?" Tom was enthusiastic - he is about most things. So we took to the floor of the Eurogamer Expo.
Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, a documentary by 2 Player Productions - the team behind the Double Fine Adventure video series - is scheduled for a release in "early December," director Paul Owens told Eurogamer.
Outspoken indie success story Markus 'Notch' Persson tweeted to Microsoft that he'd rather not put his phenomenally successful sandbox game Minecraft on Windows 8 than support the closed platform.
Last November Youtube user ParadiseDecay created a spectacular Minecraft video re-enacting the famous Death Star trench run from Star Wars. Now, he's made the sequel, recreating the Hoth battle from The Empire Strikes Back.
Yes, that's right, MineZ is a mod of a mod. It's a zombie survival mod for Minecraft that is inspired by DayZ, the zombie survival mod for ArmA 2. It's the same but different, recognisable but re-imagined. It's a little like looking at a reflection in a carnival's hall of mirrors. MineZ still feels like DayZ, it works like DayZ and it plays like DayZ, but most importantly...
What happens when humans are forced to compete for resources? How does a group of strangers interact when trapped in a confined area? And, with limited knowledge of their fellow competitors' intentions, how long does it take before paranoia kicks in?
Yesterday evening was the European Games Awards, voted for by a record 230,000 European people online.
This year's MineCon Minecraft convention will be held at Disneyland Paris, the game's maker, Mojang, has revealed.
2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann has gone and said something controversial. He's declared that only when games approach photorealistic graphics will they be able to broaden their genre-horizon and properly do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain - rather than the Mission Impossible experiences we get today.
Does Steam selling games with DRM in the free and open source environment of GNU/Linux defeat the entire point?
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson revealed that his studio Mojang was working on a first-person shooter with an unannounced company, but ended up cancelling the project in its prototype phase.
Evidently this wasn't due to the quality of the game, so much as it was about wanting to remain autonomous. In remarks to Joystiq, Notch said, Mojang "did not want more external dependencies... The success of Minecraft meant we could focus on projects fully owned by us."
This isn't to suggest that Mojang will only work on entirely independent project, and Notch stated that if there are other reasons to collaborate besides making money he would consider it.
US talk show host/comedian Conan O'Brien has reviewed Notch's indie mega-hit Minecraft on his show, Conan.
The segment is part of the "Clueless Gamer" series as O'Brien freely admits that he doesn't play videogames. His staffer Aaron Bleyaert acts as his guide through the trying early stages of the title.
When told the game was about mining, Conan replied, "So it's like we're in Wales in the 19th century and we're desperately poor? What a fun game for kids!"
More and more people seem to be using Steam on less powerful PCs.
The founder of Uniloc, the Luxembourg company suing Mojang over the Android version of Minecraft, has rejected the accusation that he is a "patent troll" and defended the practice of patenting software after receiving "disgusting" emails.
A company with a reputation for being a software patent troll is suing Minecraft maker Mojang over the Android version of the game.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has now broken the 3 million sales barrier on Xbox Live Arcade.
Creator Markus "Notch" Persson confirmed the new total on Twitter this morning.
How much money has the conversion made? Minecraft on XBLA costs 1600 Microsoft Points (about £13.60). Three million sales therefore equates to a stunning £40.8 million of revenue. And Microsoft will pocket around £12m of this, based on the company's usual 30 per cent rate.
A dedicated band of Game of Thrones fans have taken to recreating the entire continent of Westeros in Minecraft.
A collection of 40 new character skins is coming to the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft to coincide with the 1.7.3 title update due next week.
The Minecraft 1.3 update launches on 1st August 2012, Mojang has announced.
It includes a "huge" number of changes, the developer said, some to the "fundamental game engine".
"The most dramatic change is that we've kicked out single-player, and made it a shell on top of multiplayer," Mojang said on the official website.
Enterprising Minecraft: Xbox 360 gamers have constructed an impressive version of Manchester United home ground Old Trafford.
Minecraft has now surpassed nine million sales across all versions of the game.
Minecraft's PC, Android, iOS and Xbox Live Arcade editions have collectively sold 9.2 million copies, Mojang's business developer Daniel Kaplan wrote on Twitter.
Sales of the creative cube-based sandbox today hit six million for the PC version alone, creator Markus "Notch" Persson revealed.
The studio responsible for porting Minecraft to Xbox Live Arcade has offered a little more detail on which features from the PC game are to be patched over.
Minecraft was the third most played game on Xbox Live last week, Microsoft has announced.
Global sales of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition have hit one million within a week.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition costs 1600 Microsoft Points (£13.60). One million sales equates to £13,600,000 of revenue, of which Microsoft will earn around £4m, based on the company's usual 30 per cent rate.
Players have notched up 5.2 million hours of gameplay, four million multiplayer sessions and 2.4 million multiplayer gaming hours, Microsoft mouthpiece Major "Larry Hryb" Nelson boasted.
An array of Minecraft-themed alcohol shots have been created by Cornish gaming cafe Loading.
Minecraft maker Markus "Notch" Persson is being courted by Creative Assembly for the next Total War game.
Controversial world-building game FortressCraft has just notched up its 750,000th sale on Xbox Live Indie Games, according to a Tweet from its developer Adam Sawkins.
A subsequent post added that it's on track to hit one million within the next 10 months.
Sawkins' game has been plagued by accusations that it's merely a Minecraft clone - a claim that he refuted in a recent interview with Eurogamer.
Indie phenomenon Minecraft has raked in $80 million in revenue since launch, according to a Financial Times report.
As detailed in financial filings from developer Mojang, its revenues for the 15 months since the game's October 2010 release now total 540m Swedish krona - around $80.8 million. Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation sit at $13.5m.
That's not far behind fellow Scandinavians and Angry Birds developer Rovio, which reported revenues of $100m last year.
Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson's next major project will likely be an open world space game inspired by classic trading sim Elite and cult sci-fi series Firefly.
Minecraft maker Markus "Notch" Persson has given his blessing to EA's digital platform Origin.
Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson worries that attempting to match the huge success of his world-building indie phenomenon could prove "pointless and hollow".
Governments around the world have moved on the hacker group LulzSec - making arrests based on information gathered in part by its leader.
I had a friend who had synaesthesia. Sounds would form a iridescent fog over her vision, with different sounds creating different colours, and multiple sounds layering over one another; blue could be shot through with silver, or pockets of red would flare in a brown malaise. Most of the time, she said it was actually quite pleasant, as though she was seeing an extra layer to sound that was unique to her. Most of the time, it made her feel special.
Sometimes, when there was too much sound, or too many that conflicted, it would overwhelm. It would make it difficult to see, and difficult to think, with this violent storm of colour covering everything. It was only at those times that she ever claimed to 'suffer' from synaesthesia.
Proteus, a procedural exploration game by Ed Key, doesn't let you see what you hear. It lets you hear what you see.
Mojang has hired the server-mod making Bukkit team to help build an official API (application programming interface) for the Minecraft community.
The Humble Bundle Mojam event has raised nearly $500k for charity.
FortressCraft creator Adam Sawkins has rejected claims his Xbox Live Indie Game hit is a Minecraft clone and hit out at Markus "Notch" Persson and his company Mojang.
Minecraft maker Mojang will make a new game this weekend to raise money for charity.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson is able to match Tim Schafer's $13 million Psychonauts 2 development budget valuation.
Mojang has accused Minecraft clones of failing to do anything new - but confirmed it won't sue their makers.
Minecraft has launched on PC, Mac, Android and iOS, and it will launch on Xbox Live Arcade - but it will not launch on PS Vita.
An ambitious, time-rich Minecraft player has taken it upon himself to recreate the entire World of Warcraft universe within Mojang's indie phenomenon.
Multi-millionaire Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has said he is willing to personally fund a sequel to Double Fine's cult classic Psychonauts.
Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has asked for gamers' permission to mine "non-private" player data from his hugely successful indie title.
Millionaire Markus "Notch" Persson doesn't think the "indie" moniker best describes his studio Mojang any more.
Minecraft developer Mojang is prepping its angular open world for the arrival of dense, misty jungles.
More than 20 million people have registered for block-based sandbox PC phenomenon Minecraft, creator Markus "Notch" Persson has announced.
Of the 20,121,024 Minecraft users (and counting), 4,667,176 people (at the time of writing) have bought the game.
Free users are limited to the outdated Minecraft Classic build. But those who pay get the game's survival mode, and can hunt animals and pick apples from trees.
Minecraft has received its first major title update since its official launch late last year.
As detailed on the game's official blog, and showcased in the trailer below, the patch adds a handful of new elements to Mojang's world-building phenomenon.
In addition to a few bug fixes, you can expect to see the following features incorporated:
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has created a new game: Minicraft.
Fortnite, the new game from Gears of War maker Epic, is inspired by PC indie sensation Minecraft.
Mojang is collaborating with Lego to make official Minecraft Lego sets.
Indie megastar Markus "Notch" Persson is no longer the lead developer of the game he created, Minecraft.
Last week, Minecraft shed its beta stabilisers and, after two years of open development, launched. And its transition to game version 1.0 brought plenty of changes.
Among those, a proper ending in a ream called The End, appropriately enough.
Upon death, your Minecraft score is tallied depending on total experience orbs held at the time.
Lots of people play Minecraft. And lots of people means big numbers.
A day of coding with creator Notch.
How would you review Tetris, if you were reviewing it today? "The puzzling is very tight, and the soundtrack is catchy." That's the thing - Tetris is so much more than that by now, but it's almost impossible to disassociate it from its cultural resonance. Minecraft, the free-form building and survival game, hasn't yet seeped into the global consciousness to the same degree, but it has become something far more than a mere game.
It is one that over four million people have already paid for and played. It is the brightest example of an indie success story you could name, having never been near a publisher or even an investor. Its lead developer, Markus 'Notch' Persson, is all but a celebrity - that one-word nickname guaranteeing instant press and gamer attention for any and all pronouncements it's attached to. There are T-shirts, there are costumes, there are conspiracy theories about an in-game nemesis who doesn't exist, there are podcasts, there are more YouTube videos than one human being could watch in a lifetime, there is a dedicated video commentary site starring a girl with pink hair who has her own frighteningly loyal fanbase.
Identifying quite where the game stops and where its online legend begins is a tall order. Review Minecraft? Might as well review Justin Bieber. ("The hair is very shiny but the voice quite weedy; 7/10.")
The "finished" version of Minecraft goes live this Friday, creator Notch has announced.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition arrives on the App Store tomorrow morning.
Bethesda appears to have included a cheeky Minecraft Easter egg in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
PC gaming sensation Minecraft has sold an incredible four million copies.
Creator Markus "Notch" Persson took to Twitter to celebrate, stating simply: "4milyay."
Over 16 million people have registered to play Minecraft, which is still in beta. The sandbox building indie game launched in 2009 and quickly attracted the attention of gamers. It proved an overnight success, shifting millions of copies.
The Xbox Live Arcade port of indie world-building sensation MineCraft is due out in Spring 2012, rather than this Winter as originally planned, Microsoft Game Studios has announced.
Notch: "Embarrassing for all of society".
Minecraft maker Mojang has beaten Bethesda in the Scrolls versus Elder Scrolls court case - for now.
Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has Tweeted work-in-progress screenshots of dragons flying around in his hugely successful world-building indie game.
The creator of Minecraft clone FortressCraft has called out what he describes as the "Notch Defense Force", and inisted his game is nothing like the indie phenomenon.
Following on from the release of version 1.8 of Minecraft, Mojang's Notch has detailed one of version 1.9's big new features: friendly Snow Golems.
Minecraft isn't sold on Steam because the digital distribution service "limits" in-game transactions, Markus "Notch" Persson has explained.
Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has chimed in on the raging Ubisoft DRM row, describing the publisher's demands as "insane".
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson wants to settle the Bethesda "Scrolls" lawsuit in a game of Quake 3.
A mobile exclusive?
Another platform notched up.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has gone into detail on the shock lawsuit threat from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim publisher Bethesda.
Bethesda has accused Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson of infringing an Elder Scrolls trademark.
Indie sensation Minecraft has just reached another astonishing sales milestone.
"Minecraft just sold its third million copy!" Tweeted creator Markus "Notch" Persson.
The news follows last month's revelation that Minecraft had passed the ten million registered user mark.
There will be an official convention for indie PC sensation Minecraft in Las Vegas on 18th and 19th November.
Minecraft maker Markus Persson announced the event to PC Gamer.
"For me, MineCon is about celebrating the full release of Minecraft," Persson told PC Gamer. "I'm really looking forward to getting up on stage and pushing the button to upload the final build."
PC indie phenomenon Minecraft now has in excess of 10 million registered users, creator Markus 'Notch' Persson's has revealed in his blog.
A new update for the Minecraft beta has gone live, adding a few minor features to the PC world-building sensation.
The headline additions are the inclusion of pistons and the ability to stack fences. Here's the full changelog for update 1.7, as seen on developer Notch's blog:
The developer behind the Xbox Live versions of Banjo & Kazooie and Perfect Dark is making the Xbox 360 version of PC hit Minecraft.
Indie PC sensation Minecraft has passed 2.5 million sales, game creator Markus Persson has announced.
"2.5 million sales!" he exclaimed on Twitter. "That's as much as Diablo 1 and Far Cry, according to Wikipedia."
Meanwhile on his blog, Persson revealed that the game's release date of 11th November may have to move, because MinecraftCon venues on that day are all booked up. "One week later, perhaps?" he thought out loud.
Update 1.6 has just gone live for indie world-building sensation Minecraft, bringing with it a long list of new features, improvements and fixes.
As detailed in creator Notch's blog, new additions include craftable maps, slow-growing mushrooms, hatches and Nether support for multiplayer.
Here's the full (very long) list of changes:
A mobile version of wildly successful indie game Minecraft will launch first on Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play phone later this year.
Cube-based sandbox gets a companion.
A new Minecraft patch that adds weather and achievements to the indie world-building phenomenon has just gone live.
As demonstrated in the trailer below, snow and rain will periodically fall out of the sky and accumulate on the ground, while the odd lightning strike will also be visible.
Achievements have also finally been added, as have gameplay statistics and two new minecart operations – the booster rail and detector rail.
Such is the scale of the Minecraft phenomenon that it's easy to forget the game is still in beta. Well, developer Mojang has finally put a date on when the official 'finished' version will be available: 11th November 2011.
Creator Markus 'Notch' Persson made the announcement on his blog, explaining that the final game shouldn't differ too much from what you're playing now.
"It's a bit tricky to really do a release for Minecraft as we keep updating it all the time," he wrote.
The creator of indie phenomenon Minecraft has revealed how much cash the world-building game has netted his tiny development studio Mojang.
PC indie phenomenon Minecraft is the best game Populous creator and newly anointed BAFTA Fellow Peter Molyneux has played in the last 10 years.
Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson has three new game concepts in the pipeline for when development on his indie phenomenon finally draws to a close.
7169 blocks in the making.
Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of all-conquering indie sensation Minecraft, believes pirating a game isn't tantamount to stealing.
The new game by Minecraft maker Mojang has been announced - it's called Scrolls.
Got any spare cash? Care about MineCraft? Film maker 2 Player Productions wants your donation to help make a feature-length MineCraft documentary a reality.
Swedish indie superstar Markus "Notch" Persson's time-destroying PC game Minecraft will launch on iPhone and iPad later this year.
Markus "Notch" Persson has enlisted the help of an unlikely source to help improve the charmingly basic graphics of MineCraft.
Runaway indie PC success Minecraft has just choo-chooed over the one million sales mark.
Creator Markus "Notch" Persson announced the milestone on his blog.
That's one million people who have paid €10 to play. And with no publisher hoovering up proceeds, Notch has been able to keep all of that for himself (to pay for Minecraft upkeep and maybe a Ferrari).
Following the media trajectory of this free-form building and survival game has almost been more compulsive than Minecraft itself. Watching that slow burn from lo-fi obscurity to darling of indie sites to mainstream PC gaming acceptance to woah-hey-everywhere has been an ambient pastime for 2010. That was before the game even hit beta status.
Global indie phenomenon Minecraft is about to enter its beta phase, bringing with it a price hike and new gameplay elements.
According to a post on creator Marcus "Notch" Persson's blog, the shift is scheduled for 20th December. There will be a greater focus on "polish and content", reflected in a price increase from €10 to €14.95.
"The next epoch is upon us!" wrote Persson. "The skies are trembling, pigs are growing wings, and the nether is turning awfully cold, as Minecraft slowly crawls out of Alpha.
Publishing sales figures for your games helps users see you as more "genuine", according to the creator of runaway indie hit Minecraft.
Earlier this year, Swedish developer Markus 'Notch' Persson made headlines when he decided to include a counter on his website tracking how many people had bought the game, which then allowed all and sundry to calculate how much cash he was bringing in.
Persson told GamesIndustry.biz that he did this not to show off, but as a way of engaging with his customers.
Largest UK cathedral now on Minecraft.
Minecraft has fallen victim to a distributed denial of service attack according to creator Markus Persson, although the developer is at a loss to explain why.
BioShock world meticulously recreated.
There are two stories to be told about Minecraft. One of them is the tale of a man working alone to create something truly extraordinary from humble beginnings, working piece by piece to painstakingly construct an original masterwork. The other story? The other story is, at heart, the same.