Minecraft: Java Edition

The defining game of the last ten years is also one of the most surprising. Minecraft is unmissable.

Spotlight

VideoVideo: Watch us play Minecraft: Xbox One Edition at 5pm BST

Ian and Tom P tour the game's larger worlds in Survival Mode and try not to die.

VideoVideo: Minecraft PS4/Xbox One compared with PS3/Xbox 360

We import a save and play spot the difference.

Key events

12th January 2012

Minecraft 1.1 update trailer

12th January 2012

Minecraft 1.1 update out now

18th November 2011

Minecraft Review

11th November 2011

Official Minecon 2011 trailer

5th August 2011

Minecraft sells 3 million

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Minecraft removes references to Notch

UPDATE: Blocked, on console versions too.

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Behold the Minecraft grass block-themed Xbox One S

UPDATE: Exclusive to Argos and Sainsbury's, priced £350.

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MineCon ditches real world expo in favour of a livestream

Mojang will host "Official Minecraft Community Events" instead.

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Minecraft's cross-network update now playable in beta

PC, Android and Xbox One players unite.

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Sony defends decision to block PS4 cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base."

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Minecraft is getting cross-platform play

UPDATE: For every platform but PlayStation.

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Minecraft has smashed 120m copies milestone

55m monthly players - and growing.

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World War Z author writing Minecraft novel

Paper plus leather equals book.

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Minecraft console editions finally get polar bears, beets and banners

Paid-for Chinese Mythology Pack also announced.

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London's burning, London's burning - in Minecraft!

Great Fire history project reaches the all important stage two.

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The Great Fire of London - recreated in Minecraft

City museum has lovely educational idea.

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Minecraft movie gets a release date... in 2019

"We all want an awesome Minecraft movie, right?" asks Mojang, rhetorically.

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Minecraft will no longer allow companies to promote products in-game

But fans can still pay tribute to their outside interests.

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Minecraft will soon host AI players

But human players won't get the axe.

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Minecraft update 1.9 has completely changed combat

Shields! Dual-wielding! Beetroot! More.

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Huge update inbound for Minecraft console versions

After three years, almost caught up with PC.

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It looks like Minecraft is finally coming to Wii U

UPDATE: Listing removed. Will it Nether happen?

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Northern Ireland's government recreates its country in Minecraft

Ordnance Survey replicates nearly 14,000 square kilometers.

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Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta announced, free to existing PC players

Upcoming features include dual-wielding, shields, southpaw support.

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Minecraft console version update adds stained glass, trapdoors

LittleBigPlanet Mash-up pack coming to PS4.

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Minecraft to receive HoloLens support

Oversee your world on your table.

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Splatoon has somehow been recreated in Minecraft

We had an inkling it would be popular.

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FeatureVideo: Let's Play P.T in Minecraft

Silent Hills lives on. Sort of.

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Minecraft adds female player avatars to all console versions

"Jolly old Steve doesn't really represent the diversity of our playerbase."

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Mojang fix Minecraft vulnerability that allowed players to crash servers

Coder openly details method after waiting two years for fix.

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The best PC games

Old and new, this is our pick of the PC games you should play today.

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MineCon dated for July in London

Tickets go on sale later this month.

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Minecraft to receive The Simpsons skins on Xbox

Available in late February for $2.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition launches on Windows Phone

Plus, more Xbox-exclusive DLC launched.

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Minecraft gets official Dennis the Menace mod

Summon Gnasher, catapult rotten tomatoes, throw stink bombs.

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Minecraft gets Xbox-exclusive Star Wars DLC

Luke, you have to Han it to them.

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Minecraft PlayStation Vita release date finally announced

PC version's Horse Update now headed to all consoles.

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What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

Microsoft and Sony find themselves in a curious position.

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Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5bn

Vows to support iOS, Android and PlayStation versions.

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Microsoft to buy Mojang for $2 billion - report

UPDATE: Notch initiated buyout and will leave once complete, source says.

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VideoVideo: Watch us play Minecraft: Xbox One Edition at 5pm BST

Ian and Tom P tour the game's larger worlds in Survival Mode and try not to die.

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VideoVideo: Minecraft PS4/Xbox One compared with PS3/Xbox 360

We import a save and play spot the difference.

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Minecraft Xbox One release date confirmed

UPDATE: Available now on PlayStation 4 - and on Xbox One for £115!

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Minecraft's latest PC update has taken nearly a year to develop

Adds new items, enemies, dungeon type. Plus rabbits.

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British Geological Survey recreates Great Britain in Minecraft

All you need is a copy of the game and 6GB of disk space.

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Minecraft PS4 technical issues cast doubt over August release date

"We're fixing, but we need to go through the process again."

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New full-size Lego Minecraft range revealed

Nether thought we'd see the day.

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Minecraft's console versions have now outsold Minecraft on PC, Mac

Nearly 54m sold. PS4, Vita, Xbox One editions still to launch.

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Notch defends Minecraft dev Mojang from "worse than EA" claims

After EULA change clarifies position on paid-for mods.

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Minecraft maker Notch clarifies "Mojang to disband in 10 years" reports

"From the day we don't make a profit, we'll survive another 10 years."

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Minecraft PS3 worlds will transfer to PS4, possibly Vita

UPDATE: Phil Spencer confirms 360 to Xbox One transfers.

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Minecraft: PS3 Edition getting disc-based launch next month

UPDATE: PlayStation 4, Vita box art also spotted.

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Watch The Simpsons' Minecraft-themed intro

Notch: "I'm not sure how I feel about it."

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sales hit 12m

Candy Texture Pack announced.

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition TU14 arrives today

Update live for PS3 version tomorrow.

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Minecraft dev Mojang made £200m last year

Notch earns £77m in licensing fees.

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Warner Bros. working on Minecraft movie

Progress unblocked after Lego Movie success.

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Someone is building Spirited Away's entire world in Minecraft

Anime be one of the best creations we've seen.

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Minecraft 360 dev working to allow save transfers to Xbox One

"Can't say it'll be there until it's 100 per cent working."

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The Minecraft documentary is officially free on YouTube

By the documentarians behind the Broken Age and Mighty No. 9 videos.

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Minecraft PS3 Edition will arrive before next-gen versions

And any further updates to Xbox 360 Edition.

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Ordnance Survey maps Britain in Minecraft

UPDATE: Watch Ian explore the OS map and mispronounce things.

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Minecraft confirmed for PlayStation 4

UPDATE: And PS3, and Vita.

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Minecon 2013 tickets go on sale tonight

Next batch on Friday, then the last batch Saturday.

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Putt-Putt sues Mojang over user-generated maps

"[It's] like suing Microsoft for what people do using Word."

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FeatureHave traditional MMOs had their time?

And what do we make of the shared-world games and MOBAs that have risen up to replace them?

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Minecraft Xbox 360 saves won't transfer to Xbox One Edition, Microsoft says

UPDATE: "Stay tuned", Microsoft's Phil Spencer teases.

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition boxed release dated

Coming 28th June, with 48-hour Gold subscription.

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Mojang makes bespoke Minecraft for the scrumptious Raspberry Pi

It's free and allows you to code direct to game world.

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FeatureMinecraft, architecture and the trouble with children

From the archive: A tale of trouble and Le Corbusier.

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FeatureLearn to Play: Minecraft in the classroom

Eurogamer discovers how a New York school is using games for good.

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Minecraft 1.4.1 patch fixes "wet wolves looking way too scary"

Mojang completely misses the point of Halloween.

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FeatureAn audience with Syndicate

How a regular northern teen became a YouTube gaming sensation.

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Minecraft documentary due in early December

Molyneux: "It's far better than a god game or any game I've done."

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Notch refuses to certify Minecraft for Windows 8

"I told them to stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform."

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FeatureMineZ: Zombie survival, Minecraft-style

The discerning player's choice.

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Claustrophobic Minecraft experiment sheds light on the dark side of human nature

30 players spend two months confined to a tiny map. It doesn't end well.

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2K Games boss says photorealism aids diversity, Notch disagrees

Can games do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain yet?

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Steam on GNU/Linux: Do non-free DRM games defeat the point?

GNU creator says it's "unethical", but that pros outweigh the cons.

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Mojang was collaborating on a now cancelled first-person shooter

Wishes to stay "as independent as possible."

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Minecraft reviewed by US late night talk show host Conan O'Brien

"This looks like a world if you have glaucoma."

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"Software patent troll" sues Mojang over Android version of Minecraft

"If you own a software patent, you should feel bad."

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Minecraft getting 40 new character skins as DLC

Includes 'Splosion Man and Trials costumes.

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Minecraft 1.3 update release date announced

Includes a "huge" number of changes.

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Minecraft Xbox 360 users build Old Trafford replica

Dedicated fans reveal impressive goal.

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Minecraft total sales hit 9.2 million

PC version creepers up to 6 million.

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New Minecraft XBLA content incoming

1.8 adventure update "will be the most difficult", says 4J.

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Minecraft threatens Call of Duty domination on Xbox Live chart

Mojang hit has more players than FIFA, Battlefield, Halo, Skyrim.

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FortressCraft sales top 750k on XBLIG

1 million mark within reach for controversial world-builder.

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Minecraft revenue totals $80 million since launch

While registered users pass the 25 million mark.

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Notch planning sandbox space game inspired by Elite, Firefly

Development strategy will likely mirror Minecraft model.

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Notch: EA's Origin is a good thing

"I find the idea of one platform a bit scary."

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Notch: trying to follow Minecraft could prove "pointless and hollow"

Markus Persson on coming to terms with fame, fortune and an uncertain future.

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FeatureProteus Preview: A Musical Odyssey

In a beautiful place out in the country.

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VideoMinecraft 1.2 update out now

Jungle biomes! New bricks! More sky!

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Humble Bundle Mojam raises nearly $500k for charity

Mojang makes Steampunk Egyptian themed RTS shoot em' up.

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FortressCraft creator rejects Minecraft clone claims

Attacks Mojang, Notch in new Eurogamer interview.

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Mojang won't sue FortressCraft dev, "bored" by Minecraft clones

"They don't bring anything new to the table."

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Mojang: no plans for Minecraft on Vita

But Scrolls "definitely coming for touch screens".

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World of Warcraft universe recreated in Minecraft

Every single continent and dungeon chiseled out.

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Notch asks permission to spy on your Minecraft habits

Mojang wants to add player tracking feature.

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Notch: Mojang isn't really "indie" any more

He's hardly strapped for cash.

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VideoMinecraft 1.1 update trailer

Mojang shows off a raft of new features.

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Minecraft 1.1 update out now

Apples, egg spawning, dynamic sheep added.

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Epic reveals Minecraft inspiration for Fortnite

Gears of War maker looking for a publisher.

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Notch steps down as lead developer of Minecraft

"Personally, I will now rest for a while."

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Massive Minecraft user statistics revealed

A mere 292 million log-ins a month.

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VideoBehind the scenes of Minecraft video

A day of coding with creator Notch.

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"Finished" Minecraft out this Friday

But Notch promises to keep adding to it.

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Minecraft gets iOS release

Pocket Edition hits the App Store tomorrow.

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Minecraft Easter egg spotted in Skyrim

Bethesda hides cheeky nod to trademark adversary.

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VideoOfficial Minecon 2011 trailer

Las Vegas Minecraft meet 18-19th November.

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VideoMinecraft trailer competition detailed

Win a spot in the official Minecon vid.

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Minecraft XBLA delayed until Spring 2012

Console port makes playable debut at MineCon.

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VideoMinecraft dev talks Scrolls lawsuit

Notch: "Embarrassing for all of society".

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Minecraft gets dragons

Anything Bethesda can do...

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FortressCraft maker discusses Minecraft

Calls out "The Notch Defense Force".

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Minecraft 1.9 introduces Snow Golems

Friendly mobs help against Endermen.

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VideoMinecraft 1.8 Adventure Update trailer

Now with significantly more adventure!

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Notch: Why Minecraft isn't on Steam

"We don't want to limit what we can do."

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Notch wades into Ubisoft DRM debate

Always-on internet "encourages piracy".

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Notch challenges Bethesda to Quake 3

Wants to settle lawsuit this way.

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VideoMinecraft on Xperia Play footage

Another platform notched up.

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Notch: is Bethesda doing a Langdell?

Minecraft man responds to lawsuit threat.

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Bethesda lawyers threaten Notch

Allegedly infringes Elder Scrolls trademark.

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Minecraft sells 3 million

Notch levels up.

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Minecraft convention Minecon announced

In Vegas on November 18th, 19th.

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Minecraft passes 10 million users

Another milestone Notched up.

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Latest Minecraft patch goes live

Full adventure update also incoming.

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Minecraft Xbox 360 developer revealed

Perfect Dark XBLA's 4J Studios.

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Minecraft notches 2.5 million sales

Release date of final version may be moved.

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Huge Minecraft patch goes live

Craftable maps, dynamic mushrooms added.

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Minecraft mobile for Xperia Play first

Indie blockbuster's Android, iOS plans.

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VideoPortal mod for Minecraft footage

Cube-based sandbox gets a companion.

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Minecraft 1.5 update goes live

Weather, achievements, more added.

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VideoMinecraft trailer shows latest upgrades

Achievements! Snow! Rain! Stats!

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Minecraft gets official release date

Indie phenomenon to finally leave beta.

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Minecraft earns £20 million in revenue

Notch: "I try not to look at it."

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Molyneux picks his game of the decade

Minecraft "a complete work of genius".

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What next from the man behind Minecraft?

Notch has three concepts ready to go.

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VideoMinecraft video shows glass volcano

7169 blocks in the making.

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Minecraft man: "Piracy is not a theft"

"There is no such thing as lost sale."

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Minecraft dev's new game is Scrolls

A fantasy, card-battling game.

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MineCraft documentary needs your cash

Pledge enough, get a mounted pickaxe.

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Minecraft hitting iPhone, iPad

Officially, this time.

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Minecraft builds over 1 million sales

Notch another success story.

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Minecraft enters beta, gets storyline

"Non-intrusive narrative" to be added.

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Minecraft dev explains sales transparency

Releasing figures makes you "genuine".

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VideoEG readers build new York Minster

Largest UK cathedral now on Minecraft.

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Minecraft hit by DDOS attack

Might have been targeted by grumpy fans.

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VideoMinecraft welcomes you to Rapture

BioShock world meticulously recreated.

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FeatureDigging for Victory: Minecraft Explored

A look at the indie game phenomenon.