Minecraft: Java Edition

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


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

Minecraft removes references to Notch

UPDATE: Blocked, on console versions too.

UPDATE 1.45pm: It looks like Microsoft is pushing a similar change live to the game's non-Bedrock console editions, such as its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 versions, overseen by 4J Studios:

Minecraft update temporarily enabled wallrunning

Minecraft's "19w04a" Java snapshot update, which rolled out on Thursday, enabled wall running... but not intentionally.

While the Java snapshot update added a handful of things like stone cutting and fixing unlit campfires so they no longer burn you, nowhere does it mention wallrunning, leaving players to surmise that it must have been an unintended side effect of the recent changes. Click here to take a look yourself (thanks, Kotaku).

"Just for context, this isn't a trick or a prank or anything," reported Minecrafter NatalieZem, who shared a brief video of wallrunning on Reddit. "In the recent snapshot, you can't jump while pressing against a block. And apparently not being able to raise your elevation also means you can't lower it either. Try it for yourself: All you need to do is stay sprinting into the wall and you can move along it. Here's another video showing how easy this is to replicate."

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That's it for Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PS3, Vita and Wii U

That's it for Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Vita and Wii U. The final update - the Nightmare Before Christmas Mash-Up pack - has been released.

It's the end of an era, particularly for the Xbox 360 version, which was the first console version of Minecraft to appear, way back in May 2012 (PlayStation 3 got Minecraft in December 2013, PS Vita in October 2014, and Wii U in December 2015).

There have been more than 21 million Xbox 360 Minecraft players since then, developer 4J Studios said on Twitter, and 73 Title Updates. And now, of course, Xbox-maker Microsoft owns Minecraft, having splashed $2.5 billion on the deal in autumn 2014.

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Minecraft's second phase of the Update Aquatic is here

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?

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Minecraft's ocean-expanding Update Aquatic is out now on Xbox One and PC

Minecraft's ocean-expanding Update Aquatic is out now on Xbox One and PC

Switch, PS4, and older platforms coming later.

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.

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Minecraft's next update is the last for Wii U, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360

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.)

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Minecraft's Better Together Update is a mess on console

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.

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Minecraft's new cross-platform edition launches today, but without Nintendo Switch

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.

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Minecraft's cross-network update now playable in beta

Minecraft's cross-network update now playable in beta

PC, Android and Xbox One players unite.

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).

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Minecraft is getting cross-platform play

UPDATE: For every platform but PlayStation.

UPDATE: Minecraft's "Better Together" update will launch for Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices - but not PlayStation.

Minecraft will patch parrots to protect real-life pets

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.

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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.

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.

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

Great Fire history project reaches the all important stage two.

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.

The Great Fire of London - recreated in Minecraft

City museum has lovely educational idea.

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?

Minecraft movie gets a release date... in 2019

Minecraft movie gets a release date... in 2019

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

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?"

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Minecraft sales pass the astonishing 100m milestone

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.

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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.

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.

Minecraft will soon host AI players

But human players won't get the axe.

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 update 1.9 has completely changed combat

Minecraft update 1.9 has completely changed combat

Shields! Dual-wielding! Beetroot! More.

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.

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Microsoft announces subscription-based Minecraft for schools

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.

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Huge update inbound for Minecraft console versions

Huge update inbound for Minecraft console versions

After three years, almost caught up with PC.

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.

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

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

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

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).

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Minecraft console version update adds stained glass, trapdoors

Minecraft console version update adds stained glass, trapdoors

LittleBigPlanet Mash-up pack coming to PS4.

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".

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FeatureVideo: Let's Play P.T in Minecraft

Silent Hills lives on. Sort of.

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.

MineCon dated for July in London

Tickets go on sale later this month.

MineCon, the Minecraft convention, is set for a 4th-5th July showing at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre, Mojang has announced.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition launches on Windows Phone

Minecraft: Pocket Edition launches on Windows Phone

Plus, more Xbox-exclusive DLC launched.

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.

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Minecraft gets Xbox-exclusive Star Wars DLC

Minecraft gets Xbox-exclusive Star Wars DLC

Luke, you have to Han it to them.

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?!).

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Minecraft PlayStation Vita release date finally announced

Minecraft PlayStation Vita release date finally announced

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

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.)

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Doctor Who Minecraft pack launches today for Xbox 360

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.

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What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

Microsoft and Sony find themselves in a curious position.

Now Xbox maker Microsoft owns the phenomenally successful block-placing sandbox Minecraft, what will happen to the game on PlayStation platforms?

Microsoft to buy Mojang for $2 billion - report

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

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.

Minecraft Xbox One release date confirmed

Minecraft Xbox One release date confirmed

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

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.

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

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

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

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).

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Minecraft PS4 technical issues cast doubt over August release date

Minecraft PS4 technical issues cast doubt over August release date

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

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."

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Minecraft: PS3 Edition getting disc-based launch next month

Minecraft: PS3 Edition getting disc-based launch next month

UPDATE: PlayStation 4, Vita box art also spotted.

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.

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sales hit 12m

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sales hit 12m

Candy Texture Pack announced.

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.

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Notch: cancelled Minecraft for Oculus Rift would have been free

Notch: cancelled Minecraft for Oculus Rift would have been free

Was designed to promote virtual reality.

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.

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition update will add trading, anvils, carrots

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.

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Ordnance Survey maps Britain in Minecraft

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

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 confirmed for PlayStation 4

Minecraft confirmed for PlayStation 4

UPDATE: And PS3, and Vita.

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.

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition title update 12 changes detailed

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.

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Putt-Putt sues Mojang over user-generated maps

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

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.

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?

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.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition boxed release dated

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition boxed release dated

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

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.

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Minecraft: The Story of Mojang review

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.

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FeatureMinecraft, architecture and the trouble with children

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

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.

FeatureLearn to Play: Minecraft in the classroom

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

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?

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

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

Mojang completely misses the point of Halloween.

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.

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FeatureAn audience with Syndicate

How a regular northern teen became a YouTube gaming sensation.

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 documentary due in early December

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

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.

Notch refuses to certify Minecraft for Windows 8

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

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.

FeatureMineZ: Zombie survival, Minecraft-style

The discerning player's choice.

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...

2K Games boss says photorealism aids diversity, Notch disagrees

Can games do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain yet?

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.

Mojang was collaborating on a now cancelled first-person shooter

Mojang was collaborating on a now cancelled first-person shooter

Wishes to stay "as independent as possible."

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.

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

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

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

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!"

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition notches up 3 million sales

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.

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Minecraft 1.3 update release date announced

Minecraft 1.3 update release date announced

Includes a "huge" number of changes.

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.

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Minecraft total sales hit 9.2 million

Minecraft total sales hit 9.2 million

PC version creepers up to 6 million.

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.

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New Minecraft XBLA content incoming

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

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: Xbox 360 Edition breaks 1 million sales

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.

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FortressCraft sales top 750k on XBLIG

FortressCraft sales top 750k on XBLIG

1 million mark within reach for controversial world-builder.

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.

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Minecraft revenue totals $80 million since launch

Minecraft revenue totals $80 million since launch

While registered users pass the 25 million mark.

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.

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Proteus Preview: A Musical Odyssey

FeatureProteus Preview: A Musical Odyssey

In a beautiful place out in the country.

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.

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Minecraft hits 20 million users, 4.66 million sales

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.

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Minecraft 1.1 update out now

Minecraft 1.1 update out now

Apples, egg spawning, dynamic sheep added.

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:

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Minecraft 1.0 launch patch notes

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.

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Minecraft Review

EssentialMinecraft Review

Built to rule.

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.")

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Minecraft sells 4 million copies

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.

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Minecraft XBLA delayed until Spring 2012

Console port makes playable debut at MineCon.

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.

Minecraft gets dragons

Anything Bethesda can do...

Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has Tweeted work-in-progress screenshots of dragons flying around in his hugely successful world-building indie game.

FortressCraft maker discusses Minecraft

Calls out "The Notch Defense Force".

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.

Minecraft 1.9 introduces Snow Golems

Friendly mobs help against Endermen.

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.

Notch wades into Ubisoft DRM debate

Always-on internet "encourages piracy".

Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has chimed in on the raging Ubisoft DRM row, describing the publisher's demands as "insane".

Minecraft sells 3 million

Minecraft sells 3 million

Notch levels up.

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.

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Minecraft convention Minecon announced

Minecraft convention Minecon announced

In Vegas on November 18th, 19th.

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."

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Minecraft passes 10 million users

Another milestone Notched up.

PC indie phenomenon Minecraft now has in excess of 10 million registered users, creator Markus 'Notch' Persson's has revealed in his blog.

Latest Minecraft patch goes live

Latest Minecraft patch goes live

Full adventure update also incoming.

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:

Added pistons

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Minecraft notches 2.5 million sales

Minecraft notches 2.5 million sales

Release date of final version may be moved.

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.

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Huge Minecraft patch goes live

Huge Minecraft patch goes live

Craftable maps, dynamic mushrooms added.

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:

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Minecraft 1.5 update goes live

Minecraft 1.5 update goes live

Weather, achievements, more added.

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.

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Minecraft gets official release date

Minecraft gets official release date

Indie phenomenon to finally leave beta.

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.

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Molyneux picks his game of the decade

Minecraft "a complete work of genius".

PC indie phenomenon Minecraft is the best game Populous creator and newly anointed BAFTA Fellow Peter Molyneux has played in the last 10 years.

What next from the man behind Minecraft?

Notch has three concepts ready to go.

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.

MineCraft documentary needs your cash

Pledge enough, get a mounted pickaxe.

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.

Minecraft builds over 1 million sales

Minecraft builds over 1 million sales

Notch another success story.

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).

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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.

Minecraft enters beta, gets storyline

Minecraft enters beta, gets storyline

"Non-intrusive narrative" to be added.

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.

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Minecraft dev explains sales transparency

Minecraft dev explains sales transparency

Releasing figures makes you "genuine".

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.

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Minecraft hit by DDOS attack

Might have been targeted by grumpy fans.

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.

FeatureDigging for Victory: Minecraft Explored

A look at the indie game phenomenon.

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.