Minecraft Command Blocks Coming to Mobile and Windows 10

Minecraft is a popular block-based game, featuring everything from building a little house to designing a giant industry. With the desktop version featuring a variety of features beyond what Minecraft for mobile and Windows 10 offer, people are often left waiting for more. Some of those additional features will soon be coming to mobile and Windows 10.

One of the additional features that will soon be coming to Minecraft includes command blocks. Command blocks let you perform a variety of abilities, from changing the weather to teleporting all with a forward slash from the chat window and a little programming experience.

Players on the desktop version enjoy the flexibility to include custom mods to their gaming experience, yet another one of the features that will soon come to the mobile versions of Minecraft. With schools looking forward to the creation of Microsoft Edu, a version of the game built for schools to help teach everything from teamwork to programming, the ability to add mods and additional content to their versions could let you go from teaching programming to simulating chemical reactions or exploring ancient civilizations all from the classroom.

Do you play Minecraft? What platform do you play the game on and do you play it with any mods? Share with us your biggest creation in the comments below.

Minecrafts Next Update Is A Combat Upgrade

Minecraft is a popular game, with people building everything from a castle to a self-farming industry with everything from lasers to spells. One thing that has barely changed since the game was released was the combat, with every player dashing around with sword and shield dodging the other players bows. This is all set to change in Minecraft 1.9, the combat upgrade.

Designed to shake up Minecraft combat system, weapons will be getting specific special attacks, a cooldown delay between each swing of a weapon and duel weaponry. Alongside the close-quarters combat, new shields and special arrows will force you to switch up your combat with every battle.

Other changes include The End being extended and the infamous Ender Dragon now being able to return to the world of the living to strike at you once again. Beware, a new mob, the Shulker, joins the battle alongside the skeleton riders, all looking to make you fight harder for greater rewards in a game that were seen as a builders fantasy.

Do you play Minecraft? Are you a creative player, building castles in the sky or someone who likes to hunt down the undead and creepers as they let out their final hiss? Did the combat need updating and if so, what do you want to see updated next?

Minecraft Update Brings More Features to Windows 10 & Pocket Edition

When it was released people couldn’t stop talking about it, while the graphics were done in blocks Minecraft’s simple graphics has done nothing but focus people’s attention on the options and gameplay choices. With versions for every console, including the Wii U, and people creating everything from houses to working mobile phones, it’s no surprise that when Microsoft brought out the game, they wanted to keep expanding on it. The latest update sees just that for the Windows 10 Beta and Pocket Edition.

Titled the “Overworld” update, everything from new visual updates to new gameplay choices have been added. Amongst this list, you can create some of the more advanced Redstone components, from creating repeaters and dispensers to trapped chests (for all those ‘visitors’ to your house). If you go near a swamp be warned as the spooky witches will now be there protecting their cauldrons, containing all kinds of randomly generated potion’s.

Microsoft seems keen to expand on the already popular game, with the release of an “educational edition” this summer. I haven’t played the game in a while and was thinking of booting up the server again at some point, but what do you all think? Has Minecraft had its time? Are you still playing the game and if so do you think the updates are enough to keep people interested or are the mods people create more useful when you want to find something new to do?

Youtuber Uses Minecraft to Prey on Underage Fans

The internet is a wide and wonderful place, being able to play games with people all over the world and listen to music at the press of a button the ability to communicate and share your experience with the world is just a moment away. Sadly though, some people seek to use this ability for less than honourable reasons, as shown by a recent Youtuber who tweeted out inappropriate images of a fan.

The act of streaming of your gaming experience and sharing it, sometimes even in the game, with fans from around the world, is not rare these days with many people making a life out of the activity. Marcus Wilton, who went by LionMaker, is a streamer based in Belgium who often streamed he popular block-based game, Minecraft. He has made up an audience of over 600,000 subscribers, many of whom are young teens or even pre-teen in age.

It now appears that he used that position to have inappropriate conversations and obtain indecent images of people, including trying to obtain an image of a 12-year-old via Skype and a 16-year-old girl and that’s believed to be the tip of the iceberg.

In defence of himself, Wilton claims that he was hacked on several occasions including on the 21st December when pictures of the 16-year-old girl in question were posted via his twitter feed. This has yet to be independently confirmed, but a third girl has come forward stating that she was offered $500 for images of herself, with the money being transferred through PayPal even when the offer was refused.

We at eTeknix would like to remind everyone to be safe online, be mindful of the images and details you share with people online and if you ever suspect something or receive messages that upset you, then contact a family member and report the messages, be they received by Skype, Facebook or any other method for that matter. If you receive the messages by text or a phone call then contact your service provider and report the offending number immediately.

Fictional Weapons Come To Life As Boomerangs

You load up that new game or sit down to the latest movie and suddenly all you notice is the high-tech gadgets and weapons they seem to pull out of every nook and crevice. From Batmans Batarang to the pickaxe from Minecraft, you’ve seen them all. You’ve never seen them in real life, which is about to change as Victor Poulin has created a series of fictional weapons as boomerangs.

Poulin is from the group Boomerangs by Vic. Not only did he dream it but he has created not just one or two but six boomerangs based on film and video game weapons. If that wasn’t cool enough, he has a little video to show you that no only do they look awesome they also all work.

From the Batarang to the Pickaxe Poulin has used “the best 10inch birch on the market” to create six weapons that if someone throws at you, you should really have started running away a long time ago.

Showing honour to not only the classic boomerang designs, like Sokka’s boomerang from Avatar the Last Airbender but the more uniquely shaped weapons like Minecraft’s pickaxe and even the tomahawk from Black Op’s 2 Zombies.

I know that if push ever comes to shove, these weapons are something I’d rather be using than facing. If you could see one weapon from a video game or movie come alive as a boomerang, what would you choose?

Minecraft is Coming to The Wii U on December 17th

Minecraft provides a canvass to allow people’s creativity to flourish in a thoroughly addictive manner. Its success has been helped by YouTube tutorial videos and made some of these video makers quite wealthy. On another note, Minecraft can be used in schools as an educational tool. Over the past few years, Minecraft has been released on a number of platforms including PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 3. In a rather unsurprising move, Minecraft is heading its way onto the Wii U and features multiple add-on packs by default. Not only that, the game utilizes off-TV play, so players can keep their creations going on the screen of the Wii U GamePad controller if another family member wants to watch something else on TV. Nintendo and Mojang are working together to bring a wide array of exclusive Wii U content in the future.

Here is a complete rundown of the bundled packs:

Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
Natural Texture Pack
City Texture Pack
Fantasy Texture Pack
Festive Mash-up Pack

The company will offer a huge array of optional DLC packs including:

1. Festive Skin Pack
2. The Simpsons Skin Pack
3. Doctor Who Skins Volume 1
4. Doctor Who Skins Volume 2
5. Star Wars Classic Skin Pack
6. Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack
7. Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack
8. Mass Effect Mash-up Pack
9. Skyrim Mash-up Pack
10. Plastic Texture Pack
11. Candy Texture Pack
12. Cartoon Texture Pack
13. Steampunk Texture Pack
14. Pattern Texture Pack
15. Greek Mythology Mash-up Pack
16. Halloween 2015 Mash-up Pack

This is great news for Wii U owners, but it’s not a major revelation as most people already own the game on at least one platform. Nevertheless, the Wii U gamepad’s touch screen interface might enhance the tactile experience and make it more enjoyable for children.

Guy Builds a Mobile Phone in Minecraft That Can Make Real Video Calls

One of the biggest YouTube successes of recent years has built a working mobile (or cell) phone in Minecraft that can actually call other players in-game. Jordan Maron, otherwise known by his YouTube handle CaptainSparklez, can use his phone to browse the internet (kind of, in a blocky, Minecraft style) and make audio or video calls.

23-year-old CaptainSparklez quit college to become a full-time YouTuber and Twitch streamer and, with his 8.75 million YouTube subscribers and 1.6 billion video views, is so successful that he recently purchased a $4.5 million mansion, and recently made the move into producing games through his company Xreal.

The idea for the Minecraft phone was not CaptainSparklez’s alone, though. He was approached by phone carrier Verizon to effectively produce an ad for them, which led to the video below. While the sponsorship angle may tarnish the concept for some, its execution is still mightily impressive.

“In the world of Minecraft, almost everything is made of blocks,” CaptainSparklez said. “We’ve created a web application, Boxel, that translates real web pages and streaming video into blocks so they can be built on a Minecraft server in real time. Our server plugin uses Boxel-client to handle the communication between Minecraft and the real world as translated by the web application.”

Episode One of Minecraft: Story Mode Out for Android and iOS

Following its release on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC last week, the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode is now available on Android and iOS platforms. Minecraft: Story Mode, developed by serial adventure game makers Telltale Games and published by Mojang, follows Jesse, the game’s customisable, gender-flexible character, as he/she ventures across the Overworld, accompanied by a party of friends, to thwart an evil monster.

Episode One, “The Order of the Stone”, operates much the same as Telltale’s previous games – which include the critically-lauded The Walking Dead, Borderlands spin-off Tales From the Borderlands, Game of Thrones, based on the popular HBO TV show, and Back to the Future: The Game, set for a re-release to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary – challenging the player to light adventure game-style puzzles, quick-time events, and dialogue choices, allowing the player to shape the story akin to a “choose-your-own-adventure” book.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode One, “The Order of the Stone” is available for Android and iOS, priced £3.92/£3.99, respectively. The game is also available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, either as separate episodes or a season pass, priced £24.99 on Xbox One and Playstation 4, £19.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and £18.99 on Steam for PC and Mac.

Minecraft Streamer Purchases House For $4.5 Million

Many human beings outside the gaming stratosphere often make derisive comments and perceive the art-form as a waste of time or childish. Clearly, these ignorant comments are absolutely absurd but becoming less common given the financial success of many gaming personalities. For example, YouTube personality Jordan “CaptainSparklez” Maron has recently purchased a property for an eye-watering $4.5 million. His channel contains a great deal of Minecraft videos and has amassed over 8.8 million subscribers. Interestingly, the house is within walking distance of Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft.

It’s unbelievable to think making gaming videos on the internet can result in such a vast sum of money. Whether the financial freedom comes from ad-revenue, sponsorship or a combination of both, you have to acknowledge the monetary success of huge YouTubers. Some critics might argue it’s not a “real job” but I’m not aware of anything else which pays so well if you’re successful or lucky enough. Clearly, Minecraft’s popularity revolves around video-content and user-created videos. Despite this unreal situation, I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as a YouTube celebrity given the over-saturated market. We’re almost at a stage where everyone is producing let’s play content which makes it impossible to stand out.

Who is your favourite YouTube personality?

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information. 

Minecraft Being Used to Recruit Cybersecurity Talent

The UK Government has teamed up with Cyber Security Challenge UK to find fresh talent for the cybersecurity industry, using sandbox building game Minecraft as its recruitment tool. Players who manage to get the better competitions and cipher-based challenges within the custom-built Cyphinx skyscraper within Minecraft could earn themselves a “£100,000” career as a “cyber-professional”.

The UK Cabinet Office is backing the scheme, which aims to create an environment to not only find fresh cybersecurity flair, but also engage with those who are already interested in such a career, putting potential employees in touch with noted cybersecurity firms.

“Amidst the chronic shortage of cyber-professionals, there is a wealth of talent which is still untapped,” Stephanie Daman, head of the Cyber Security Challenge, said. “This is the next logical step to inspire an audience who may not yet even know that cyber is the career for them.”

“Historically we’ve seen a shortfall of interest in cybersecurity due to a lack of understanding of the job,” Dr. Guy Bunker of security firm Clearswift, which is also involved in the initiative, added. “This new world allows the industry to inspire young people to enter the field, showing them how to become valuable players in a game that’s ever-changing.”

Thank you The Next Web and BBC News for providing us with this information.

Minecraft Creator “Notch” Tweets a Less Than Happy Circumstances

Success is a concept which many of us can relate to, building a company from scratch before selling it for a price tag of $2.5 billion, now that is unique. Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, founder of Minecraft creator Mojang has shared his thoughts on Twitter regarding how his life has evolved after selling up to Microsoft.

So, he must be enjoying his life right? Not as much as you might think as it turns out, one Tweet which is below outlines his predicament.

Followed by this

https://twitter.com/notch/status/637563038258868224

If that does not cheer you up, this Tweet won’t either

Does he like his former work environment? Erm

This sounds to be a person who did not have a plan once he left Mojang but rather self-defeated, long-term successful entrepreneurs always envisage the next venture, what will be next? How do I make it happen? To say that there is no reason to “keep trying” is an individual missing a huge opportunity, he has a big check book in order to constructively invest in many an avenue.

The appearance of wealth and fame isolates individuals to a point, there have been many a report of a celebrity spiralling out of control, but, the human being works at its best when it has routine, something to work towards and to plan your day around. Relaxing on a beach with “famous people” is fun at first, but it does not occupy a mind. Therefore, the more you party, the more you dip into self-loathing and concentrate on your regrets and problems.

This following paragraph may sound as if I am simplifying his next tweet too much, to paraphrase his statement, he mentions that he “met a great girl, but she went with someone else” Well, if that is the case then I guess it was not the right relationship and something did not click. If someone likes you then it should be for you, not someone’s money, not their lifestyle, not how many cars they have, but you. If two people want to know each other purely on financial means, then that is not what true love is, but a polluted bought notion of it.

Oscar Wilde coined a famous phrase, “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” Markus ‘Notch’ Persson is caught in this paradox; a huge wealth is not all you need but direction, motivation and also who you have around you.

Thank you markus persson twitter account for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of gamespot

Incredible Deep Sea Wonderland Constructed In Minecraft

Looking at this is satisfying, incredible and fantastically creative, oh right, need to explain it first. You know the game building phenomenon that is Minecraft, where players have the freedom to create epic structures’ and worlds, well a team of nine expert players have constructed a “deep sea” world which is in a league of its own.

Check out the images of this stunning world! As you can see, the first image is what looks to be an open undersea world, it reminds me of an environment akin to Bioshock where it is possible to roam the landscape.  The colours are vibrant, exciting and helps to draw your eye with the aim to immerse yourself in the world.

This image below does remind me of a lit city at night, the intricate detail looks as if a major gaming studio has published this as a standalone title.  The creators explained that ” the concept behind this project was exploring the parallels of Deep Space and Deep Sea, although Space is considered as mankind’s final frontier, even today much of the deep ocean is a mystery to us and host to creatures just as alien as those we might imagine on other planets.”

This is compelling as it allows the designers to create a world which lies in the imagination instead of being restricted by known facts. A mind can be polluted by the notion of reality, if we don’t know what lies within many of the deepest parts of the ocean, it allows the free range to design.

This image looks like Coral you would find at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, yes I know, tangent time, whoever’s idea it was to initially allow dumping of waste into this magnificent part of the world needs to be constructively fired from a cannon.

Last image and this one below reminds me of Tetris, don’t know why but it does, it looks as if coral from thousands of years has built up to form this underwater world.  This creation should be a wake up call to lazy but professional developers, if nine people can create this, why are there not more original concepts instead of the generic war and sport simulators.

If you like this project and would enjoy seeing it in action, then you can by downloading the project links on Planet Minecraft. Creativity at its best, there you go David Cameron, teach this to children instead of the generic, the Internet is evil and bad for you.

Parts Of The UK Recreated In Minecraft By Geologists

For many years computer games have been viewed as mindless entertainment and have not received the recognition they have deserved, then games companies hit the mainstream with success stories which catapulted the genre and allowed increased revenue onto new heights. Now the games industry is being used as a tool for learning within surprising new quarters, with the news that hugely popular game Minecraft has been adapted by government backed-British Geological Survey.

By using the Ordnance topographic maps and the British Geological Surveys own data about what lies beneath the surface, this has allowed West Thurrock, York and Ingleborough to be re-created using this technique. To achieve even greater authenticity, the Geological Survey team used blocks which best resembled the ‘real’ geology. The factors which influenced this decision were based on colour, texture and hardness, for the three-dimensional models, they decided to use glass blocks which implemented the texture of their traditional geology map colours.

It’s fascinating and yes I do have a life, to view what for example, the city of York, images below looks like with Geology before the topography is overlaid onto the map. The team have also developed models which include the key map features above ground, such as roads and buildings, the player or explorer has the ability to roam the landscape.

The website also supplies full instructions of how to download and explore all three locations, yes it may not be GTA, but it will certainly attract new audiences to the work of these projects with the aim to garner interest in Geology for today’s tech world. This will not be headline grabbing and you probably won’t see many traditional news outlets covering this story, as the media would rather paint gamers as level 5 shooters in public places.

Thank You British Geological Survey for providing us with this fascinating information

Check Out Microsoft HoloLens’ Limited Field of View Yourself

When Microsoft first introduced the production version of HoloLens, the biggest complaint from those who had previously used the prototype was the limited field of view. Microsoft has been loath to address the issue, but the HoloLens is now too far along to leave this issue out. The latest video featuring the HoloLens finally lets the rest of us see just how limited the field of view is and it is simply night and day compared to the marketing material.

Take for instance the following image. It shows a large and expansive view of the human heart. This is pretty much in line with what we’ve seen with past HoloLens material. However, this is once again a third person view.

 

Once you move into first person view though, you can clearly see the limits of the field of vision. Compared to the third person view, the user sees only a fraction of the virtual space. As those who’ve tried the HoloLens say, the virtual view really is more like a small window or box, rather than something that fills one’s vision.

Given the limited field of vision, it raises the question of how well HoloLens will work for things like Minecraft and other games. Education and other activities like telepresence can deal with the limits, but gaming requires something more. A limited field of vision means gamers won’t be able to take in the whole environment and might get blindsided by enemies. Some gamers already tweak the field of vision in games to get the drop on their opponents. HoloLens, therefore, may only have a niche role in gaming until the field of vision is improved.

Nevertheless, Microsoft’s HoloLens still is really impressive for what it has accomplished and it will be interesting to see more applications for this technology. Be sure to check out the video below and 0:48, 0:58, 1:23, 1:38, and 1:42 for the parts where for the limited field of view is shown.

Images Courtesy of Polygon

Minecraft’s 1.9 Update Brings a Lot of New Features to the Title

Minecraft’s 1.9 Update has been recently revealed at MineCon in London, bringing a lot of changes and new features to the title. Dubbed ‘The Combat Update’, it adds a lot of changes to the combat system and some other new cool items such as shields.

One of the main combat features highlighted in the update is the ability to dual-wield weapons. This ability apparently got everyone hyped, but who wouldn’t be, since the feature now adds support of holding different items in both your hands. Also, it is said if you hold a map in one hand while having something else in another, a new minimap will be displayed to aid you in navigation.

Shields are another addition to the title, having the ability to craft and customize their banners. However, no details were given out on what is required to craft or customize their banners.

Since we talked about crafting, it is worth pointing out that new potions were added as well, all with their own unique abilities, including potions that can be added on arrow tips. It is said that there are potions that help you mark and display enemies’ position, even behind walls, as well as other great potions that may aid you in your quests.

Lastly, the biggest overhaul comes with the patch is a new world named The End, adding a much dangerous and mysterious area for users to explore. An exclusive enemy added along with the world is a purple mob that can shoot fire missiles. The interesting bit is that if you get hit by one of the latter missiles, you begin to levitate.

Other things players will see in The End are corals, which players can use to create items, various islands to add alongside the main one, and a lot of dungeons for players to raid and get prepped for the Ender-Dragon.

Thank you PixelDynamo for providing us with this information

Teaching Resource Site For Minecraft?

Minecraft is a game where very little is ever the same. This means you can build a castle in one map with ease, but in the next building the Starship Enterprise is a lot easier. While attracting to a whole range of audiences, from the young to the creative, Minecraft has developed a large following amongst gamers, but this may soon expand as Microsoft are soon to launch a new website with a different focus.

Minecraft In Education is a plan that hopes to bring the talents that Minecraft reinforces to the classroom, enabling teachers to use the game as a teaching tool.

With the option for schools to purchase licenses for a whole classroom at a reduced price, history lessons could soon take place in Minecraft reconstructions of Egypt, while next door an Electronics class are working together to help fix a circuit. With the option to mod in new features the tool could become limitless, and Microsoft want to reinforce this by giving teachers a place where they can share and discuss their resources, lessons and ideas with others so that everyone can benefit from Minecraft.

Are you a Minecraft player? What do you think about being taught something though Minecraft? Should we be encouraging some of the skills games teach us more often?

Thank you Education Minecraft for the information.

Image courtesy of WallPaperUp.

Minecraft May Be the ‘Killer App’ for Microsoft’s HoloLens

While the hype is still going into virtual reality, we shift focus for a bit and try to look at what augmented reality has to bring too. Microsoft just demoed how its HoloLens gear deals with augmented reality and used Minecraft as a game example on stage at E3.

Though Minecraft first appeared in a HoloLens press release earlier this year, it did not look so appealing at first. However, Microsoft really outdid themselves when they did the E3 demo. It began on a virtual TV screen, which seemed pretty normal for a presentation. But it was not until someone dragged it onto the table that got everyone so excited.

If you know Minecraft, you sort of get the 3D Lego feeling when you work around its vast world. Now picture it on a table and interacting with it from above. Pretty amazing, huh? You may not have any idea how amazing it is until you watch the video below.

Though augmented reality may seem a bit locked into certain types of games, such as crafting, building and RTS in general, Microsoft did announce it already has a partnership with Oculus for future development. Also, Microsoft is working on bringing compatibility with the SteamVR as well, so we are bound to see a lot of potential in future games.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information

Minecraft Gets a Pip-Boy Gadget in New Post Apocalyptic Mod

A lot of hype has been going around with Bethesda’s new Fallout title. While fans eagerly await the official announcement of Fallout 4 and endlessly watch its newly released teaser trailer, you may also want to know that there is a new post-apocalyptic mod in the works for Minecraft that comes with a Pip-Boy. So if you want to get into the Fallout hype and are a Minecraft player, you may be interested in this new mod.

The mod, named Project Wasteland, received a video earlier this week. It showed what players would expect from it and how the Pip-Boy works in Minecraft’s world. From the looks of it, it really does seem pretty similar to Fallout’s version in terms of look and feel, as well as interaction.

There have been a few pics showing the mod’s post apocalyptic scenario, accompanied by a video that illustrates the day and night cycle of the environment. From my point of view, the mod really does have a lot of potential and strangely, by watching the video, it does make you feel more like in a Fallout game rather than in a Minecraft environment.

More detailed information about the mod is scarce at the moment, but its developers are bound to release more information soon. Maybe even before the official Fallout 4 announcement at E3. In the meantime, you can head on over to the mod’s forum page for more information. So what do you think? Will you give this mod a try?

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Dvnt

Monthly Minecraft Magazine Set for the UK

Who can deny it, Minecraft is possibly the biggest gaming phenomena of recent years; it started life on the PC and then moved its way to consoles and even smartphones. Since launch, it has sold well over 50 million copies of the game and over 100 million users.

Something that you tend not to see much in today’s media is printed articles, everything is now online where information and publishing is free. If you remember back to the late 90’s, almost every other magazine in the gaming section was a strategy guide; mostly Pokemon.

Mojang struck a deal with Dennis Publishing to produce a monthly magazine called Minecraft World. It will be the first regularly published magazine that is dedicated to Minecraft. The print run for the first issue is set at 45,000. Despite Dennis striking this deal and being allowed to use the official images and trademarks; the magazine will be an unofficial Minecraft product.

“Dennis Publishing will have the first unofficial Minecraft magazine on sale in the UK,” said Dharmesh Mistry, publisher of the title at Dennis. “There was a real gap in the market for a quality print magazine that could help children develop their game strategy”.

The magazine is set to be 52 pages long and cost £3.99. The target age will be aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, but who really takes notice in the age? If you’re interested in it, you will likely buy it. This will be available at most high street retailers.

Are you a Minecraft fan? I like to play every now and then, build my house and get bored when I can’t find any diamonds. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you to the guardian for providing us with this information.

Grand Theft Auto V Sales Went Through The Roof

All this Grand Theft Auto V hype was bound to bring something like this sooner or later, so the recent sales figures won’t be a surprise to anyone. But before revealing them, let’s have a look at the sales technique used for the recent title and the Grand Theft Auto IV title.

First and most importantly, the Grand Theft Auto brand has been around for enough time to get players’ appreciation. Therefore, you mix something that players know, add some extra features and improve the graphics and you got yourself something to sell.

Secondly, the developer seems to have taken a unique platform approach. I mean GTA IV and GTA V were released on consoles first and then re-released on the PC one year later, so the hype won’t go away, but rather increase again a year later.

Given the above, we know that GTA V sales figures for PS3 and Xbox 360 brought over a billion in revenue, having the PS4 an Xbox One bring a sizeable amount too. Once the PC version launched, it sold about a million copies in just the first day.

Taking all that into account, can you guess the total number of copies sold? No? Well, let me tell you then. Grand Theft Auto V sold more than 52 million copies to date and I think the number will increase in the following months.

What this means is that Grand Theft Auto V is now the 4th best-selling title of all time, just below Wii Sports, Tetris and Minecraft. Pretty cool, eh?

Thank you GearNuke for providing us with this information

Simpsons Intro Recreated in Minecraft is Full of Win!

Minecraft is a global sensation, although that’s hardly breaking news unless you’ve had your head buried in the ground for the last few years! The modding community for Minecraft is a productive bunch, creating everything from word processors, to an iPhone with apps, to the entirety of Denmark, oh and let’s not forget how rich it made its creator Notch.

There’s a joke about how the Simpsons has done everything already, but now it seems Minecraft has done everything, going as far as recreating the intro scene to the much-loved TV series, the Simpson.

While not as smoothly animated as the TV show, it no doubt took a lot of work to get this setup and put it together. So for those of you out there still tinkering away at the world of Minecraft, creating these marvelous things, thank you for being so awesome!

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Minecraft Diamonds Are 11 Times More Rare Than Real Ones

Minecraft players know how rare and extremely useful diamonds are in the game. They can be used to build the most durable tools and weapons. However, what few people know is that diamonds in the game are ridiculously scarcer than in real life.

An infographic from a metallurgy consulting firm shows that real diamonds form 0.02% to 0.18% of the Earth’s crust, while Minecraft gems have a ratio of 0.016% of the world.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Turkey Seeks to Ban Minecraft

After an investigation held by the Turkish Social Policies Ministry, it has now been confirmed that the country is seeking to ban the wildly popular sandbox phenomenon, Minecraft, on the grounds that the game is “too violent”. The news was broken by Turkish news outlets Hürriyet Daily News and LeaderGamer.

The Ministry’s report on Minecraft and its supposed violent content has been sent to the country’s legal affairs department, along with instruction to ban the game, but the decision rests in the hands of the Turkish courts.

The report reads (via Hürriyet Daily), “Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence.” Bizarrely, the report also claims that the Minecraft’s content would cause children “social isolation” and that the online function would result in internet bullying, which begs the question, why not just ban the internet, then?

In common with the rest of the world, Minecraft is huge in Turkey. One of the best-selling children’s books in Turkey last year was a Minecraft-related title.

Source: Kotaku

Witness the Most Complex Besiege Catapult Yet

The Besiege community is starting to rival that of Minecraft and Kerbal Space Program in terms of creative ingenuity, and David Mcl’s latest bomb delivery system is Rube Goldberg Machine-esque in its superfluous complexity. But is it too convoluted to function?

Watch the video to the end, the payoff is worth it!

Source: Kotaku

It Only Took One Tweet for Microsoft to Buy Minecraft

Minecraft has been one of the most successful games this decade and by far the most impressive startup. The creator, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, has now been honored for his accomplishments by a cover story in Forbes magazine. The article reveals a couple interesting things about Notch and among them, that it only took a single tweet from him for Microsoft to purchase his share of Mojang, the original company behind Minecraft.

Notch needed a change of scenery and on June 6th last year he tweeted that he felt exhausted, asking if anyone wanted his share of the company. It only took a couple of minutes before Microsoft was on the phone asking if he was being serious. Microsoft wasn’t the only one interested in the IP, other companies such as Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts also showed their interest.

The story isn’t all positive and Notch wasn’t happy how his after-Minecraft life was portrayed. There is the suggestion that he now spends his days running up $180,000 bar bills at Swedish nightclubs. Notch went to his favorite medium, Twitter, to deny this in a series of tweets.

He finished off with a remark to his fortune and that it would be seriously hard to party away more money than he makes just in interests.

Thanks to Forbes for providing us with this information

Minecraft Players Hit by Phishing Scam

Over one thousand Minecraft players have been hit by a phishing scam, Mojang has revealed. Mojang reset 1,800 user passwords after log-in details were posted online. All affected users have been notified by e-mail.

Owen Hill of Mojang posted on the company’s official blog that users had been fooled into entering their log-in details on web pages posing as genuine Mojang sites.

A spokesperson for Microsoft, owner of Mojang, told newspaper The Guardian, “We can confirm that no Mojang.net service was compromised and that normal industry procedures for dealing with situations like this were put in place to reset passwords for the small number of affected accounts.”

“When we discover lists of gamertags, usernames and passwords posted online, we take immediate action to protect our customers by reviewing for valid credentials and resetting account access when necessary.”

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

The Simpsons Are Coming to Minecraft on Xbox

Microsoft announced today that everybody’s favourite yellow family is coming to Minecraft. From late February the whole Simpsons family will be available alongside 19 other characters from the animated series as part of a downloadable skin pack.

“We have an active community of more than 14 million die-hard Minecraft fans on Xbox Live enjoying the wide range of downloadable content on Xbox, and they have been clamoring for us to bring Simpsons characters to the game,” – Xbox’s Phil Spencer.

The $1.99 pack will be available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in pretty much in the same way Doctor Who characters were back in October. This new deal and that previous one with the BBC, appears to be part of Microsoft’s efforts to get the most out of its $2.5 Billion purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang.

Source: The Verge