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 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

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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

Microsoft Has Bought Minecraft for Huge Amount

The deal has been rumoured for a while and now it has become a reality. Microsoft have bought Minecraft maker Mojang along with all of their intellectual properties, in what can only be described as a mega deal. The deal has been finalised and Microsoft ended up paying $2.5 billion.

Microsoft doesn’t plan to make big changes to the game or limit the platform availability, so there shouldn’t be any future problems in that area, something many users had been worried about. Notch made the decision to sell because the company had grown to big and so had the following responsibility for him. Markus ‘Notch’ Persson along with the Mojang co-founders Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér will be leaving the company with no indication on what any of them will be doing next. Beyond that, the “vast majority” of Mojang employees are expected to remain with the company.

 “He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance,” Owen Hill said in a blog post on their site. “Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang.”

Minecraft adds diversity to Microsoft’s game portfolio and helps them reach more gamers across multiple platforms, said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. Gaming is the top activity across devices and they see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and generally nurture the franchise. That is why Microsoft plans to continue to make Minecraft available across all platforms. Further, Microsoft intends to bring back the Minecon convention next year; something that should make the fans happy.

“We’re excited to welcome Mojang to the Microsoft family and we are thrilled to support the success and longevity of Minecraft for years to come,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer.

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Thank you Microsoft and Mojang for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of Microsoft and Mojang

Latest Minecraft Patch Is Here, Took Almost a Year to Develop

With over 300 days development time to its name, the Minecraft Version 1.8 patch is finally here, bringing with it a wide range of updates and improvements to the PC edition of the massively popular title.

The new update includes everything from new block types such as Prismarine and Sea Lanterns, right up to full underwater Ocean Monument dungeon types and their associated Guardians and Enter Guardians enemy spawns. Six new types of dirt and stone have been added, as well as Banners to help you better decorate your world. You’ll also find rabbits in the world, including a rare Killer Bunny variant.

The biggest changes are to the game engine, such as the new block renderer system, a new spectator mode, support for more detailed player skins and a whole lot more.

  • Added Granite, Andesite, and Diorite stone blocks, with smooth versions
  • Added Slime Block
  • Added Iron Trapdoor
  • Added Prismarine and Sea Lantern blocks
  • Added the Ocean Monument
  • Added Red Sandstone
  • Added Banners
  • Added Armor Stands
  • Added Coarse Dirt (dirt where grass won’t grow)
  • Added Guardian mobs, with item drops
  • Added Endermite mob
  • Added Rabbits, with item drops
  • Added Mutton and Cooked Mutton
  • Villagers will harvest crops and plant new ones
  • Mossy Cobblestone and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Chiseled Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Doors and fences now come in all wood type variants
  • Sponge block has regained its water-absorbing ability and becomes wet
  • Added a spectator game mode (game mode 3)
  • Added one new achievement
  • Added “Customized” world type
  • Added hidden “Debug Mode” world type
  • Worlds can now have a world barrier
  • Added @e target selector for Command Blocks
  • Added /blockdata command
  • Added /clone command
  • Added /execute command
  • Added /fill command
  • Added /particle command
  • Added /testforblocks command
  • Added /title command
  • Added /trigger command
  • Added /worldborder command
  • Added /stats command
  • Containers can be locked in custom maps by using the “Lock” data tag
  • Added logAdminCommands, showDeathMessages, reducedDebugInfo, sendCommandFeedback, and randomTickSpeed game rules
  • Added three new statistics
  • Player skins can now have double layers across the whole model, and left/right arms/legs can be edited independently
  • Added a new player model with smaller arms, and a new player skin called Alex?
  • Added options for configuring what pieces of the skin that are visible
  • Blocks can now have custom visual variations in the resource packs
  • Minecraft Realms now has an activity chart, so you can see who has been online
  • Minecraft Realms now lets you upload your maps
  • Difficulty setting is saved per world, and can be locked if wanted
  • Enchanting has been redone, now costs lapis lazuli in addition to enchantment levels
  • Villager trading has been rebalanced
  • Anvil repairing has been rebalanced
  • Considerable faster client-side performance
  • Max render distance has been increased to 32 chunks (512 blocks)
  • Adventure mode now prevents you from destroying blocks, unless your items have the CanDestroy data tag
  • Resource packs can now also define the shape of blocks and items, and not just their textures
  • Scoreboards have been given a lot of new features
  • Tweaked the F3 debug screen
  • Block ID numbers (such as 1 for stone), are being replaced by ID names (such as minecraft:stone)
  • Server list has been improved
  • A few minor changes to village and temple generation
  • Mob heads for players now show both skin layers
  • Buttons can now be placed on the ceiling
  • Lots and lots of other changes
  • LOTS AND LOTS of other changes
  • Removed Herobrine

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Eurogamer.

Functional Hard Drive and CPU Created In Minecraft!

I’ve seen some pretty impressive stuff created in Minecraft, but the level some people are willing to go to for the sake of showing off is beyond my level of understanding. I’m not 100% sure these creations are new, or if they’ve been shown off before, but that doesn’t make them any less impressive.

What we have here is a working 4kb hard drive platter created in Vanilla Minecraft. There are 256 platter positions, each cable of storing up to 16 bits of data and are capable of rotating in both directions, each featuring read and write heads on the right side.

The data is run through a I/O to the CPU bus.

The I/O buffer and selector.

Then the HDD controller.

Automatically seeks to desired position, with multiple speeds also selects shortest path for rotation direction.

Then there is the addressing platter (8 bit).

This section queries the current address.

Query a bit state, 1 result.

query a bit state, 0 result.

Read / Write head.

Read / Write head side view.

Zoom out and you can see an overview of the 16 bit CPU, as well as some Nyan cats and other madness going on. One thing is for certain, this is a gargantuan series of gates, switches and read and write blocks capable of replicating a basic CPU and hard drive which can calculate basic data, store it and read back the results… absolutely, freaking, bonkers! Yet none the less impressive!

This isn’t even the only hard drive created in Minecraft, check out this similar concept, albeit one with different construction style which can store 1kb of data. This one even comes with .gif on how the thing works, and you can check out the full gallery here.

Thank you The0jj for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of The0jj

Minecraft Pocket Edition Gets Massive Update

Majong owned gaming sensation Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE) has been given a massive overhaul that will bring the mobile experience more in line with the desktop offering. The update packs loads more content into the mobile game by adding infinite worlds, caves, new blocks, wolves and a whole lot more.

This will no doubt please my son who is constantly pestering to play on my rig as the PE edition on the tablet is a little more limited, but this will obviously change much  of that and give people a LOT more to explore when playing on their phone or tablet. The addition of new biomes that have been taken from the PC release, as well as new mobs and items may even be enough to tempt me away from the desktop release for a while.

Changelog

  • Infinite worlds
  • Caves
  • Loads of new blocks and items including Monster Eggs and huge mushroom blocks.
  • Wolves! Tame a loyal companion.
  • Loads of new flowers! So pretty.
  • New mobs, including the spooky endermen and less spooky Mooshrooms.
  • New biomes from the PC version, including mesas, jungles, swamps and extreme hills.
  • Abandoned mineshafts, villages, and many other cool places to explore.
  • A brand-new “interaction” button. Never accidentally punch a sheep again!
  • New feature generation, including lakes, vines and monster rooms.
  • Many bugs fixed, and possibly a few added.

Pocket edition is available from the Play Store for just $6.99, much cheaper than the desktop edition. If you’ve already got the mobile app, then its as simple as updating, but if you’ve yet to pick up your pickaxe and begin your adventure, now is easily the best time to get started.

Thank you Android Authority for providing us with this information.

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Minecraft Console Sales Have Now Surpassed PC Sales

Minecraft developer Mojang has revealed more sales figures about their infamous gaming title. For the first time the console version of Minecraft has been able to overtake sales of the PC & Mac versions, this has been driven by the huge popularity of the title on the Xbox 360 console among younger gamers. Indeed for most people it may well be said that the Xbox 360 version is a lot more accessible than the PC equivalent. Combining sales on all platforms Minecraft has nearly reached 54 million sales. The way those 54 million sales break-down across all the platforms of Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac, iOS and Android is not fully known. However, we have heard that as of April the Xbox 360 version had sold 12 million copies. With PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PS Vita versions of Minecraft coming later this summer Minecraft looks set to continue its sales surge. The Mojang studios, who develop the Minecraft title, made a staggering $326 million last year.

Source: Gamespot

Image #1 courtesy of Mojang, Image #2 courtesy of RevolutionAlfa

Mojang Releases Beta For Scrolls Game

If you’re a fan of Minecraft then you are likely familiar with Mojang. Mojang has released a beta copy of their newest game Scrolls. Though I haven’t had a chance to check out the beta yet, you are able to buy into the beta, depending on your region, it will be priced differently because of currency conversions, £12.95/€14.95/$20.95. The price for the beta is a reduced price, as it was with their game Minecraft which went up slightly when it was released as a complete game. All updates will be free to beta users.

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If you are curious as to what you will receive from buying your way into the beta,

  • Access to the Store: which will allow you to use gold or shards the real-money currency to purchase extra scrolls, giving you a competitive edge.
  • The Deck Builder: Decks must contain at least 50 scrolls, with no more than three of the same type. Giving you the ability to mix factions how you wish.
  • Trading: You are able to play with and meet fellow players or “Scrolldiers” to get your hands with the trading function, giving you the chance to trade for some of the rarest scrolls quickly! The Trading area will be a room specially designed for players to chat and trade scrolls.
  • Trials: With 25 different trials in the game, allowing players to learn about different strategies, completing each one will be a challenge and not all players will be able to easily accomplish the trials. Each trial will give you gold which you are able to spend in the store, up to 9,400 gold is up for grabs.
  • Quick Matches: Giving you the option to play single player or multiplayer, also you can play against the A.I. which would allow you to meticulously plot each move as the A.I. does not give you a time limit to move. Each match will reward you with gold.
  • Challenge Matches: Each day you are able to challenge five players logged into scrolls to gain gold.
  • Ranked Matches: Each match you play will calculate the different scrolldiers that you will play against, as you get better you will gain great amounts of gold, for the elite competitive players.
  • Profile: You will get a customizable profile where you’re able to customize your avatar, and view your statistics and others by visiting their profiles.

There are few Digital Trading Card Games. Will they have much competition in the gaming market when Blizzard releases their DTCG, Hearthstone later this year?

Original image from Scrolls.com

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Minecraft Sells 10 Million Copies, Becomes 7th All Time Best Selling PC Game

Minecraft is an incredibly unique game and an indie sensation compared to what we normally see in the gaming market. The Java-based game has sold a whopping 10 million copies on the PC according to Mojang customer support manager Marc Watson. This 10 million milestone includes PC, Mac and Linux only and the 10 million marker makes it the seventh best selling PC game of all time.

If you consider sales on other platforms then the figure is clearly much higher. The Minecraft game is available on PC, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android and Xbox 360. Back in January of this year the developer for the Xbox 360 version of the game stated sales were at six million in January and another developer Jens Bergensten said that total sales across all platforms was 20 million in January.

As part of something Bergensten promised to fans, when the game reached 10 million sales on PC he stated he would release a subtle hint about something being released in the next patch. Well the hint wasn’t so subtle, but we are pretty sure it will be a horse. Mojang’s most recent update, version 1.5 known as redstone, was released less than a month ago and included 120 changes to the game including a light sensor that activates objects based on the time of day and a new texture pack to improve the overall look of the game.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the official Minecraft film, you can see the trailer below. The film is available to purchase but the Minecraft producers have uploaded it to the Pirate Bay for users to access for free.

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