David and Toby learn Mandarin for this week's news! MCPE Dev builds, over 1.4 million players online? Are these statements even connected? Kinda!
American comedy show host Conan O'Brien was hoping to do an entire episode of his show inside Minecraft - not unlike MineTV, if anyone remembers - and while that particular idea didn't get off of the ground, we still got an amusing short of what the show might have looked like inside the game. Could you imagine an entire TV show done inside Minecraft? It's certainly possible, as we have seen in the past, but to see it live on TV would be another thing entirely.
Today, Mojang released a statement about Minecraft servers, amidst some apparent confusion among some users about what, exactly, was up with servers, as they pertain to Mojang specifically.Quote from Owen
There are many different types of servers, and we love almost all of them
Apart from Minecraft Realms (which is another way for players to enjoy a persistent world with friends), no servers are owned or run by us. They are independent and set up by many different types of people for many different reasons. Some are set up by fans of the game so they can play with their friends and family, some are created to make money, some are weird social experiments that we don’t really understand.
Many third-party Minecraft servers give our players innovative and interesting ways to play. And we’re thankful that they exist. Without them, Minecraft wouldn’t be as successful or diverse as it is today.
We’re not responsible for the way servers are operated
Having freedom to create awesome things and express yourself without boundaries is one of the things that makes Minecraft so great, but it can lead to content that some may deem inappropriate, or in people doing things we’re not too keen on. We’re not responsible for the content on third party servers.
We’re also not responsible for the way these servers take payments or store users’ credentials online. Just like making a purchase anywhere on the internet, it’s extremely important that you trust whoever you’re dealing with (in this case, a server host) before you hand over personal details or credit card information.
The internet can be a crazy place
It’s the responsibility of individual users or (in many cases) their parents / guardians, to track what Minecraft content is appropriate for specific users. That said, unmodded Minecraft for PC/Mac, the console versions, and Minecraft: Realms are our responsibility. We do our best to provide a safe, secure experience and keep things as fun as possible.
One big question that came up often during the Microsoft/Mojang acquisition was, "why spend 2 billion dollars on Minecraft?" From a business perspective, it certainly seemed odd from the outside - the game is certainly popular, but is it that popular? Apparently so - from October to December 2014 (a quarter), first-party game earnings went up by $171 million, much of which is thought to be attributed to Minecraft sales. Keep in mind, this is just over a 3-month period. Could you imagine how high that could go in one year? A sound investment, indeed!
Between its massive success on nearly every platform on Earth, and its eventual inclusion in HoloLens, Minecraft not only isn't slowing down - it's only getting bigger. 2015 will be a good year for the game!
Beyond Earth is the latest installment in the Civilizations turn-based tactical franchise, featuring mankind's journey to a new (mostly random) planet, settling it, then blowing up everyone else who landed. Or trading with them.
Anyway, the game came with a trailer before launch, as most modern games do, and Deathwind31 took that trailer, made it Minecrafty, and released it for all to see. What do you think?
Recently, there was a big scare about a ton of Minecraft passwords being leaked, but it was confirmed on Mojang's end as a false rumor. Going more into detail, Mojang's Owen Hill explains:Quote from Owen Hill
Have you been hacked? What’s going on, Moj?
No! We haven’t been hacked. A bunch of bad people have tricked some of our users into disclosing their account information. We’ve emailed everyone affected, and reset all compromised passwords. If you haven’t received an email from us, you don’t need to worry.
No-one has gained access to the Mojang mainframe. Even if they did, we store your passwords in a super encrypted format. Honestly, you don’t need to panic.
So how did they get the info? You were hacked, weren’t you?
No – we weren’t hacked. The bad people got their hands on other people’s passwords by using an evil technique called “phishing.” That basically means they pretend to be Mojang and fool people into entering their private details onto fake websites.
What can I learn from this?
You should never, ever, enter your Mojang account details on websites that aren’t owned by us. It’s good practice to use different passwords for each of your internet logins too. That way, if someone does get hold of one password, they won’t get access to your other stuff.
I’d still like to reset my Mojang password. Just to be safe
Fair enough. You sound like a sensible one. Here’s a link. If you have any other support issues, help.mojang.com is your friend.
Anyone who didn't receive an email about their password probably shouldn't be concerned, but feel free to change it anyway, just in case. Having a secure password is never a bad thing!
David and Toby build a space station just to broadcast this week's news! HoloLens info, tidbits on the Ender Dragon update, and more await. Have a good weekend, and keep your hands off of my cookies!
What sort of ender dragon changes? According to Dinnerbone, Mojang wants to rework the ender dragon fight to be more in line with the console version of Minecraft, plus some extra, secret goodies Dinnerbone has not yet revealed...
Already killed the dragon in your world? Not a problem! With 1.9, the dragon will be killable again, though it will not reset your End, so no worries there.
The End is near! ...well okay, it's already here, but it's improving soon!
As to Minecon, there was a bit of a stir when, last year, instead of Minecon, there was an announcement for Microsoft's buyout of Mojang. To those worried about Minecon being gone forever, worry no more! News is on the horizon, it's positive, and it's coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled!
Microsoft's Windows 10 event had one thing which really jumped out - a gadget called HoloLens, a visor you put on that sticks holographic images in your field of view. Among its other demonstrated uses, one of the cooler things shown off was the ability to stick Minecraft in your environment, and have it be interactable, not just a set-piece! Could you imagine that, being able to build Minecraft sets in your living room, school, or job? I would've killed for something like this as a kid, because you can utterly wreck your house with Minecraft, without actually wrecking anything!
Not a lot of details are out yet, but the real-time demo was very promising. What would you do with this, if you had it?
Rahkwal is no stranger to Minecraft animations, having previously created the "Meet the Soldier" video. Today, we present you his latest offering: a recreation of the Team Fortress 2 short film, "Meet the Spy"!