If you're a fan of FinsGraphics, a new series he has begun may catch your attention! "Survival Friday" is a new series which takes some hand-picked mods, and tries really, really hard not to die. Can they do it? Will they die on the first day? Only one way to find out!
David and Toby tap on the glass, to stir up the fish of news! PS4 disk version, new skins, and other goodies await. Have a great weekend!
Mojang's recent deal with Microsoft has left a lot of unanswered questions for the community. How will servers be affected? What about mods? Youtube videos? DLC, future updates, even Realms? Today, one question was definitively put to rest: the question about whether Youtubers would still be allowed to monetize their Minecraft videos, series, and parodies. Microsoft's Phil Spencer said it quite clearly:
This hopeful message shines a positive light on the future of the game, suggesting that Microsoft is both aware of what has made Minecraft so insanely popular, and willing to stay the course, to keep the game as it is, in a way everyone is familiar with. So, if you were holding off on uploading any more Minecraft Let's Plays, parodies, or anything else, wait no more!
Interested in trying your hand at making video games? Mojang and Oxeye are hosting an event you might be interested in: Cobalt Game Jam #1!
So what exactly is a game jam? A bunch of people have agreed to make a game within a set time limit. Some participants are streaming their progress too; it’s a great way to get instant feedback, and stay motivated. The Oxeye Game Jam is a casual affair; there’s no pressure or cost, but there is an extremely high chance of fun and increased knowledge. The jam finishes this Sunday at 12:00 CET.
Still interested in trying out, or maybe you would like to watch the current participants cook up their creations? Visit the Cobalt channel on Espernet, check out Daniels post on the Oxeye Blog, and watch and inspire these good people as they craft their own masterpieces:
As you know, bunnies were released with 1.8. BlueMonkey recently put together an animation highlighting their arrival to the game, and it will brighten up your Thursday. Enjoy!
Minecrafter RumbleCrumble has taken a stab at adding a new form of avian life to Minecraft, using only vanilla parts, and command blocks! These colorful little guys will flutter about, hop along the ground, and even spook if you get too close. What do you think about them?
Looking for a new, massive adventure map? The guys over at the Dead Worker's Party were too, and they found a good one - the Mystery of the Timekeeper! Join Brent Copeland, Guude, Afromunkee, and ExtremeBeyond! Join our heroes as they delve into the mystery of the Timekeeper...I don't want to spoil it!
Update 10:44am EDT - Check out Microsoft's Blog and video on the buyout.
Update 1:00 EDT - Regular Snapshots and updates will continue as usual!
Update 11:00 EDT - Thin arms are now available for all characters! If you want to change yours, visit your profile, and make your changes!
[Official] Microsoft has Bought Mojang
You can also read the blog posts on the official Mojang site. Below the quote you can find a message from Notch posted on his personal blog.
Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.
It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. <3
Please remember that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be that.
We can only share so much information right now, but we’ve decided that being as honest as possible is the best approach. We’re still working a lot of this stuff out. Mega-deals are serious business.
Why did you sell Minecraft?
Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.
As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. 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. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.
There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.
Minecraft means many different things to millions of people across the world, and to each and every Mojangsta. We feel that this is the best way for everyone – you guys included – to benefit.
What about the other editions of Minecraft? Will they stop being developed?
There’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop. Of course, Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future.
We’re extremely proud of all editions and the awesome things you have achieved through playing together.
Is the game going to change? Will we still be able to make videos, mods, awesome builds, and all the cool stuff we’ve created over the past few years?
Minecraft will continue to evolve, just like it has since the start of development. We don’t know specific plans for Minecraft’s future yet, but we do know that everyone involved wants the community to grow and become even more amazing than it’s ever been. Stopping players making cool stuff is not in anyone’s interests.
What about the Mojang staff? What’s happening to you guys?
Though it’s too early to confirm which of us will continue working on Minecraft or other projects, we predict that the vast majority (if not all) Mojangstas will continue to work at Mojang for the time being.
The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving. We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool.
What’s happening to the other Mojang projects, like Scrolls?
We don’t know yet. We’ll share any news as soon as we do.
Will you still be able to tweet about features and interact with the community on a personal level, just like you’ve done over the years?
Yes! That’s not going to change.
How much money was the company bought for?
Microsoft acquired Mojang for a smooth 2.5 BILLION dollars.
Thanks for reading everybody.
A Message from Notch
Below you can find a copy of Notch's blog post titled "I'm Leaving Mojang".
I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it’s changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It’s certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.
A relatively long time ago, I decided to step down from Minecraft development. Jens was the perfect person to take over leading it, and I wanted to try to do new things. At first, I failed by trying to make something big again, but since I decided to just stick to small prototypes and interesting challenges, I’ve had so much fun with work. I wasn’t exactly sure how I fit into Mojang where people did actual work, but since people said I was important for the culture, I stayed.
I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.
As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.
Considering the public image of me already is a bit skewed, I don’t expect to get away from negative comments by doing this, but at least now I won’t feel a responsibility to read them.
I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you.
I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can’t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.
It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.
MrGoatsy has put together a really clever redstone version of the old game, "Paper, Rock, Scissors" - oh no, you don't play it with another person. That would be too easy. How about a fully independent game AI? Yep, it works exactly how it should, and MrGoatsy shows you how it's done. Enjoy!
David and Toby break the sound barrier of news this week, with a look at Blockopedia, some new adventure maps, and more! Have a good weekend!