Daniel Kaplan of Mojang just now tweeted the new cover art for the XBOX 360 version of Minecraft. We've taken a look at the upcoming console port in the past, and it is well on its way to living up to the hype of its computer-based predecessor. In addition, you can view a video released by Hat Films showing off some teasers of the game - as well as highlights of the Mojang team - by downloading it to your 360 console, or by clicking this link.
With the console release fast approaching, steady updates continuously coming out for the PC version, and a rapidly expanding pocket edition, Minecraft seems nearly unstoppable. What do you think some of the best parts of having Minecraft on the 360 will be? Tell us about it!
Stronghold 2 (by Vareide) is Out!
Earlier in the week, we had a chance to show you a video made by Minecraft legend Vareide - and now, the second installment of the series is out! Barring jokes about pigs dropping beef, the player continues his journey of self-discovery, only to run into tell-tale signs of a piece of Minecraft mythos almost as old as the game itself...
The game of Spleef has a long and telling history, reaching the height of popularity in Minecraft Classic. Even today, nearly every large server you visit has a Spleef arena somewhere, with regularly scheduled tournaments, special-occasion events and more. The game is simple enough - knock out blocks from underneath your opponent while they try to do the same to you. Whoever falls first, loses. Rules and specifics beyond that tend to vary from server to server, but the core of the game tends to form the foundation regardless of house rules.
This video shows off a Spleef tournament, with one slight variation - it comes with its own sports announcer and overlays! Done in the stylings of a major sporting event, this vid sensationalizes Spleef in a way that's sure to entertain, take a look!
A Survey for Minecraft Gamers
We take your feedback seriously. Yes, it's true! As a part of our ongoing process to make things here on the forums better for everyone, we have a quick survey which asks about some of your preferences. If you'd like to help us make your experience better, please head over here and fill it out!
We've got some exciting news from around the gaming network this week! This Roundup talks a bit about the recent weekly snapshots - which feature ocelots (and kittens!), dense & lush jungle, smarter skeletons & zombies - as well as LEGO's official announcement of the all new, 100% official Minecraft LEGO sets! Elsewhere around the network, we talk about the now-absent Blizzcon for this year, some rather significant changes to WoW's system via a new update, and more - take a look!
3D Printing, Revisited
Awhile back, we talked a bit about printing 3D models from Minecraft constructions, and had a chance to show off a particularly interesting village that was printed using this method. Today, we're giving you a look at the in-game village that the model came from, giving you a side-by-side perspective of what an in-game wonder becomes, block by block, when printed in real life - take a look!
For a long time, we would put up people's creations here on the front page. As I sought ways to provide players with access to amazing creations by their fellow gamers, a thought occurred to me - Why not make a video series that focuses entirely on the community?" So, it is with no further delay that I am proud to present the Minecraft Forum Community Spotlight series! What is it, you ask? It is nothing less than a show built around player-created mods, texture packs and other amazing creations, to bring you incredible community-generated stuff for your game - even from authors you may not have heard of before!
Our Mission; What This Can Do For You
It is my hope to give mod authors, artists, map-makers and other innovators from the community the chance to shine right here on the front page, to help them get the most out of their hard work. How can you get your (or your favorite) work spotlighted here? It's easy!
Create something awesome
Send an email to this address, specifying what your creation is, and/or including a link to your thread
Our content team reviews your work, and if it's amazing enough to be highlighted, we'll contact you about it - if you get a confirmation email, you're headed to the Community Spotlight!
That's all there is to it! Now, without further delay, some information about today's spotlighted mod:
Author: w3(r4ft Thread (includes download links, building information & more): Click here! Notes: This mod adds lasers, sensors, refractors and more to your game. What can it do? More than can be easily described here - check out the video and the creator's thread, above!
This mod requires other mods to function - ModLoader, ModLoaderMP and Forge. Be sure to read the installation instructions carefully! Don't forget - if you like w3(r4ft's mod, show him some love by dropping a post in his thread telling him!
The Minecraft Forum Community Spotlight series is on-going, so there is no final deadline to submit your creations for review. If you think your work (or another mod/map/texture pack you like), is good enough, send it to us - you could be next on the front page! To see the first episode, just click the banner above, and check out the Laser Mod!
If you have ever played Bastion, one thing that immediately stands out is the game's narration. Thanks to none other than Vareide, we now have the answer, in the form of this short film! With solid cinematography, clever script-writing and a killer delivery, Vareide gives us an entirely new way to experience Minecraft, narrating everyday occurances in the game world, lending them an air of distinction and power previously unheard of in the game - check it out!
This week, we have some exciting news! David and Toby touch briefly on the recent acceptance by LEGO for a fully-fledged Minecraft-themed line of toys, Mojang's comments on their recent SOPA blackout, the possibility of altering slimes' spawning places in future updates, and more. Additionally, they mention Notch's recent poll, revamps to the Skeleton AI, news on the recently revealed ocelot mob, and the ability for players to shoot ghast-like fireballs at will. Give it a look!
Our resident weekly news guys - David & Toby - take a fun-filled tour on the TradeChat server, to see a colorful medley of video-game tribute constructions, roller coasters and more, hosted by video game enthusiast PinkPanser - take a look!
Mojang is curious how you're playing Minecraft! They would like to collect data on gamemodes, time played and myriad other details (but nothing personally identifying!) about how players are using the game, and they need your help! Notch has put forth the suggestion that the game be able to collect anonymous information during gameplay, so they can get a better idea of how people play Minecraft, and adjust the game to cater better to players going forward. This feature is not currently implemented, but Mojang would like to, and are asking for your input on the matter. You can help them out by voting right here!
Welcome (Back) to the Jungle - Sneak Peek at the New Mob
Jeb released a teaser image for a new jungle mob! If you look in the image below - on the far right side of the picture - you can see the new little guy peeking out from behind some undergrowth, as a chicken stands guard. What could it be? A monkey? A lemur? A new type of creeper? We're not sure yet, but speculations run wild. What do you think it could be? Take a look at the picture below and tell us!
Click on the image for a larger version!
Minecraft - A Tale in Three Acts
We recently came across this silent film about a down-on-his-luck miner trying to make a new life for himself. Give it a watch, and let us know what you think!
It wasn't long ago that the LEGO® CUUSOO project received overwhelming support from the Minecraft playerbase, and LEGO® heard you loud and clear. At that time, they agreed to move Minecraft-themed LEGO® projects into the review phase, where it would be decided if it would be a workable product. Now, that wait is over! The team had this to say on the subject:
Quote from LEGO® CUUSOO »
We're happy to announce that the Minecraft project on LEGO CUUSOO has passed the LEGO review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the LEGO system and in Minecraft. We can’t wait to show it to you—but it isn't ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.
It is expected that the first sets will be revealed in the near future. What kind of Minecraft projects do you think would be best in LEGO? Tell us below!
Curse Weekly Roundup - January 24th 2012
Check out this week's installment of the Curse Weekly Updates, with news about Minecraft, SWTOR, D3 and more!
Minecraft Speed Build Contest Begins Soon
Server hosting giant, Multiplay, recently closed their most recent Creative Build Competition (with MinecraftChick as a special guest judge for the finalists). However, a new one is already in the works - in approximately two weeks, Multiplay will open up the Minecraft Speed Build Competition. What does it entail? How can you enter? It's simple!
First, gather your team. Up to 6 players can take part in 1 team. When you sign up, make sure 100% that you have everyone chosen beforehand, and that all participants have an active Multiplay account. Once the contest begins, your team will be assigned a plot to build on. What can you build? Anything at all! This particular contest has no theme restrictions, other than to impress the panel of judges, so go wild! Once your assigned time comes around, simply join up, and build on your assigned plot. Can you win prizes? Absolutely! Winners can receive the following:
Are you also a talented video maker? If so, you might be able to win even more - video-makers that put together a presentation of their plot (explaining its function, inspiration, etc) in a particularly spectacular fashion can win their own iPad 2! If you think you've got what it takes to build something incredible, you owe it to yourself to check these contests out!