It's the moment we've all been waiting for - Minecon 2012 registration is now open! That's right, the countdown to sign up for tickets, make reservations, and get ready for the most awesome convention ever, at Disneyland in Paris, France, has begun!
Minecon 2012 will be taking place from November 24th through November 25th, 2012, in beautiful Paris, France. Every attendee will get a chance to mingle with other Minecrafters, see notable personalities from the Minecraft community - including modders, YouTube video and series makers, and many more - and the ever-awesome Mojang team! Are you ready to hang out at the most awesome Minecraft convention yet? If so, click the banner above (or this link), and be ready when the countdown hits zero! Once registration opens, you can make your preparations to take part in Minecon 2012 - we'll see you there!
While we wait for the big moment, here's some early details about Minecon 2012 - more info can be found as it becomes available right here, and at the official Minecon site!
€99 early-bird rate for MineCon tickets grants admission to the Disney Events Arena, from 10 am to about 6 pm.
Saturday evening party at the Walt Disney Studios Park, reserved for MineCon with free rides for everyone!
Discounts on Disney hotels (from €78) and park tickets.
18 and over get access to .party() in Paris on Sunday night.
It's that time again - Snapshot time! So, what have the creative minds of the Mojangsters come up with this week? Well:
Tweaks to the Wither
He continues to be refined - this time, with a bit of nasty self-defense
Carrots are now carrot, and added new food item
Tweaks to a couple of item sprites
Specifically, Bread, Raw Chicken, Cooked Chicken, Raw Beef, Steak, Raw Porkchop, Cooked Porkchop, Red Apple, and Nether Star no longer have a dark outline. Golden Carrot now matches the carrot, and heads are centered properly.
Leather armor now has a non-dyed layer
Superflat customization options
Comes with 7 presets: Classic Flat, Tunnelers' Dream, Water World, Overworld, Snowy Kingdom, Bottomless Pit, and Desert. Also, Custom starts off with Classic Flat with three options: Add Layer, Edit Layer, Remove Layer. Adding and editing are NYI.
Pigs are now able to jump when players ride on them
Added /clear command to empty the inventory
Evil mobs are now a little bit more fearless in hard difficulty
Vote on Impressive Builds for 2PP's Minecraft Documentary
2 Player Productions will be putting together a video soon - "Minecraft: the History of Mojang" - and need your help! They are asking players to show them impressive builds in the game, which will be used in their documentary video. Do you know of (or even have) a particularly awesome build, a build that should be seen by everyone, everywhere? If so, click the link below, and tell them about it!
Today, the ever-lovable Lindsay gives us a run-down on the Threadless T-Shirt Design Contest, talks about upcoming MCX360 updates, Pocket Edition's newest inhabitants, and more. Give it a watch for all the details!
Minecraft Weekly News - David Returns
David rejoins Toby this week to cover all the latest goings-on, including a new boss, controlling pigs as you ride them, and Mob Heads - take a look!
Sneak Preview of the Next MCX360 Addition?
What will the next MCX360 update contain? Click the video above, and find out!
The next episode of MineTV is tomorrow, featuring Computer Craft maker dan200, goes live tomorrow! Want to be in the studio audience for this episode? Signup is even easier than the first time! Just click this link (or the MineTV banner, above) to signup for entry into the LIVE studio audience, which is present on-set during the broadcast of the show! Become famous! Wave at your friends! Get your picture taken with dan200 and MineTV crew!
Not familiar with Computercraft? Now might be a good time to check it out!
The show will broadcast LIVE at 10:00 pm GMT; schedules and links are below:
One thing Minecraft players have no shortage of is creativity - over the last few years, we have seen endless scores of maps, mods, texture packs, builds, and so much more. This creativity has even spilled into the real world a number of times - now, it's time to see if you can design an awesome Minecraft T-Shirt!
Right now - and going on through September 28th, 2012 - Threadless is asking anyone and everyone to design awesome Minecraft apparel! Aside from making blocky swag, what incentives do these artists get? Well, three lucky artists will receive the following as prizes:
$500 Threadless Gift Certificate
All expenses paid trip to attend the annual MineCon convention at Disneyland Resort Paris November 24-25, 2012. Includes one round-trip flight, three days at a Disney hotel, ticket to the convention, and food stipend
You read that right: cold hard cash, and free travel and lodging to Minecon 2012! So, what are you waiting for? Design some awesome Minecraft clothing, and win some sweet loot in the process!
Are you less interested in creating, and just want to vote on awesome designs? That's easy to do as well!
Look for this box!
Click on the "Score Now" button, and rate the design that pops up - on a scale of 0 to 5, depending on how much you like it - and that's it! The artist gets the benefit of honest feedback, you get to check out snazzy Minecraft designs, some artists might even get some pretty sweet recognition in the form of prizes! Everyone wins!
Click on the giant blue numbers!
So, whether you want to vote on your favorite designs, submit an awesome design of your own, or just browse around at all the shiny goodness that Threadless has to offer, there's something for everyone!
You may remember Mojang's project, "Mina Kvarter" (My Blocks) - a project that allows people to envision redevelopment of areas where they work and play, by using Minecraft as an architectural template. Well, the project has been such a resounding success so far, that the UN is now taking an interest in it; Mojang is now collaborating with the UN, in a project called "Block by Block"! Just like the formerly Swedish-only project, “Block by Block” aims to involve youth in the planning process in urban areas, by giving them the opportunity to show planners and decision makers how they would like to see their cities in the future. Minecraft has turned out to be the perfect tool to see their vision come to life. The three-year partnership will support UN-Habitat’s Sustainable Urban Development Network, to upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016! The first pilot project in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s informal settlements, is already in the planning phase.
Mojang will be the main financial sponsor for Block by Block, and they will work closely with the UN to help reach the target goals. Lydia has been attending the World Urban Forum, announcing Block by Block together with UN Habitat. Lydia will also be working with our fantastic Minecraft community to support the project in various ways. Mojang expects to have a site for Block by Block ready soon - keep an eye out!
J!NX Swag on Sale?
Curse Premium is a pretty sweet deal - early (or even exclusive) access to giveaways, contests, and other promotions, not to mention the network-wide benefits provided. Still, what if there was something else - something like, for example, massive discounts on J!NX swag?
That's right, in addition to the massive list of goodies on offer for Premium (up to and including easy texture pack management, an ad-free Minecraft Forum experience, special access to a Premium Only section of the forum, and much more), all Premium members get their own personal 15% discount* to all J!NX merchandise! Get that creeper you always wanted! Stock up on sweet Minecraft shirts!
During PAX, there was an on the topic of Minecraft - its past, present, and future. Meanwhile, Minecraft founder Markus "Notch" Persson was being interviewed on his views on Minecraft, a brief look at the trademark fedora, his still-in-development title "0x10c" - and some of the exciting directions it is going in - and much more! Want to see the full interview? Click the image above, or this link.
An example question asked of Markus by PAX Senior Editor, Ben Kuchera, was: at what point did Notch feel Minecraft had gone from "just a game" to a complete success story?
Quote from Notch »
I think it started when Valve posted about it on the Team Fortress blog. Valve is probably the company I respect the most, if they ever release Episode 3. When they actually posted about it, and said the reason they did it was to get in contact with me, that’s when I went ‘Oh my god, people actually care about it.’ Which meant a lot.
The numbers were already kind of high, it was selling well, but it felt like it could end at any moment. But that’s when it got some industry cred, and felt like a turning point.
Don't forget, Minecraft - Pocket Edition has an update going live TOMORROW (September 6th, 2012)! Keep an eye out, as we reveal the full change log soon! While we won't reveal every change coming just yet, there is one thing you can definitely expect to see on your hand-held Minecraft tomorrow...
If you weren't able to make it to PAX this year, we have a special treat for you! The above video is Mojang's panel during the convention (over an hour of footage!), featuring the Director of Fun, Lydia "MinecraftChick" Winters, as well as developers Nathan "Dinnerbone" Adams, Erik "Grum" Broes, and Warren "EvilSeph" Loo. They cover a wide variety of topics, and with the panel weighing in at over an hour, a lot of ground gets covered - check it out!