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The 1.8.2 Update for MCX360 is live!  What changes come with this awesome patch?  Well:

Changes and Additions:
  • Added an option to clear the quick select bar in the creative interface.
  • Added an option to enable or disable bedrock fog, and set to off by default.
  • Added an option to toggle the HUD off/on.
  • Added an option to turn the player hand off/on.
  • Added a crafting recipe for Golden Apples.
  • Added a crafting recipe for Pumpkin Seeds.
  • Made cakes stackable.
  • Added a How To Play page for Host and Player options

Fixes:
  • Fix for a problem with signs in online games causing crashes.
  • Fix for save renaming deleting the wrong save due to input received during the confirmation flow.
  • Fix to the mob generation code to increase the number of animals in the world.
  • Fix for chests being incorrectly lit, and rotated for maps from previous versions.
  • Fix for problem with the eating animation being shown for players who weren't eating.
  • Fix for problem with chest lids not behaving properly.
  • Fix for animals looking like they were taking damage when they shouldn't.
  • Fix for some sounds not playing when the player has an empty hand.
  • Fix for lever sounds.
  • Fix for fence gate sounds.
  • Fix for splitscreen players sometimes having their settings zeroed.
  • Fix for being damaged while flying over lava.
  • Fix to stop lava, milk and water buckets being empty after use in creative mode.
  • Fix for Leader of the Pack achievement being awarded incorrectly.
  • Fix for leaderboard stats issue where value stored was incorrect.
  • Fix for hitbox problems with glass panes and iron fence.
  • Fix for small character display changing color to green.
  • Fix for map rendering incorrectly in some situations with clouds disabled.
  • Fix for block rendering problem at the edge of the map.
  • Fix for splitscreen players not being able to mine in the tutorial.
  • Fix for players not being able to sprint/sprint-fly in creative mode if the player was previously in survival mode with a low food bar.
  • Fix for arrow damage not being ignored when PvP is turned off.
  • Fix for activated pressure plates not working correctly.
  • Fix for the low food bar hint appearing when loading a game in creative mode (usually the tutorial world saves).
  • Fix to remove the player shadow when the Invisible option in the Host Privileges is used.
  • Fix for Red Roses not being generated on the terrain.
  • Fix for paintings being pushed by pistons.
  • Fix so that players who can't eat, due to the Trust Players option being off, do not get exhausted.
  • Fix for the interface disappearing after a Share to Facebook action.
  • Fix to limit the number of Slimes, Ghasts and Silverfish that can be spawned in a world.
  • Fix for the cursor position in creative mode being able to go offscreen.
  • Fix for players showing on maps when they should not be, after the player dies and respawns.
  • Fix for capes displaying wrongly when sprint-flying.
  • Fix for capes not displaying in the Nether.
  • Fix for capes not displaying when the player respawns.
  • Fix for tools taking damage in Creative Mode.
  • Fix so Bows don't need or use up Arrows in Creative Mode.
  • Reduced the volume of the chest open/close sound effect
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Are you ready for some updates?  Minecraft - 360 Edition is now updating to 1.8.2, Title Update 5!  What is included?  A better question might be, "What ISN'T included?"

Features:
  • Added Creative Mode.
  • Disabled Achievements and Leaderboard updates if the player is in Creative Mode, or if the world has been previously saved in Creative Mode.
  • Added a simple tutorial for Creative Mode.
  • Added sprinting to Survival Mode.
  • Added flying and sprint-flying to Creative Mode.
  • Added new mobs-Enderman, Cave Spiders and Silverfish.
  • Added new items to the game-Melon, Melon Slice, Melon Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Raw/Cooked Beef, Raw/Cooked Chicken, Rotten Flesh, Iron Bars, Fence Gate, Stone Bricks, Stone Brick Slabs, Stone Brick Stairs, Brick Slabs, Brick Stairs, Ender Pearl, Web, Vines, 10 more Music Discs, Sponge and Chain Armor.
  • Added new items to the crafting menu-Melon, Melon Seeds, Glass Pane, Fence Gate, Iron Bars, Stone Bricks, Stone Brick Slabs, Stone Brick Stairs, Brick Slabs, Brick Stairs.
  • Added terrain generation features-Strongholds, Villages, Abandoned Mineshafts and Ravines.
  • Biome code additions, including rivers and oceans.
  • Changed the bow to have drawing and firing action.
  • Added a quick move to the dispenser.
  • Added a quick equip for armor to the inventory interface.
  • Added a quick move for ingredients and fuel in the furnace interface.
  • Brought forward the mining speed changes from 1.2.3
  • Brought forward apples dropping from leaf blocks from 1.1
  • Brought forward change from 1.2.3 to make pumpkins and melons grow from stems much faster, and not require farmland around the stem to grow on.
  • Fix to vines brought forward from 1.2.3 to stop them spreading too much.
  • Added the Food Bar to the HUD.
  • Added stacking for food items.
  • Added the eating animation.
  • Enabled crafting mushroom stew without a crafting table.
  • Added the blocking move with swords.
  • Changed all the text descriptions for food to show how much they refill the food bar.
  • Passive mobs will now flee when hit.
  • The snout on pigs now protrude from their head.
  • Skeletons now hold full size bows.
  • Animals no longer despawn which makes it possible to capture them.
  • Zombies now drop Rotten Flesh instead of Feathers.
  • Updated some mob sounds.
  • Shears can now collect Tall Grass and the new Vine.
  • Improved sunrise and sunset.
  • Improved the rain edges (when looking up in rain).
  • User-placed leaf blocks no longer decay.
  • Cloud height raised to the top of the map, so clouds can no longer phase through blocks.
  • Cloud movement syncs with the game's time.
  • Both Wooden and Stone pressure plates can now be placed on fences.
  • Improved chest model with a 3D lock, and opening and closing animation.
  • Added a countdown timer to the autosave to stop it being such a surprise.
  • Added the ability to rename an existing saved world.
  • Added map icons to the in-game player list to match their color in the map.
  • Added a confirmation dialog on the player choosing to exit without saving.
  • Added a character display when sprinting or flying.
  • Updated the How To Play HUD with the Food Bar information.
  • Added descriptions for Creative Mode and Sprinting to the How To Play menus.
  • Updated the Download Content menu with pictures of the DLC available.
  • Added death messages.
  • Removed Herobrine.

This is only scratching the surface of what today's update is offering - you can see the full list right here, or by checking out the official Wiki!

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The MCX360 Update has been submitted, but is not currently live - it's not time to play it just yet!  Still, the release notes are out, and we know exactly what's going into 1.8.2.  So, let's take a look at the list of goodies in store for XBLA players!

  • Added Creative Mode.
  • Disabled Achievements and Leaderboard updates if the player is in Creative Mode, or if the world has been previously saved in Creative Mode.
  • Added a simple tutorial for Creative Mode.
  • Added sprinting to Survival Mode.
  • Added flying and sprint-flying to Creative Mode.
  • Added new items to the game – Melon, Melon Slice, Melon Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Raw/Cooked Beef, Raw/Cooked Chicken, Rotten Flesh, Pumpkin Seeds, Iron Bars, Fence Gate, Stone Bricks, Stone Brick Slabs, Stone Brick Stairs, Brick Slabs, Brick Stairs, Ender Pearl, Web,Vines, 10 more Music Discs, and Chain Armor.
  • Added new items to the crafting menu – Melon, Melon Seeds, Glass Pane, Fence Gate, Iron Bars, Stone Bricks, Stone Brick Slabs, Stone Brick Stairs, Brick Slabs, Brick Stairs.
  • Added terrain generation features – Strongholds, Villages, Abandoned Mineshafts and Ravines.
  • Biome code additions, including rivers and oceans.
  • Changed the bow to have drawing and firing action.
  • Added a quick move to the dispenser.
  • Added a quick equip for armor to the inventory interface.
  • Added a quick move for ingredients and fuel in the furnace interface.
  • Brought forward the mining speed changes from 1.2.3
  • Brought forward apples dropping from leaf blocks from 1.1
  • Brought forward change from 1.2.3 to make pumpkins and melons grow from stems much faster, and not require farmland around the stem to grow on.
  • Fix to vines brought forward from 1.2.3 to stop them spreading too much.
  • Added the Food Bar to the HUD.
  • Added stacking for food items.
  • Added the eating animation.
  • Enabled crafting mushroom stew without a crafting table.
  • Added the blocking move with swords.
  • Changed all the text descriptions for food to show how much they refill the food bar.
  • Passive mobs will now flee when hit.
  • The snout on pigs now protrude from their head.
  • Skeletons now hold full size bows.
  • Animals no longer despawn which makes it possible to capture them.
  • Zombies now drop Rotten Flesh instead of Feathers.
  • Updated some mob sounds.
  • Shears can now collect Tall Grass and the new Vine.
  • Improved sunrise and sunset.
  • Improved the rain edges (when looking up in rain).
  • User-placed leaf blocks no longer decay.
  • Cloud height raised to the top of the map, so clouds can no longer phase through blocks.
  • Cloud movement syncs with the game’s time.
  • Both Wooden and Stone pressure plates can now be placed on fences.
  • Improved chest model with a 3D lock, and opening and closing animation.
  • Added a countdown timer to the autosave to stop it being such a surprise.
  • Added the ability to rename an existing saved world.
  • Added map icons to the in-game player list to match their color in the map.
  • Added a confirmation dialog on the player choosing to exit without saving.
  • Added a character display when sprinting or flying.
  • Updated the How To Play HUD with the Food Bar information.
  • Added descriptions for Creative Mode and Sprinting to the How To Play menus.
  • Updated the Download Content menu with pictures of the DLC available.
  • Removed Herobrine.

Note, this is not the complete list of changes.  You can see the full list right here, so click this link!

It is not currently known when the 1.8.2 update will go live, but we are watching the Live Arcade like hawks - expect updates soon.

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No Snapshot for You - On the Other Hand...

This week, Mojang developer Jens "Jeb" Bergensten is on vacation!  Unfortunately, this means that there will be no Snapshot this week.  However, there is a silver lining: Programmer and man-about-town Nathan "Dinnerbone" Adams revealed that the 1.4 update would likely be out before Halloween (October 31st)!  Witches, Withers, and bats - all in time for the spooky season.

I personally plan on wandering around with a skeleton head.  Whether in-game or out, I won't say.


MCX360 Updates - Goodies, Future Patches

MCX360 is seeing a medley of goodies on the horizon.  The future 1.8.2 update in particular has a lot in store - new monsters, ravines, Strongholds, and so much more - perhaps most poignant is the addition of Creative mode!  While the release date has not yet been established, it is expected to be reviewed - and ultimately released - in the very near future, with CERT submission happening some time in the next week or so.  Want to see some of these exciting changes in action?  Mojang has a massive list of preview videos for your viewing pleasure - check them out by clicking here!

In the meantime, a whole pile of Minecraft goodies is available for your XBLA avatars!  If you haven't had a chance to check them out, now is a great time - click the picture below for some screenshots!

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She might be terrified of zombies, but you need not be - click for MCX360 awesomeness!



MineTV - "Railcraft" creator, CovertJaguar

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This week's MineTV has a very exciting guest: the creator of the popular Railcraft mod, CovertJaguar!  As with last week's episode, spaces in the stands will be on a first-come-first-serve basis - details are below!

  • When: Today (Wednesday, September 26th) at 7:00 (19:00) EST
    You can check time conversions by clicking here

  • Where:  We will be streaming at the official MineTV channel, which is right here
    We will let people know how to gain entry to the studio audience a bit before we go live, so be sure to arrive early if you want entry!

  • Who:  Railcraft creator, CovertJaguar!

Not familiar with the sheer awesome of Railcraft?  Wondering exactly what it adds to the game?  It could easily be summarized by saying it has a massive list of rail types, crafting options, tools, blocks, and more, but the description alone really doesn't do this incredible mod justice.  So, check out the Railcraft thread, try the mod out for yourself, and see why thousands of gamers are hooked on Railcraft!

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MCX360 - Past, Present, Future

4J Studios revealed a great deal about the forthcoming Minecraft: Xbox Edition update.  1.8.2 is set to close the gap between the current PC build, adding Creative Mode, new mobs and new foods, and...then what?

One of the bigger challenges facing the console port is the difference between the XBox itself, and the myriad options available to PC users, both good and not so great.  Things like infinite worlds aren't practical on a system with limited storage space, and modding the game is, at present, not possible.  So, where does the game go after 1.8.2?

As it turns out, modding will - after a fashion - be considered strongly for future releases.  While mods as we know them may never be a reasonable option, there are alternatives; 4J has been thoroughly examining what it is about mods that draws people, the ins and outs of what makes them fun.  It is here that they have a bit of an advantage in development that the PC version didn't, the power of hindsight.  What do people enjoy most?  Why do they enjoy certain game modes, decorative options, or map types?  Knowing this, they can easily develop the game in its own distinct direction.  While it has not been explicitly stated that they plan to diverge wildly - if at all - from the current PC builds, current trends strongly suggest that they would like to.

What this means for the future of the console sandbox is potentially very exciting, certainly.  The ability to tailor the game to console players, and to draw from the huge pool of experience available to the game, gives them the ability to fine-tune the console experience to match players' expectations.  We hope to hear what specifics this may entail in the coming days.

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MineTV - Mystcraft!

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This week's MineTV has a very exciting guest: the creator of the popular Mystcraft mod, XCompWiz!  As with last week's episode, spaces in the stands will be on a first-come-first-serve basis - details are below!

  • When: Today (Wednesday, September 19th) at 6:00 (18:00) EST
    You can check time conversions by clicking here

  • Where:  We will be streaming right here, and a personal "Sach Cam" at my own Twitch channel
    We will let people know how to gain entry to the studio audience a bit before we go live, so be sure to arrive early if you want entry!

  • Who:  Mystcraft creator, XCompWiz!

Not familiar with the dimension-warping power of Mystcraft?  Ever wanted to create your own custom realm, tailored exactly with what you want in it?  How about many such realms?  Maybe you want to create an endless, alien desert with red skies, yellow clouds and green sunsets?  How about a sky dimension with mycelium, grass and snowy islands under an endless sunrise?  An empty void, with naught but the island you spawned on for comfort?  The ability to travel effortlessly between all of them?  You can do all of this - and so much more - check it out by clicking here, you won't be disappointed! Back to Top

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Minecon 2012 tickets went on sale recently, but quickly became unavailable.  Some estimates suggest that the available tickets were sold out within two hours of going live.  So, what are the rest of us interested in going to Minecon left to do?  Tobias Mollstam to the rescue!

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That's right, on Tuesday, September 18th at 5:00 pm (17:00) CEST, a NEW batch of Minecon 2012 tickets will be available for purchase!  It's not too late to secure your place at Minecon 2012 this year, so be sure to buy your tickets once they become available - they won't last long!

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), get your tickets - we'll see you there!

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MCX360 1.8.2 Teasers - Food!

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4J Studios gives us a look at another awesome feature in the 1.8.2 update for MCX360 (coming soon): more food types!  It won't be quite as dangerous to go Endermen hunting with your trusty steak in hand - check it out!

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Pico brings us our weekly gaming news! Endermen and Blue Cave Spiders come to XBox 360, the November 18th launch of the WiiU, Guild Wars 2 for hitting the mark of 2 million copies sold, Steam Greenlight games of note, Terraria comes to XBLA and PSN, and the arrival of the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 and 650 - take a look! Back to Top

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Player Skulls?

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Many things have been revealed in recent Snapshots, from a new monster, to decorative stone fences, and the awesome beacon block.  Something that's been drawing a lot of attention lately is decorative heads - such as the skeleton, creeper, and zombie - which can be placed like a sign, to gloat over victories achieved in combat.  Recently, Dinnerbone posted the picture above, strongly suggesting the possibility of player-dropped heads.

Will they fall in combat?  Can they only be added for adventure maps?  Time will tell.

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MCX360 1.8.2 Update on the Horizon

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4J Studios released this video, showing off a number of features in the upcoming 1.8.2 update.  Some of the included goodies are Endermen, Silverfish, and more.  Check out the video above for the awesome teaser!

1.8.2 does not currently have a known release date; however, 4J commented that they will let players know as soon as it is submitted.  Keep an eye out!

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Pocket Edition on Amazon?

Android owners will be pleased to know that they can now get Minecraft - Pocket Edition on Amazon!  Pocket Edition can be purchased from the online vendor at $6.99 USD, so if you haven't yet grabbed a portable copy of your favorite sandbox game, now is the time!

Pocket Edition continues to receive exciting updates of its own, having recently included creepers (among other things) in the ever-growing hand-held title.  What exciting developments await?  We will keep you posted.

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Minecraft Weekly News - Pie, Fishing XP & Customized Superflat Worlds!

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David and Toby give us the rundown of last week's events, including a solid look at last weeks Snapshot - give it a watch! Back to Top

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MCX360 in the Golden Joystick Awards

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MCX360 is incredibly popular. How popular, you ask?  Well, it's become big enough to attract nomination votes for the Golden Joystick Award's "Best Downloadable Game" category this year!  There are millions of players enjoying the smash-hit XBLA sandbox port, and they are showing a strong support of the game in this year's vote!

Want to vote for MCX360, and make sure it wins a title this year?  Click on the link below, then click on the game, and vote!

Click here, vote for Minecraft: 360 Edition

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MineTV, and the Weekly Round-Up

Don't forget, we're having an episode of MineTV tonight!  All the details can be found by clicking here.

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Be sure to check out this week's Round-Up, where Pico talks about Nintendo Power closing shop, Guild Wars 2 releasing, plus swag, a massive WoW tournament, "Iron Sky", MineTV, and this years Curse PAX party! Back to Top

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1.3.2 Update Later This Week - Preview it Now

Later this week, on Thursday, August 16th, the 1.3.2 update will be going live! It mainly contains bugfixes (fixed the falling-out-of-Nether bug, fixed the random-suffocation-damage bug, various uncommon crash bugs). However, if you would like to get the pre-release to update your server, mod or even just to get an early look at it, the download links are below. This is the same version that will be released on Thursday via the normal Minecraft launcher!

Client: Download

Server: Download

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MineTV Episode 3, now with 100% More Pahimar

We've been hard at work getting the MineTV set ready for 1.3 - this week's guest is "Equivalent Exchange" mod maintainer (and EE3 author) Pahimar! We are making some changes with how the show runs, including a longer running time (so our guest isn't so rushed), more live events, audience-interactive games, and more!

TO BE A PART OF THE STUDIO AUDIENCE

There are some special requirements you must meet this week:
  • Minecraft Client 1.2.5 (You can use MCNostalgia to go back to patch 1.2.5)
  • Equivalent Exchange 1.4.6.5 (Click here to go to the thread - Remember, it's build 1.4.6.5)
  • Apply for the whitelist by clicking here


You are welcome to come test your client at "killion.evolutiongaming.org:1337", to make sure your mod is working properly.

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MCX360, Pocket Edition Continue to Set Records

MCX360 is insanely popular, that much people know by now. It continues to hold a dominant position on the charts for Live Arcade, and the number of XBLA Minecrafters grows by the day. Have you ever wondered how much they are growing? The number is staggering - MCX360 sells, on average, 17,000 copies a day! That's right, nearly seventeen thousand new Minecrafters come to Live Arcade, every single day.

If that wasn't enough, Pocket Edition has maintained a rather impressive lead of its own, as the #1 top selling app, according to Google Play. All said, Minecraft has - between the PC, console and handheld markets - sold well over 12 million copies, and continues to grow daily! With the recent release of 1.3.1 (and the future release of 1.4), the PC-based Minecraft playerbase is set to grow ever-larger, with tons of customization options, mods that are easier to make and maintain, adventure map-specific features, and so much more.

A question that seems to come up often is, "where can Minecraft really go from here?" Well, every single update, we see it go in new, exciting directions. Keep an eye out - you never know where Minecraft will go next!

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That's right, the 1.7.3 Bugfix Update is hitting the 360 right now! While it could be a few hours or more before it can be applied to all copies of MCX360, it is now in the system, and shouldn't take more than 24 hours to become available to everyone.

The list of updates includes, but is not limited to:

  • Fix for a crash with pistons at the edge of the world
  • Fix for a crash due to a thread safety issue usually caused by pistons
  • Fix for issue with operating pistons on chunk boundaries
  • Fix for a rendering flicker with active pistons
  • Fix for rendering slowdown due to lighting issues
  • Fix for rain going through blocks (raining indoors)
  • Fix for Marketplace not launching when unlocking skin pack after selecting a locked skin in the trial version of the skin pack
  • Fix for bug allowing locked skins to be selected if they are beside a free skin
  • Fix for misaligned player scores when viewed under the "My Score" leaderboard filter
  • Fix for the constant button press sounds when rotating a character in the skin select screen
  • Fix for the constant sound effect played on the sign text entry
  • Fix for thunder not being audible
  • Fix for third person front view not displaying fire.


You can see the full list of updates and fixes by clicking on the link below!

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