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After weeks of hard testing, fixing, re-testing, and fixing even more, the 1.5 Pre-Release is now ready for testing!  We are in the final stretch for 1.5, and while it has taken a little longer than many expected, there is a silver lining!  Tons of features were added for the Redstone Update, and a landslide of bugs were swept away, to make sure the final release was as smooth and easy as possible.

Ready to see a feature list this time, instead of just bug fixes?  Here you go!

1.5 Pre-Release Features:

  • Added Redstone Comparator (used in Redstone logic)
  • Added Hopper (collects items and moves them to containers)
  • Added Dropper (similar to Dispensers, but always drops the item)
  • Added Activator Rail (activates TNT Minecarts)
  • Added Daylight Sensor
  • Added Trapped Chest
  • Added Weighed Pressure Plate
  • Added Block of Redstone
  • Added Nether Brick (item)
  • Added Nether Quartz and ore
  • Added Block of Quartz, with half blocks and chiseled variants
  • New command: /scoreboard
  • New command: /effect
  • Containers and mobs can have custom names
  • Inventory management has been changed, for example you can drag-place items over slots
  • Texture packs now have separate images for each block and item, and can have animations
  • Nether Quartz Ore now spawns in the Nether
  • Smooth lighting now has three settings (none, minimal, maximum)
  • More detailed death messages
  • Some hostile mobs now are harder in Hard difficulty
  • Many, many, bug fixes
  • Removed Herobrine

Try out 1.5 early today, and enjoy! Back to Top

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David and Toby give us a rundown on this week's Minecrafty goodness, including the elusive "Minecraft Realms" feature, currently in testing!

So wait, what is Minecraft Realms?  It appears to be an in-development alternative to server hosting, where users will be able to start a server up at the push of an in-game button, and invite their friends to play, all from within the game.  I have had a chance to test this out myself, and so far, it has been very easy to understand and use!  A very promising feature indeed.

Youtuber BebopVox has also compiled a list of currently known features about Minecraft Realms:

  • Mojang hosted servers through a company like Amazon or Multiplay
  • Currently free for 100 people during Beta
  • Passes were given out randomly to help test
  • Looking to charge in the future, unknown price for how much time
  • DanFrisk from Mojang leading the project
  • Currently no permissions for op/mod etc... as a host.
  • Overall keeping it simple to play with friends, 1 click play.
  • If invited, you cannot make a server, only those 100 people can
    • currently, only 100 players were invited to test this feature, and they can invite whoever they like to their Realm servers.  However, even if invited, those players do not gain the ability to make a Realm server of their own.  Not just yet, that is
  • Currently only 1 server can be made at a time if hosting
  • Hosting a max of 4 people

You can read more details about Realms in his Reddit thread, and of course, on the official Wiki! Back to Top

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A new Snapshot is out and about, ready for your testing pleasure! Here's what is on offer this week:



Snapshot Bugfixes:
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The following items were corrected, test them and see!

  • Some lighting optimizations, no bug fixes yet sorry :(
  • Pigs constantly jumping, when player control them on half slabs and stairs.
  • Z-fighting of iron bars / glass panes with the block below / above
  • Leaves replace transparent blocks
  • Clouds have a transparency when you are above/in them but not when you're underneath them.
  • Baby mob collision boxes are too large.
  • Village lamp post floating torches
  • Corner Fence Has Incorrect Collision Box
  • Wither skeletons have wrong hitbox
  • Double Trapped chest, makes two sounds when opening and closing.
  • No sound from some trapped chests
  • Villager trade menu missing name
  • Placing a block East of the Hopper makes the inside appear black
  • Piston pushing piston bugs / piston duplicating piston
  • Comparators do not update their output signal
  • Team option "friendlyfire" is not saved to disk; resets upon map reload
  • Scoreboard name duplication
  • FallingSand support for block IDs > 128


Testing the Snapshot:
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Users who wanted to test Snapshots and Pre-releases in the past had to manually download the files, copy over existing files, and run the risk of ruining their single-player games. Want an easier way to test Snapshots, that also guarantees the safety of any and all of your worlds? The Curse Client now has Snapshot support, and using it couldn't possibly be easier! Check it out:

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Literally two steps, that's it. Click the image to see the video!



That's it, you're playing the latest Snapshot! There are also filter options to only see Snapshots, Pre-releases, or full releases. Wait, full releases?! That's right, you can even use the Client to play on older versions of Minecraft, at any time! This feature is good for those who want to roll back to earlier versions of Minecraft for testing, nostalgia, or if their favorite server is still running on an outdated version number. Sweet!

So let's say you're running the Client, but don't want to open it up. What is a fast, easy way to get this Snapshot? Well, if you click the button on the banner below, the Client will do all the work for you (or, if you don't have the Client installed, will help with that as well).

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Minecraft - 9 Million Sales, and Counting
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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 9 million sales! Minecraft as a game continues to have a phenomenal level of success, with humble beginnings in the hands of Mojang founding member Markus "Notch" Persson, and growing over a period of years into one of the most successful indie game titles in gaming history. In addition, the recent changes to Minecraft in 1.4.7 - and future changes planned the game, including Mod API support, more adventure map options, and all sorts of customization options, including the highly anticipated Redstone Update - Mojang continues to push the game to new heights, even as they get involved in the community, with everything from direct-feedback bug fixing to real-life renewal projects.



Pocket Edition Update 0.6.0 Now Submitted
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That's right, a new update for Pocket Edition was recently submitted! It can take up to a week before the update becomes available for iOS or Android, so don't worry if you don't get it right away! Some of the changes include:

New features:
  • Signs
  • Armor
  • Baby animals
  • Fancy clouds
  • Improved D-pad
  • Stonecutter for crafting stone blocks
  • Sheep can be colored with dyes
  • New block types: Netherrack, Nether Brick, Block of Quartz with 2 variants (pillar and chiseled), mossy/cracked Smooth Stone Brick variants (creative only), chiseled/smooth Sandstone variants
  • New stairs: Nether Brick, Sandstone, Smooth Stone Brick, Quartz
  • New slabs: Sandstone
  • New item: Nether Brick (smelted from netherrack and crafted into nether brick tile)
  • Upside-down stairs, corner stairs
  • Slabs can be placed in up position (needs testing on small screens)
  • Sand and Gravel are affected by gravity

    Tweaks:

  • Recipes for crafting slabs give 6 slabs instead of 3 (as in PC version)
  • Nether Reactor spawns Netherrack blocks instead of Obsidian
  • The fog and sky color have changed
  • The Nether Reactor now spawns more items
  • Cows drop Leather

    Bug fixes:

  • Melons had several bugs where they would spawn too fast and where they shouldn’t


Notice for Android users: Starting with this update, Minecraft Pocket Edition will require Android 2.3 or later. This means we no longer support Android 2.1 or 2.2, but you will still be able to play older versions of Minecraft Pocket Edition. Back to Top

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The 1.4.4 Update is finally out!  Today's release is the same client from the pre-release last week, but now it's a full, official release.  Just in case you haven't had a chance to see the changelogs, they include - among other things:

Changelog
  • Server IPs can now be hidden individually when editing or adding a server
  • Server version is now displayed left of the connection bars
  • Server ping tooltip now shows if the server and client have mismatching protocol versions
  • Mismatching servers can't be joined
  • Renamed Chat Settings to Multiplayer Settings
  • Added an option for cape-owners to hide their capes in-game
  • Added Fullscreen and VSync toggles
  • Though this is not in the settings menu, you may go into the options.txt in %appdata% and toggle advancedToolTips. This shows you the item IDs of everything and the durability of tools and armor.
  • The piechart is now shown when using shift+F3 instead of vice versa
  • Added the cardinal direction and the degree value to the f value indicating the direction the player is facing
  • Now shows which chunk and where in that chunk the player is in on X and Z values
  • Pressing P while holding F3 will toggle the auto-pause when the Minecraft window loses focus
  • Pressing H while holding F3 will toggle detailed item descriptions, which additionally show item id, damage value, color code, tool/armor/weapon damage and map zoom level and scale on the tooltip
  • Updated language files
  • Spawn protection now is disabled if there's nothing in ops.txt
  • Spawn protection radius can now be changed in the server.properties file
  • Improved Creative inventory
  • Items can now be cloned by using Pick Block on them - An item stack with the highest amount of items possible in it will be created
  • Items can now be shift-clicked around on the survival inventory screen
  • Improved General inventory
  • Pressing the 1-9 hotkeys while hovering over an item will exchange that item with the one from the corresponding hotbar slot
  • Status effects now cause the inventory window to be off-center regardless of screen aspect ratio
  • A whole lot more changes

To update, simply start up your Minecraft PC game, and press "Yes" when it asks you to update the game.  Enjoy! Back to Top

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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 8 million sales!  In addition to blowing the lid off of XBLA sales records with well over 4 million sales, and continuing to set incredible landmarks in the handheld market with over 2 million sold, Minecraft continues to set landmarks like never before.  In just the last 24 hours, over 10,000 copies of the game have sold, just on the PC!

Minecraft as a game continues to have a phenomenal level of success, with humble beginnings in the hands of Mojang founding member Markus "Notch" Persson, and growing over a period of years into one of the most successful indie game titles in gaming history.  In addition, the recent changes to Minecraft in 1.4.4 - and future changes planned the game, including Mod API support, more adventure map options, and all sorts of customization options - Mojang continues to push the game to new heights, even as they get involved in the community, with everything from direct-feedback bug fixing to real-life rewnewal projects.

Congratulations to Mojang for the amazing sales milestone, and to everyone out there in the Minecraft community for making it what it is today!  Feel free to read Mojang's own words on the matter, and have a great Monday! Back to Top

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Pre-Paid Cards Available in the US, Coming to Europe Later

As many of you know, pre-paid Minecraft Gift Cards are now available in the United States, and can be bought at Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy.  The reasons for getting them are many and varied, and they are especially useful for players who would buy the game, but might not have a credit card to do so.  They're only available in the U.S. right now.

For now, that is.

Carl Manneh has expressed that Europe will be Mojang's next priority for making Minecraft Gift Cards available!  That's right, our friends in Europe will be next on the list to get the gift of gift cards!  While no date has been set, Mojang is working hard to make them available as soon as possible.  We will keep you posted on any updates!

Pocket Edition 0.5.0 Update Submitted

A new update for Minecraft - Pocket Edition has been submitted, and there are a ton of features coming!  What sort of features?  Well:

New features:
  • Paintings
  • Mushroom farming
  • Melons
  • Zombie pigmen
  • Nether Reactor
  • Glowstone

Tweaks:
  • Restore hearts when sleeping in bed
  • Food now restores more health
  • Tweaked the fog to make the game less foggy
  • It is now easier to get out a bed

Bug fixes:
  • The game could crash when loading a saved game [MCPE-442]
  • Animals would sometimes never respawn in a map [MCPE-272]
  • Using an item could sometimes attack animals/players when not facing them [MCPE-269]
  • Spawning by a bed sometimes resulted in the player being several floors up from it [MCPE-51]
  • Seeds would drop below grass block when using the hoe [MCPE-7]
  • About 25 additional bug fixes

Additionally, there are a huge pile of bug fixes coming, very exciting stuff!

We will let everyone know the moment the update becomes available for play - keep your eyes peeled!

Speaking of updates, the 1.4.4 pre-release is quickly approaching this week, so be sure not to miss it! Back to Top

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The 1.4.3 Pre-Release is ready for testing!  Mojang has been hard at work fixing the many bugs found in the game - almost too many to list here! - and have prepared this pre-release for early playtesting!  If all goes well, the official release of the 1.4.3 update is expected to be this coming Wednesday, November 7th.  Check out the update, and tell us about it!

Also be sure to report any bugs you find with the official Mojang Bug Tracker, linked below.

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Download Server:  Click here

Mojira Bug Tracking & Reporting:  Click here Back to Top

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You can update your client simply by starting up Minecraft, and selecting to update at the prompt.  Have fun! Back to Top

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Reporting bugs in Minecraft has always been an adventure.  With so many different places to post bugs, it's often difficult for Mojang to collate them all in a timely fashion.  So, what to do?  How about an official bug tracker!

Warren "EvilSeph" Loo, Mojang coder extraordinaire, brings us a new solution to bug tracking, in the form of  Mojira!  Although this new Minecraft bug tracker will mostly be community organized and run, it will be the official location to report bugs in Minecraft that Mojang will use. Please note, this bug-tracker will, at present, only be used for reporting bugs on 1.4.1 and later.  As 1.4 will release tomorrow, this means most of us won't be affected by older bug reporting, since everyone will be on the new update anyway!

EvilSeph had the following to say on the founding of Mojira:

EvilSeph said:

When we were looking for the perfect service to use for our Minecraft bug tracker, we had to focus on two things: it had to be powerful enough to actually be useful and it had to be relatively easy to use. If you have any experience with issue trackers, you’ll know that it is really difficult to find one that isn’t entirely developer focused and too complicated for non-tech savvy users to use. There are plenty options out there, but they’re either too powerful and complicated or too simple and watered down.

Enter Atlassian’s JIRA, their answer to issue trackers. Having used it extensively and successfully for the Bukkit project, I was fully aware of how powerful JIRA was. As such, it was a clear place for us to start evaluating the options we had and we quickly found out how flexible and customisable, as well as powerful, it was after some tinkering. With JIRA, we feel that we’re able to achieve the important balance we need that provides the community with the right tools to properly manage and report bugs, while continuing to be easy to use.

With that in mind, we sent an email to Atlassian, let them know of our plan to set up a proper Minecraft Bug Tracker and asked if they could help us out. To our surprise, they’re huge fans of Minecraft and immediately offered to help us out, providing us with a free JIRA license and whatever guidance we needed. In fact, they love Minecraft so much, they even used it to showcase their improved JIRA developer’s API for JIRA v5.0 in a cool video. So, it’s thanks to Atlassian for being awesome, supportive and lovers of Minecraft that we’re able to provide the community with a fantastic and powerful Minecraft bug tracker.

So, how can YOU help out with bug tracking?  We have included links below, so get to tracking those bugs!


Mojira Bug Tracking:  Click here

Guide to good Bug Report Making (a must-read!): Click here

If you want to help with bug tracking on all Minecraft platforms, including MCX360 and Pocket Edition, be sure to check out the list of official Mojang bug trackers - Click here!

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1.4.2 Pre-Release...Released

The 1.4 Pre-Release is now on version 1.4.2, now with even more bug-fixes, tweaks, and assorted goodies!  Links for the client and server are below!

  • Fixed a severe memory leak in the server
  • Corrected rendering of fences and cobblestone walls

Client:  Download

Server:  Download Back to Top

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