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Next Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 CET, most of the Minecraft team, parts of the Scrolls team, and a bunch of other Mojang peeps will head over to the Blockholm exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Design here in Stockholm. They plan to stay until 12:30 or so.

Ask them questions! Take pictures with your favorite team members! Hang out! Maybe check out Blockholm too! Back to Top

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CHANGE YOUR MINECRAFT PASSWORD - WHY

A recent exploit found in OpenSSL (an open-source security socket layer, meant to secure/encrypt internet traffic) called "Heartbleed", made it possible for hackers to find and use passwords on systems using OpenSSL.


WAIT, MOJANG WAS HACKED?

No, Mojang was not hacked. Their servers are not vulnerable to the OpenSSL exploit, but the load balancers they use from Amazon were. As a precaution, it has been recommended that you update your Minecraft password, just to be sure.

Mojang said:

Due to an exploit in the OpenSSL software used by Amazon's load balancing serive (which we use for most of our stuff) we were forced to temporary suspend all of our services. All systems are now back online, and the exploit has been fixed. There was no way to target specific users, but we can not guarantee that your information wasn't compromised. Therefore we recommend everyone to change their Mojang/Minecraft account passwords.

WAIT - DO I CHANGE MY MINECRAFT PASSWORD, MOJANG PASSWORD, OR BOTH?

If you have not migrated your account, change your password at Minecraft.net.

If you have migrated your account, change your password at Mojang.com.

Regardless of whether you have or have not migrated, it is crucial to change your password. Back to Top

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Are you going to SXSW this weekend? If so, Mojang's Lydia "MinecraftChick" Winters will be there to do a Minecraft talk on the Geek Stage, Saturday, March 8th from 2:30-3:15pm at the Palmer Events Center. Lydia adds that if you show up in Minecraft cosplay, you might get awesome prizes!

SxSW said:

Mojang’s Director of Fun, Lydia Winters, will be your guide as you explore how the world is using Minecraft. Did you know it has been featured in world renown museums? That some Minecraft parodies have more views than the original songs? That players in Japan do speed runs to the End? That UN Habitat collaborates on a program with Mojang? That the world can feel smaller when you’re playing Minecraft? Enjoy a fun and interactive session on how Minecraft is taking over the world.

The World of Minecraft is open to the public with free Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or on-site at the event. Guestpass.sxsw.com for more information.
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Have you seen the Lego Movie yet? I don't want to spoil it, but it's pretty awesome. Warner Bros did LEGO proud, and now has its sights on giving Minecraft a similar movie makeover.

As of this writing, there are no hard dates for production (or release), and it seems that talks between Mojang and Warner Bros are ongoing.

Rumors abound on whether the movie will be animated, or live-action. According to film blog "Deadline Hollywood", Roy Lee (co-producer of the LEGO film) is set to produce Minecraft. Notch has said that Mojang will retain a significant level of creative control of the movie, something they are not willing to budge on. Who will star in it? What will the story be about? At the moment, no one knows!

Keep an ear to the ground - we might see a Minecraft movie before the end of the year. Back to Top

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Mojang AB recently received a "cease-and-desist" letter for copyright infringement - using the trademarked name "Putt Putt"! Unfortunately, the claim assumes that Mojang is - by way of Minecraft - authorizing the use of their name and likeness, when this is simply not the case.

Often, the legal department of a company will automatically send cease-and-desist letters to anything their searches turn up that might match their criteria, without reviewing the material in detail. This can seem like a senseless action to anyone who's not been a part of a major corporation's legal team; however, they often have oceans of these kinds of claims to sort through, and it's often simpler to send out blanket requests, with the expectation that legitimate claims will be responded to. For the rest of us, it can result in hilarious misfires, like this one.

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Pictured: Not Mojang


Mojang is, of course, not making any use of the amusement center franchise's trademarks.

What sort of golf mods or maps have you come across that are awesome? I'd love to hear about them in the comments! Back to Top

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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 11 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, spanning PC, console, and handheld systems in record numbers. In addition, the recent changes to Minecraft in 1.5 - and future changes planned the game, including horses, a revamped game structure for easier modding and better performance, and many different and exciting new items - 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 surpassed 10 million sales in late April, and is hot on the heels of the PC behemoth, and MCX360 isn't far behind with well over 6 million sales. Congratulations, Mojang! Back to Top

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Mojang has been hard at work developing a new launcher for Minecraft, one that promises to improve the overall experience of Minecraft in a number of ways. However, there seems to be some confusion on what the new launcher is, what state it is currently in, and what can be expected from it in the future. Today, we are going to take a look at what the new launcher currently features, what it will feature later on, and more!

What the New Launcher Offers

According to Jeb, The new launcher will support updated OpenGL and Java libraries, and will come with the ability to change versions with a drop-down menu. In addition, detailed game settings, such as game directory location, jvm options, memory, and more, will be customizable. This offers an obvious benefit in allowing players to choose which version they are playing with minimal fuss, and no extra installations, as well as tailoring their game to their personal and system specifications.

New Launcher Rumors: Fact or Fiction?

Unfortunately, there have been rumors circulating about what the new launcher will bring (or break), many of which are simply untrue. Today, I sat down with Mojang's very own Dinnerbone to talk about the new launcher, where it is, and where it is going. Some of the most heard rumors are addressed below, plus some exciting news for the future of the launcher!

"The new launcher has always-on DRM! Why is Mojang joining the AODRM bandwagon?!"
  • Untrue. The launcher is still in a testing phase, and the "Play Offline" option simply hasn't been added to the menu yet. It is coming in future launcher updates, and will remain a core feature of the launcher. Not to worry, Offline isn't going away!

"The new launcher will kill modding!"
  • Untrue; however, we have to examine how Minecraft works now, and how it is planned to work with the new launcher in the future, to understand why this is the case.

    The Technical Explanation

    Right now, Minecraft is installed to the same location for every player (on their respective operating systems), and modding the game requires editing the core files in this location, such as the mincraft.jar, adding mod/config/etc files and folders, and so on. For most players, modding Minecraft, changing versions, or testing Snapshots requires editing these core files directly, which changes the game itself. One of the running problems with this approach has been the lament of modders since the earliest days of the game - every update breaks mods, because an update will completely overwrite old versions of Minecraft (modded or not) with the new version data.

    The new version of Minecraft is expected to be compartmentalized. Instead of having "Minecraft" as an entire game to modified, there will be a "core" Minecraft - essentially, the game's engine and crucial data - which all things will be built upon. Jar files which determine how the game runs will have their own locations, called "Versions", which will be selected from the new launcher. This includes everything from actual vanilla versions of Minecraft to the most complex mods imaginable. For example, if you were to install a mod called "Baconcraft" - which involved adding modified files to the minecraft.jar file, custom folders, assets, and textures - you could place it in a Version folder called "Baconcraft", and select it from the launcher when you started the game.

    Vanilla Versions already download their data on launch, but only the selected Version's data downloads. For example, if you launch the game with 1.6 selected, only 1.6 data downloads. It is hoped that the launcher will also use this feature to update modded versions of the game, adding functionality for modders to include a download source which would update their modded Version whenever a player launched it.

    More details on planned features will be released in the coming days, but this glimpse into the future of the launcher definitely shows an exciting future for modded Minecraft!

    The "TL;DR" Explanation

    Right now, modifying Minecraft means changing the game itself - adding, removing, or modifying files, which will inevitably get overwritten with updates. The new, proposed system will let you pick any version to play that you wish - up to and including modded versions that you have installed - without accidentally breaking other versions, or worrying that a new update will overwrite and ruin your modded game. Pretty awesome!

"Wait...does that mean the MOD API is coming now?!"
  • The new launcher - and the 1.6 update itself - do not include the mod API. However, the API will require many of the coming changes, and so this can be thought of as a preliminary step towards the API!
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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 10 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, spanning PC, console, and handheld systems in record numbers. In addition, the recent changes to Minecraft in 1.5 - 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 renewal projects.  With the recent TU9 update, MCX360 is hot on the PC version's heels, even as it introduces special goodies unique to XBLA gamers.

As promised by Jeb, a secret was revealed about 1.6, a feature many were looking forward to!  What feature?  Well...

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Spoiler: It isn't pink withers!

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A few days ago, Daniel Kaplan released info on what exactly Minecraft Realms is.  A number of you left questions in the comments section, and I thought to myself, "Why not pass these questions along to Mojang?"

Why not, indeed!  So here are some answers to your questions, from Mojang CEO Carl Manneh!

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Realms Q&A:

    Will this service limit you to only allowing people to reach your server if they are in your area?

  • Anyone who the server 'owner' white lists can join your server, from anywhere in the world. Obviously you'll get better performance if you are geographically closer to the actual server.

    Will it allow you to add plugins?

  • Starting out it will be vanilla Minecraft only, but as our API matures and Realms is further developed, some sort of plugin connection may be possible.

    Will players have something like FTP access, to upload worlds, mods, and manage server settings?

  • Yes there will be a settings panel for the server owner. It will be quite limited from the beginning, but will be built out as the service develops.

    Is this service aiming to replace third-party hosting?

  • No. We will not be able to provide all the options and features third-party hosting provides, so there will definitely be a need for third party hosting.

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There you have it, even more goodies on the upcoming Realms service!  A big "thank you" to Carl for giving us some insight into Realms, and answering users' questions directly! Back to Top

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Last week, Mojang worked alongside a number of indie developers for their annual Humble Bundle Mojam event, with the promise of shaving Markus "Notch" Persson's beard in the event they raised more than $500,000.  Well, they surpassed their goal, and Notch has shaved his beard!  We would tell you more, but this is something better seen than said - give the video a watch, and see Notch beardless for the first time! Back to Top

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