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Mojam a Huge Success

As of this writing, the amazingly awesome Mojam has generated over $478,000!  What sweet games came out of their ceaseless efforts?  Only the coolest titles;
  • Nuclear Pizza War
  • Endless Nuclear Kittens
  • Battle Frogs
  • Nuke the Dinosaurs
  • Tektonik
  • Space Hunk
  • 3918
  • Wasteland Kings
  • Low Light

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Pictured: Battle Frogs.  I know you were curious.


If you want to pick up these awesome games on the Humble Bundle, or donate something last-minute for the Mojam (or both!), head over to Humble Bundle by clicking here, and get your hands on some sweet new games today!  A lot of people worked tirelessly to bring you some truly amazing games in record time, they are definitely worth a look!


Minecraft Marathon: All Kinds of Awesome

The Minecraft Marathon fundraiser for Child's Play came to a close yesterday, netting over $42,000!  Defeating their total amount from last years' drive by well over four times the amount, this year's MCM was a resounding success.  Raffles were had, prizes were given, games were played, and fun was had all around.

We are looking forward to both events again next year!


Minecraft News: Livestream Central & Papercraft!

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Yogventures Wiki Now Live

Are you a fan of all things Yogs?  Want to help out with (or get more info about) Yogventures?  Be sure to check out our wiki page, which you can visit by clicking here! Back to Top

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The Minecraft Marathon begins today, and will be running through Sunday, the 24th!  Details for participation, livestreams, servers, and everything else can be found by clicking here, or the image above.

The Minecraft Marathon will be fundraising for the Child's Play charity, and includes giveaways, VIP server access, and much more for donors.  Be sure to give it a look!

Mojam continues to roll on, and the guys are hard at work to make some really sweet games in really short time!  ("Nuclear Pizza War", anyone?  Yes, please!)  If you want to see Mojang (and many other top-tier coders) program some new games under pressure and with a very short deadline, be sure to check out their livestream, going on now!  Don't forget that you can also make donations during the stream here as well, for the Humble Bundle - details can be found here.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Want to win a FREE copy of Crysis 3?  FPS General is giving away a copy today, and it can be yours - click here for details!

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Mojam is happening even as we speak!  Mojang will be split into teams, and each of those teams will create a game inspired by you.  They have until midnight, Saturday the 23rd to complete their creations.  What does the community get?  They get to play the (wonderful) things they come up with!

Five other developers join Mojang on their project;
  • Grapefrukt
  • Ludosity
  • Oxeye Game Studio
  • Vlambeer
  • Wolfire Games
Mojam is an annual drive by Mojang, where participating developers must create a game in a very limited window of time, and you can see the entire process in real-time!  Additionally, viewers are encouraged to make donations during the livestream event; donations will go towards two charities close to Mojang’s heart: Block by Block and the EFF.

Everyone who donates will get to play the final games they create, along with any builds which are released during the ‘Jam.

Donate above the average contribution and you can get entry into exclusive raffles!
You get to decide the themes that will help inspire Mojang's games.  To do that, just pick your two favorite ideas from the following list. Tomorrow (Thursday), they will randomly pick two of the ideas for each game, and use them as inspiration.  Neat!

Want to watch these hard-hitting developers make some games right in front of your eyes?  Click here! Back to Top

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Mojang has a documentary, covering their first year as a company (from 2010), and the explosive growth of everyone's favorite sandbox game, and it's available right now!  Players who have Gold Accounts on XBox Live can see the movie straight away.  If you would prefer to get the movie outside of Xbox, 2 Player Productions is offering the documentary DRM-free; click here to get your copy right now!

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is a feature-length documentary that follows the young company over the course of its first year as their profile expanded across the world stage, and into the homes of millions of gamers. Featuring insights from industry icons (Peter Molyneux, Tim Schafer), journalists (Geoff Keighley, Stephen Totilo), taste-makers (Gabe & Tycho of Penny Arcade), and players profoundly impacted by the game (Yogscast, The Shaft, Minecraft Teacher), the film serves as a time capsule for one of this generation's most unorthodox success stories.

Minecraft is the second feature from game culture archivists 2 Player Productions (Reformat the Planet, Penny Arcade: The Series - Season 1, Double Fine Adventure!). Funded through crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter.com, the production spanned nearly two years in locations across North America and Europe.

Congratulations to everyone at Mojang for making an incredible game, and being an inspiration for us all!  Be sure to check out this amazing film, and enjoy. Back to Top

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Excited about attending Minecon 2012 this year?  Why wouldn't you be, it's going to be awesome!  There will be a whole host of special guests, booths, and for anyone who attended the 'con last year, less lines.  Still, there are a few things Mojang wants to make sure any attendee is aware of!  From Mojang's own Lydia Winters:

Lydia Winters said:

So you wanna be FAMOUS?

Do you have something interesting you want to talk about at MINECON? Submissions for panelists are open now. We are looking for speakers on all kinds of topics like building, redstone, running a server, Minecrafting with your family, creating videos, basically anything! Submit your panel here: http://bit.ly/TlBvGG. You have until October 31st @ 11pm PST.

Epic Creative Build Contest

Do you dream of meeting the Mojang team? Here’s your chance. Enter the official MINECON build contest. There are only 1,000 spots available, so sign up quickly: http://bit.ly/OVHRQy. It’s an individual two week creative build contest. The top three builds will be showcased on stage at MINECON and the winners will get to meet the Mojangstas.

Register your Babies (literally)

Children under seven are free, but we need to get a head-count of how many will be attending. If you are bringing small children with you, please login to manage your ticket, then scroll down and add in the number of children under seven attending with you.

Schedule

MINECON will be open each day from 10-17 (10am-5pm). On Saturday night, the Walt Disney Studios party will start at 8. The Sunday night .party() details haven’t been released yet (don’t forget it is 18+ ONLY).

Get EXCITED

Some things that will make this year’s MINECON incredible:

  • All of you
  • Amazing panels about everything Minecraft you can imagine
  • A killer exhibit hall with hand picked exhibitors
  • An interactive area… nope… I’m not telling you ANYTHING else about this one
  • A private party at Walt Disney Studios. Ride ALL the rides with fellow Minecrafters – Too much awesome to describe

Badge pickup

Badges will be picked up on-site. You will get an email soon that gives you all the specifics of what you need to bring with you.

Emails

We’ll be sending out multiple emails over the next month to keep you updated on what’s happening! Also, the MINECON website will be getting an update soon!
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Ah, Halloween - the season of monsters, costumes, and candy.

And more candy.

MCX360 recently knocked Modern Warfare 3 off the top of the Most Played game of the week, to utterly dominate the 360 Live Arcade charts!  What could be cooler than that, you ask?  How about a massive skins pack for your copy of MCX360?

To kick of the Halloween season right, Mojang is releasing a very special Halloween Skin Pack for MCX360 - all proceeds from purchased skin packs will go charity! The Skin Pack is 160 points (approximately $2.00), and every single point of that will go to good causes!

Skin creators for the pack include a number of different companies and artists, such as Rare (known relatively recently for the Kinect Sports titles, or if you grew up in the Stone Age like I did, Donkey Kong Country on the SNES).  All told, there are about 55 skins in this pack - that's right, 55 unique, custom Minecraft skins, for less than the cost of a soda!  That's a pretty sweet deal, and you get to help out some pretty sweet charities, too.  Neat!



Want to know more about the charities the skin packs are contributing to?  Click here!

Want to know what all the skins are?  Click here!

Ready to get this awesome skin pack for yourself?  Click here! 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

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The 1.4 Very Scary Update releases tomorrow, and we are all very excited about it!  Many of us have already played the pre-release for excessive amounts of time, but what if you wanted more?  Turns out Mojang is having a contest around the update!

"Contest, you say?"  Indeed I do, and here's how it goes:

  • Make a scary screenshot in Minecraft. It has to be a screenshot, not a piece of fan art.
  • Make it the the scariest screenshot you’ve ever taken. One influenced by fear, impending danger, pain, anxiety; that kind of thing. You can wait for tomorrow’s update if you like, or submit it right away if you already have something in mind.
  • Submit the screenshot to the Hej Mojang page before the end of October 30th, CEST.
  • Wait for us to judge the submitted screenshots.
  • Cross your fingers and hope you win!

Contests are awesome, but what about prizes?  We're glad you asked!  Mojang has a nice, real-life foam pickaxe, signed by the entire Mojang team, up for grabs as a prize!  That's pretty sweet, and not something easily come by, so definitely participate!

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Block by Block; Better Building IRL

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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!

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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?

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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!

As luck would have it, we are also giving away a decked out Origin PC (topped off with a sweet A40 Astro gaming headset)!  Want in on this sweepstakes?  Give Premium a try!

*Code currently only valid in North America; we are looking into some sweet goodies for our EU members, so keep an eye out!  DISCOUNTS FOR EVERYONE! Back to Top

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Notch Interview at PAX

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During PAX, there was an hour-long panel with Mojang 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?

Notch said:

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.

Check out the full interview right here!

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Minecraft - Pocket Edition Updates Tomorrow!

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...

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