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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! Back to Top

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Mojang at PAX!

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Mojang has been busy at PAX all weekend, and we have been bringing you some pretty awesome updates on all things Minecraft going on there.  So, what's going on today, you ask?  EvilSeph has reminded us that there is a Minecraft Panel going on today, at 4:30 pm, PST!  Be sure to check out the panel - if you're not at PAX today, you can watch it live, on the PAX Twitch channel - click here to check it out!

Not enough Minecraft to whet your appetite?  How about this: Notch has announced that Minecraft's "Adventure Update" will be playable on the show floor!  The expansion, which is currently heavily in development, will add more than 40 new features in the sandbox blockbuster, such as NPC villages, additional farming activities, and randomly-generated dungeons!

Keep an eye out for more updates to Minecraft, PAX and more, right here!

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Notch's Beard is At Stake!

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Speaking of awesome things related to Penny Arcade; a few weeks ago, QubeTubers hosted a popular charity event, which was frequented by nearly every major Minecraft personality in existence, including a number of Mojangsters!  The drive is still going on through today, and has cleared an impressive $70,000 in donations for the Child's Play charity!  However, there is an extra prize for clearing that $75,000 mark:

Notch will shave his beard.

That's right - if the QubeTuber's Charity Event clears $75,000 before the event ends, Notch will shave his beard off.

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So, if you want to help out the most awesome children's charity ever AND see Notch sans beard, be sure to head over to the QubeTuber's Child's Play Charity Event - there's less than $5,000 to go for a beardless Notch, and countless children will see the benefit of your generosity.  Check it out! Back to Top

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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 7 million sales!  In addition to blowing the lid off of XBLA sales records, and continuing to set incredible landmarks in the handheld market, Minecraft also has over 37 million registered users!

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 1.3.1 - and future changes planned for 1.4, including Mod API support, more adventure map options, and more - are setting the stage for a whole new generation of game.  In many ways, the upcoming changes will allow people to custom-tailor Minecraft to their liking with minimal effort and hassle, paving the way for the ultimate user-made experience.

Congratulations to Mojang for the amazing sales milestone, and to everyone out there in the Minecraft community for making it what it is today! Back to Top

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Ever wanted to ask Notch something? Tomorrow is your chance: he will be hosting an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on Reddit on Tuesday, July 31st at 2:00 pm (14:00) GMT +1! So, if you have a burning question for the founder of Minecraft, now is the time - get your questions ready, and check out the Notch AMA tomorrow!

Can't get enough Minecrafty goodness? Looking for updates on the upcoming API for Minecraft? Want them in real-time? Look no further than the Minecraft API Bot on Twitter!

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Minecraft in Left 4 Dead?

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Minecraft has invaded a number of popular game titles over the last year, and Left 4 Dead is among them. If you happen to have L4D, and want a little more blockiness in your game, check out this awesome map! The video above is a pretty good run-through of the map, if you need a preview. Download links below!

Deathcraft 2 Map: Download

Wait...L4D in Minecraft?

The door is swinging both ways this time, it seems - if you enjoyed Deathcraft 2, then you might appreciate a visit from the L4D characters in your Minecraft world! In the near future, the 4 primary characters from L4D - Louis, Bill, Zoey and Francis - will be available for use in MCX360! Back to Top

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To many, the name "Uniloc" doesn't mean much - however, that will likely change in the coming days.  Uniloc is suing Mojang for allegedly infringing on the company's patent.  What patent is allegedly being infringed?

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a system and method ... for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data stored on an electronic device.

It is not known at this time what, if anything, this means for Mojang.  Of note, Markus "Notch" Persson has certainly voiced his opinion on the matter, stating that he "will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent".  Little else is known about the lawsuit at this time.

Notch has made the lawsuit PDF available for viewing, which you can see by clicking here.  He has also posted a detailed write-up on his perspective on software patents - you can view it by clicking here.

Uniloc appears to be suing numerous other gaming producers allegedly violating this patent, including Square Enix, Electronic Arts and others.

Any further specifics of the case will be covered as they develop.

UPDATE:  Ric Richardson has posted his views on the situation as well, which you can read by clicking here.  It is important to note that Mr. Richardson has had no direct part in the lawsuit of Uniloc vs. Mojang.

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This week, David and Toby talk about Minecon 2012, Creeper clothes and other awesome Minecraftiness - check it out! Back to Top

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MCX360 continues to dominate Xbox Live Arcade, recently surpassing over 3 million sales! Combined with the Pocket Edition (over 2 million sold), and the ever-popular, original PC Minecraft (weighing in at over 6.6 million sales), Minecraft has sold over 12 million copies, worldwide!

If that wasn't enough to be excited about, there's more good news! According to Major Nelson, MCX360 continues to hold the #2 spot for top titles (based on unique users), beating out games like FIFA 12, TES: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Halo: Reach, just to name a few. In many ways, this accurately reflects one of the best aspects of Minecraft - the community that brings it alive. With numerous servers, mini-games, amazing architecture and incredible maps, millions of Minecrafters give life to a unique community all their own.

Congratulations to Mojang for the amazing sales milestone, and to everyone out there in the Minecraft community for making it what it is today!

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This week, Pico gives us news about ComicCon, War Z, World of Tanks, Endless Space and more. Be sure to subscribe to stay updated on the latest gaming news from all across the network! Back to Top

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Minecraft has hit over 6,000,000 (six million) sales, and just shy of 30 million registered users! The game continues growing, and so does the player-base; MCX360 has definitively sold over a million copies, and the Pocket Edition easily doubles those numbers.

It's almost impossible to really grasp the totality of how far Minecraft has come, and how much Mojang has grown. What will the next major landmark be for the smash-hit sandbox game, and the blockbusting team behind it?

All told, it is believed that Minecraft has sold over 9 million copies on every platform for which it is currently available. In the last 24 hours, 83,284 people have registered at minecraft.net, and 8,994 people bought the game, just on the PC platform, in that time. Minecraft also celebrated its third birthday almost two weeks ago today. Back to Top

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A lot of exciting things have been happening in the world of Minecraft lately, and Mojang wants to share their good fortune with everyone!  To begin, they are starting a weekly celebration of the community. This will happen in various forms – videos, tweets, and a weekly blog post every Wednesday.  This week, they want to start off the celebration strong, with a free MCX360 code giveaway!  How does it work?  Easy - first, be sure to follow them on Twitter.  Once you have done so, do one of the following:

  • Help them come up with a great name for the weekly blog/community event!  The best name gets a free code.  OR,
  • Create something cool with the theme of “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.” It can be a photo, sculpture, drawing, photoshop artwork, or anything fun you can think up. Tweet a picture of it and use the hashtag #MinecraftXBLA. Some winners will be chosen at random and others based on awesomeness and originality. Some of them will be featured on a first community YouTube video next week!

Don’t worry if you aren’t a twitter user, there will be lots of fun activities happening on Mojang's blog, YouTube, and also on Facebook. Check back every Wednesday for fun challenges and featured community members! Back to Top

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Minecraft Weekly News


This weeks "Minecraft News" takes a close look at Notch's upcoming new game, "0x10c"; we also touch on the recent release of the official line of Minecraft LEGO products, this week's AMA (more on that in a moment), Minecon 2012 and the secret Snapshot 12w15a update details!

Pocket Edition Update Soon

It is about time for another Pocket Edition Update!  The portable Minecraft port can expect more advances in tools, creatures and survival mechanics - one step closer to perfection.  Have you built something truly awesome in Minecraft: Pocket Edition?  If so, show us here!

Pocket Edition has spent some time slowly becoming more and more like the Survival mode we know and love on the PC version.  While it has been said that MCPE will never be exactly like the PC version, the addition of Survival elements and more robust Creative controls is a welcome addition.  Keep an eye out as we track the exact changes to the upcoming update - if you just can't get enough portable building action, you won't want to miss out on the new info!

Of note on the PC version, the Mod API will be getting some particular focus very soon.  How soon?  We won't say, precisely - not just yet.

Ask Jon Anything - Users Ask Much of Mojang's AI Guru

Jon Kågström - the man responsible for many incredible AI changes in Minecraft, among others - had his AMA session today!  Jon answered a host of questions about the game; the future of group-based monster intelligence, how the upcoming Mod API might be used with mob interaction in mods, possible trading with villagers, and so much more.  If you have never heard about what Jon does for Mojang, now is a great opportunity to see him talk about his work first-hand, and believe me, you don't want to miss out.  Check out Jon's AMA by clicking this link!

Mojang Moving Into New Office Soon

Mojang has been pining for a new office for some time now, and they finally have a "ready" date for it - June 1st!  Mojang's Carl Manneh spoke briefly on the topic, noting that the ceiling is green.

One has to wonder if it is creeper green.  Why would it be anything else?

While the office will be ready for move-in by June 1st, Mojang will likely not relocate to the new building until a week or more after this date.  Anyone who has ever tried to relocate an entire office can easily tell you why:  all of the excitement of packing up and moving from home, but with tons more stuff.  Usually much heavier stuff, too.  Nonetheless, the new location looks fancy - we will update you with new pictures as they become available.

Scrolls to Alpha Stage Soon

Have you been anxiously awaiting the upcoming CCGI-alike, "Scrolls"?  Itching for some card-combat action?  It won't be long before you can see it first-hand:  the Scrolls Alpha is coming soon!  Mojang has been playtesting Scrolls quite a bit lately, even having in-house tournaments every week.  It won't be long before players will be able to do the same, so keep an ear to the ground! Back to Top

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Posted ImagePAX East Going On Now!
That's right, the Penny Arcade Expo (more commonly known as "PAX") is going on right now in Boston! While Mojang doesn't have a booth set up there this year, Lydia Winters and Marc Watson are in attendance, and giving away goodies to any Minecraft fans who may find them:

Minecraft Chick said:

Marc and I will be attending PAX all this weekend and giving away tons of things! We won’t be having a Mojang booth, but we want to say hi to as many of you as possible! Meet up with us in front of the convention center to get your very own CREEPER TATTOO. I’ll be wearing a bright green creeper scarf and Marc will have on a Minecraft shirt! Friday – 5pm Saturday – 11am and 3pm Sunday – 11am and 2pm
Be sure to follow "@mojangteam" on Twitter - Lydia will be tweeting their location from time to time, and anyone who follows them may win J!NX gear, and other awesome swag. Don't miss out! Mojang hosted their own massive convention - Minecon - in November of 2011. While a Europe-based 2012 Minecon is highly likely, it hasn't been irrefutably confirmed.

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Minecraft News - April 6th, 2012


This week, David & Toby talk about the 1.2.5 update, Notch's new prototype game, Notch's GDC Fireside Chat and more - take a look! Back to Top

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