Today in Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Gift Cards, & More

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!

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