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"Alone" - a Minecraft Parody of Maroon 5's "Payphone"

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YouTuber CaptainLazerGuns team up to make a surprisingly catchy parody of Maroon 5's "Payphone" song, done up in true Minecraft style - take a look!

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Ant Farm Survival

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Minecraft News anchor David, and video personality Pico, take a look at one of the 10 most popular maps ever created in the Minecraft world! Test your skills with limited resources and simple rules. Very similar to Survival Island, give it a look! Back to Top

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It's the moment we've all been waiting for - Minecon 2012 registration is now open!  That's right, the countdown to sign up for tickets, make reservations, and get ready for the most awesome convention ever, at Disneyland in Paris, France, has begun!

Minecon 2012 will be taking place from November 24th through November 25th, 2012, in beautiful Paris, France.  Every attendee will get a chance to mingle with other Minecrafters, see notable personalities from the Minecraft community - including modders, YouTube video and series makers, and many more - and the ever-awesome Mojang team!  Are you ready to hang out at the most awesome Minecraft convention yet?  If so, click the banner above (or this link), and be ready when the countdown hits zero!  Once registration opens, you can make your preparations to take part in Minecon 2012 - we'll see you there!

While we wait for the big moment, here's some early details about Minecon 2012 - more info can be found as it becomes available right here, and at the official Minecon site!

  • €99 early-bird rate for MineCon tickets grants admission to the Disney Events Arena, from 10 am to about 6 pm.
  • Saturday evening party at the Walt Disney Studios Park, reserved for MineCon with free rides for everyone!
  • Discounts on Disney hotels (from €78) and park tickets.
  • 18 and over get access to .party() in Paris on Sunday night.
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It's that time again - Snapshot time!  So, what have the creative minds of the Mojangsters come up with this week?  Well:

  • Tweaks to the Wither
    He continues to be refined - this time, with a bit of nasty self-defense

  • Carrots are now carrot, and added new food item
  • Tweaks to a couple of item sprites
    Specifically, Bread, Raw Chicken, Cooked Chicken, Raw Beef, Steak, Raw Porkchop, Cooked Porkchop, Red Apple, and Nether Star no longer have a dark outline.  Golden Carrot now matches the carrot, and heads are centered properly.

  • Leather armor now has a non-dyed layer
  • Superflat customization options
    Comes with 7 presets: Classic Flat, Tunnelers' Dream, Water World, Overworld, Snowy Kingdom, Bottomless Pit, and Desert.  Also, Custom starts off with Classic Flat with three options: Add Layer, Edit Layer, Remove Layer. Adding and editing are NYI.

  • Pigs are now able to jump when players ride on them
  • Added /clear command to empty the inventory
  • Evil mobs are now a little bit more fearless in hard difficulty
  • Various bug fixes

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Ready to test out this awesomeness?  I know I am - download your Snapshot client (or server) below!

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Vote on Impressive Builds for 2PP's Minecraft Documentary

2 Player Productions will be putting together a video soon - "Minecraft: the History of Mojang" - and need your help!  They are asking players to show them impressive builds in the game, which will be used in their documentary video.  Do you know of (or even have) a particularly awesome build, a build that should be seen by everyone, everywhere?  If so, click the link below, and tell them about it!

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Threadless T-Shirt Contest, and Much More

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Today, the ever-lovable Lindsay gives us a run-down on the Threadless T-Shirt Design Contest, talks about upcoming MCX360 updates, Pocket Edition's newest inhabitants, and more.  Give it a watch for all the details!

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Minecraft Weekly News - David Returns

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David rejoins Toby this week to cover all the latest goings-on, including a new boss, controlling pigs as you ride them, and Mob Heads - take a look!

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Sneak Preview of the Next MCX360 Addition?

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What will the next MCX360 update contain?  Click the video above, and find out! Back to Top

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MineTV - Computer Craft

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The next episode of MineTV is tomorrow, featuring Computer Craft maker dan200, goes live tomorrow! Want to be in the studio audience for this episode?  Signup is even easier than the first time!  Just click this link (or the MineTV banner, above) to signup for entry into the LIVE studio audience, which is present on-set during the broadcast of the show!  Become famous!  Wave at your friends!  Get your picture taken with dan200 and MineTV crew!

Not familiar with Computercraft?  Now might be a good time to check it out!

The show will broadcast LIVE at 10:00 pm GMT; schedules and links are below:

Showtime
5:00 pm EST
4:00 pm CST
2:00 pm PST
10:00 pm GMT

Livestream channel: Click here

Having some trouble with timezone conversions?  Click the link below, and align the green slider until it says "7:00 pm" for New York - the time listed for your timezone is when the show goes live!

Timezone conversion made easy

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Pico updates us on Minecraft, Heart of the Swarm, City of Heroes, Fallout, Angry Birds, Sifl and Olly and more! Back to Top

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One thing Minecraft players have no shortage of is creativity - over the last few years, we have seen endless scores of maps, mods, texture packs, builds, and so much more.  This creativity has even spilled into the real world a number of times - now, it's time to see if you can design an awesome Minecraft T-Shirt!

Right now - and going on through September 28th, 2012 - Threadless is asking anyone and everyone to design awesome Minecraft apparel!  Aside from making blocky swag, what incentives do these artists get?  Well, three lucky artists will receive the following as prizes:
  • $3,000 cash
  • $500 Threadless Gift Certificate
  • All expenses paid trip to attend the annual MineCon convention at Disneyland Resort Paris November 24-25, 2012. Includes one round-trip flight, three days at a Disney hotel, ticket to the convention, and food stipend

You read that right: cold hard cash, and free travel and lodging to Minecon 2012!  So, what are you waiting for?  Design some awesome Minecraft clothing, and win some sweet loot in the process!

Are you less interested in creating, and just want to vote on awesome designs?  That's easy to do as well!

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Look for this box!


Click on the "Score Now" button, and rate the design that pops up - on a scale of 0 to 5, depending on how much you like it - and that's it!  The artist gets the benefit of honest feedback, you get to check out snazzy Minecraft designs, some artists might even get some pretty sweet recognition in the form of prizes!  Everyone wins!

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Click on the giant blue numbers!


So, whether you want to vote on your favorite designs, submit an awesome design of your own, or just browse around at all the shiny goodness that Threadless has to offer, there's something for everyone!

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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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It's Thursday, and you know what that means: Snapshot time! So, what's on the plate for this week's test client?

  • A new scary decoration block
  • The “secret” from previous snapshots is now spawnable
  • A new mob variant in the Nether
  • Minor changes to the leather dye (the colors will attempt to maintain intensity, and not dilute as much)
  • The “work in progress block” is now called “Beacon
  • Carrot on a stick!
  • And, of course, numerous bug fixes

Ready to try this awesome Snapshot out? Download links are below!

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Yesterday, we said that Minecraft Pocket Edition would update today - and it is!  While it may not become available immediately in every region, it should be accessible in 24 hours or less.

So, what changes are we looking at today?  Well:

New features:
  • Chests to store items
  • Beds to skip night and setting your spawn point
  • Creepers!
  • TNT, and flint and steel to ignite
  • Food items added: apples, bread, mushroom soup, beef, chicken and pork
  • Added recipes: wool from string, green wool and stone bricks
  • Added a Peaceful Mode option for survival mode without monsters
  • Added wheat, seeds and hoe
  • Added moss stone, redstone ore and white wool to creative inventory
  • Added trap door
  • Red dye can be obtained by cooking red mushroom
  • Added several more dyes (combined from primary dyes)
  • Zombies now drop feathers

Tweaks:
  • Made the day longer
  • Limited the total number of a given monster type
  • When using an item, the player’s movement speed is decreased

Bug fixes:
  • Monsters could spawn indoors
  • Added fall damage for clients
  • Players could knock each other far away
  • Incorrect bow rendering in 3rd person view
  • Missing particles after critical arrows
  • Stairs reverted back to their basic blocks when destroyed
  • Charging the bow could destroy certain blocks (flowers, torches), or interact with blocks
  • The game crashed if player was killed while having the bow charged
  • Connecting players could die in creative mode
  • Dark leaves sometimes had workbench texture
  • Wrong crafting table size for Xperia Play
  • Bow didn’t take damage when used
  • Non-dark brown tree trunks are now added back to the game (you may need to start a new world as host)
  • Destroying a door could leave half a door
  • Missing spider death sound on iOS

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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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