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This week on the Community Spotlight, we take a look at TrapCraft, care of Stewiecraft! As the name suggests, this mod features a list of trap-themed items for your game, whether for monsters, animals or other passer-by - check it out! Back to Top

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At the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards in 2012, Markus 'Notch' Persson, the creator of Minecraft, was presented with the Special Award by games legend Ian Livingstone. In the video above, he accepts his award on stage, speaks backstage with Johnny Minkley and more.  Check it out!

Additionally, Notch sat down with BAFTA on Twitter for an in-depth Q&A session, where he addressed the community candidly on a variety of topics, ranging from his feelings on the direction of Minecraft, his favorite developers outside of Mojang, and nearly everything in-between.  You can see a full compendium of the Q&A session right here, for all the details.  Definitely worth a read!

Still want more?  We've got it!  Notch also had a nice, solid interview with BAFTA directly, which you can read in its entirety here.  They discuss his inspirations, work history, his advice to aspiring game makers, and much more.

On March 5th, BAFTA announced that Markus "Notch" Persson would be the recipient of the prestigious BAFTA special award:

Notch said:

I’ve always considered the BAFTA Awards to be one of the most prestigious awards one can receive, and I was very happy when it expanded to cover video games in 1998. When I first heard that I would receive a BAFTA Special Award, I was blown away and deeply humbled. Going to London to accept this award is going to be a very positive and interesting experience that I’m very much looking forward to.

Proving that there is a place on BAFTA's list for games that defy the hype and fanfare of the big-name publishers and blockbuster sequels, Minecraft held its own against such triple-A titles as Call of Duty: MW3, Battlefield 3, Portal 2 and Skyrim, just to name a few.  BAFTA called Minecraft a "...bizarrely repetitive and perilously addictive [game]...offering very unique gameplay, challenging players in ways that no other game does, or possibly would ever consider trying!"

All that said, Notch still has more to come; Notch has an upcoming Team Fortress 2 tournament - where he will be participating with other developers and players - for the Child's Play charity!  Child's Play is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals around the world with games and toys, through the kindness and generosity of the video industry and the power of play.  Every year, they hold a charity drive which sees ever-increasing amounts of donations, reflecting a spirit and unity in the gaming industry as a whole, from publishers and developers to players everywhere.

Notch's match will be a "Mix Up Match", where online celebrities and regular players are teamed up against each other (9 versus 9).  Want to have a shot at playing with Notch?  There's still time - head over here and donate, and you just might end up taking Notch on directly - the more you donate, the greater your chances of playing with the indie legend.  The match is tentatively set for Spring, although no specific date is available just yet. Back to Top

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Jeb Speaks: Mod API, Better AI & More



Today, we have a special treat - an interview with Jens "Jeb" Bergensten, lead developer of Minecraft! We touch on a number of topics, including the future of Minecraft, possible AI updates and - the moment everyone has been waiting for - the introduction of a fully supported mod API! Take a look!

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This week, David & Toby tackle a number of interesting topics, including Pocket Edition updates, updates on the recent "Scrolls" lawsuit, and more - take a look! Back to Top

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Pocket Edition Updated

An update for Minecraft Pocket Edition is now out! The list of updates includes the following:

  • New controller option – Split Touch Controls. This is option may be more suitable for those with bigger screens (hello tablets!). You got a cross hair and the right half of the screen lets you rotate the camera. Touch to place block, hold down to remove blocks. Just like you did before Posted Image
  • Flying is changed; ascend/descend by sliding from the center button to the up/down button
  • Pigs are added to Survival Mode
  • Bug fixes

You can update your game at Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS).


XBLA Minecraft Goodies Now Available



Ever wanted to have a pet pig on XBOX? What about a pet creeper? How about a diamond sword and Notch hat? All these goodies and more are now available for your avatar! The selection is quite diverse, comprised of equippable and wearable items, pets and more. What better way to get ready for the upcoming console release of Minecraft than to deck out your avatar? Check it out - click the banner above! Back to Top

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Long ago - before Minecraft Beta, Alpha, Infdev or even Indev - our favorite sandbox building game was still in its infancy, only just assuming the beginnings of Creative.  In those days, there was no "official" place to talk about the game, and it still had a very small but growing following.  It was then that citricsquid decided, on June 16th, 2009,  to make a forum dedicated to the game.  From the very first post to the present day, 1,000 days have passed - that's right, the Minecraft Forum and Minecraft Wiki are one thousand days old today!  We are now a much larger community (with over a million registered users), and a larger staff than in those days - the forum has come a long way since then!

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From these humble beginnings came one of the most active game forums in existence!  Want to know more details about the people who keep this great forum going?  Check out this link for more stats and info; you can also leave a comment on the site about what the forum means to you!  Congratulations on 1,000 days - here's looking forward to 1,000 more!




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Pico gives us news on WoW, Minecraft, Battlefield 3, Athene's YouTube Announcement and Partnership with CurseNetwork, Mass Effect 3, LoL, and Caveman Craig 2 - check it out! Back to Top

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Mojang a Contender - Can They Win?

The Escapist is currently running a developer's contest, and Mojang is in the running!  The popular indie studio is pitted up against some pretty stiff competition - companies like Turbine, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Capcom and LucasArts, just to name a few.  Want to see Mojang beat out the heavy-hitting competition?  Head on over and vote for them right now!  Click on the image above (or this link), and vote for Mojang.  Let's show them our support!

Pig, Enderman & Creeper Still Standing - Can They Win?

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Week 3 of the popular March Gaming Bracket Challenge is underway, and Minecraft still has competitors!  While Steve lost out last week to Deathwing (strangely appropriate, given the difficulties Steve faces slaying dragons), but the Enderman, Pig and Creeper are still going strong!  Pig is now pitted up against Aela the Huntress, Enderman is threatening to steal Rytlock Brimstone's blocks, and Creeper is contemplating a well-timed explosion for Onyxia.  Can they win?  Can this contest come to a showdown between only Minecraft characters?  Your votes will decide the outcome - click the banner above (or this link) and vote for these iconic Minecraft characters today.  They are counting on you to win! Back to Top

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No More Lawsuit - Scrolls is Scrolls

Long ago - before the dawn of history - we saw the beginnings of a lawsuit from Bethesda Softworks/Zenimax over the rights to use the word "scrolls" as a title for a new game Mojang was developing. Time went on, and it eventually ended up in court, with indie underdog Mojang refusing to relinquish their use of the new title. Now, it seems that the lawsuit has come to a close, with Mojang the victor. The final verdict? As told by Mojang CEO Carl Manneh, they will be allowed to use the name "Scrolls" for their new game title, but will not maintain control over the trademark of said word. This marks the end of a long road between the software publishing giant and indie game studio, and all things considered, there was minimal conflict. Carl added, "it was never about the trademark, but being able to use 'Scrolls' as the name of our game, which we can".

One could say that the lawsuit took an arrow to the knee.

Bethesda Softworks/Zenimax originally wanted Mojang to stop using the word "scrolls" for their new game for fear of confusing it with their "Elder Scrolls" franchise. Scrolls is a CCG-like game which "offers a new and unique game play where you fight to outmaneuver your opponent on the battlefield using the destructive powers in your collection of magical scrolls". You can sign up for the Scrolls Alpha by going here and providing your email.

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Community Spotlight - Savage Realms



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This week, we take a look at the incredibly diverse SMP server "Savage Realms" - definitely a server worth visiting if you want an endless bounty of activities combined with a solid, tightly-knit community. Check it out! Special thanks to cr0ssVtW, acidsinn, hungoverfurball and Mayhem for giving me the grand tour! My only regret was that there was so very much to see, it was a constant battle to figure out what would make it into the video. If you head over to their server, be sure to check out their "Underworld" region - it really is something else!


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XBLA Minecraft Sneak Peek - Split-Screen!



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During the recent Game Developer's Conference, we had a chance to check out the upcoming XBLA Minecraft, now with split-screen action. Take a look! Back to Top

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This week, David & Toby cover a range of topics, from Notch's recent BAFTA Award announcement, a look at the new split-screen gameplay feature of the XBLA Minecraft port news on this week's snapshot, and a sneak peek at an interview with Jens "Jeb" Bergensten, with special focus on modding for Minecraft - take a look!

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Notch Revisits Piracy

Not long ago, Notch had a chat with Chris Hecker (of Maxis fame) at the recent GDC regarding the sensitive, ongoing issue of software piracy.  While his quote is often mis-attributed ("If someone copies your game a trillion times, you won’t have a single lost cent”); the message seemed less about legitimizing piracy, and more about sending a message that worse things exist in the industry - and that pirated copies of the game could easily become bought ones, if the potential future customer were treated right.  He went on to say that he "still think[s] piracy is wrong, but it's the level of wrong...me calling my friend an idiot. It’s wrong, but it’s such a minor thing. It’s ridiculously small."

He Also Reveals...

In other discussions at GDC, Notch talked with Chris about his thoughts on developing Minecraft, indie titles in general, and the curiously unanswered mystery of why no females appear to exist in the game.  Among other things, Notch speculated that "about 62.5 percent" of any given behavior in-game was intentional, the rest being emergent behavior from the code that he wasn't expecting, but liked anyway.  Wolves chasing sheep is one example of such a happy accident that ended up becoming an important bit of the setting as time went on.

He speculated that one of Minecraft's strongest suits is its lack of proper tutorials or official instructions in-game, as it always encouraged players to interact with each-other to exchange crafting tips and secrets.  He was especially thrilled at how players became dependent on one another for the information, and it developed a culture of its own - a culture of crafting.  Of course, despite all the unearthed crafting secrets, apparently one still remains; regarding a secret recipe, he said "there is one [recipe] people haven't found yet."

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Some time ago, we talked about how Minecraft would not see release on the Playstation Vita; it would seem that Mojang has an exclusive deal with Microsoft for release on their platforms.  Generally, an exclusive deal with a producer means that a given game can only be released on their licensed consoles - when (or if) the exclusivity of Minecraft may expand to other platforms is, at the moment, unknown.

We recently had a chance to look at some of the upcoming features of the XBLA release, such as customizable textures and skins, a rather innovative approach to multiplayer support, and the future of modding.  What will the future hold for the console port?  While the PC version is miles ahead of it's console sibling, it very well may be the standard by which the sandbox port is measured.


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This week, Pico talks about Minecraft, WoW, Diablo III, Assassin's Creed, Infinite and Waking Mars - take a look!

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Who is up for the prestigious BAFTA Award?  Mojang's own Markus "Notch" Persson, of course!  Notch himself expressed a measure of joy about his latest accomplishment:

Notch said:

I’ve always considered the BAFTA Awards to be one of the most prestigious awards one can receive, and I was very happy when it expanded to cover video games in 1998. When I first heard that I would receive a BAFTA Special Award, I was blown away and deeply humbled. Going to London to accept this award is going to be a very positive and interesting experience that I’m very much looking forward to.


Proving that there is a place on BAFTA's list for games that defy the hype and fanfare of the big-name publishers and blockbuster sequels, Minecraft held its own against such triple-A titles as Call of Duty: MW3, Battlefield 3, Portal 2 and Skyrim, just to name a few.  BAFTA called Minecraft a "...bizarrely repetitive and perilously addictive [game]...offering very unique gameplay, challenging players in ways that no other game does, or possibly would ever consider trying!"

Notch will be travelling to London later in March to receive his latest award in person.  "Persson in person", if you will.




Hookshot's Kieth Stuart had the chance to ask the XBLA developers of Minecraft some in-depth questions recently, and they revealed a plethora of information about the upcoming console port.  Among other things, the following tidbits were revealed:
  • Character skins will be editable (though, not at launch)
  • Mods will not be available "yet"; the developers want to focus on textures, skins and mods (in that order)
  • Multiplayer?  Absolutely!  Players can do up to 4-player split-screen or 8-player networked games, or any derivative thereof (two households of 4-player splitscreen, for example)
  • Achievements?  Of course, it's XBOX!  What XBLA game would be complete without them?
  • Can the XBLA version play with PC games?  Not quite; the PC version has been (and likely will be for a long time) far ahead of the console port version, so having PC and console game sessions interact would be tricky at best - though this may change in the future
  • Avatar clothes/collections?  Yes, although no specifics at this time
  • Kinect compatibility?  Not just yet, but it may come in the future
  • What is the price?  "To be announced"
The console port of the hit sandbox game is expected to be available some time this month - keep an eye out for it.




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Did you vote last week for your favorite Minecraft character in the March Gaming Bracket Challenge?  Your votes definitely counted - Steve and Enderman both won their respective battles!  Do you think they should beat out WoW's Deathwing and Guild Wars' King Adelbern?  I know I do (and I voted already) - go show those other games that they can't hold a candle to Minecraft!





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David & Toby take a look at some of their favorite texture packs, including Thistle, Glimmar's Steampunk, Misa's Realistic and more - check it out!

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