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Should Minecraft Win the BAFTA Game Award for 2011?

The British Academy Video Games Awards have listed a number of hot 2011 titles (including LA Noire, Skyrim, Portal 2 and others) - included on this list is, of course, our favorite sandbox building game! Do you think Minecraft should beat out other, larger triple-A titles? If so, head on over here and make your voice heard - vote for Minecraft today! BAFTA will have a livestream of the awards ceremony on March 16th, so regardless of what title you vote for, feel free to give the ceremony a watch.

Pocket Edition Updates

Recently, Minecraft - Pocket Edition saw a major update, which included Survival elements, new blocks, monsters and more! While the Android version of the game is already updated (simply by starting up your game, if you haven't already), the iOS version update is still pending. It is expected to arrive in the very near future. In the meantime, you can check out the full list of updates, or view a list of the added features below:

  • New Game Modes
  • Creative (All worlds created before alpha 0.2.0 will be in creative)
  • You can fly. (Press the jump button twice) Press up or down arrows twice to ascend/descend.
  • Survival
  • There is no crafting yet
  • Caves have been worked on a little. (zombies get stuck in caves)
  • Some materials (Tools and anything that can not be naturally acquired) are in infinite stacks which is indicated by ∞ (infinity) symbols.
  • When an item you have 0 of is selected your fist is shown.
  • Added Hitpoints Bar same as computer version (health will slowly regenerate, similar to peaceful difficulty in the computer version).
  • Added Air Bar when under water (you can now drown and die)
  • Added Death with options to respawn or go to main menu.
  • Sand and Gravel still aren't affected by gravity.
  • Mobs
  • Sheep
  • Zombie
  • New items
  • Stone Shovel
  • Stone Pickaxe
  • Stone Axe
  • Stone Sword
  • Shears
  • Doors
  • Fences
  • Fence Gates
  • Cactus
  • Gravel

Bukkit Site Changes

Have you ever wished that the Bukkit site was a bit more user-friendly for downloads? Was the old interface counter-intuitive and difficult to understand? The Bukkit team seems to feel the same way, and has now updated their site to a more streamlined, user-friendly layout! Bukkit developer EvilSeph summarized the changes:

EvilSeph, Bukkit said:

On the surface, dl.bukkit.org, presents you with a landing page that gives you precisely what the average user of our product or prospective users of our product want: a link to the latest download and some helpful links in an attractive design. When designing the landing page, we wanted to appeal to the consumer, rather than the developer. We wanted to provide consumers with a clear indication of where they need to go to get the latest download link and feel we have achieved that with inspiration from Mozilla's Get Firefox page. On top of this, we wanted to provide users with obvious links to answer their most pressing questions so that no one feels lost when trying to get started with Bukkit.
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Computer Craft

This week's Spotlight focuses on the incredibly complex and diverse Computer Craft mod, created by dan200! This mod almost defies attempts to summarize it, although "fully programmable in-game computers" comes close. Aside from having unique, programmable, individual in-game computers, this mod also boasts high compatibility with SpaceToad's BuildCraft, Eloraam's RedPower and even the recently covered Laser Mod (by w3(r4ft), to name a mere handful.

I touch briefly on a few of Computer Craft's features, but to get the full experience, check out dan200's thread for everything you could ever need. In addition to being fully programmable, crafted computers come with a pre-installed suite of software to get you started, including (but not limited to) a Minecraft-inspired text adventure game, an arcade-style game, and much more.

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Minecraft + Mojang News: Zombies vs. Doors and Villagers!

This week, David & Toby cover the multitude of features that have been added in this weeks' Snapshot release! They cover additions such as enhanced zombie AI (and door-breaking abilities), rare drops from monsters, improved villager AI, improvements to cats, and more - click the image above to check it out!

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Pocket Edition Updates

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming Minecraft - Pocket Edition updates, and with the promise of Survival being added to the hand-held port, players have been anxious to enhance their portable experience. Now, the wait for an update is drawing to a close - Carl tweeted only minutes ago that the Pocket Edition updates will be released as early as tonight! The Android version will likely see the update first, with other platforms following suit in the near future.

Are you a League of Legends player? If so, we've got a surprise for you - our LoL site, specifically geared for pro players, is now live! Dedicated LoL players owe it to themselves to check it out! Back to Top

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This week's Snapshot is out for testing! What cool features have been added this go-around? Let's take a look:

  • Many minor bug fixes and tweaks
  • Doors have been changed to properly detect if they are open or closed. Double doors in existing maps will need to be updated
  • Villagers will move indoors during night and rain, and socialize with each other
  • Zombies will break down wooden doors on hard difficulty
  • Added cat sounds
  • Better movement for mobs in water
  • Added rare mob item drops

Are you ready to defend your newly interactive villagers from door-destroying zombies? Get your Snapshot downloads in the links below!

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We will be examining some of these changes in greater detail, but in the meantime, we have the following to consider - how are your villagers behaving with this update? How awesome is it to have working double-doors? What sort of rare items do mobs drop? Let us know about it! Back to Top

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As part of our ongoing series to bring you community-created content, we are proud to present a video submission by TheWaffleGalaxy; a detailed review on the Useful Seeds Mod, created by dino120! Useful Seeds gives the seeds dropped in Minecraft a wide range of uses besides mere planting; here, TheWaffleGalaxy goes over what the mod does for seeds, and shows us a number of the things they can be used for. If you like it, be sure to check out the mod creator's thread! Be sure to check out the video description for more details on the mod, the author of the video review, and more! Back to Top

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This week, I take an in-depth look at Misa's 64x Realistic Texture Pack! Many of you are likely familiar with this incredible pack, which combines high quality textures with an eye for performance. In addition, I had the opportunity to discuss the pack's history with Misa, and so touch on the amazing journey this pack has undergone from start to finish. Click the image above to watch this week's Community Spotlight!

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Over the last week, we've seen some pretty interesting updates in the weekly snapshot (as well as the follow-up quickfix snapshot). Now, the Dead Worker's Party has provided us an insightful review on the major features from the most recent snapshot! Covering creeper AI improvements, Villager's tendencies to find housing, and the curious effect of cats on creepers, the Party covers this, and more - click the image above to give it a watch! Back to Top

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Minecraft News - Boxart, Snapshot Details & More

This week on Minecraft News, Toby and David cover a number of recent hot topics, such as bringing on new Mojang staff, a quick peek at the 360 version of Minecraft, details on this weeks' Snapshot, with focus on changes to cat behavior, villager AI, and a pleasant surprise change to lava! Additionally, the randomly-generated mineshafts scattered throughout the world appear to have received a visit from safety officials - they now generate with wooden flooring where gaps would have been in prior terrain generation, whether small potholes, or much larger gaps.

Click the image above to check out this week's series!

Shapeways 3D Printout Contest

Did you read this article about 3D printing models from Minecraft and think to yourself, "I wish I could get one of those"? I know the feeling - it seems like there is an endless stream of possible models to print from my SSP games alone, nevermind any servers I play on. Still, for those of you looking for a 3D printout model of your creations, we have a sweepstakes that might be just what you're looking for - winners can receive, at no cost, a 3D printed model of their Minecraft creations, as well as $50 certificates for Shapeways, perfect for discounting larger projects, or outright buying smaller ones, like character models or small structures. Want to know more? Click the image above for details! Back to Top

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Weekly Snapshot Ready For Testing

The Week 5 Snapshot is out for testing! Here's what has been added for this round:

  • Many mob-related bug fixes (and some new behaviors)
  • Ocelots are easier to tame, and cats can be told to sit
  • Many small bug fixes and tweaks
  • Villagers will try to detect village houses and live in them
  • Updated language files (now with 50% less profanities!)

UPDATE: Quickfix snapshot is now out, which adds the following fix along with the above changes:

  • Shift-click on items in menus is fixed
  • Cats can be told to sit with an empty hand

You can get your snapshot client right here!
Need the server client? Click here!

New Minecraft 360 Box Art Revealed

Daniel Kaplan of Mojang just now tweeted the new cover art for the XBOX 360 version of Minecraft. We've taken a look at the upcoming console port in the past, and it is well on its way to living up to the hype of its computer-based predecessor. In addition, you can view a video released by Hat Films showing off some teasers of the game - as well as highlights of the Mojang team - by downloading it to your 360 console, or by clicking this link.

With the console release fast approaching, steady updates continuously coming out for the PC version, and a rapidly expanding pocket edition, Minecraft seems nearly unstoppable. What do you think some of the best parts of having Minecraft on the 360 will be? Tell us about it!

Stronghold 2 (by Vareide) is Out!

Earlier in the week, we had a chance to show you a video made by Minecraft legend Vareide - and now, the second installment of the series is out! Barring jokes about pigs dropping beef, the player continues his journey of self-discovery, only to run into tell-tale signs of a piece of Minecraft mythos almost as old as the game itself...

Click the image below to watch!

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The game of Spleef has a long and telling history, reaching the height of popularity in Minecraft Classic. Even today, nearly every large server you visit has a Spleef arena somewhere, with regularly scheduled tournaments, special-occasion events and more. The game is simple enough - knock out blocks from underneath your opponent while they try to do the same to you. Whoever falls first, loses. Rules and specifics beyond that tend to vary from server to server, but the core of the game tends to form the foundation regardless of house rules.

This video shows off a Spleef tournament, with one slight variation - it comes with its own sports announcer and overlays! Done in the stylings of a major sporting event, this vid sensationalizes Spleef in a way that's sure to entertain, take a look!

A Survey for Minecraft Gamers

We take your feedback seriously. Yes, it's true! As a part of our ongoing process to make things here on the forums better for everyone, we have a quick survey which asks about some of your preferences. If you'd like to help us make your experience better, please head over here and fill it out! Back to Top

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