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If you have ever played Bastion, one thing that immediately stands out is the game's narration.  Thanks to none other than Vareide, we now have the answer, in the form of this short film!  With solid cinematography, clever script-writing and a killer delivery, Vareide gives us an entirely new way to experience Minecraft, narrating everyday occurances in the game world, lending them an air of distinction and power previously unheard of in the game - check it out! Back to Top

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This week, we have some exciting news!  David and Toby touch briefly on the recent acceptance by LEGO for a fully-fledged Minecraft-themed line of toys, Mojang's comments on their recent SOPA blackout, the possibility of altering slimes' spawning places in future updates, and more.  Additionally, they mention Notch's recent poll, revamps to the Skeleton AI, news on the recently revealed ocelot mob, and the ability for players to shoot ghast-like fireballs at will.  Give it a look! Back to Top

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This week's snapshot is available for testing!  Below is the list of changes, as per Jeb's notes on the Mojang site:

  • New jungle-specific mob that can be tamed
  • Skeletons have new AI and a few new behaviors
  • Various minor bug fixes and changes
  • Added an experience item to creative mode
  • Added a flame item…
  • Updated language files

Additionally, some players have been trying to track changes not otherwise noted, and here's what Reddit writer  keozen has compiled so far:

  • A strange "well-type-thing" (technical term) people are finding in the desert
  • Jungle Tree Saplings (thanks Minecraftman1)
  • The textures for dispensers and saplings have been changed. (thanks Minecraftman1)
  • If a 2x2 square of Jungle Tree Saplings is made and one is fertilized with bone meal, a huge tree is made (Thank you, Wolfrose88 via Minecraftman1)
  • When Ocelots are bred, they will give birth to...KITTENS! They come in black, red or siamese. :o (thanks Minecraftman1)

Feel free to add any findings you may come across in this thread, and check out our comprehensive coverage of update discoveries right here!

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Our resident weekly news guys - David & Toby - take a fun-filled tour on the TradeChat server, to see a colorful medley of video-game tribute constructions, roller coasters and more, hosted by video game enthusiast PinkPanser - take a look!

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Minecraft Poll - How Do You Play Minecraft?

Mojang is curious how you're playing Minecraft! They would like to collect data on gamemodes, time played and myriad other details (but nothing personally identifying!) about how players are using the game, and they need your help! Notch has put forth the suggestion that the game be able to collect anonymous information during gameplay, so they can get a better idea of how people play Minecraft, and adjust the game to cater better to players going forward. This feature is not currently implemented, but Mojang would like to, and are asking for your input on the matter. You can help them out by voting right here!

Welcome (Back) to the Jungle - Sneak Peek at the New Mob

Jeb released a teaser image for a new jungle mob! If you look in the image below - on the far right side of the picture - you can see the new little guy peeking out from behind some undergrowth, as a chicken stands guard. What could it be? A monkey? A lemur? A new type of creeper? We're not sure yet, but speculations run wild. What do you think it could be? Take a look at the picture below and tell us!

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Minecraft - A Tale in Three Acts

We recently came across this silent film about a down-on-his-luck miner trying to make a new life for himself. Give it a watch, and let us know what you think!

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It wasn't long ago that the LEGO® CUUSOO project received overwhelming support from the Minecraft playerbase, and LEGO® heard you loud and clear. At that time, they agreed to move Minecraft-themed LEGO® projects into the review phase, where it would be decided if it would be a workable product. Now, that wait is over! The team had this to say on the subject:


We're happy to announce that the Minecraft project on LEGO CUUSOO has passed the LEGO review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the LEGO system and in Minecraft. We can’t wait to show it to you—but it isn't ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.

It is expected that the first sets will be revealed in the near future. What kind of Minecraft projects do you think would be best in LEGO? Tell us below!

Curse Weekly Roundup - January 24th 2012

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Check out this week's installment of the Curse Weekly Updates, with news about Minecraft, SWTOR, D3 and more! Back to Top

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Minecraft Speed Build Contest Begins Soon

Server hosting giant, Multiplay, recently closed their most recent Creative Build Competition (with MinecraftChick as a special guest judge for the finalists). However, a new one is already in the works - in approximately two weeks, Multiplay will open up the Minecraft Speed Build Competition. What does it entail? How can you enter? It's simple!

First, gather your team. Up to 6 players can take part in 1 team. When you sign up, make sure 100% that you have everyone chosen beforehand, and that all participants have an active Multiplay account. Once the contest begins, your team will be assigned a plot to build on. What can you build? Anything at all! This particular contest has no theme restrictions, other than to impress the panel of judges, so go wild! Once your assigned time comes around, simply join up, and build on your assigned plot. Can you win prizes? Absolutely! Winners can receive the following:

Are you also a talented video maker? If so, you might be able to win even more - video-makers that put together a presentation of their plot (explaining its function, inspiration, etc) in a particularly spectacular fashion can win their own iPad 2! If you think you've got what it takes to build something incredible, you owe it to yourself to check these contests out! Back to Top

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Back in December, we took a look at a little program called Mineways, which allows players to extract anything from small models to entire panoramas from their in-game worlds, and print them using a service called Shapeways.  I had a chance to sit down with Eric Haines - the man behind Mineways - and get some insight about the program itself, and some of the ways players can use it to get the most out of it.  We cover everything from the history of Mineways as well as its future.

Want to get your models ready for printing?  You can check out Mineways right here!  Just want to print out your character model?  Minetoys can do it for you!  Do you have your model ready to print?  Then it's time to head over to Shapeways to make your project a reality! Back to Top

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Back on December 15th, we kicked off a huge new content contest, this one centered around Star Wars-themed creations.  Entrants were encouraged to create anything at all in Minecraft which carried a Star Wars theme.  Now, after a massive number of submissions and a great deal of combing through so many incredible submissions, we finally settled on the following ten entries - check it out!


Entrant: 4dragonking
Type: Mod
Time to Create: 16.5 hrs
Link: Star Wars - Power of the Force

Have you ever played Minecraft and thought to yourself, "This could be greatly enhanced by having force powers to defeat my enemies"?  If so, this mod may be for you!  It has a pretty extensive feature list - check it out!


Entrant: DeltaBoss
Type: Video
Time to Create: Approx. 1 day
Link: 500x375 Star Wars Pixel Art

Pixel art has been a staple of Minecraft almost as long as the game has existed.  While amateur artists like myself tend to stick with Zelda sprites, some artists take the concept to another level, and this is one such example.  Definitely worth a watch!


Entrant: Astirac; Keebler1
Type: Construction
Time to Create: 2 weeks
Link: X-Wing Construction

Fans of the original Star Wars movies (and many of the games of the time) will instantly recognize this iconic X-Wing space ship, and it is quite a build indeed!  Highly detailed and artfully arranged, this model is quite inspiring.

Entrant: ParadiseDecayTM
Type: Adventure Map
Time to Create: 5 months
Link: "Rise of the Rebellion" Mod

Adventure maps are a popular form of Minecraft-based entertainment, and this masterpiece definitely stands out!  Complete with custom textures, clever puzzles and a host of content, any adventure map fans will appreciate the amount of work and detail that went into this gem - how fast can you complete it?

Entrant: MrMadGameplay
Type: Video/Construction
Time to Create: 4 hours
Link: Time-lapse Construction of AT-AT Walker

What is better than seeing an awe-inspiring construction in Minecraft?  Seeing be built from the ground up, of course!  Watch this impressive AT-AT model be built from scratch in this incredible time-lapse video!

Entrant: ultek
Type: Video/Construction
Time to Create: Approx. 2 months
Link: MineWars Prologue Trailer

This incredible machinima has to be seen to be believed - it's hard to name any one thing about it that stands out, as the entire sequence is incredible.  Give it a watch!

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Entrant: Aandolaf
Type: Construction
Time to Create: Approx. 6 hours
Link: Battle of Hoth Scene

This scene faithfully recreates the Battle of Hoth, from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back".  Each time I view this picture, I spot something I missed in prior viewings, owing to the amount of detail present - give it a look!

Entrant: birchbeater
Type: Construction/Video
Time to Create: Approx. 2 weeks
Link: The Millennium Falcon

This incredible build was shown in a previous news post, and speaks for itself!  This replica of the Millennium Falcon is true to the source, with incredible attention to the tiniest details.  Check it out above, and in our preview video showing it off!

Entrant: Joe12o
Type: Mod
Time to Create: 10-12 hours
Link: The Star Wars Mod

This mod adds a host of features to your Minecraft experience, including new NPCs (Jedi, Clone and Dark Jedi) which interact with each other as well as players, tons of craftable lightsabers, and more - give it a look!

Entrant: dboss1194
Type: Construction/Video
Time to Create: ???
Link: X-Wing Construction Video

This video spotlights an amazing X-Wing replica, and includes a detailed walk-through tour of the vessel.  The author's video includes commentary on the construction process, and points out the various functional details and mechanisms of the X-Wing, take a look!

Congratulations to all of our winners!  A huge "thank you" goes out to each and every participant of this contest, you guys were amazing!  It was immensely difficult to pick merely 10 winners from so many great entries, and every one of them was incredible.

Keep an eye out for future content contests, as we may up the prizes offered - as well as upping the difficulty of the contest itself! Back to Top

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This week, Minecraft News brings us up to speed on a number of hot topics. David and Toby cover the most recent snapshot - 12w03a - which includes ladder fixes (as well as making vines climbable), massive, lush jungle biomes filled to the brim with tall trees and voluminous underbrush, wolf breeding (never go looking for wolves again!), and a number of other exciting changes.  Additionally, they touch base with Mojang's participation with a SOPA-related blackout, catch up on the hottest 3D printing news, and more - click the banner above, and give it a watch!

Recently, Minecraft - Pocket Edition passed up 700 thousand sold copies, across the iOS, Android and Xperia markets (roughly 5,000 copies a day!) since becoming available on the handheld market in November - congratulations, guys! Back to Top

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Welcome to the Jungle

Jeb has released a new snapshot today for testing!  The following changes are ready for your testing pleasure:

  • Ladders regained their collision box, and vines are climbable when they have a solid block behind them
  • Added jungle biome (requires a new world) with new tree and leaf types
  • Updated language files
  • Dispensers will place mobs instead of releasing the spawner egg
  • Zombies have new path-finding AI
  • Wolves have new AI and can be bred (when tame)

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Minecraft Adventures - Kurast

The Dead Worker's Party is back with a new adventure, Kurast!  Follow the unlikely party as they delve into an incredibly in-depth adventure map, made by Krimnox.  This particular adventure map features:

  • New Class system featuring 5 classes for great multiplayer!
  • An adventure on an epic scale
  • Epic dungeons!
  • A deep storyline, now with an illustrated storyboard!
  • Loads of loot to keep your greedy needs satisfied!
  • Ghasts!
  • All the easter eggs a bunny could ever want...

Want to try this adventure out for yourself?  You can!  Just head over to this thread, and try it out for yourself! Back to Top

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