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

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:17 AM

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

  • 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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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:22 AM

Edit- oh, it's not out yet :P silly me.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:31 AM

The pre-paid cards should come to canada.



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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:32 AM

Glad to see another update going along but what about pre-paid cards in Canada?




Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:33 AM

View Postricar144, on 07 November 2012 - 12:32 AM, said:

Glad to see another update going along but what about pre-paid cards in Canada?




Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:34 AM


Speaking of updates, the 1.4.3 update is quickly approaching this week, so be sure not to miss it!

This week we get still a 1.4.4 Pre-Release instead of the 1.4.3 Release: https://twitter.com/...821974721347584
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:37 AM

Nether reactor?
Sounds strange.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:41 AM

View PostDragonHeroBlaze, on 07 November 2012 - 12:37 AM, said:

Nether reactor?
Sounds strange.

Yes, what is a Nether reactor?



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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:53 AM

View PostGadzooksThePaperCreeper, on 07 November 2012 - 12:41 AM, said:

Yes, what is a Nether reactor?
It is a special PE feature. Its basically a building that has a core in the center, and when you activate it the area around it is covered by obsidian, with zombie pigmen spawning and special nether items and special items randomly spawning. The objective is to survive as long as you can, and grab items that may have not generated in your world (like cacti, sugar cane, and mushrooms). When you die the reactor “explodes", and a large chunk of the obsidian remains, so it also marks yout world.

There are already Youtube videos showing it, they uploaded Jbernhardsson stream.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:54 AM

Within a mile radius I went to see if they had these pre-paid cards in store. It really disappointed me to find that they're not even for sale yet. Well I guess I'll never get the chance to buy Minecraft.

By the way, I don't know if Mojang knows this, the only thing some one has to do to get Minecraft is play the demo from there site, then get MCPatcher, run Minecraft with MCPatcher, and then they can create a world without a time limit.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:54 AM

caves? No? Move along, nothing to see here.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:58 AM

Sweet deal, I am anxiously awaiting a full-scale Minecraft on my tablet. Dunno if you plan to keep the world finite, but you definitely should, not sure how well most mobiles would handle all the chunk loading of an infinite world.


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:31 AM

I thought Minecraft Pre-Paid cards were already out.

I guess I was wrong.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:41 AM

Totaly need these in Canada!


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:02 AM

Can you also start working on Asia? I live in Thailand and I don't have a credit card so I can't buy minecraft.
I understand if Mojang is busy, but I would really appreciate it if you guys got the minecraft gift codes to Thailand. :>

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:07 AM

View PostSurianaceae, on 07 November 2012 - 12:34 AM, said:

This week we get still a 1.4.4 Pre-Release instead of the 1.4.3 Release: https://twitter.com/...821974721347584

So there is, good catch!  I'll be sure to credit you for that find in the update post, Surian.  :)



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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:36 AM

New features:
  • Paintings
  • Mushroom farming
  • Melons
  • Zombie pigmen
  • Nether Reactor
  • Glowstone
I thought the handheld was going to follow the Update Path of the PC version. Is this a sign that Handheld version is branching off?


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:43 AM

Whats a nether reactor??


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:48 AM

Sounds like the perfect thing to get my cousin for his birthday this December. A lot easier to wrap up a card rather than to give it to him online.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:20 AM

I really want the gift cards to come to Canada, been waiting about 1 and a half years for something like this.