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Minecraft: Pocket Edition gets Mojang’s Realms online multiplayer service

Minecraft owes a lot of its popularity to its openness and depth. Players can do things like run their own servers or install all kinds of mods. But that also introduces a level of complexity that a lot of fans struggle to overcome. Mojang is ready to do something about that for its players on […]

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Minecraft community’s latest tool randomly connects players to one of over 3,000 servers

Running into a room full of strangers is not something I would advise in the real world, but that’s what video games are for. Minebored is a new community-created tool that enables Minecraft players on PC to randomly join one of over 3,000 live multiplayer servers. It is as simple as entering “” into the […]

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Microsoft game chief Phil Spencer on openness, HoloLens, and Xbox 1.5

Microsoft has had its fair share of criticism about its platform strategy. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, recently blasted Microsoft’s commitment to an open Windows platform. HoloLens may not do much for games at a time when rivals are betting on virtual reality. And Sony continues to lead in hardware sales in the console wars. […]

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Minecraft’s mobile version will be more powerful thanks to command blocks

Minecraft’s Pocket Edition is about to get a lot more interesting. The mobile version of the popular building game will soon get command blocks, according to CNET. Command blocks are in the PC version, and these allow for a ton of complexity and flexibility, since players can program commands into them. Adding them to Minecraft’s […]

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Minecraft for Gear VR in 2 words: pixelated claustrophobia

A few minutes into exploring a Minecraft world in Samsung’s Gear VR head-mounted display, I started digging a hole into the ground. After getting a few meters into the earth, I was surrounded by dirt in every direction. Despite knowing in my heart that I was in a safe room with Oculus representatives and dozens […]

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Microsoft’s using Minecraft to boost artificial intelligence research with Project AIX

Microsoft has quietly unveiled a new platform designed to harness the power of Minecraft to expedite artificial intelligence (AI) development. Developed by a team led by Katja Hofmann, a researcher at Microsoft’s Machine Learning and Perception Group in the company’s Cambridge-based U.K. lab, Project AIX offers computer scientists the chance to use Minecraft to test […]

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey on Minecraft in VR and launching the Rift

After years of development and demos, virtual reality’s moment of truth is approaching. And that’s pretty exciting for Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, which Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014. Luckey has been touting the virtues of VR for several years, and he was out again at Microsoft’s Xbox spring showcase to […]

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Minecraft in VR is cool, but it made me seasick

PREVIEW: Microsoft showed off a hands-on demo of Minecraft in virtual reality on the Oculus Rift VR headset. The preview experience was cool, but it also made me sick from too much motion. In an interview with GamesBeat, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey said Minecraft in VR was an important game, but not necessarily critical to […]

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Minecraft’s first big update of the year comes to PC and Pocket Edition

Minecraft’s getting more content today. Microsoft announced today that the first big update of the year for its block-building game is available now for the Windows 10 and mobile versions. Minecraft, which is on just about every platform imaginable, has sold over 70 million copies (which is why Microsoft bought Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 […]

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Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson’s Game Developers Conference honor cements his legacy

The man behind Minecraft can add another “notch” to his list of accolades. The Game Developers Choice Awards, which give out peer-voted honors during the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco each year, revealed that Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson will receive the Pioneer Award. Persson’s Minecraft has become one of the popular games in […]

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Microsoft acquires Minecraft mod MinecraftEdu, announces a new Minecraft edition for schools

Microsoft is continuing on its mission to use Minecraft in education with the news that it has acquired MinecraftEdu, a company that makes a modified Minecraft specifically for the classroom. Additionally, Microsoft said that it’s launching a new Minecraft Education Edition for schools this summer. Mojang, the Sweden-based game development studio that shot to prominence […]

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Microsoft and launch Minecraft tutorial to teach kids how to code

Microsoft has announced a partnership with that will see Minecraft arrive on the education agenda. Mojang, the Sweden-based game development studio that shot to prominence due to its work on Minecraft, was acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion last year. Founded in 2013, is a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage computer science […]

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