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 “play.minebored.com” into the […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘The things that seem really easy for us are actually the things that are really difficult for an artificial intelligence,’ researcher says.
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 […]
It’s time for some wild speculation Minecraft, the phenomenally successful block-building survival game, is going to get a new enemy (called “mob”) in its next major update. Considering the game has sold around 80 million copies, every little change like this is a big deal for the legions of Minecraft fans around the world. Now, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Minecraft is fighting for your love. OK, “love” might be dramatic. Let’s call it “continued interest.” The game’s newest update — 1.9 — is out now, developer Mojang announced today. The new version of Minecraft adds notable changes to the game’s combat system, making it more complex. Minecraft is available on just about every platform […]
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 […]
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 […]
Brick by brick, the tech giant plans to cash in on the game’s popularity with educators and students.
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 […]
Think back to when you were a kid. You probably had a crush on a cartoon character. Well, today’s teenagers and college-aged kids have grown up with Minecraft … and they have some strong feelings about those blocks. Minecraft is seeing a surge in popularity on the adult-video website Pornhub. In a blog post provided […]
It was just one of dozens of malicious scam apps that copycat the wildly popular block-building adventure game.
Minecraft is an excellent way to lose dozens of hours engineering virtual buildings and machines, but now an interesting new company has devised a way to bridge those digital creations into our physical world. LittleBits is a Minecraft invention studio, which is kind of a crazy business model when you think about it, and it […]
Microsoft has announced a partnership with Code.org 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, Code.org is a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage computer science […]