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Topic of the Week: What are your fondest memories of Minecraft so far?

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Topic of the Week: What are your fondest memories of Minecraft so far?

Now that Microsoft has purchased Mojang, who knows if the world(s) of Minecraft will ever be the same. Yesterday, I asked a tiny human what he thought of the acquisition. He shrugged and said “I dunno." Our children are now growing up in a world where they just don’t know things, and it’s all Microsoft’s fault. 

So let’s live in the past. Let’s remember the good times, our greatest moments in Minecraft. That’s our Topic of the Week: what are your best bits? Maybe it was something you built, or a giant project you undertook with an army of friends. Perhaps it was simply just a fun mining expedition. I don’t know - these are your memories. 

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Microsoft rumoured to announce $2.5 billion purchase of Mojang on Monday

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Microsoft rumoured to announce $2.5 billion purchase of Mojang on Monday

More reports of the rumoured Mojang purchase by Microsoft have surfaced, revealing that the deal could be announced as soon as this coming Monday. The price has risen to $2.5 billion dollars according to the source briefed on the deal. The article from Reuters also claims that Microsoft’s primary goal in the purchase is to further expand their mobile platform.

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Microcraft: Microsoft might be trying to buy Mojang

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Microcraft: Microsoft might be trying to buy Mojang

Minecraft is a phenomenon. Your gran probably runs her own Minecraft server. It’s common knowledge that everyone who works at Mojang is actually made of gold - which means they can’t swim, but it’s a small price to pay. This means one thing: big companies want more than just a piece of it. Big companies like Microsoft.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is in talks, serious talks, with Mojang over the acquisition of the Swedish company. 

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The 50 best Minecraft maps

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The 50 best Minecraft maps

Update 04/09/14: Almost two years ago we rounded up the 10 best adventure maps in Minecraft. Since then there have been quite a few new ones, and we also realised that adventure maps were not the only incredible map type one could play in Minecraft. So we now present to you the fifty best maps in Minecraft. Enjoy. 

Minecraft: the inventor’s paradise. Of course, it’s also the connoisseur's nightmare, since there are so many user-created maps out there it is almost impossible to find the finest creations on offer. Who has time these days to sift through hundreds of Minecraft maps, devour them with your digital senses, and come to a conclusion on which ones are worth your time?

Well, us actually. We’ve scoured forums, marathoned YouTube videos, and sampled more maps than we can count in order to bring you the definitive list. This is the fifty Minecraft maps that you simply must try before you can claim to have tasted the very finest creations of the community.

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Swatting Effected My Family

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I was swatted shortly after getting my server attacked. My family no longer feels safe in our home. This is most likely due to someone who came into our server acting like a jerk to our community. I placed him in jail and muted him in chat. In return I get swatted. Twitch.tv/LaggySpork I was live...

Mojang postpone Minecon until 2015; still to take place in London

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Mojang postpone Minecon until 2015; still to take place in London

Mojang have announced that there won’t be a Minecon this year as previously planned, instead being moved to “spring" next year where it is still to take place in London. The exact reason for the postponement is unknown, but the Mojang blog post by COO Vu Bui seems to suggest it was a problem to do with the venue.

“We want to make sure we can follow through with the event and we never want people to start planning to attend something that might not happen."

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Build a clinic in Minecraft and help build a real one in Liberia

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Build a clinic in Minecraft and help build a real one in Liberia

Leveraging creative talent to make vulnerable folks lives a bit easier is certainly a good way to spend a day. Clinic Craft, a project created by Dan Maher and Chris Doney, is using Minecraft to raise money for the construction of a clinic in Liberia. 

Doney’s a Mincrafter, while Maher calls himself a noob, and both are creating a clinic in Minecraft to create awareness for Save the Children’s appeal to improve the quality of medical care for pregnant women and their babies in Liberia by building six new clinics. The pair are calling on other players to do the same, get sponsored, and donate to the cause. 

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Aerna creators claim it's the largest and most detailed Minecraft server

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Aerna creators claim it's the largest and most detailed Minecraft server

A lot of rather large worlds have been created in Minecraft. There are builders creating Middle-Earth, software that’s rendered World of Warcraft’s Azeroth in blocky detail and even the entirety of Denmark. We rather like big Minecraft projects here, which is why those three are all in our list of the 15 best Minecraft servers

Aerna is another humongous server, and its creators claim that it’s the largest and most detailed Minecraft server out there. It’s a work in progress, but is already massive, 102,400 blocks across and 84GB in size. 

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Minecrafting 153: Elder Guardians attack!

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Minecrafting 153: Elder Guardians attack!

The first new hostile mob in a long time has been added to Minecraft in this week's snapshot, as well as some new blocks that liven up the dead oceans and a massive stack of bugfixes and engine rewrites.

Meanwhile, the community has been its usual active self. We've got a whole range of different house designs for you to take a look at, as well as a semi-automatic TNT cannon and a beautiful custom map called The Shores of Albion. Shall we begin?

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Minecrafting: Getting Started with Feed The Beast

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Minecrafting: Getting Started with Feed The Beast

Feed the Beast is exactly what it sounds like, provided you’re aware that the beast in question is Mojang’s behemoth Minecraft, and the food that you are piling into it is mods. It’s a launcher that shovels in tweaks, rebuilds, and textures like burly men fuelling the furnaces of a great mechanical monstrosity that bursts and evolves with each additional scoop of coal. 

For anyone shy of intermediate Minecraft expertise, it is potentially a little confusing and frightening too. Not only is it a new front end with lots of buttons to deal with, but it also changes the way Minecraft can function in a manner you probably haven’t even considered to fantasise yet. Portal guns, self-automated production lines, alternate dimensions, and beekeeping await you within Feed the Beast. But before all that, you need to get started. 

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Minecrafting 152: Burning Flesh

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Minecrafting 152: Burning Flesh

Phew, what a week. The early rumbles over Mojang restricting how server owners can make money have turned into a bit of an earthquake. But now there's some clarity over exactly what you are allowed to do and what you're not.

The rest of the community, however, has been just getting on with being its usual amazing self. This week, we've got a single-player world powered by flesh, a great tutorial on A-frames, some D-Day inspired terrain and an island with a secret. Shall we begin?

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You're gonna need a bigger boat: Mojang's next mob will leave Minecraft's waters hostile

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You're gonna need a bigger boat: Mojang's next mob will leave Minecraft's waters hostile

Come on in, the water’s lovely. For now. At present, Minecraft’s oceans are occupied only by the squid - which look alarmingly toothy, but are significantly less threatening than the possibility of forgetting about your bubble bar and drowning.

That’s to change. The new ranged mob Jeb is working on will kill squid. And it’ll kill players too.

“On hard difficulty a full diamond armor is recommended," he warns.

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Minecrafting 151: A Natural Nether

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Minecrafting 151: A Natural Nether

Happy Swedish National Day! Yet more holidays in the land of herring and Minecraft means that there's no snapshot this week again. But instead we have a pre-release of version 1.7.10 of the game client, which has created some controversy over multiplayer servers.

I've also got a stack of amazing community creations to show you, including another entry in Kaephis' fantastic How to Build series, the best nether portal design I've ever seen, and a beautiful Game of Thrones-inspired castle. Let's go!

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Minecraft EULA changes incoming; "you cannot make money with Minecraft without our permission" says Erik Broes

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Minecraft EULA changes incoming; "you cannot make money with Minecraft without our permission" says Erik Broes

In the last day or so, the normally bright skies of Minecraft have been darkened by arguing, fear and talk of the EULA for Minecraft being changed to restrict players and server hosts making money out of the game beyond donations. 

Some of the folk behind the private custom servers who sell services and other things like perks are in an uproar, as they say they will be unable to continue maintaining the worlds they’ve created. 

What’s changed to cause the debacle? Well, nothing. But change might be coming.

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Minecrafting 150: Bingo!

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Minecrafting 150: Bingo!

It's a half-workweek in Sweden this week, so there's no snapshot to get excited about. But that doesn't mean I've got nothing for this week's Minecrafting column. Au contraire, monsieur/madame/madamoiselle.

Below you'll find new blocks, building guides, awesome mods, amazing constructions and a weird way to make lettering using anvils. What? You'll find out what. Let's do this.

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Minecrafting 149: Pig Fireworks

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Minecrafting 149: Pig Fireworks

The snapshot you've all been waiting for has arrived. And by "all" I mean those of you who are distraught about your baby chickens escaping under half-slabs. Actually, that's probably not that many of you. Sorry for getting your hopes up there.

But you should be excited about what the community's put together this week - a detailed Avatar: The Last Airbender mod, a sepia-tinged texture pack inspired by the American countryside and a weeping creeper fountain. Let's dive right in.

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You can now learn Japanese by playing Minecraft

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You can now learn Japanese by playing Minecraft

As any linguist will tell you, the most effective way to learn a new language is an ever-present risk of being catapulted out of a window or splatted by a trap should you utter an incorrect infinitive. It's how feral babies learn languages in the wild. 

Kotoba Miners is an online university in Minecraft that's prescribes to this brutal teaching method. The virtual tutor is currently running a Japanese language course, one in which players must learn to communicate or die.

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Minecrafting 153: Elder Guardians attack!

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Minecrafting 153: Elder Guardians attack!

Minecrafting: Getting Started with Feed The Beast

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Minecrafting: Getting Started with Feed The Beast

Minecrafting 152: Burning Flesh

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Minecrafting 152: Burning Flesh

Minecrafting 151: A Natural Nether

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Minecrafting 151: A Natural Nether