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Minecraft is being distributed to every secondary school in Northen Ireland, for free

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Minecraft is being distributed to every secondary school in Northen Ireland, for free

Kids from all over Northern Ireland today are waking up to some great news: MinecraftEdu, an educationally focused version of Mojang’s block building phenomenon, is being made freely available to every secondary school in the country. The idea is being masterminded by the annual CultureTECH festival, with support and funding by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, as well as Teacher Gaming.

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Minecraft is a gateway to real electrical engineering with Piper

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Minecraft is a gateway to real electrical engineering with Piper

The educational value of Minecraft hasn’t been overlooked, with many schools using the game to encourage creativity in children. But Piper, a very interesting Kickstarter project from San Francisco, takes Minecraft education to the next level. It’s a brilliant box of electronic puzzles, requiring the player to rewire physical computer components in order to solve puzzles in a Minecraft adventure map. 

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Minecon 2015 tickets will go on sale on March 27th

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Minecon 2015 tickets will go on sale on March 27th

Mojang, developer of the popular videogame known as "Minecraft", has just announced ticket details for Minecon 2015, which will take place in London's ExCeL Convention Centre this July.

Tickets will go on sale on March 27th and 28th, and attendees will be gifted capes. Capes for all. All kinds of capes, falling from the convention centre ceiling like confetti. Capes!

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A ban on Minecraft is being called for by Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry

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A ban on Minecraft is being called for by Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry

Over the last month, Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Ministry have been investigating a game that it believed could promote violence, particularly against women. That game is Minecraft. The investigation has now concluded, and the Ministry is expected to start legal proceedings to ban the game, but it will ultimately be determined by a court. 

The investigation was started last month when the ministry received complaints about violence in the game, especially toward women. 

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The thirty best Minecraft mods

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The thirty best Minecraft mods

Minecraft is almost perfect. Minecraft with mods: well, it’s even better. Nearly six years since Minecraft’s first public release, it might be starting to feel a little built same-y. If you feel that way, it’s time to fall head over heels in love all over again. Here's a list of the thirty most creative, time-saving, and useful mods for Minecraft.

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Minecraft name changes will be made possible on February 4

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Minecraft name changes will be made possible on February 4

Update: Name changes are now live! Mojang have announced that you can now change your profile name from your account page. Be sure to log out and log back in again to make the change. 

Identity is already a flux concept in the most successful indie game ever made thanks to Minecraft skins. You can swap Steve’s face for the anonymity of a creeper cowl at a moment’s notice - and if you think can squeeze your own face into a fistful of pixels, you can go right ahead and draw it.

Minecraft names have been less variable - but they’ll come unstuck with the changing winds next month.

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The 40 best Minecraft seeds

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The 40 best Minecraft seeds

Update: We've added ten new seeds to our list, all found in the 1.8 update. 

Minecraft seeds are the codes that the game uses to generate worlds for you; worlds full of interesting landscapes and hot spots ripe for exploration. Just drop these words or digits into the seed field when creating a world and Minecraft will do all the heavy lifting for you. 

Regardless of if you’re a professional miner or someone about to load up their first world, there’s something you can't control in Minecraft: the terrain itself. Whilst your mind may be brimming with possibilities, all too frequently you’ll spawn in a bland, uninspiring world full of flat grassland and the odd chicken. Hardly the canvas for your masterpiece. 

Hence this piece. 

We present to you here 40 of the very best, most interesting seeds we’ve found.

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Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-release gets its 5th update, fixing udders and other things

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Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-release gets its 5th update, fixing udders and other things

Just before everyone buggered off for their holidays, Mojang gave out the gift of Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-release. This Christmas Gift version has been updated a few times since then, with the latest update arriving today. 

You might want to wait until tomorrow to check out the update though, as the patch broke some rendering code, but will be fixed with another one tomorrow. Take a gander below at the change notes for 1.8.2-pre5.

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

When you and some friends get together on a Minecraft server, it’s basically a cosplay competition, looking for the best Minecraft skin. Make sure you look the coolest buy turning up in a fab Minecraft skin. You could be a superhero, your favourite TV show character, or even a terrifying monster. Just don’t go as a regular Steve and pretend you're being ironic.  

To help you rocket to the top of the Minecraft fashion ladder, we've scoured the internet for the 100 best Minecraft Skins. Please peruse the catwalk below to find the right Minecraft skins for you. 

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Minecraft regularly gets more than 1m players playing concurrently

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Minecraft regularly gets more than 1m players playing concurrently

We knew Minecraft was big. It sold more than 17 million copies and last year Microsoft were pretty keen to spend $2.5 billion to acquire it. Now we’ve an all new reason to drop our collective jaws: Minecraft regularly has more than 1 million players playing at the same time. That’s more than Dota 2, the far and away biggest game on Steam.

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Mojang will let you shed your old Minecraft username

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Mojang will let you shed your old Minecraft username

Back in 2011 we were very different people, which might be reflected in our choice of Minecraft username. The Occupy movement was in full swing, NASA’s Curiosity rover started its journey to Mars and One Direction’s first album came out - how could we not be affected by these events? 

Perhaps, however, you’ve outgrown the username OccupyHarry. These things happen. Unfortunately, you can’t change your Minecraft username. You’re stuck, living in the past. This is set to change, though, as Mojang continues to mold, polish and faff with 1.8. 

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The Best of Minecraft in 2014

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The Best of Minecraft in 2014

Since its launch in 2009 there hasn’t been a ‘small’ year for Minecraft. But 2014 draws a sharp spike on the activity graphs thanks to its enormity. This year was massive for Mojang and Minecraft: a year of genuine breakthroughs in the public consciousness, a year of protecting players from exploitative servers, and a year of still selling by the millions. 

Oh, and the year that Microsoft bought Minecraft for $2.5 billion. 

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How to celebrate Christmas in Minecraft: mods, maps and skins

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How to celebrate Christmas in Minecraft: mods, maps and skins

With Christmas drawing near, it’s time to start sprucing up Minecraft for the festive season. Other games like World of Warcraft decorate their worlds with snow and presents, Minecraft requires you to put the effort in. If you’ve never wrapped up your game in tinsel before, we’re here to help. We’ve found the best mods, skins, and maps that will fuel your Minecraft world with top-quality festive cheer. Just install them, turn on Spotify’s Christmas playlist, and have a happy holiday. 

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Notch just bought a house

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Notch just bought a house

Notch has moved to Tracy Island, off of Thunderbirds. Or Franklin’s house in GTA V - the one with the infinity pool and the view over Los Santos. Those are the only two reference points we have for the ‘megamansion’ the cuddly Minecraft creator has bought for $70 million, much to the rumoured chagrin of rival would-be homeowners Beyonce and Jay-Z. It’s the highest price ever paid for a house in Beverly Hills.

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Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-released with altered explosion physics and better performance

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Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-released with altered explosion physics and better performance

Minecraft might have changed the face of PC gaming, won over a young generation and encouraged a new mode of pacifistic play, but in places it’s made of the same stuff as all them other games: explosions.

Explosions are the subject of the game’s 1.8.2 pre-release, which was so comprehensively overshadowed by the announcement of Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode yesterday.

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