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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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Chortle: The Beano commission official Dennis and Gnasher Minecraft mod

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Chortle: The Beano commission official Dennis and Gnasher Minecraft mod

If you were to pick a cartoon archetype for the average Minecraft player, you’d probably wind up somewhere between Dennis the Menace and simpering perma-pushover Walter: knees grazed and outgoing, but with the patience required for wiki study and a penchant for flowers.

It's Dennis we'll soon be able to play as, however. Canadian game devs Frima Studios are working on a Minecraft mod with Beano publishers DC Thomson - with an eye to bringing more characters over from the comics if demand is there.

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Minecraft and Mojang are now officially resting in Microsoft's belly

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Minecraft and Mojang are now officially resting in Microsoft's belly

It’s done. The i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed, and Minecraft is now resting comfortably in the belly of Microsoft. Notch will never, ever run out of little hats. Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer confirmed the finalisation of the acquisition today on Twitter, welcoming Mojang to the Microsoft Studios family, which no doubt would look a lot like a scene from The Addams Family. 

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Update for Minecraft will let you control the fanciness of clouds

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Update for Minecraft will let you control the fanciness of clouds

When you look up at the clouds, especially if you are a character in some romantic fiction, lying on the bonnet of a car, you might find that they look like celebrities or vegetables or maybe a foot. But have you ever looked up at the sky and thought, “Gosh, those are some fancy clouds"?

Maybe you hate fancy clouds, though. Perhaps you think they are putting on airs. If only there was a way to take them down a peg or two. You might not have such god-like control over the real world, but in Minecraft, you are not so shackled. 

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Minecraft 2 unlikely from Microsoft: "We need to meet the needs of the community"

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Minecraft 2 unlikely from Microsoft: "We need to meet the needs of the community"

Our Tim’s letter to Microsoft about Minecraft was a hopeful but insistent plea: please don’t screw it up. Early signs are good: the company’s first act after the purchase of Mojang will be to consult the Minecraft community - and to shoo away any wrongheaded thoughts of a direct sequel.

“I don’t know if Minecraft 2, if that's the thing that makes the most sense," said Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer. “We need to meet the needs and the desires of the community before we get permission to go off and do something else."

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