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Microsoft announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition; free to all existing PC owners

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Microsoft announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition; free to all existing PC owners

At this year’s Minecon, Microsoft have announced the next version of Mojang’s cult block classic: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. As the name suggests, the game is built with Windows 10 in mind, and will take advantage of many new features that the new OS brings.

Also, all current PC owners will receive a free copy of the new edition, and the beta starts on July 29th.

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Mojang launch Minecraft in Education initiative to connect teachers and players

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Mojang launch Minecraft in Education initiative to connect teachers and players

Minecraft has been a tool in education for years. Google and MinecraftEdu teamed up to teach quantum physics through qCraft, and in March the game was made available to every secondary school in Northern Island for free.

The game has the capacity to do good - and thankfully, new owners Microsoft have recognised that with a new space designed to connect the Minecraft community with educators.

“The first steps have been taken," say Mojang. “And now we invite you to show us how Minecraft inspires you to change the way we learn."

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Mojang are giving away 12,000 Minecraft Realms trial keys this weekend

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Mojang are giving away 12,000 Minecraft Realms trial keys this weekend

To celebrate the release of Minecraft Realms, Mojang are giving away a whopping 12,000 trial keys this weekend. Every hour, from 11am UTC on Saturday, to 11am UTC on Sunday, 500 keys will be doled out randomly to Minecrafters. The only thing need to do is to boot up the game, and click the “Minecraft Realms" option, and see if you’re a winner.

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Minecraft patch 1.8.5 cracks down on reported security problems

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Minecraft patch 1.8.5 cracks down on reported security problems

It’s been a funny old month or so in Minecraft. Back in April, a developer exposed a vulnerability in the game’s code - a memory-hogging exploit that could crash any server, and which has apparently existed in Mojang’s laid-back, green-grassed sandbox since 1.6.2.

More recently, they’ve sent the enforcers in. Mojang have pushed out a patch today that tightens up a few more security issues. It’s the code equivalent of an extra set of torches around your homestead.

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Minecraft YouTubers get their own blocky toy range

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Minecraft YouTubers get their own blocky toy range

Minecraft merchandise is its own industry. A year and a half ago, the Minecraft annual outsold One Direction’s rival tome - and in July we learned that Mojang’s licensed and unlicensed book babies were giving the children’s print market a much-needed boost.

Now, Minecraft is more than big enough to claim its own section of Toys R Us. And in that section, there’s a subsection, in which you’ll find blocky model YouTubers.

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Mojang poke fun at Minecraft player’s offensive username

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Mojang poke fun at Minecraft player’s offensive username

A little while back, Reddit user Jessemoforice was having a little problem logging into his Minecraft account. Rather than try and work out what the problem was, Jessemoforice simply made a new account to log in with, called ‘MojangSucksDick’. 

It’s a username Jessemoforice has stuck with for a number of years. But last weekend they logged into the account to find that the username had changed. There’s clearly only one company behind the change. 

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Updating mods for Minecraft from version 1.8 to 1.9 will be “less painful”

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Updating mods for Minecraft from version 1.8 to 1.9 will be “less painful”

Michael Stoyke, one of Mojang’s PC programmers, has take  to Twitter to reassure modders that updating their mods from Minecraft version 1.8 to the new 1.9 will be “less painful". It means anyone optimising mods for the current 1.8 versions of Minecraft shouldn’t have to go through a terrible re-writing process when the next update is released. 

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Australian Government clears up geological myths spread by Minecraft: "Gold is not useful for pickaxes or armour"

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Australian Government clears up geological myths spread by Minecraft: "Gold is not useful for pickaxes or armour"

Minecraft has turned a generation into budding geologists, with vested interests in what goes on beneath their feet: the makeup of strata and the location of lava.

It’s also responsible for a few misconceptions, however - which the Australian Government’s Geoscience body have happily taken the time to put right.

“Putting cobblestone into a furnace will not create stone," point out the organisation. “It would, in fact, achieve nothing but a very warm rock."

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A critical flaw in Minecraft's code meant anybody could crash any server, but now it's fixed

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A critical flaw in Minecraft's code meant anybody could crash any server, but now it's fixed

A developer has exposed a vulnerability in Minecraft's code that can crash any server hosting the game.

The easily triggerable exploit, which involves flooding the server with infinitely looping requests for information about a specific inventory slot, brings Minecraft to its digital knees and starves the machines of CPU and memory.

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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 mods. They complete the game. Nearly six years since the first public release of Minecraft PC, 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, useful and simply the best Minecraft mods.

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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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