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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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Garry Newman on Mojang sale to Microsoft: "I'd have done the same thing"

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Garry Newman on Mojang sale to Microsoft: "I'd have done the same thing"

The world watched as Microsoft bought Mojang for a country-floating $2.5 billion, and so did Garry ‘sMod’ Newman. But while the world at large mostly wailed and muttered dire warnings, the Rust mastermind decided that this is a deal in which “everyone wins".

“Long story short. I’d have done the same thing," he blogged. “The money is enough to very much take care of all the staff. The game is in relatively safe hands. Mojang’s legacy is as a huge success story instead of a one hit wonder.

“Can you seriously say you’d have done it differently?"

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Notch on selling Minecraft to Microsoft: “It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity”

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Notch on selling Minecraft to Microsoft: “It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity”

Notch and the other founders of Mojang are selling their studio and Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. In a blog post announcing the sale, Mojang’s Owen Hill broke down the reasons for the sale, and in a separate post Notch has made his own reasons clear.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity."

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Mojang on Microsoft buyout: “Yes, the deal is real.” Notch and other founders to leave

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Mojang on Microsoft buyout: “Yes, the deal is real.” Notch and other founders to leave

Last week was full of speculation over a potential sale of Minecraft developer Mojang to mego corporation Microsoft. Finally Mojang are free to talk about it and, yes, the deal is happening.

“Mojang is being bought by Microsoft," writes Mojang’s Owen Hill. “It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK."

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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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Mojang release 10 months' work in Minecraft 1.8: The Bountiful Update

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Mojang release 10 months' work in Minecraft 1.8: The Bountiful Update

What have you done in the last 300 days? Probably lots of different little things. The Minecraft dev team at Mojang have done one, big thing: put together the Bountiful Update.

Minecraft 1.8 was published to the Minecraft launcher today. It’s taken longer than any other update in the game’s history, and incorporates a full-scale rebuild of its infrastructure. That’s the equivalent of umpteen creative mode cathedrals.

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British geologists fill the gaps in Ordnance Survey's Minecraft Great Britain

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British geologists fill the gaps in Ordnance Survey's Minecraft Great Britain

An awful lot of comprehensive geographical, topographical and geological data about Great Britain has been compiled and compressed on computers. And for decades, nobody knew quite what it was for. Some vaguely recalled that we started mapping in the wake of the Jacobite Rebellion, but that no longer seemed particularly relevant.

Then, with a collective sigh of academic relief, we hit upon the reason: it was all necessary to create an accurate replica of the British landmass in Minecraft. Inspired by the Ordnance Survey’s Minecraft map of Great Britain’s mounds and motorways, the British Geological Survey have recreated the real geology beneath the surface - right down to the bedrock.

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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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Minecraft Bukkit project lead quits, Mojang take over

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Minecraft Bukkit project lead quits, Mojang take over

The team lead of Minecraft mod Bukkit attempted to shut down the project this morning, over concerns with Mojang’s pay-to-win crackdown and his ability to continue distributing the mod. But within minutes, Mojang had quashed his worries about EULAs and picked up development of Bukkit themselves.

“Warren over at bukkit seems to have forgotten that the project was bought by Mojang over two years ago," tweeted Minecraft lead Jeb, “and isn’t his to discontinue."

Minecraft staffer and original Bukkit lead Dinnerbone will now see the mod through to its 1.8 release.

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How a working 1kb hard drive was built in Minecraft

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How a working 1kb hard drive was built in Minecraft

Notch might not have finished his second intended opus, 0x10c, but it was far enough along for us to identify the common threads in his games: home, the frontier, and a love of coding.

Budding computer scientists long ago recognised that last part in Minecraft’s redstone circuits. Here’s their latest achievement: a functional hard drive, built without recourse to Minecraft mods.

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Notch is back aboard the VR train: "I'm over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus"

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Notch is back aboard the VR train: "I'm over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus"

Mojang were in talks with Oculus to build a version of Minecraft for the Rift - right up until the VR company announced their acquisition by Facebook, and Notch publicly pulled the plug.

“I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook," explained the Mojang founder. “Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me."

Given a few months’ distance and an unending stream of brilliant VR demos, however, Notch has started to come around.

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The sun comes up on new Lego Minecraft minifigure sets

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The sun comes up on new Lego Minecraft minifigure sets

Lego has always been an obvious and apt point of comparison for Minecraft, and it wasn’t long before a petition on Lego’s idea-voting site spawned its first ‘micro-world’ set. We’ve since seen the forests, the caves and The Nether recreated as tiny plastic curios - but never at the familiar scale of Lego’s commercial sets.

These new full-size sets are different: they represent both the pastoral and pioneering sides of Minecraft, and are populated by minifigure Steves and skeletons.

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Minecraft snapshot 14w31a reworks the world border, adds noisier rabbits

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Minecraft snapshot 14w31a reworks the world border, adds noisier rabbits

Minecraft 1.8 is just about finished. Which means sometime soon, the good work done across many weeks of snapshots will be tipped over into the main game: rabbits, endermites, elder guardians and all.

“We’re starting to wind down our development cycle, and as such we’re now focusing on bug fixing for a smooth release," said Mojang’s Dinnerbone. “This weeks snapshot comes with a bunch of fixed bugs, some more optimization and only minimal featurecreep."

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