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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 name changes will be made possible on February 4

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Minecraft name changes will be made possible on February 4

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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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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Let's take a second to appreciate that Mojang made an announcement within a text adventure

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Let's take a second to appreciate that Mojang made an announcement within a text adventure

Understandably, Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode grabbed the headlines yesterday - an episodic adventure series nobody can quite yet get their heads around. But we would be remiss not to spend a minute looking at the game Mojang themselves made for the occasion - a novelty text adventure called Info Quest II.

“Mojang will remember that."

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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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Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic adventure series from Telltale Games

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Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic adventure series from Telltale Games

Pop over to the Mojang site about now, and you’ll find an affectionate pastiche of Telltale Games’ dialogue-with-a-deadline schtick named Info Quest II. The exposition’s a little rushed, but with good reason: it turns out Mojang are collaborating with Telltale and the Minecraft community to make an episodic adventure series about Notch’s opus.

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Mojang announce Scrolls release date and patch tweaks 28 cards

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Mojang announce Scrolls release date and patch tweaks 28 cards

At long last Mojang think Scrolls is ready to step out of beta and into the harsh light of 1.0. They’ve announced Scrolls’ release date is set for 11 December.

The collectible card game’s been in beta for more than a year, originally releasing on 3 June, 2013. Regular patches and updates have tweaked the cards, you can now play drafts against other players, and you can craft shiny cards, too.

There's also been a significant balancing patch which has tweaked the values of 28 cards.

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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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Minecraft has now sold 17 million copies on PC

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Minecraft has now sold 17 million copies on PC

The newly Microsoft-owned Minecraft passed 17 million sales over the weekend, Mojang announced in characteristically casual fashion this morning.

“Not sure if this continues to be noteworthy," tweeted Minecraft Realms developer Marc Watson.

Of course, Minecraft sales are noteworthy as long as we can drudge up the figures of famous games it's outsold. Let's get to it.

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Minecraft 1.8.1 will improve stability, make the ender dragon killable again

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Minecraft 1.8.1 will improve stability, make the ender dragon killable again

There’s a reason Mojang dubbed Minecraft 1.8 the Bountiful Update. It was the culmination of 10 months’ work, stuffed with exciting infrastructure rewrites and rabbits. But in the way of all updates, it’s yielded an equally exciting number of bugs and breakages.

Mojang have pushed out a pre-release version of 1.8.1, which they reckon will go a long way to solving stability issues and a whole host of other more colourful problems.

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British Museum to be officially rebuilt in Minecraft

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British Museum to be officially rebuilt in Minecraft

Museums may be stealth game bread and butter - I seem to remember Doing a Mission Impossible over a laser-guarded exhibit at some point during Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory - but they’re usually fictionalised. Perhaps that’s for the sake of level design, or so’s they don’t become thief training simulators. Either way, the officially-sanctioned British Museum in London in Minecraft will be the first of its kind. A blocky national institution built using its original blueprints.

The project is still in its “early planning" stage - and the museum are still recruiting members of the public for the big build. Will it ascend the angular podium of the best Minecraft projects ever?

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