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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 to cease development on Scrolls, servers only guaranteed through next year

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Mojang to cease development on Scrolls, servers only guaranteed through next year

Sad news for Scrolls fans today, as Mojang have announced that the Echoes expansion “will be the last major content patch for Scrolls." More ominously, Mojang have said that while the servers will stay up through to July 1st, 2016 (one year from now), “All future proceeds will go towards keeping Scrolls playable for as long as possible."

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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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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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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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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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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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