Minecraft 1.4.4 Pre-release

There were two important new problems in the 1.4.3 pre-release that we had to fix, so here’s a pre-release of 1.4.4 instead! We hope to publish it in the launcher in the middle of next week.

The changes since 1.4.3 is:

  • Another 20 or so issues fixed, full list here: 1.4.4 issue list
  • Fixed the “unable to swim upwards” bug (prevented a 1.4.3 official release)
  • Fixed the “placed torches jump between walls” bug (also prevented a 1.4.3 release)

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// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft Gift Cards now available in the US

US residents! Now you can buy Minecraft for PC/Mac in real-life stores! Very exciting stuff.

The pre-paid cards spell good news for many reasons.

  • Credit card details are no longer required to buy Minecraft. Handy if your mum/gran/rabbit doesn’t like handing over numbers online.
  • You can buy Minecraft for real-life money taken from a wallet, pocket, or piggy bank. Not just any wallet, pocket, or piggy bank – one you’re allowed to access. Otherwise it’s stealing. Stealing is bad.
  • It’s now possible to slip Minecraft into a birthday/Christmas card as a surprise bonus gift. What a nice thing to do.
  • Cards can be sent anywhere in the world! So long as they have an internet connection, the recipient can redeem the code and download the game. Cheap postage, maximum Minecraft.

Here’s how you redeem your card. You can buy them in your nearest Walmart, Target, or Best Buy. Apologies if you’re interested in the cards but are based outside the US; we’re working on expanding their availability.

Have fun!

 


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The winners of our Facebook cover competition

More winners! Thanks to everyone who entered our Facebook cover competition.

We’ve already updated our page with Zelduc’s fine work. A bold art style, some Facebook-themed imagery, and  a flying Creeper were more than enough to take the number one spot.

We’ve also picked out three runners up who we think deserve a mention. If all goes to plan, these should be featured on 57Digital’s Minecraft Explorer Pro app in the near future.

As always, thanks to everyone who entered! We appreciate your dedication and hard work.

 

Stylish, colourful, blocky. And packed with Mojangstas. Thanks Fran Sánchez!

So friendly, yet so Minecraft. Thanks Antonina Osnos.

 Everyone likes cake and pigs, right? Thanks @Dmumah!


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The best of your scary screenshots…

Thanks for all the entries to our scariest screenshot competition! I’ve seen a lot of horrific images over the past few days. Now I’m too petrified to leave the office alone.

We had a lot of pitch-black screens and images of a disconnected Minecraft launcher. They’re both horrifying, but after seeing over over 50 of each, they  kind-of lose their impact. Thanks to everyone who sent them in though. :)

After much deliberation, we’ve settled on this image as the scariest of all. It was extremely hard to choose, and we received thousands of entries, so don’t be disappointed if your entry didn’t make the cut.

Mega-congratulations to Stavrakidis Christos!

We had loads of haunted houses submitted, but Stavrakidis’ attention to detail gave him the edge. We’ll be in touch once your prize is prepared. :)

Choas’ zombie was bloody. Awesome. Big.

Edward’s screenshot had a sense of adventure that many screenshots lacked.

Ethan Harrington’s was the most extreme of all the extreme close-ups.

 I appreciate the simplicity of iext’s image.

Maximum zombie action from Martin Z

…and minimal zombie action from Zach K.


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Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.5.0 submitted

The 0.5.0 release of Minecraft Pocket Edition has been sent in for review and we expect it to be released in mid-November. Here are the changes in 0.5.0.

New features:

  • Paintings
  • Mushroom farming
  • Melons
  • Zombie pigmen
  • Nether Reactor
  • Glowstone

Tweaks:

  • Restore hearts when sleeping in bed
  • Food now restores more health
  • Tweaked the fog to make the game less foggy
  • It is now easier to get out a bed

Bug fixes:

  • The game could crash when loading a saved game [MCPE-442]
  • Animals would sometimes never respawn in a map [MCPE-272]
  • Using an item could sometimes attack animals/players when not facing them [MCPE-269]
  • Spawning by a bed sometimes resulted in the player being several floors up from it [MCPE-51]
  • Seeds would drop below grass block when using the hoe [MCPE-7]
  • About 25 additional bug fixes

Complete list of fixed bugs: 0.5.0 fixed issues

// The Minecraft Pocket Edition Team

 


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Minecraft 1.4.3 Pre-release

Since the release of the Pretty Scary Update we’ve been super-busy trying to fix as many reported issues as possible. We’ve now reached the point where we’ve fixed so many that we spend more and more time wondering “haven’t we fixed that already?” and “I wonder if this will break anything else…” In other words, it’s time to look forward to a new official update!

The changes since 1.4.2 is:

  • Over 100 issues fixed, full list here: 1.4.3 issue list
  • Notable: The missing song “where are we now” is now available, but called “wait”
  • Notable: Random falling damage due to lag fixed
  • Notable: Falling damage when riding minecarts fixed
  • Notable: Enchanted book exploit fixed
  • Notable: Slimes have correct collision box
  • Notable: Signs no longer lose their text client-side

If nothing serious happens, we intend to release 1.4.3 next Wednesday.

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// The Minecraft Team


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Halloween Charity Skin Pack on Xbox! :D

Halloweeeeeeeeeen!
Hey hey!

Today we are releasing a very special Halloween Skin Pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. It’s special because all proceeds will go charity! The Skin Pack is 160MSP and all 160MSP (about 2 bucks) will go to good causes. 4j Studios, Microsoft and we have chosen different charities where the proceeds will go. We chose the Block by Block project where we are supporting UN Habitat to rebuild different places throughout the world.

It’s been made by a bunch of great developers (hello Rare, I loved your games when I was a kid!) around the world. I’m super happy that we managed to organize this, and I want to say thanks to all the developers that helped make this happen, but also to you. You get awesome skins AND do something great at the same time. And this is the first time the skins got capes! :)

To read more about which charities we have chosen to donate the money to, please go here.

To see all the skins go here

And if you want to go bananas and support this skin pack now, go here :)

 


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Announcing Minecraft Skin Studio!

The clever guys at 57 Digital have released a new app for iOS that lets you create and rate Minecraft skins from the comfort of your device. Minecraft Skin Studio also lets you upload the skin to Minecraft.net via your profile page. Very handy for the artistic among you, and surprisingly addictive to use.

It’s so easy to use that Lydia managed to download it and create her own custom skin in the time it’s taken me to write this post. And it’s the first she’s ever made!

This is only the third app officially approved by Mojang, so you know it’s top quality stuff that’ll get regularly updated. The other two available for download are Minecraft Explorer Pro (also made by 57 digital) and Minecraft Seeds Pro (made by JN Interactive). They’re also worth checking out if you’re a Minecraft player with an iOS device.

If Minecraft Skin Studio sounds like your cup of tea, download and get creative! Looking forward to seeing your work!

 

 


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Minecraft Pretty Scary Update!


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Minecraft 1.4.2 Pre-release!

Busy day on the Mojang blog indeed! Don’t forget to check out the other posts for info on the bug tracker, Minecon and our Pretty Scary Screenshot competition!

However, I need to inform you that we’ve uploaded a 1.4.2 version of Minecraft. This version will be released in the launcher tomorrow morning (Central European time zone). What we fixed was,

  • Fixed a severe memory leak in the server. Big thanks to Rickard Åberg and John Marzano for helping me locate this problem.
  • Corrected rendering of fences and cobblestone walls

Again, for clarity:

  • Release date: Thursday October 25

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Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team


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