MINECON Live-stream!

Couldn’t make it out to MINECON in Paris. Don’t worry. This weekend, thanks to our amazing friends over at Gamespot, you can catch the whole thing.

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Here’s the Schedule:

Saturday 24 November - Join the live stream
Opening Ceremony 1:30am Pacific | 9:30am GMT | 8:30pm Sydney
Incredible Custom Map Making 2:45am Pacific | 10:45am GMT | 9:45pm Sydney
Chat with Notch 4:00am Pacific | 12:00pm GMT | 11:00pm Sydney
Mojang’s New Game: Scrolls 5:15am Pacific | 1:15pm GMT | 12:15am Sun Sydney
Live from The Museum of Mojang 6:00am Pacific | 3:00pm GMT | 1:00am Sun Sydney
Future Updates with the Minecraft PC Team 6:30am Pacific | 2:30pm GMT | 1:30am Sun Sydney

Sunday 25 NovemberJoin the live stream
The Genius that is Hat Films 1:30am Pacific | 9:30am GMT | 8:30pm Sydney
Creativity with Redstone 2:45am Pacific | 10:45am GMT | 9:45pm Sydney
Master Builders: FyreUK 4:00am Pacific | 12:00pm GMT | 11:00pm Sydney
Taking over Youtube – Captainsparklez 5:15am Pacific | 1:15pm GMT | 12:15am Mon Sydney
Closing Ceremony 6:00am Pacific | 2:45pm GMT | 1:45am Mon Sydney

Don’t worry if it’s too early or too late for you, we will be re-running it each day so no one has to miss out!

Grab your friends and throw a MINECON party at home.

Also keep up with everything happening as we live blog the events. Use the hashtag #MINECON2012 to possibly have some of your content on the blog.

I’ll either see you in Paris or on the live-stream!

Lydia
@lydiawinters


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MINECON Schedule

Wondering what’s going on at Minecon.

Download the official interactive schedule with the maps on your iOS or Android device.

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We will also be turning the Minecon Site into a live blog of the event. Use #MINECON2012 on twitter, tumblr, instagram, and everywhere else and your content could end up on the page.

Not able to attend Minecon. Gamespot will be running a live-stream of all things MINECON for the weekend. Grab some friends, make some creeper cookies, and watch the event from the comfort of your home.

See you in Paris or on your computer!


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Block by Block: A Personal Story

Touchdown in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s my first time in Africa and to say the least I am quite nervous. As a sheltered 25 year old from an upper middle class family the thought of visiting the slums of Kibera was a bit daunting. I prepared myself mentally for seeing people in terrible distress and sadness. News stories of African babies fighting to survive flashed through my head as we drove to the slum with our liaison for UN Habitat.

Kibera is one of the largest slums in Africa with estimates of anywhere from 200,000-700,000 people crammed in less than a two square kilometer radius. It’s also the site for the Block by Block pilot project. The people in the area have a sports field and public grounds in need of a revival. The idea is to use Minecraft to help the community visualize the changes for the area. Instead of looking at a 2D architectural drawing which can be hard for people to visualize they will be able to move within the game and get a feel for what it would be like there when things are changed. It also allows youth, a usually unheard portion of the community, give their input.

Standing in Kibera. Lack of makeup and general tiredness as a result from the trip.
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I’d seen the area already within the game. I felt ready. Scared and nervous, but ready. We arrived, waited for our security guards (a necessary precaution), and then started walking towards the middle of Kibera. Then something happened for which I was entirely unprepared. Yes, there were children playing in unsanitary conditions. Yes, I never felt completely safe. Yes, I knew many people there had difficult lives and had experiences beyond what I could ever comprehend. But what I wasn’t prepared for was the hope.

I walked by two little girls hula hooping, something my younger sister and I had done many times together as children. Laughing and smiling, the girls swung their bodies to keep the hula hoops off the ground, hoops made of wire. Wires had been twisted together to form the toys these two small girls used. And there it was… ingenuity. Ingenuity became the theme of everything I saw from that point on. The people were inventive, creative, resourceful, far beyond what I consider myself to be. They use everything they possibly can. Coming from the wastefulness of the United States it was incredible to see how even scraps were repurposed. Could I make a working hula hoop? Probably not. I’ve been trained in a consumerist culture. Buy. Don’t make. On my walk through the slums of Kibera my perception was quickly changed.

Stopping to look at one of the shops along the railroad track in Kibera.
Nairobi

Instantly, the Block by Block project became more real to me. Not only because I was able to stand in the exact area I had seen within Minecraft, but because I saw our purpose. Not to come in and change something to our own accord, but to empower an already incredibly community to have their visions for the area realized.

Buy a Skin Pack. It will help create a public space somewhere around the world using Minecraft through the proceeds raised.

Public space in real life and recreated in Minecraft.
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[Block by Block aims to involve youth in the planning process in urban areas by giving them the opportunity to show planners and decision makers how they would like to see their cities in the future. Minecraft has turned out to be the perfect tool to facilitate this process. The three-year partnership will support UN-Habitat to upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016.]


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Minecraft 1.4.5 Pre-release

Hey hey!

Unfortunately we have to patch Minecraft again, this time to fix the broken LAN server functionality. Good news is that this only affects the client, so 1.4.5 clients will be able to play on 1.4.4 servers without any problems.

Fixes included:

  • Clients now get the correct IP for LAN servers
  • Fixed the incorrect positions of some particles
  • … and fixes for MC-2507, MC-2508, MC-2500, and MC-2498

Download the pre-release here:

This release will be uploaded to the launcher on Tuesday next week (November 20).

// The Minecraft Team

Update: The client jar-file has been updated, this time with particles properly fixed.


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Minecraft 1.4.4 is out!

We’ll just quickly post to let you know that the Minecraft 1.4.4 update now can be downloaded in the Minecraft launcher. It’s the same build we pre-released last week, and is mainly intended to fix bugs and glitches. Check the previous posts for more info:

Have fun!

// The Minecraft Team


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Minecraft has sold 8 million copies on PC!

Jeepers creepers! Crikey! Jawch! Inoffensive exclamation native to your home country! Minecraft has sold 8 million copies on PC and Mac. That’s a lot. Not as many as the The Sims 2 or Half-Life 2, but more than the Sims 2: Pets and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty according to this page. It’s a big number, basically.

I asked Jeb for some words to highlight the awesomeness of the sales and got this back: “I can’t think of anything clever to say. It’s simply amazing.”

Notch replied with this: 69I960EHE0A4A0IVG0EHE02500R4R0G1T30PLJ00V6V0EHE0V1U01V10U5U0VGV0V4R

Thanks for buying Minecraft everyone! Have a lovely day. :D

Owen – @bopogamel


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The Weekly Chunk – it’s survey time!

You can play Minecraft on a heap of different platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Xbox 360. Phew. But how do you play Minecraft? And, more importantly, what do you think Notch hides under his hat?

In the spirit of the recent US election, I thought I’d host a survey. Don’t feel pressured to answer any of these questions though. This is just for fun, and will have almost no discernable impact on Minecraft’s future development.

I’ll share some of the most amusing responses in a future post. Please be nice! If the server doesn’t load in your browser, access it here. Thanks for participating! Have a lovely day! :D


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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)

Download the pre-release here:

Report bugs here:

// 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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