Minecraft Snapshot 12w50a

Snapshot week 50!

We’re looking to do a 1.4.6 before Christmas, with the normal pre-release a few days ahead. Monday maybe? Anyway, changes since last week:

  • Tweaked fireworks effect and sounds
  • Item entities are rendered as 3d objects in the world
  • Corrected how enchanted books work, and added them to villagers and chests
  • Added “thorns” enchantment
  • Added tool highlight when switching items in the hotbar
  • Added a notice/warning for users still playing on PowerPCs or Java 5 (Java 1.5)
  • Various bug fixes

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team


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The Pepparakakshus Showdown results post!

Thank for voting on the Mojang Pepparakakshus Showdown! 42,143 of you have spoken, and the winner has been decided.

Before I disclose the victor, here are some action shots of the teams working away and a breakdown of the team members. Massive thanks to Thomas Arnoth for the work-in-progress images. Equally massive thanks to Linn for organising our afternoon of creative fun.

Lag Nord
Notch, Owen, Junkboy, Karin, Mattis, Henrik and Jens

Team Fully Edible
Jakob, Jonatan, Johan, Poi Poi, Tobias, Lydia, Aron and Jon

The Ginger Heroes
Carl, Leo, Kris, Måns, Daniel K, Vu and Lan (Vu’s bro)


And the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here are the results:
The glorious Lag Nord took the victory with a 1.5% lead over The Ginger Heroes. Nail-biting stuff. Team Fully Edible took third place.

Have a great Christmas everyone! And thanks again for voting! You guys are the best.


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Vote on the Mojang Pepparkakshus Showdown!

There’s an air of competition at the Mojang offices. Yesterday, three factions were formed. One headed by Notch, one by Jakob, and one by Carl (but we’re not telling you which is which). The rest of the Mojangstas were allocated via a random draw.

Next, Linn gave us a simple, noble task – to create the best damn pepparkakshus (gingerbread house) the world has ever seen. She provided three boxes of gingerbread, icing, sprinkles, and sweets, and two hours to complete our creations. Secret discussions began. Plans were formed. Sketches were sketched. Then, this afternoon, we started to create.

Here are the results. To avoid favouritism, we’re keeping each team anonymous. Scroll down to cast your vote!

Team Fully Edible

 

The Ginger Heroes

 

Lag Nord

Yes, they’re all great. But which one is best? Cast your vote below. NOTE: although this is incredibly serious business, the results of this competition will have no bearing on the future of Minecraft, Minecon, or anything else of any significance. It’s just for fun. Oh, and if you can’t see the voting box, click here.

We’ll post the results next week. Merry Christmas everyone!


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Minecraft Snapshot 12w49a

Hey hey hey! Snapshot time!

Changes since 1.4.5:

  • Added fireworks (sound effects will come soon)
  • Added enchanted books for enchanting items
  • Plenty of bugs addressed!

“What’s this? This doesn’t sound like a redstone update at all!”, you say. “Indeed,” we say. Thing is, we* suddenly decided we wanted to make sure that you have fireworks for New Year’s Eve, so we’re working in several parallel branches of the code now. One is for the 1.5 “Redstone Update,” and one is now for a 1.4.6 patch update. This update will be out before Christmas, and 1.5 will wait until January (or possibly February).

Get the snapshot here:

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft Team

* Send complaints to jeb_


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Don’t forget about our MineCon Tumblr!

MineCon 2012 has come and gone but, thankfully, it still lingers on the internet.

We’re planning on showing off loads of video footage from our weekend in Paris next week, but in the meanwhile I thought it would be good to highlight our MineCon Tumblr. It’s packed with awesome, all submitted by attendees and community members.

The Tumblr is still open for submissions so if you’ve got any photos left over you’d like to see included, hit the submit button in the top left corner and upload! We’ll get the best ones published ASAP.

Thanks everyone! Have a good day.

Owen – @bopogamel


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Announcing Minecraft Reality for iOS

Imagine being able to dump your Minecraft creations into the real world for other people to find. You could put an exploding creeper in your school, a cheeky pig in your garden, or a giant enemy crab on the beach, if you like. The Minecraft Reality app for iOS lets you do just that.

It’s been developed for iOS devices by 13th Lab – a bunch of clever augmented reality folks – with the help of Mojang. The app uses your iOS device’s camera to track the surroundings, before projecting creations onto the landscape. You get to view the mind-boggling results on-screen. You can change the size of your object as you please, and even wander around it to view from different angles. It’s seriously impressive stuff that’s almost guaranteed to make people go “ooooo” and “ahhhhh.”

Here’s an example of the wonder-tech in action.

Thanks to super-clever GPS technology, you’ll be able to plant your creations in specific places in the world for other people to find. They can then boot up the app and view your builds in all their glory. The app also comes with a few pre-loaded models to get you started. Minecraft Reality is available to download now. It costs $1.99.

Please be careful when crossing the road, or operating heavy machinery when using this thing. Accidents are not the Mojang way. For more on Minecraft Reality, visit 13th Lab’s official site.


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Minecraft is coming to Raspberry Pi!

Have you ever thought about learning to program? Where would you begin? How much would it cost? What would you need to get things moving?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that’s a great starting point. It’s cheap, capable, and approachable for newbie programmers. It’s also extremely fun to play around with, no matter your experience with code. Plug it into a TV or monitor, attach a keyboard, and begin.

Soon you’ll be able to play and program with Minecraft on one of the snazzy little devices. Aron and Daniel have dedicated time to porting a version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition that comes with a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages. We’re calling it Minecraft: Pi Edition, and it will be completely free to download.

The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a miniscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.

You can start by building structures in the traditional Minecraft way, but once you’ve got to grips with the in-game features, there’s opportunity to break open the code and use programming language to manipulate things in the game world. You’ll be learning new skills through Minecraft.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation are a registered charity. They sell the Pi from $35, and ship them all around the world. It’s already being used in schools to get children interested in programming and help them learn Linux, which Daniel describes as “the operating system of the future.” It’s a great way to widen people’s perspective on what computers can achieve.

We’re extremely excited to be involved, and can’t wait to show you more. Read more about the Pi, and find out what you need to get started, at their official site and dedicated wiki. Minecraft: Pi Edition will be available to download soon.


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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.
Nairobi

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.
Block by Block

[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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