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Minecraft

  1. Officially Official: Microsoft Buying Minecraft and Its Developer for $2.5 Billion, Creator Leaving the Company

    What do you think Mojang will build with all that gold?

    Reports were creeping around the Internet last week that Microsoft was looking to buy Minecraft developer Mojang, along with the game itself, for $2 billion. The sale is now officially happening with an even ridiculously higher price tag of $2.5 billion, and we're one step closer to every tech company just buying every other tech company until there's a giant tech mega-corporation that rules the world... and builds everything out of poorly-textured cubes.

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  2. BREAKING: Microsoft Looks to Be Buying Minecraft For a Lot of Money

    The Wall Street Journal is saying Microsoft is working on a deal to purchase Mojang AB, makers of Minecraft. Guess how much they're reportedly offering...

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  3. Games for Girls? How About Games for Everyone?

    Gender-neutral games are too hard to animate.

    The portrayal and treatment of women in and around video games is a sore subject for a lot of us. It’s been talked about to death, and yet it still doesn’t seem like we’re making much progress. It’s a very polarizing but uniformly upsetting issue that lingers on in this otherwise great community like cat pee on an oriental rug.

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  4. Is Minecraft Saving the World From Sheltered Children? [Video]

    Not enough kids are playing "rock fights" these days.

    Looking for some imaginary paradise in your childhood that never actually existed can be a dangerous trap, but it's hard not to notice that parenting has changed, and it might not be for the better. Today's overprotective parents might actually be depriving their kids of valuable life experience, and those video games some are so afraid of might actually be helping—especially Minecraft.

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  5. Wander Through Westeros and Take the Stairs to the Top of the Wall With Virtuix Omni and Minecraft

    Now with 100% less things that are trying to kill you!

    Virtual reality is rapidly becoming reality with technology like the Oculus Rift, the Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, and more. That also means that our favorite fictional locations are coming a lot closer to reality, too. WesterosCraft has built the world of A Song of Ice and Fire into a Minecraft world that is roughly the size of Los Angeles, and the Virtuix Omni allows you to literally walk all over Westeros for yourself.

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  6. Does This Nebula Look Like a Minecraft Creeper to You?

    Quick, somebody send an ocelot up there!

    Creepers, man. You think you're alone dutifully working on your Minecraft tribute to the USS Enterprise at night, when suddenly some green rectangular asshole sneaks up behind you and explodes you both to oblivion. Luckily this one's pretty far away from us. Like, at least a couple of light years.

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  7. Neila Rey’s Nerdy Workouts Make Me Actually Want to Work Out, and That’s Saying Something

    Maybe it's just that for the first time in my life I actually miss having time to work out, but Neila Rey's pop culture themed work outs are really  as physically challenging and logistically easy as one could hope, and for every kind of nerd reference you might care to make. We've posted only a few here, there are lots more at her site.

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  8. Minecraft Wasn’t Hacked, But You Should Probably Change Your Password If You Use the Internet

    But you already prudently change your password at regular intervals, right? Yeah, me neither.

    No, I don't mean that in a hyperbolic, "hackers are going to steal your identity and become an evil pod-person version of you, freak the Hell out!" way. It's a good idea to change your password often, but it's an especially good idea if you use a site that employs an OpenSSL version that's vulnerable to the recently discovered Heartbleed bug.

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  9. So It Begins: Minecraft Developer Kills Plans for Oculus Rift Integration Because of Facebook

    This is why we can't have nice virtual things.

    Amidst the obligatory Twitter jokes about Facebook buying VR system Oculus Rift for $2 billion dollars were some legitimate concerns: how will this acquisition change the flow of progress for the Oculus itself? Well, it means we won't officially get to kill creepers and farm for gold in virtual reality anytime soon.

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  10. Not Only Might the Minecraft Movie Be a Thing, It Might Also Be Live-Action

    What's the point of non-pixelated pick axes?

    We were confused and pleasantly surprised last night when Markus Persson of Mojang AB tweeted out that he was in talks to develop a Minecraft film. Now, Deadline has reported some extra details about the movie deal that make even less sense.

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