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No, seriously. It's happening.Read More
No, seriously. It's happening.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
I apologize, dear readers -- we've been utterly remiss in reporting about Ouya, the Kickstarter sensation that aims to pack an open, Android-based game platform and development kit into a teensy console, effectively bringing the best parts about hackable indie gaming to the television. In only eight hours, Ouya raised $1 million, surpassing its original goal of crowdfunding $950,000 in 30 days. With just 35 hours remaining on their Kickstarter, Ouya has raised $7,163,016, from a total of 53,891 people interested in the project. Oh, and the icing of top of this so-far successful gaming project cake? The entire project is led by gaming industry veteran Julie Uhrman. Hit the jump to find out more about this woman-led, revolutionary console!Read More
It just isn't the weekend if someone isn't being sued over something frivolous. Uniloc, a company best known for suing scads of others, has filed suit against the developer of Minecraft -- Mojang -- over software patents. Specifically, the patents are in reference to a method used to prevent unauthorized access to data. It's this kind of broad language that has allowed Uniloc to happily start suing others like publisher Electronic Arts and now Mojang. This will clearly end well.Read More
The time has come for Mojang's second game, a digital collectible card battle game, Scrolls. Though, to be clear, the alpha has come; not the final build. Mojang fans will recall that early released alpha versions of their products don't exactly go poorly, as that was the route the ever popular Minecraft took long before it ever released as a "retail" build. The game isn't downloadable by all, however, and Mojang will be sending out alpha keys via email to a modestly sized list of lucky participants. More details below.Read More
Mojang, indie-superstar turned up-and-coming publisher sweetheart, has just increased its numbers by four after absorbing the main developers of Bukkit, an extremely popular Minecraft server mod. Bukkit sprung up in early 2011 largely because the server implementation in vanilla Minecraft was, and for the moment still is, lacking at best. On top of that, mod implementation (particularly multiplayer mod implementation) is practically impossible in vanilla Minecraft. Minecrafters, your crazy server problems are not long for this world.Read More
Back when Minecraft creator Notch tweeted that he'd fund a sequel to Psychonauts, the gaming Internet freaked out, seeing as how Psychonauts is one of the best video games ever made, but unfortunately didn't make enough money to convince publishers to fund a sequel. After Notch and Tim Schafer tweeted a bit about the situation, they went quiet for the most part, and the news got overshadowed by Tim Schafer' development studio, Double Fine, raising almost two million dollars on Kickstarter for the development of an adventure game. Notch spoke up on his blog about the Psychonauts sequel, giving everyone a status update, and some insight into what caused him to make that initial tweet offering to fund the game.Read More
Mojang, the rising game-company superstar behind Minecraft, is teaming up with Humble Bundle this weekend for a nifty little event called Mojam. Starting February 17th at 10 CET, Mojang is going to blitz-code an entire new game in 60 hours, live-streaming the whole shebang for your amusement. Following its completion, the game will go on sale at HumbleBundle.com, with all the profits going to charity. If all that wasn't enough, you can also vote to pick the game's genre.Read More
Rumors of SOPA protest blackouts have been swirling around like crazy as of late. Wikipedia was, and may still be, considering a blackout. Reportedly, a number of Internet giants are debating the same action. That being the case, it was a big deal when reddit finally got the ball rolling by confirming a January 18th protest blackout. Since then, the ball has continued to roll, picking up Mojang, the Cheezburger Network, and Destructoid.Read More
Minecraft is basically cyber-LEGOs in spirit. Granted, there have been plenty of other attempts at creating cyber-LEGOs, all of which were questionably successful. However, none of them took off the way Minecraft did. Now, it seems like Minecraft might have a chance to retcon its history, so to speak, and get its own, official LEGO playsets. Mojang is working with LEGO through the CUUSOO system to get several different models made and hopefully open the door to more Minecraft LEGOs down the road.Read More
Minecraft 1.0.0 is finally live, after a whole bunch of fanfare yesterday, and MineCon is still going strong. The Mojang developers' panel is today at 11:15 a.m. PST and should make for an interesting discussion of how Mojang's developers develop or whatever. Ok, let's face it: It's an excuse to watch the rock stars of indie gaming talk about their greatest hits and their newest album. Is there anything wrong with that? No. Not at all.Read More
Like me, I'm sure you wish you were at MineCon in Las Vegas right now instead of sitting at work on a Friday, waiting for the official release of Minecraft 1.0. The event proper starts at 10 a.m. PST, but the real fun doesn't get started until around 1 p.m. when Minecraft 1.0 is due to go live during Notch's keynote speech. Later on today, at 4 p.m. there's a Scrolls and Cobalt demo and there's even more planned for tomorrow including the Mojang Developers' Panel at 11:15 a.m., a Yogscast Panel at 1:30 p.m., and closing ceremonies of some sort at 5 p.m. I'm really not making things any better for either of us, am I?Read More
Internet overlord Notch tweeted that Mojang won the interim injunction versus ZeniMax regarding the Scrolls naming lawsuit, wherein ZeniMax claimed the name to Mojang's next game was too similar to their venerable franchise, The Elder Scrolls and people would confuse the two. The case never made any sense, and though ZeniMax can still appeal the ruling, this initial ruling is probably a step toward Mojang (and us) not having to deal with the nonsense any longer.
What always seemed especially odd about the case, is that ZeniMax claimed the name was too similar and people would confuse the two titles, but not only are both games wildly different in presentation, but are geared more toward the hardcore gaming crowd -- a crowd that wouldn't make such a mistake as to confuse the two. It looks like maybe Notch's offer to settle the dispute via a match of Quake 3 might've faired better for ZeniMax than taking Mojang to court.Read More
We occasionally write about this game called Minecraft on this site, and when we heard that the Minecraft team had revealed details about their next project at GDC, our ears naturally perked up. Titled Scrolls, the new game from Mojang will take the form of a collectable card game (!), and aims to remedy "common gameplay flaws" in the CCG genre.Read More
When indie smash hit Minecraft finally hit beta a few days ago, the game's developer, Notch, said there was a super secret rare item added to the update. The update's patch notes stated that the secret rare item was more rare than wearable cloaks that only Mojang employees could obtain, which, considering said cloaks are unobtainable by regular players, made the secret rare item pretty darn rare indeed. This, of course, sent Minecraft players into an exploration frenzy, causing them to meticulously explore the game world, as well as search through the game's texture files.
Well, it turns out the secret rare item is a player skin that only one person, musician Deadmau5, is able to obtain and is only viewable on said player's server. Notch confirmed this on Twitter, by answering this question with this response. This was confirmed again by another Mojang employee, Jens Bergensten. Read past the jump for a screenshot of Bergensten's confirmation, as well as a screenshot of a neat Christmas surprise available to players.Read More