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Minecraft Film Announces Director: Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny

Yes, you read that right. Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been chosen to helm the Minecraft feature film that's in the works.

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Telltale Games Announces Episodic Series Based On… Minecraft?

Suck it, House Forrester!

No, seriously. It's happening.

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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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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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Ouya: The $99 Android-Based Gaming Console That’s Woman-Led And Totally Awesome

million dollar lady

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!

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Minecraft Sued by Notorious Patent Troll Over Software

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.

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Mojang’s CCG Scrolls Goes Alpha

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.

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Mojang Reveals More of Their Next Game Scrolls, Closed Alpha Starting this Month

Mojang, the game company that brought us the much beloved Minecraft, has overhauled the website for their forthcoming game Scrolls and revealed more about the digital collectable card game than ever before. They have announced how the game will be rolling out, including a closed Alpha starting this month.

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Mojang and Bethesda Settle “Scrolls” Battle

Mojang founder and Minecraft creator Markus Persson (AKA Notch) has announced via Twitter that the company has settled their ongoing battle with ZeniMax Media -- which owns game studio Bethesda -- over the "scrolls" name. With the legal issues out of the way, this will hopefully clear the path for Mojang's forthcoming Scrolls game to become a reality. Sadly, it probably means that Notch's proposed Mojang/Bethesda Quake 3 duel is off the table.

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Bukkit Team Joins Mojang, Minecraft About To Get Way More Mod-Friendly

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.

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Notch Talks Psychonauts 2 Hype, If It’ll Actually Happen

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.

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Mojang to Host Mojam This Weekend, Create Crowdsourced Game In 60 Hours for Charity

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, with all the profits going to charity. If all that wasn't enough, you can also vote to pick the game's genre.

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Mojang, Cheezburger Network, Destructoid to Join Reddit in SOPA Blackout

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.

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Mojang Working With LEGO to Make Official LEGO Minecraft Sets

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.

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Mojang Developers' Panel Live Stream

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.

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MineCon Starts Today, Minecraft 1.0 Imminent

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?

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Mojang Wins Interim Injunction, Gets to Keep the Name Scrolls

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.

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And Notch Did Say, "Let Them Play Quake"

The law behind trademarks is somewhat of a sticky wicket. Similar can be said about patents, but that’s an entirely different set of loopholes and barrel rolls. In the world of gaming, there is perhaps no more well-known case than that of Tim Langdell, his trademark of the word “edge” and his many attempts to legally hustle various companies. The lengthy history of Langdell is best divulged by Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s coverage of the most recent court case and, by extension, the ChaosEdge blog. But to summarize a bit: Langdell has been legally (and allegedly extralegally) haranguing anyone and everyone that used the word “edge” in any way related to games. Sometimes, as was the case with Mirror’s Edge from Electronic Arts, he managed to tie up the trademark in such a way as to make sequels and the like a bit tricky for developers, publishers and anyone else involved. Flash forward to the here and now. Markus “Notch” Persson, famed developer behind Minecraft, revealed not all that long ago that the next game from his company, Mojang, would be a game taking bits from the collectible card and board game genres entitled Scrolls. If your first response to this announcement was along the lines of, “but wait a darn second, are they making an Elder Scrolls game or is this some sort newfangled contraption” then you seem to be in good company as that’s what the lawyers from ZeniMax Media would seem to believe.

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Official Minecraft Store Launches Slew of New Shirts

Mojang has just announced the opening of the official Minecraft store in collaboration with J!NX, bringing with it a whole slew of new shirts to celebrate your status as a master minecrafter. What is perhaps more important is the amazing shirt pictured above, with three faux-airbrushed creepers and a single blocky moon in the distance. Of course "Three Creeper Moon" is not the only one by far. More below:

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Minecraft Team Reveals New Project Called Scrolls — And It’s a CCG

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.

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