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Minecraft Gameband Review

Minecraft Gameband Review

If you're in the mood for Minecraft and you move from machine to machine on a regular basis, you may want to have a peek at the Gameband + Minecraft. This unit has actually been in "soft release" mode for a few weeks - it first surfaced a few months ago, in fact, but today it's on blast courtesy of the folks at Gameband and Microsoft. In addition to being sent to none other than Larry Hyrb last week, you'll be seeing this piece of equipment appearing in stores across the United States immediately if not soon.

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Google’s Project Tango has a Minecraft demo, too

Google’s Project Tango has a Minecraft demo, too

At a demonstration of the newest in new Project Tango hardware and software by Google at GTC 2015 we've gotten the opportunity to take a peek at an off-brand Minecraft. "This is sort of our homage to Minecraft," said Google ATAP Technical Program Lead Johnny Chung Lee. He proceeded to create a brick house in a 3D space using the newest Project Tango tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1 inside. The tablet's screen has a pointer, just like Minecraft, and a building exists in a virtual, yet real, space.

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Turkey to ban Minecraft for depictions of violence

Turkey to ban Minecraft for depictions of violence

When you think of Minecraft, the firs thing that pops into your mind isn't likely to be violence. That's not what the Turkish Ministry's Children Services General Directorate is suggesting, though, making clear this week that they intend to begin the process of banning the game from the country for its depictions of violence. "Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges," said the ministry, "mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence."

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Minecraft Simpsons Skins mini-Review

Minecraft Simpsons Skins mini-Review

This afternoon we're having a peek at the brand spanking new Simpsons Skin pack for Minecraft. This downloadable pack of skins is available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 as of this week, and includes characters like Bart, Marge, Homer, Maggie, and Lisa. Of course you'll also get oddities like Otto Mann, Nelson Muntz, Martin Prince, Janey Powell, Principal Skinner, and more. While this - like most downloadable skin packs for Minecraft - isn't a massive game-changer in any way, we thought we'd give you a bit of a peek at what you'd be dropping a three dollar bill on before you dropped it this week.

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Minecraft update reduces security risks on PCs

Minecraft update reduces security risks on PCs

Minecraft is a very popular video game that lets players build just about anything they can dream up using blocks of all sorts of materials. What players can build in the game is only limited by their imagination and patience placing blocks. One of the drawbacks of Minecraft in the past was a potential to leave PCs with security vulnerabilities.

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Star Wars Rebels hit Minecraft for Xbox

Star Wars Rebels hit Minecraft for Xbox

It's time that the Star Wars universe - specifically the Rebels bit of it - hit the square-fitted environment of Minecraft. This is the second time a Star Wars-themed pack of skins has approached Minecraft, and the first that Star Wars' expanded universe has been brought to this environment. The first release was back in November of 2014 when the first "Classic" Star Wars pack brought on all of your favorite original characters from the first three movies. Now it's time to get animated.

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A Game of Craft: Westeros rebuilt block by block

A Game of Craft: Westeros rebuilt block by block

Time and again we've been awed by what Minecraft players have been able to accomplish with the limited resources but unlimited space that are given them. We've seen recreations of countries, the USS starship Enterprise, and even 4 KB computers. Though based on fictional places only, this latest achievement is equally, or perhaps even more, jaw-dropping. Thousands of "superfans" have come together to build in Minecraft the entire continent of Westeros, the land that serves as the stage for A Song of Ice and Fire novels, also known in pop culture as A Game of Thrones.

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Minecraft was not hacked but user passwords phished

Minecraft was not hacked but user passwords phished

Given the recent rash of Internet security breaches, you'd think that users would be more careful about their online accounts and passwords. Apparently not so. In fact, according to a recent report, "123456" is still the most popular password around. That same disregard for security, or maybe just laziness, has resulted in as much as 1,800 Minecraft accounts, including their passwords, to be compromised. It might be too easy to presume that Minecraft's servers have been hacked, but apparently, it was all the result of a phishing scam.

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Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Just in case you wanted to up your game in the malformed Simpsons character universe, Minecraft and Xbox are about to have you covered. Both the Minecraft Xbox 360 and Minecraft Xbox One builds of the Minecraft universe will be receiving access to this pack - just as long as the user pays their $1.99 fee, that is to say. "We are thrilled to partner with Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films to bring THE SIMPSONS to life on Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, "I can’t wait to see what the community creates."

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User creates functional text editor in Minecraft

User creates functional text editor in Minecraft

We've seen some pretty interesting (read: brilliant) creations in Minecraft, including the functional 1KB hard drive and functional iPhone including apps. Continuing with the created-in-Minecraft theme is yet another bit of functional blocky artistry, a text editor with a 5 x 10 character display and the ability to open saved files and display whatever you might feel like typing into it. The creation was made by user Koala_Steamed using redstone. Amazing? Right. Even better, we've a video of it in action after the jump.

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