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littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

Minecraft's blocky and pixelated world has become the home of many an ingenious digital creations and recreations, like "to scale" model of iconic starships to actually (somewhat) working gigantic smartphones. But for all their awesomeness, they remain within realm of ones and zeroes. That is, until now. A company called littleBits has created the ultimate Minecraft mod. Called bitCraft, this mod and its accompanying physical, real world cloudBit boards and modules make it possible to turn the in-game redstone into catalysts for all kinds of real world hardware mods and inventions.

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Minecraft Wii U Edition gets keyboard and voice chat support

Minecraft Wii U Edition gets keyboard and voice chat support

This week has been an emotional roller coaster when it comes to the announcement that Minecraft would be coming to the Wii U. First, it was exciting to hear that it was coming, though far too late. Then we found out yesterday that you wouldn't be able to use the GamePad for inventory management. Now today we have a little bit of good news, regarding it the game.

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Minecraft on Wii U will be missing the best feature

Minecraft on Wii U will be missing the best feature

Earlier this week we found out that Minecraft was coming to the Wii U. While it's good to see that the game is finally making its way to the console best-equipped for the game, it's an effort that I think is too late in the game. And now it looks like the port won't even take advantage of the Wii U's best feature.

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Minecraft on the Wii U: Too little too late

Minecraft on the Wii U: Too little too late

Minecraft is the sort of game that we'll only see once in a lifetime. It was originally created by a single guy, and has gone on to be the single best-selling PC game of all time. In fact, it very well could overthrow Tetris and Wii Sports as the best-selling video game of all time. The game has been sold on nearly every imaginable platform, except the one that makes the most sense (besides the PC). Today, it was announced that the game would finally be coming to the Wii U.

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Nintendo confirms Minecraft: Wii U Edition, release date revealed

Nintendo confirms Minecraft: Wii U Edition, release date revealed

Just over a month ago it was hinted that the hit game Minecraft was finally coming Nintendo's Wii U console, one of the few platforms not to have a version of the title. A listing for the game was discovered on the website for PEGI, Europe's game ratings association, and scheduled for the next day was one of Nintendo's Direct livestream announcements, making it easy to believe an announcement was inbound. Well, Nintendo said nothing about Minecraft at the time, but now they've confirmed the game is coming to Wii U, even sharing the release date.

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Verizon built a cellphone in Minecraft that actually works

Verizon built a cellphone in Minecraft that actually works

Minecraft has sparked a creativity revolution that has taken the Internet by storm, from "to scale" replicas of behemoth starships to fan-made tributes to fictional worlds to faithful recreations of the simplest computers in the world. But perhaps none have gone so far and so advanced than Verizon, who has just revealed that it made a cellphone in Minecraft. And it's not just any ordinary, gigantic representation of a cellphone. It's actually one that lets you browse the web and, if really needed, make a video call.

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Dockercraft lets you manage containers in pixelized blocks

Dockercraft lets you manage containers in pixelized blocks

Among software geeks, Docker has become quite the buzzword. In essence, it's a tool that lets software developers package up their apps for testing on their personal computer and then deploy it to the actual production machine without having to worry about the difference between the two machines. Among the other type of geeks, the gaming types, Minecraft has been and is still the hype, allowing people to create anything, even reimplemented basic computers from scratch. So what better way to combine the best of both worlds than with a Docker Minecraft implementation.

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Minecraft coming to hour of code to get students into computer science

Minecraft coming to hour of code to get students into computer science

Certainly one of the most popular and successful games out there for consoles, mobile devices, and PCs is Minecraft. Microsoft, Mojang AB, and Code.org have now announced that a Minecraft coding tutorial for students and educators will be created for the third annual Hour of Code campaign. The goal of the Hour of Code campaign is to introduce players to basic coding using the Minecraft environment.

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Minecraft tipped to make Wii U debut

Minecraft tipped to make Wii U debut

It looks like the mega-popular game Minecraft is about to make its debut on a new platform: Nintendo's Wii U. A listing for the game has been found on the website for PEGI, the video game ratings association for Europe, complete with a release date of November 12th, which happens to be today. While it's not clear if the latest version of Minecraft really will be available in the next few hours, what is scheduled for today is a Nintendo Direct livestream announcement.

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Minecraft: Story Mode trailer arrives ahead of event

Minecraft: Story Mode trailer arrives ahead of event

Telltale Games announced yesterday that it will be holding a world premiere event for its upcoming Minecraft: Story Mode game in Hollywood on October 12, a little over a week away. The event will be held at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome, says the company, with Mojang of course taking part. Tickets don’t cost anything, but you’ll have to email Telltale Games at minecraftpremiere to get details on how to attend. There will be limited seating, of course, so don’t delay if you’re really excited about it.

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Minecraft VR release for Oculus Rift official

Minecraft VR release for Oculus Rift official

It HAD to happen - the official virtual reality launch of Minecraft, coming to Oculus Rift first. This version of Minecraft will come this spring (2016) to Windows 10 devices for Oculus Rift. You'll need one to use the other. This release was inevitable, as it were, as John Carmack took to Twitter to digitally high-five the originator of the Minecraft universe, Markus "Notch" Persson. There the the chief technology officer suggested that "it all worked out in the end", allowing us some insight into the creation process.

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Minecraft: Story Mode hits PS4, Xbox One on October 13

Minecraft: Story Mode hits PS4, Xbox One on October 13

Good news for fans of either Minecraft or the excellent narrative titles from developer Telltale Games, as the latter's Minecraft: Story Mode is now confirmed to see release on Tuesday, October 13th. While Mojang's Minecraft proper is well-known around the world, its sandbox-style gameplay means there's no real narrative for players. Telltale Games changes that, adding a detailed storyline to the universe across five episodes, much like how the developer released the critically acclaimed Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us games.

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