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Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Today Minecraft VR has been launched for the Samsung Gear VR. This is the first time the game has been available officially as a public build in the virtual reality realm, and it'll be coming to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or 5 or Galaxy S6 or S7 - or S6 Edge or S7 Edge. Just so long as you have a Gear VR virtual reality headset and a modern Samsung smartphone in the S or Note or Edge family, you'll be set. The app is available in the Oculus store now.

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Mojang releases new, non-Minecraft game on Steam for free

Mojang releases new, non-Minecraft game on Steam for free

You most likely know Mojang as the small, Swedish developer behind the mega-popular Minecraft, as well as now being owned Microsoft. However, that doesn't mean Minecraft is the only thing its employees work on. The latest side project, so to speak, has just been announced, and it's already available to play now! It's called Crown and Council, and has been described as a "fast-paced strategy game."

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How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

This morning the folks at Mojang have activated Minecraft Realms on Android - in Alpha mode. That means it's probably going to be broken when you play it - but you get to play it early! How neat will that be, playing a game well before it's made its final release? Never did that on Minecraft before I bet, right? This release comes as a side-update to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, but you're going to need to go through a short process to make the activation official. Then you'll be online, chopping trees to your heart's delight.

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Minecraft on mobile will soon get command blocks, mods

Minecraft on mobile will soon get command blocks, mods

Minecraft is popular, perhaps even notorious, for all the expressions of creativity and man hours lost in its open-ended, blocky, digital world. It is, however, perhaps a little known secret that that isn't the case for all versions of Minecraft. The original PC, not Windows 10, version of the game holds all those promises, but the mobile "Pocket Edition" and Windows 10 edition, which is a lot like the mobile edition, are a lot less capable. The wheels of change are turning, however, and soon those two versions will also be just as powerful.

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Minecraft headed to your classroom, again

Minecraft headed to your classroom, again

The folks at Microsoft in charge of Minecraft's gaming universe have revealed their next step in total world domination. It's called Minecraft: Education Edition, and it brings a new version of Minecraft to the classroom. Sort of. What this program does is to put control of MinecraftEdu, a program that already exists, into the hands of Microsoft. They'll be calling it Minecraft: Education Edition. It's very similar, but now it'll be controlled by Microsoft.

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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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New Minecraft edition free for Windows 10 users

New Minecraft edition free for Windows 10 users

If you're a PC user, you likely already know that Microsoft's Windows 10 is now available, and it's a free upgrade for those already running Windows 7 or 8. Microsoft has been working hard for the last few months to make upgrading seem as appealing and painless as possible, but now it's relying on its acquisition of Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, for one last-ditch effort. Those who already own Minecraft and have purchased or upgraded to Windows 10 are now eligible to get the latest update for Minecraft for free.

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Ronald McDonald to direct Minecraft movie

Ronald McDonald to direct Minecraft movie

Wait a second, you might be saying, did the new Minecraft movie get the head of a fast-food franchise to direct? Not really. Sort of - but not really. Instead, they got the character Ronald McDonald, otherwise known as "Mac" from the TV show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" to direct their film. More accurately, they got the creator of the series, who is also that same actor, Rob McElhenney, to direct the Minecraft movie. This is big news, guys, this is huuuge news.

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Mojang to close down Scrolls server July 2016

Mojang to close down Scrolls server July 2016

It has only been half a year since Minecraft creators Mojang unleashed its second big game to the public, and now it is announcing that it will no longer be actively developing the collectible card battle game Scrolls. To some extent, it isn't that surprising given how Scrolls paled in comparison to Mojang's real cash cow, Minecraft. But the announcement does call into question the profitability of such card games in general and perhaps even sparks some speculation regarding Mojang's future direction inside its new Microsoft mothership.

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You can play LEGO Minecraft right this minute

You can play LEGO Minecraft right this minute

LEGO releases its own Minecraft competitor video game at long last, available on Windows PC through Steam. The game is being released with Steam Early Access first, making certain it makes an impact with the community before it makes a full-powered global launch. This sort of release is similar to what Mojang originally did with Minecraft, allowing the community to have their say before they eventually, gradually, slowly pushed it to platform after platform. This version of the LEGO Worlds game will eventually make its way to living room consoles as well.

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Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

When you choose a username in certain places — like Minecraft, for example — it’s expected that you abide by certain decency rules. No crude or offensive names and such. Many people don’t listen to such rules, of course, and so there are also word filters into place to weed out many of them. Humans are a creative lot though and so word filters can only do so much; many times offensive and crude names squeak through and enter into the wild, living on until spotted or tattled on. Such was the case with one Minecraft player who spent years playing with a particular crude name before getting hit with a light-hearted jab from Mojang itself.

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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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