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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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Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

It's expected for some of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad to get a boost in sales around Christmas. Whether it's people taking advantage of holiday discounts or redeeming gift cards, Christmas is a good time to have a popular app listed high on the download charts. But this year, one paid app in particular made the most money across the entire iOS platform on Christmas Day: Minecraft: Pocket Edition. That the $7 game did so well is no doubt a success for developer Mojang and new franchise owners Microsoft.

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Scrolls launched: Minecraft creators take a whole new road

Scrolls launched: Minecraft creators take a whole new road

Unless you follow the company Mojang very closely, you haven't likely heard that these creators of the ultra-popular Minecraft series have created another video game. This game goes by the name Scrolls, and it's ready to take on the world via Android tablets, Mac computers, and PCs. This is a massive title taking a rather different direction from Minecraft, creating a hybrid title that takes "the best bits of card and board games" to create an addictive machine the likes of which you've never seen before.

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Official Minecraft released to Windows Phone market

Official Minecraft released to Windows Phone market

At long last, Windows Phone devices have their Minecraft. The official Minecraft, the one named Minecraft Pocket Edition, not one of the (many) knock-offs available on the market already. Here we see the fruits of Mojang being purchased by Microsoft at last. Here we see Minecraft Pocket Edition come to life on all three of the world's biggest mobile platforms, finally. Of course having been on iOS and Android for several years now and Windows Phone less than a day is a significant difference, but we're all here together now in the present, nonetheless!

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