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Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Niantic Labs' third smartphone-based AR game didn't exactly bring in as many players or revenue as Pokemon GO but the Harry Potter franchise still has enough fans to get the game by at least by word of mouth. That could be giving developers at Microsoft-owned Mojang some anxiety over their own still upcoming title. To whet Minecraft fans' appetite and, at the same time, publicize the game, Microsoft is dropping a few more tidbits about how Minecraft Earth will play out once the the Closed Beta rolls out next month.

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Study finds some video games can boost creativity in players

Study finds some video games can boost creativity in players

Someone who wants to increase their creativity may benefit from playing certain types of video games, according to a new study out of Iowa State University. The researchers looked at massively popular game Minecraft, the entire basis of which is creating new worlds and structures, and found that players experienced increased creativity later on. There was an exception among these players, however, indicating that not all gameplay is the same.

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Minecraft Toy Story mashup lets you see the world from toys’ eyes

Minecraft Toy Story mashup lets you see the world from toys’ eyes

These days, movie tie—ins with sometimes completely unrelated products are no longer unusual. Even more so with the somewhat related worlds of films and games, and especially ones where imaginations can fly. So it’s that surprising to hear that Toy Story has teamed up with a game developer to help spread the word about its latest installment. It is, however, perhaps a bit surprising to hear that Disney and Pixar have chosen Minecraft to be the vehicle of that message.

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Minecraft will soon offer Microsoft’s Immersive Reader for game text

Minecraft will soon offer Microsoft’s Immersive Reader for game text

Microsoft's Immersive Reader, a tool that helps users read text and improve their reading skills, is coming to the educational version of Minecraft. The addition was announced on Thursday as one of multiple changes arriving in Minecraft: Education Edition, all of them focused on improving the learning and classroom aspects of the game.

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Minecraft: Story Mode episodes get a huge Xbox 360 price hike, but for good reason

Minecraft: Story Mode episodes get a huge Xbox 360 price hike, but for good reason

Earlier this month, Mojang informed us that the various episodes that comprise Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode were living on borrowed time. On June 25th, the company said, all Story Mode episodes will be removed from digital storefronts, which means no more downloading them and certainly no more purchasing them. With the date decided, Microsoft and Mojang urged everyone to download whatever they wanted to keep before the 25th rolls around and these games disappear for good.

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Minecraft Dungeons takes a page out of Diablo’s book next year

Minecraft Dungeons takes a page out of Diablo’s book next year

Action RPGs are one of the most enduring genres around, and now, one of the biggest game franchises in the world is going to take a crack at it. We expected Microsoft to make some kind of Minecraft announcement during its E3 2019 presentation, but few were probably expecting what was actually revealed: Minecraft Dungeons. Not much is known about Minecraft Dungeons at the moment, but the teaser Microsoft debuted today certainly tells us enough to pique our interest.

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Minecraft: Story Mode is about to disappear, so download while you can

Minecraft: Story Mode is about to disappear, so download while you can

Ever since Telltale shut its doors last year, its games have been slowly disappearing from digital storefronts. Just last week, a number of games were delisted from GOG, and soon, we'll be saying goodbye to one of the biggest games the developer had a hand in creating - Minecraft: Story Mode. If you own (or want to own) Minecraft: Story Mode, you're running out of time to get those downloads in.

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Minecraft’s latest sales figures prove it isn’t going anywhere

Minecraft’s latest sales figures prove it isn’t going anywhere

Today is a pretty big day for Minecraft, being the 10th anniversary of its first public release. The game has come a long way in 10 years, spreading from PC to pretty much every modern platform available, becoming a tool for education, and soon, it'll even make the jump to augmented reality. It's one of the most enduring games of the modern era, and today, Microsoft gave us a better idea of just how popular it's become over these past 10 years.

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AR game Minecraft Earth is about to take over the world

AR game Minecraft Earth is about to take over the world

Last week, Mojang and Microsoft started teasing something very interesting ahead of Minecraft's 10th anniversary: an AR game. Today, the first public release of Minecraft turns 10 years old, and the two companies are celebrating by ever-so-slightly pulling the veil back on that AR game, which is called Minecraft Earth. Making the jump to AR worked wonders for Pokemon, so can it work for Minecraft too?

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Minecraft Classic can now be played in your web browser

Minecraft Classic can now be played in your web browser

In just about a week, Minecraft turns 10 years old. Though the game officially released at the end of 2011, it first became available publicly way back in 2009 and went through a series of alpha and beta versions that built the foundation of what the game is today. Minecraft Classic is something of a snapshot of those early days, and now, it's much more widely available.

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Minecraft is about to get the Pokemon GO treatment

Minecraft is about to get the Pokemon GO treatment

Minecraft is celebrating a big milestone this year, as it'll mark the 10-year anniversary since the game first launched publicly and started down its path of industry domination. Microsoft, apparently, has a big things lined up for that anniversary. It turns out that Minecraft will soon be making the jump to augmented reality, but at the moment details are painfully slim and we're not going to know more for a little while longer.

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Minecraft creator not invited to 10th anniversary over online comments

Minecraft creator not invited to 10th anniversary over online comments

Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of Minecraft, isn't invited to attend the game's 10th anniversary event in Stockholm next month, Microsoft has confirmed. The news follows the quiet removal of a reference to Persson from Minecraft's loading screen text, though Microsoft hasn't revealed why exactly it made that change.

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