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Minecraft is a rare game that never stops growing

Minecraft is a rare game that never stops growing

These days, Fortnite tends to dominate discussions about the most popular games around, but even it has some competition in that space. As Fortnite has enjoyed its meteoric rise, Minecraft has been silently amassing even more players, and now - not long after the game celebrated its 10th birthday - its player base is truly massive.

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Minecraft Earth: How to sign up, get Beta, and play

Minecraft Earth: How to sign up, get Beta, and play

Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality-heavy game for mobile devices that also uses GPS location (with OpenStreetMap) to plot the world. This game's launch worked with Android and iOS devices, and gameplay centers on building with pixelated aesthetic blocks - much like the original Minecraft games on multiple gaming platforms. Here're exploring just a bit about the Beta version of the game as it exists today.

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Minecraft Java Edition update adds friendly bees, hives, and honey

Minecraft Java Edition update adds friendly bees, hives, and honey

Mojang has released Minecraft: Java Edition update 19W34A, bringing a new type of 'bug' to the game: bees. These bees are 'cute, fuzzy, neutral mobs,' according to the company, which warns that players should avoid hurting the critters because, though they're not interested in attacking, they do have stingers. This edition of the game has also received beehives and more.

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Minecraft Earth beta finally hits Android next week

Minecraft Earth beta finally hits Android next week

It probably should be much of a surprise that there's a lot of interest about Minecraft Earth. Not only did Pokemon GO prove that there's definitely a market for augmented reality games, but Minecraft Earth is able to leverage the best selling video game of all time. While the closed beta for Minecraft Earth launched a few weeks ago, it's only been available for iOS thus far, leaving Android players out in the cold.

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Minecraft is getting ray tracing support and it looks completely different

Minecraft is getting ray tracing support and it looks completely different

At the moment, NVIDIA is all about ray tracing, and while we expect many new and upcoming AAA games to support the feature, soon a game you wouldn't necessarily expect will be getting it too. NVIDIA has announced that Minecraft, the best-selling game in the world, is getting support for real-time ray tracing, making it one of the most unique titles to take advantage of NVIDIA's RTX cards.

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Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

It would seem that the future of the Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack is no more! According to the folks at Minecraft - the official crew - there's only one more "final update" on the Super Duper pack. That update is that the future is dead, and the Super Duper Graphics Pack originally announced back at E3 2017 will no longer be developed. Not in-studio, anyway.

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Fortnite concept reimagines battle royale game as Minecraft world

Fortnite concept reimagines battle royale game as Minecraft world

Though Fortnite briefly skyrocketed to claim the title of the most popular video game in the world, a resurgence of players on long-running hit Minecraft caused Mojang's game to reclaim that honor. The two games remain locked in an unofficial popularity battle, each similar with their world-building options, yet distinctly different in style and gameplay. What would happen if they were combined?

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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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