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New Minecraft glow squids drop ink to light items in darkness

New Minecraft glow squids drop ink to light items in darkness

In the latest Beta Bedrock version of Minecraft on several platforms, a Glow Squid was released. This Glow Squid is lovely on its own, with sparkles and aqua color light amid 8 tentacles and swimmy goodness. But the real greatness of the Glow Squid is in the ingredient item it drops.

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Minecraft Java Edition update delivers underground lakes in caves

Minecraft Java Edition update delivers underground lakes in caves

This week the folks at Minecraft released a new update for the Java edition of the game before the rest of the Minecraft universe. This update adds "Noise Caves", a system of generating caves which in itself includes two sorts of cave generation. One is called "Cheese Caves", the other is called "Spaghetti caves."

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Microsoft’s latest sustainability report comes with a free Minecraft map

Microsoft’s latest sustainability report comes with a free Minecraft map

Microsoft has released its annual sustainability report and it comes with a unique twist: a free Minecraft city from Mojang Studios. Called 'Sustainability City,' the map lets players explore aspects of the sustainability report in an interactive way. As well, teachers can download half a dozen new lessons that 'give students a sense of stewardship for the planet,' according to Mojang.

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Minecraft Dungeons launcher shuts down as Unified Launcher rolls out

Minecraft Dungeons launcher shuts down as Unified Launcher rolls out

Minecraft has grown considerably from its humble voxel beginnings and has branched out into different platforms and even genres. Some, like the Minecraft Earth AR game, didn't really take off but others like the hack-and-slash Minecraft Dungeons have stuck around so far. Mojang, under the auspices of Microsoft, has been trying to consolidate all of these under a single roof and one of its latest is to move Dungeons players to a new, unified Minecraft launcher.

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Minecraft Earth end date suggests LEGO won the real war

Minecraft Earth end date suggests LEGO won the real war

This week the augmented reality game Minecraft Earth was announced as headed for the graveyard. On June 30, 2021, the game will officially end support, and no more Minecraft blocks will appear in any players' augmented reality as such. Does this mean that Minecraft interest is dying too, or that this game didn't capture the Minecraft spirit?

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Minecraft Terra Swoop Force map adventure released for free

Minecraft Terra Swoop Force map adventure released for free

There's a new Minecraft map and adventure available for no cost whatsoever as part of the current Minecraft Community Celebration. That celebration is in the mix for 2020, leading up to the end of the year. In this latest release, users have the opportunity to drop down into the heated depths of our planet with the Terra Swoop Force - it's about to get WEIRD in here.

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Minecraft Community Celebration brings freebies, Windows ray tracing

Minecraft Community Celebration brings freebies, Windows ray tracing

2020 has been hard for everyone, even those who thrive in virtual worlds. Gaming events have been postponed then canceled and communities have had to quickly find new ways to get together even when far apart. Games have become an important part of survival this year and platforms like Minecraft have even become a much-needed respite and escape while fostering the same creativity and fun that the game has always been famous for. To celebrate the end of what is pretty much a cursed year, Minecraft is giving out a few treats to both Bedrock and Java edition players as well as those with powerful ray tracing rigs on Windows.

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Microsoft Holiday 2020 ad spot delivers free Minecraft, Flight Simulator goodies

Microsoft Holiday 2020 ad spot delivers free Minecraft, Flight Simulator goodies

This week Microsoft released an ad spot video with a daydreaming dog. The dog dreams, and the dreams are a delight. The dog's name is Rufus - his owners are all about the Microsoft products, and the dog (like any good dog) dreams of living the life his human lives. That means living inside Minecraft, flying an airplane, and talking on Microsoft Teams.

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Minecraft Dungeons update – Cross-platform play live!

Minecraft Dungeons update – Cross-platform play live!

As of this week, Minecraft Dungeons adds cross-platform play. This means that users can play together between Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. If you've got a character on your PC, you can drop in to a dungeon and blast your enemies right alongside your friend on Nintendo Switch. This will not affect cloud saves - but that's coming soon too.

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Minecraft Star Wars Mash-up pack is a giant, game-changing DLC

Minecraft Star Wars Mash-up pack is a giant, game-changing DLC

This week Minecraft revealed a massive DLC for Star Wars. This is an official expansion pack in Minecraft for the entire Star Wars universe*. This is different from the few Star Wars character packs and such that've been released in the past. This is what Minecraft calls "the biggest DLC mash-up in the history of Minecraft!"

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Minecraft Dungeons is getting a multiplayer surprise

Minecraft Dungeons is getting a multiplayer surprise

It's been a little while since we last heard from Minecraft Dungeons, but today the folks at Mojang made a pretty big announcement about the game. As it turns out, cross-platform multiplayer is on the way for Minecraft Dungeons, and it'll be arriving next week. That, of course, means that you'll be able to play through Minecraft Dungeons with your friends regardless of the platform they're playing on.

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Minecraft Java Edition will require Microsoft accounts next year

Minecraft Java Edition will require Microsoft accounts next year

Minecraft has definitely outgrown its humble roots, in no small part thanks to Microsoft's push to other platforms and use cases. A certain segment of the Minecraft community, however, has managed to stay firmly rooted in the game's original form, from the PC-only Java-based program to the ways they log in. The latter, however, will soon change forever as Microsoft will soon be requiring Microsoft account and only Microsoft accounts to be able to log into any incarnation of Minecraft, including the venerable Java Edition.

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