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Minecraft’s Combat Update adds off-hand items and cooldown timers

Minecraft’s Combat Update adds off-hand items and cooldown timers

Since playing Star Wars Galaxies all those years ago, whenever I hear the term "Combat Update" for a game, I get horrible flashbacks. However, not every developer messes up a game as soundly as SOE did. Today, Minecraft is getting its own Combat Update, and it looks fantastic.

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Minecraft Overworld updates to give more ways to make machines

Minecraft Overworld updates to give more ways to make machines

To say that there has been an explosion of digital creativity ever since Minecraft launch would probably be an accurate assessment. Nevermind recreations of locations, both actual and fictional, Minecraft has given imaginative and passionate people the tools to create almost anything inside the pixelated, blocky world, from simplistic computers to gigantic phones that do communicate with the real world. Now Microsoft, Minecraft's new curator, is preparing an update that could boost that creativity even further. With the upcoming Overworld patch, players will have more tools at their disposal to invent almost anything.

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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: Story Mode for Wii U arrives Thursday

Minecraft: Story Mode for Wii U arrives Thursday

This upcoming Thursday, Minecraft: Story Mode from Telltale Games will be available on the Wii U. The Thursday release will be for the “The Order of the Stone,” the first episode in the Minecraft: Story Mode series. Other episodes will be added for Wii U gamers “in the coming weeks,” though specific release dates for those haven’t been revealed yet.

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Minecraft National Championship dominated by 10-year-old

Minecraft National Championship dominated by 10-year-old

A 10-year-old has won the world’s first Minecraft National Championship, beating out more than a thousand gamers from across the nation. Julien Wiltshire is a 10-year-old hailing from LA, California; in Minecraft, he goes by the name SuperKraft11. The championship was held by Super League Gaming and took place over the course of 6 weeks in the United States.

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littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

Minecraft's blocky and pixelated world has become the home of many an ingenious digital creations and recreations, like "to scale" model of iconic starships to actually (somewhat) working gigantic smartphones. But for all their awesomeness, they remain within realm of ones and zeroes. That is, until now. A company called littleBits has created the ultimate Minecraft mod. Called bitCraft, this mod and its accompanying physical, real world cloudBit boards and modules make it possible to turn the in-game redstone into catalysts for all kinds of real world hardware mods and inventions.

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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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Minecraft on Wii U will be missing the best feature

Minecraft on Wii U will be missing the best feature

Earlier this week we found out that Minecraft was coming to the Wii U. While it's good to see that the game is finally making its way to the console best-equipped for the game, it's an effort that I think is too late in the game. And now it looks like the port won't even take advantage of the Wii U's best feature.

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Minecraft on the Wii U: Too little too late

Minecraft on the Wii U: Too little too late

Minecraft is the sort of game that we'll only see once in a lifetime. It was originally created by a single guy, and has gone on to be the single best-selling PC game of all time. In fact, it very well could overthrow Tetris and Wii Sports as the best-selling video game of all time. The game has been sold on nearly every imaginable platform, except the one that makes the most sense (besides the PC). Today, it was announced that the game would finally be coming to the Wii U.

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Nintendo confirms Minecraft: Wii U Edition, release date revealed

Nintendo confirms Minecraft: Wii U Edition, release date revealed

Just over a month ago it was hinted that the hit game Minecraft was finally coming Nintendo's Wii U console, one of the few platforms not to have a version of the title. A listing for the game was discovered on the website for PEGI, Europe's game ratings association, and scheduled for the next day was one of Nintendo's Direct livestream announcements, making it easy to believe an announcement was inbound. Well, Nintendo said nothing about Minecraft at the time, but now they've confirmed the game is coming to Wii U, even sharing the release date.

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Verizon built a cellphone in Minecraft that actually works

Verizon built a cellphone in Minecraft that actually works

Minecraft has sparked a creativity revolution that has taken the Internet by storm, from "to scale" replicas of behemoth starships to fan-made tributes to fictional worlds to faithful recreations of the simplest computers in the world. But perhaps none have gone so far and so advanced than Verizon, who has just revealed that it made a cellphone in Minecraft. And it's not just any ordinary, gigantic representation of a cellphone. It's actually one that lets you browse the web and, if really needed, make a video call.

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Dockercraft lets you manage containers in pixelized blocks

Dockercraft lets you manage containers in pixelized blocks

Among software geeks, Docker has become quite the buzzword. In essence, it's a tool that lets software developers package up their apps for testing on their personal computer and then deploy it to the actual production machine without having to worry about the difference between the two machines. Among the other type of geeks, the gaming types, Minecraft has been and is still the hype, allowing people to create anything, even reimplemented basic computers from scratch. So what better way to combine the best of both worlds than with a Docker Minecraft implementation.

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