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MINECON Panel Application

by Vu Bui on April 28, 2015

MINECON

Hello there!

It’s time to submit your MINECON panel application! Each MINECON we try to have the best panels anywhere, and that means it’s up to some of you to bring the awesome! A good panel will give attendees tons of information or inspiration. The BEST panels give a bunch of both!

You’ll need to shoot a video of yourself pitching your panel, talking about why the panel would be awesome at MINECON and why you’d be the best one to be on it. Upload it to Youtube as an unlisted video if you don’t want others to see it, and submit the link with the rest of the information about the panel, including the other people you want to be a part of it.

Submit your panel application here. All applications must be submitted by May 15, 2015.

All selected panelists will get free admittance to MINECON.

Good luck with those submissions!

-Vu (@vubui)

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New skins! Achievements! Music!

by Owen on April 27, 2015

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Hi everyone!

I bring news of skins, achievements, and music! Let’s get on with it.

When most players begin their Minecraft adventure there aren’t many looks to choose from. In fact, you only get to play as our blue-shirted friend. Now, everyone loves Steve – he’s probably the most famous minecrafter in the world, and has excellent stubble.

But jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles.

Players on all consoles will get the Alex skins for free this Wednesday.

Simpsons

Playstation people get The Simpsons!
Playstation players are getting another skin pack this week. The Simpsons, and a bunch of their their closest friends, enemies, and acquaintances are on the way. The bundle includes Principal Seymour Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie, everyone’s favourite… Dewey Largo (!) and a lot more. Download it from Wednesday, if you like.

The Simpsons skin pack is already available on Microsoft consoles.

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Xbox 360 users get extra achievements and bonus tunes!

Achievements – some love ‘em, some are indifferent to them, some don’t even know they exist. I know Marc is really, really into them them; take from that what you will.

Until now, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition has included more achevements than 360 Edition. That’s a bit silly when you think about it. This update will add 30 new achievements to the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, boosting the potential gains to a smooth 1000 gamerscore. Hunt them down but don’t let them rule your playtime. And don’t forget to eat or go to the toilet.

We’re also bringing a bundle of new music tracks to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. After this update there’ll be more of C418’s plinky plonky goodness in-game. Nice.

That’s it for now! Have a great week and thanks for playing Minecraft, y’all.

Owen – @bopogamel

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We have released a new version of Minecraft 1.8, called 1.8.4, which is now available for download in your launcher. This release fixes a few reported security issues, in addition to some other minor bug fixes & performance tweaks.

This version is fully compatible with all previous 1.8 versions, but it is still highly recommend to update to 1.8.4 as soon as possible.

Notable fixes:

  • [Bug MC-46771] – Pets follow spectator
  • [Bug MC-61758] – Vines no longer spread correctly in corners
  • [Bug MC-68642] – Certain characters cannot be typed on certain keyboard layouts ("AltGr" behaving like "Ctrl")
  • [Bug MC-73504] – Nether portals place players in front of the portal
  • [Bug MC-78495] – Duplicating items
  • [Bug MC-79079] – Malicious clients can force a server to freeze
  • [Bug MC-79612] – Malicious clients can force a server to go out memory
  • [Bug MC-78020] – User (formerly known as olduser) has joined shows multiple times

Report bugs here:

Download server jar:

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Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.11.0 Beta 1

Hey!

We have been hard at work these last few months working on the new Pocket Edition version. Now we have released a beta version for you guys who has bought the game through Google Play.

Please make a backup of your existing worlds. You can find a small tutorial in the links below.

  1. In order to be able to test the new update you will need:
  2. Join the Google+ community
  3. Opt into the Minecraft Pocket Edition Beta
  4. Android device that can run Minecraft Pocket Edition.
  5. Minecraft: Pocket Edition Android purchase from Google Play Store.

The app will be automatically downloaded and installed on your device. It can take a few days after joining the beta (and after we release an updated version) before you get it, please be patient.

Have fun and report any bugs you find. Please check the Known Bugs section before you post.

If you want to go back to 0.10.x, just leave the Google+ group and wait a little while for the game to revert.

Links:

Minecraft: Pocket Edition – Play Store

Changelog

How to make a backup?

How to report a bug!

// The Minecraft Team

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Update: Maintenance completed. All systems are back online.

In order to perform some much needed updates to our databases we have decided to schedule a maintenance session. It will take place Tuesday April 14 from 08:00 to 12:00 CEST (UTC+2).

During the maintenance period you will not be able to log in to Minecraft, Scrolls, or Cobalt. You will also not be able to join Minecraft servers (including Minecraft Realms). Most of our websites will also be unavailable. This does not affect Minecraft: Pocket Edition or the console editions of Minecraft.

We’re of course sorry about any inconvenience this may cause you. Rest assured that we would not be doing this unless it was absolutely necessary.

/The Mojang Web Force

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Update: April fools :)

It’s been a while, but we’re ready to announce the theme of the next update and finally give you guys the first peek at what we’ve been working on for the last few months! We’re pretty excited and I hope that you will be too. Let’s get to it!

Minecraft 1.10: The Love and Hugs Update

We thought long and hard about what the next update should be about. Over the last few years we’ve touched everything from survival to creative, monsters to blocks, overhauled the world itself and the way people play in it. It took us a while to come to a conclusion on where we should branch out next, but with some help of some recent public criticism we realized the true direction we should be taking with this truly inspirational game.

It is well known that Minecraft is played by all ages, we’ve met kids as young as 3 to adults in their 90s. As much as this continues to impress us, we’ve realized that this puts us in a special position with certain responsibilities that we should uphold. We are in a very unique position to make a difference to the world and we have decided to accept this new role in society. We’ve thought long and hard about this, but we finally feel happy to announce that we are now changing the general direction of the game Minecraft. Starting from the next update we will be focusing on the things that make life worth living, promoting healthy relationships with the environment and its inhabitants.

You may have been wondering why we’ve not released any snapshots in some time. This was done with the best intentions in mind, and we’ll try to explain why we made this choice. We realized that sharing snapshots was very unfair to those that didn’t want to get update spoilers by not using snapshots, so we then decided to cancel the snapshot release cycle. In later meetings we realized that this decision itself was unfair to those who did want to be spoiled, so we decided to bring them back. However, we then came to the conclusion that withholding snapshots was unfair to those who did want to see snapshots, and sharing snapshots was unfair to those who didn’t want to see snapshots, this put us in a very hurtful position in regards to our new Equality Policy. After a long debate, we came to the final conclusion which should make everybody equally happy/unhappy: We’ll release snapshots, but only after we’ve already added everything. This way, those who didn’t want to see snapshots will be upset because they will see snapshots, and those who want to see snapshots will be upset because they won’t see snapshots until it’s very late, and then those who didn’t want to see snapshots will be happy because those who did want to see snapshots will be unhappy, and then those that did want to see snapshots will be happy because those that didn’t want to see snapshots will be unhappy. Or something. We’re still discussing this, we’ll get back to you with our final findings.

Get the snapshot

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “Snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/15w14a/minecraft_server.15w14a.jar

Changelog

Gameplay

  • We have removed the ability to directly harm other creatures. You should be rewarded for helping, not hurting.
  • Removed Health and Hunger. We feel that these are not appropriate gameplay mechanics for a game about love, sharing and peacefulness.
  • Added a new “Love” meter. This fills up the more you help others, and others help you.
  • “Survival” mode has been renamed to “Existence”.

Animals

  • Bats are now 20% cuter. Squeek.
  • Chickens can now be ridden by any player less than two blocks tall.
  • Cows will now alert you to important events that you may have missed by means of an audible notification.
  • Pigs can no longer fly, but can now climb on walls.
  • Rabbits are fluffy.
  • Sheep will, if asked nicely, share their wool to keep you warm.
  • Squid changed, but we’re still trying to figure out how or why.

Monsters Inhabitants

  • “Monsters” are no longer named as such. The preferred term is “Inhabitants”, as they live in this world just like you or me.
  • Steve and Alex have realized that the inhabitants are not evil, and just want to hug and get along.
  • Creepers no longer explode. They have gotten over their nervous disposition and are much more friendly once you get to know them.
  • Skeletons have revealed themselves to be very efficient farmers, having a permanent source of bone meal on them at all times.
  • Blazes are actually pretty cool guys and will defend you from harm.
  • Guardians have put aside the initial misunderstanding, and now welcome you into their home with arms… erm… eyes… wide open.
  • Ghasts are no longer frightened so easily, and will offer you rides throughout the nether.
  • Slimes are now pretty fun to hang around with, sharing their secret jumping abilities to those that will listen.
  • Witches are super friendly and surprisingly knowledgable. They will help you by sharing their potions.
  • Zombies are extremely cuddly and love to hug.
  • The Wither has been replaced with his lovable pink counterpart, promoting vitality and nourishment to the environment around him.

Weather & Environment

  • Removed rain as it upset a lot of players.
  • Falling snow has a chance to make exposed chests mysteriously full of goodies at midnight.

Villagers & Villages

  • Trading has been rebalanced. We felt that the previous incarnation wasn’t very fair, and believe the new system is a step towards helping fix this.
  • Villagers will offer you help in picking up items or blocks, in exchange for a small fee for their services.
  • Iron Golems can appear as a manifestation of the village’s love for you.

Blocks

  • Lava has been replaced with liquid cheese. It’s delicious and much safer!
  • TNT has been replaced with a much friendlier block: A love bomb.

Items

  • As we no longer have a hunger system, food items now give Happiness instead of Saturation.
  • Carrot on a Stick has been removed. It was just cruel to pigs and we are very sorry for this.

Combat

  • Bows no longer require arrows.
  • Shooting things makes them fall in love with the first thing they see.
  • Removed combat.

World generation & terrain

  • Dungeons have been replaced with homes, offering a much more inviting and comfortable experience for everybody.
  • All caves have been checked by the Minecraft Safety Committee to ensure a safer experience for players.
  • Desert temples no longer contain TNT traps, and come with a nice, safe way to access the bottom floor.
  • Some cliff edges may be lined with fences to avoid accidents by the unwary traveller.
  • Jungle temples are no longer trapped, containing instead a new rare Golden Creeper to reward exploration.

Potions

  • Some potions such as Strength or Harming have been removed, as we no longer have a place for them in the game.
  • Added four (4) new potions:
    • Love Potion
    • Happiness Potion
    • Potion of Sharing
    • Potion of Caring
    • Fun Potion

Transportation

  • Horses can no longer be ridden as this was deemed unfair to the horses.
    • In compensation to the horses, they can now ride on your shoulders.
  • Minecarts now have a fluffy pink interior.
  • Added obsidian boats which are impossible to break.
  • Improved regular wooden boats.
  • Added dirt bikes.
  • Ender pearls no longer transport you to the target, but instead the target to you.

Weather & Environment

  • Added rain back as it soothed a lot of players.
  • Falling snow has a chance to make exposed chests mysteriously full of goodies at midnight.

Game Settings

  • Not everybody had the same experience playing Minecraft under different configurations, so we decided to remove all the graphical settings.
  • You may now only have one world, in order to reduce fragmentation and to treat all worlds as equals.
  • Some resource packs were prettier than others, giving some players an unfair advantage in the amount of fun they were having. This has been fixed.

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MINECON

Hello!

I know it’s taken a bit of time to get everything ready, but we are now able to announce ticket sales for MINECON 2015 which will be in London on July 4-5 at the London ExCeL Convention Center! We’ll be selling tickets online at minecon.mojang.com on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th. As always, if you attend MINECON you’ll also get a fancy new cape! There’s a lot of information below but please read it if you plan on purchasing tickets, it’s all important.

Here’s how it will work:

– Tickets will be £129 each
– Tickets will only be sold at minecon.mojang.com, and they will be sold through Eventbrite
– 5,000 tickets will go on sale at 6pm GMT (that’s London time) on Friday, March 27, 2015
– 5,000 additional tickets will go on sale at 12pm noon GMT on Saturday, March 28, 2015
– You will be able to purchase up to 6 tickets on one order
– You will need the name of EACH person you are buying a ticket for at the time you purchase tickets, you’ll need to enter these details to complete your order.
– Tickets cannot be resold and are non-transferrable, the person whose name is on the ticket at the time of purchase is the person who will be admitted to MINECON
– When you book your ticket you will also be able to book a hotel afterwards, we have hotel rooms blocked off and you will get our discounted rates
– Any child aged 3 and under will be admitted for free. Children aged 14 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and both the child and adult need to purchase a ticket. Young people 15 years and over are allowed to attend the event alone as long as they have a ticket.

Some frequently asked questions:

Q. What will there be to do/see/enjoy at MINECON?
A. We will have tons of panels, lots of exhibitors showing off cool things they are doing with Minecraft, and a bunch of interactive attractions during the event. Saturday night there will also be a party for everyone who attends MINECON. For some ideas of what happens at MINECON see the YouTube videos from our last one.

Q. Will there be a costume contest this year?
A. Absolutely! We love having people show off their creativity when it comes to their Minecraft costumes. There will be prizes and accolades for the best of the best. Here is a video of our costume contest from the last MINECON.

Q. Can I sell my ticket to someone else if I can’t attend?
A. Nope! You can request a refund and those tickets we will resell at a later date! This will keep it as fair as possible.

Q. How can I volunteer to be a MINECON Agent?
A. Each year our MINECON Agents help make MINECON possible, it’s a huge event and couldn’t happen without them! If you want to volunteer, head over and fill out this form. If you’re chosen you will not need to purchase a MINECON ticket!

Q. Can I buy a MINECON ticket just to get the fancy cape?
A. We want all tickets to go to people who will come and enjoy the event, so only people who come to MINECON will get their cape. When you arrive, we scan your ticket, and only scanned tickets will get a cape.

Q. I’m taking my daughter/son/nephew/neighbor to MINECON but I’m an adult and don’t play Minecraft, do I need a ticket for myself as well?
A. Yes you do! We have players of all ages and we have events and things to do for everyone (even a bunch of cool panels for parents of Minecrafters) so all attendees will need to purchase a ticket.

Q. I have an awesome idea for a panel!
A. Well that’s not a question, but soon you’ll be able to submit panel ideas, and maybe yours will be chosen!

Q. What if I miss out on tickets or can’t make it all the way to London?
A. Worry not! We will have an amazing live stream that will run during the entire convention. We’ll be streaming the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as some of the coolest panels! Information on the live stream will be announced before the event. Afterwards, all the panels will be uploaded to our YouTube channel, as well as some videos we make capturing some of the fun of the event.

There will be more information at minecon.mojang.com before tickets go on sale, so if you have a question you didn’t see answered here you can tweet at me and I’ll try to include it on the site.

Thanks!
-Vu (@vubui)

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arbalestier

Hey!

I thought it was worth mentioning that Scrolls has just received a massive patch. All kinds of things have been improved, added, and tweaked. It’s more fun than it’s ever been before!

Gary has written a great post outlining all the changes over at Scrolls.com. Give it a read, eh?

Oh, and if you haven’t bought Scrolls yet, click here to download the demo. It’s a happy bundle of fun.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel

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Minecraft 1.8.3 is now available

by Searge on February 19, 2015

Update: due to a serious bug in the Minecraft 1.8.2 server, we released an update to Minecraft 1.8.3
It’s now available through the Minecraft launcher.

Minecraft Village

Finally, after many weeks of development and seven pre-releases, Minecraft 1.8.2 is ready for release. It is now available in the Minecraft launcher and the server can be downloaded from the Minecraft website download page.

Only minor changes were made since pre-release 7 which was available since Monday. Version 1.8.2 is also fully compatible with all previous server versions (1.8 and 1.8.1), but we recommend to update to 1.8.2 as soon as possible to benefit from all bug fixes and improvements we made in the game.

Report bugs here:

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Happy Holidays
The longest running series of pre-releases is airing its final episode today.

We are getting close to the release of Minecraft 1.8.2, here is just one more snapshot to make sure we did not break anything with our latest bugfixes and performance tweaks. If everything goes as planned, version 1.8.2 will be released on Thursday, 19th of February 2015.

These issues were solved in this pre-release:

  • [Bug MC-0] – Not enough hugs given since the holidays ended
  • [Bug MC-141] – "/spawnpoint" command fails directly on Pressure Plates, Cobwebs, Signs, Open Fence Gates
  • [Bug MC-3416] – Player location marker invisible on map (wrong Z-Order). One-line fix included.
  • [Bug MC-13057] – Multiplayer "back to title screen" button incorrect
  • [Bug MC-47832] – Certain entities can't be selected by type
  • [Bug MC-57691] – Water generates above sea level as part of ocean monument generation
  • [Bug MC-63370] – Baby Cows are Milkable
  • [Bug MC-66090] – TNT is no longer colliding with a block placed above it when the TNT is triggered
  • [Bug MC-67150] – Ocean Monument cuts unnaturally into ocean floor
  • [Bug MC-72574] – /stats command doesn't work on players who aren't op
  • [Bug MC-77047] – Fullscreen Mouse Out-Of-Bounds Behavior
  • [Bug MC-77055] – Non-ASCII characters rendered wrong (Unicode issue)
  • [Bug MC-77174] – Wither Skull Dupe Glitch
  • [Bug MC-77432] – Enchanted fishing rods make enchanted carrot on a sticks

To get pre-releases, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “pre-releases” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.8.2-pre7/minecraft_server.1.8.2-pre7.jar

Report bugs here:

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