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Minecraft celebrates its birthday with free skins

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It was Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition's third birthday last Saturday and to celebrate they decided to give fans a gift straight from the heart. Players on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One will be able to get in on this sweet birthday gift action. Until May 17, the first and second birthday pack, as well as a brand new skin pack will be free to download. The new skin pack showcases some veteran Mojanstas and a few other extras also make an appearance. This is the first time these birthday packs have been available on Xbox One so be sure to snatch them up while they are still free. They will still be available after May 17 but will return to their normal cost of a dollar.

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MineCon tickets on sale today

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Tickets for MineCon 2015 are going on sale today. Tickets will be sold in two waves; the first 5,000 tickets will go on sale today (March 27) at 6pm GMT, and another 5,000 will go on sale Saturday, March 28 at noon GMT. Tickets will be £129 each, and you can buy up to six per order. Tickets will become available for purchase at minecon.mojang.com.

MineCon, the world-hopping convention for all things Minecraft, is taking place London this year. The event will take place July 4-5 in the London ExCel Convention Center, and as always attendees will receive a free in-game cape. For more information on the convention and ticket sales, check out Mojang's blog.

Source: Mojang

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Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft started with a tweet

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The $2.5 billion deal that saw Minecraft change hands from creator Markus "Notch" Persson to Microsoft all started with a tweet, reports Forbes.

"Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life?" Persson tweeted in June of last year. "Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig."

Mojang CEO Carl Manneh read the tweet, and, by his estimation, the phone rang just 30 seconds later. A most interested party was on the line: Microsoft. The console holder and software giant wanted to know if Persson was serious. So did Manneh.

As it turned out, the Minecraft mastermind had written the tweet half-jokingly, but things quickly turned serious when Persson realized this was his chance to divorce himself from Minecraft. He had once sworn he would never sell out, but after years of dealing with caustic communications — sometimes in regards to content changes Persson wasn't even aware of, let alone responsible for — Persson had a change of heart.

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MINECON returns this July with two-day London event

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Minecrafters, get ready to build your best Big Ben, because you’re headed to London. Mojang announced earlier this week that its Minecraft convention, MINECON will be held July 4-5 at the London Exhibition and Conference Centre in London, England.

After taking a year off in 2014, MINECON is back, and it sounds like it will be bigger than ever. With 10,000 tickets up for grabs, the convention will feature panels, contests, tournaments and other events including a yet-to-be-announced performance at a July 5 show.

Tickets will go on sale sometime in the month of February and will be released in two batches of 5,000 each. The exact date of ticket sales will be announced within the next two weeks. Upon purchasing tickets, you will also get access to discounted hotel rooms in the London area.

Mojang will begin taking submissions for "MINECON Agent" volunteers next week. Selected agents will be given notice before tickets go on sale.

Source: Mojang

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The Simpsons coming to Minecraft in February

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The residents of Springfield will come to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition next month. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as 19 other fan-favorite characters, will spring to life in the game (albeit in a bit more blocky form than before). Bringing together these two gigantic properties felt like a natural fit to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer as well as Twentieth Century Fox executive Roz Nowicki, who explained that the partnership combines the best of both worlds and how, “like The Simpsons, Minecraft is a true cultural phenomenon embraced by people of all ages, from every corner of the globe.”

The Simpsons pack will release for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in late February of this year for $1.99.

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Phil Spencer: Minecraft 2 may not be something that 'makes the most sense'

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When Microsoft announced in September that it would acquire Minecraft developer Mojang for the price of $2.5 billion, no one outside the company seemed to be able to agree on what it should do with its new asset. Many gamers, journalists and analysts did agree on one thing, however: a sequel probably isn't a good idea. Microsoft apparently isn't ready to prove them wrong.

Speaking in an IGN podcast, Xbox head Phil Spencer insisted that his company knows it must first satisfy the needs of the current Minecraft community before expanding the franchise. That means that a sequel to the almost inconceivably popular world-building game may not be in the plans.

"I don't know if Minecraft 2, if that's the thing that makes the most sense," said Spencer. "The community around Minecraft is as strong as any community out there. We need to meet the needs and the desires of what the community has before we get permission to go off and do something else. It doesn't mean that everything we're going to do is going to map to 100 percent of their acceptance, because I don't know if there is any topic where 100 percent of people agree. But we look at Job 1 is to go out and meet the needs of the Minecraft community first, and then we can think about ways that we can actually help grow it. That's our sole focus."

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Doctor Who skins now available for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

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Get ready, Whovians! As of Friday you can now take the form of over 50 of your favorite Doctor Who characters while playing Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. The skin pack has been in the works for a while, and is available for $2.99 from the Xbox Marketplace. Minecraft is certainly fond of releasing new skin packs, and we can hardly wait to see what fanbase they'll appease next.

Check out the trailer after the break.

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Minecraft: Xbox One Edition review (Xbox One)

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition was developed by Mojang and 4J Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on Friday, September 5 2014 for $20 and is also available to owners of the Xbox 360 Edition for $4.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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Well, someone had to do it. And that someone is me. Drawing the review for Minecraft: Xbox One Edition may have been the most challenging assignment of my XBLA Fans writing career, simply because there isn't much left to write which hasn't been written a million times before. When he reviewed the Xbox 360 version of this seminal mining/crafting/adventure game over two years ago, our reviewer opened with the throwaway line that even the most casual of weekend gamers must already have heard of Minecraft – and he was absolutely right.

So where does that leave us? Well, my review of the recently released Xbox One version will reinforce Minecraft's core elements for those already familiar with giving newcomers an introduction to those same elements. At the same time, I'm going to lay out some of the changes, no matter how subtle they may be, that differentiate this version from that of the last generation of consoles. Let's dig in.

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Retail edition of Minecraft coming to Xbox One on November 18th

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Xbox One owners that have not yet purchased a digital edition of Minecraft will be able to buy a physical edition of the game from retail stores beginning this November 18th. As noted previously, both created worlds and downloadable content will transfer from the Xbox 360 edition to the Xbox One edition, so players can feel free to upgrade without losing any of their content. There is also discounted pricing for players who already own the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft — upgrading (via digital download) costs only $4.99 compared to the $19.99 cost of both the digital and retail editions of Minecraft on Xbox One.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Minecraft update including save transfers rolling out

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4J Studios' Twitter account recently announced a small Minecraft update allowing for the transfer of save files from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. The process involved is fairly specific — players may upload a single save file to a designated transfer location on their 360 edition, and then retrieve that file from the Xbox One. This is a repeatable process, meaning that players aren't limited to transferring only a single save file, but the whole process will have to be repeated for each save file that players want transferred.

As already announced, players who own a copy of the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft can upgrade to the Xbox One edition for just $4.99 — players just jumping into Minecraft on Xbox One will pay $19.99 instead. Downloadable content packages will transfer free of charge (players who paid for content on the Xbox 360 edition won't get charged again on the Xbox One edition — that content, however, is not without cost), and trials of DLC content are now built right into the Xbox One edition of Minecraft, so players won't have to download trials anymore.

One caveat to all of this: You must have connected to Xbox Live while playing Minecraft to qualify for the upgrade pricing and get DLC packs to transfer — and if you just connected or just bought the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft, it will take up to 72 hours for that to register. Don't buy at the higher price while you wait, because refunds aren't being given out.

Source: PlayXBLA

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