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Minecraft to be used for real-world redesigns

Block by Block

In what is likely the strangest, most amusing case of life-imitates-art-imitates-life, it appears that the free-form, sandbox-y block-placing smash hit Minecraft will now be used to submit entries in contests to redesign real world buildings. The initiative is called Block by Block, a joint venture between the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Mojang.

UN-Habitat is a UN agency with a mission of promoting sustainable towns and cities. The goal is to engage young people (and realistically, any users of the PC version of Minecraft) in the design and upgrade of a total of 300 public spaces by 2016. Look for one of the first projects, Plaza Tlaxcoaque, to have its design presentation on April 27, 2014, with real architects transforming the models into real designs to present to city officials sometime later. Work in Nairobi has already begun, and similar efforts have started in Haiti, India, and Nepal.

Block by Block is a truly innovative and commendable international undertaking and goes to show how the gaming industry can give back to communities in creative ways. Being able to engage the gamers, themselves, is phenomenal, as well.

Here’s hoping no creepers slip into the presentations. It’d be a shame if something were to happen to these lovely models.

Source: Block by Block via IGN


Minecraft Candy Texture Pack out now


Craving something sweet? Look no further than the new Minecraft texture pack! The Candy Texture Pack turns every block in the world into an edible treat. Forests are filled with ice cream trees, the ocean overflows with soda, and sheep grow thick coats of cotton candy. There’s just so much to see – check out all the delicious screenshots after the jump. You can pick up the texture pack here for $1, and as always you can check out the free trial before you buy.

Source: PlayXBLA

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The Simpsons gives Minecraft a nod in latest intro

Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons started like any other – with a funny, culturally relevant intro. This one is a little more personal to gamers than normal, featuring Minecraft as its main inspiration. Check out the video above for an experience chock-full of references to XBLA’s most popular virtual world, including Moe as a creeper.

According to two tweets from Minecraft creator Markus Persson, “The Simpsons did a Minecraft couch gag. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I STILL feel a bit like it’s just this small game I made at home. It’s so weird to have all these things happen. <3″. With Minecraft showing up more and more in popular culture, who knows where it will make an appearance next.


Minecraft sells over 12 million copies on 360

The sandbox just got a bit smaller. The indie hit Minecraft has sold more than 12 million units on Xbox 360. The incredible cubic sandbox survival game is as popular as ever and amazing creations are popping up all over the map. A major factor in Xbox 360 Minecraft creations is that items can not be edited in mass like they can on the PC. This means the builders must do everything block by block, making the task of building a bit more tedious. When asked what the most amazing creation he has seen on the Xbox version of Minecraft was, Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan pointed out the amazing video below. Enjoy!

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Minecraft TU14 coming tomorrow

minecraft tu14

If our Twitter feed is anything to judge by, the moment you’ve all been waiting for is about to arrive. Minecraft Title Update 14 is smashing onto XBLA tomorrow, March 26. While we’ve been hearing about the update for a while, the release date was announced suddenly by the fine folks over at PlayXBLA, Microsoft’s official XBLA site.

TU 14 brings with it a slew of new items, a massive number of features, and a whole bunch of bug fixes. You can see us get into some of the details here and here, or you can check out the full list after the break.

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Top 10 XBLA soundtracks to listen to while reading, studying or writing


Did you know that video game music helps the brain by providing a stimulating background that doesn’t interfere with concentration? OK, I can’t prove that. I have no scientific evidence to back it up, but for some games, it seems like it just has to be true.

Xbox Live Arcade is home to some amazing games with some equally amazing music. Composers often sink days, months or even years into crafting the best musical experience for players – dedication that likely goes unnoticed, which sometimes is the whole point.

Sometimes, the best game music can serve as a stimulating background while studying, writing, reading or just doing some housework. Sometimes, you don’t want to notice the music or have it break your concentration. With that in mind, here are the top 10 XBLA soundtracks that serve as the best music to read, study, write or work to.

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Minecraft Title Update 14 enters certification


Minecraft has been pretty busy recently, launching on PS3 and making movies and all. It may feel like the Xbox 360 edition hasn’t gotten much attention in the past few months, but that will soon change as Title Update 14 is right around the corner. 4J Studios has completed the update and handed it to Microsoft, where it is currently being tested. Once it passes certification, it will be released to the public.

A lot of major features from Title Update 14 have already been revealed, including temples, emeralds, and villager trading, but the update has so much more to offer. Nether Quartz has been added, becoming the first ore available in the Nether. The new Ender Chests lets you store items and access them from any other Ender Chest in the world. Invisibility and night vision will soon be possible with the addition of new potions. There’s also plenty of changes to how the game works, including cauldron filling up in the rain and no more knockback while drowning. Cobblestone walls, anvils, flower pots, zombie villagers – the list goes on and on. The entire update log can be found on the official Minecraft forums, so be sure to check it out.

Source: Minecraft Forum via Polygon


Minecraft movie potentially in the works?


A tweet from Notch (creator of Minecraft) reveals that there are indeed at least preliminary talks going on between Mojang Studios and Warner Brothers for a potential Minecraft movie. Given the success of the Lego franchise’s transition to film, this might be a more plausible premise than one might originally have thought.

Keep in mind that the emphasis should be on Notch’s word “potential” — we have no details and no release date. Despite the reliable source for this, excited readers should check their anticipation at the gate for now. Enough movies inspired by games have been scrapped before shooting that it’s probably worth waiting until more things are set before getting too excited about a cinematic take on one of the most successful games of the previous generation.

Source: Notch via Xbox: The Official Magazine


Minecraft TU14 screenshot and details


Now that Minecraft is on more consoles than ever, it’s time for the game to expand yet again with a new update. 4J Studios has teased some changes with the screenshot above, showing new interfaces and new things in old interfaces. There’s a lot being shown off; from dyed armor to plant pots to wool carpets, there seems to be a lot coming in TU14. Co-Optimus has put into words the major parts of the new update, in case you don’t want to study the picture for an hour.

Temples have been added to the jungles and deserts, bearing great treasures for those who make it past the various booby traps. You’ll now be able to trade with villagers; give them the items they want; and they’ll give you a brand new item: emeralds. If you’re hungry, a bounty of new food options including carrots, potatoes and pumpkin pies will be available. Anvils will give players the ability to upgrade and name their gear, or recreate classic Looney Toons cartoons. While all these additions sound great, the bad news is the release date for TU14 has yet to be announced.

Source: Co-Optimus


Minecraft Marvel Avengers Skins Trailer

Recently the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft received an influx of awesome new skins revolving around the Marvel universe. The skins can now be seen in action in a live-action trailer, seen above.

The skin pack can be purchased for $2.99. It includes skins of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Loki, Wasp, Falcon, Vision, Maria Hill and Agent Coulson.

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