After enjoying years of undisputed dominance as the king of unlimited exploration, Minecraft has a new challenger in—you guessed it—indie darling/gaming messiah/space sim extraordinaire, No Man’s Sky. Boasting an explorable universe with an inconceivably large number of planets (2^64, or 18 quintillion, but who’s…
For years now, masochistic Minecraft players have developed all sorts of ways to test their mettle against a merciless and unforgiving blocky world.
Today is the 15th birthday of acclaimed Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away. As a token of gratitude to the Japanese movie that opened up so many virgin minds to the wonderful and sometimes bad world of anime, Minecraft user Alan Becker has reconstructed the entire world of Spirited Away (and a little of My Neighbor…
The Minecraft movie (yes, there’s going to be a Minecraft movie) will be out on May 24, 2019. According to Mojang, it will be released in 3D and IMAX.
The newly-launched Minecraft Battle mini game (free on consoles) is Mojang’s latest attempt to recapture some of the massive market that plays on independent servers on third-party maps. The Battle mini game is pretty simple—it’s a big free-for-all with up to eight players, where you try to kill, hide, and survive,…
Prison servers are some of the most popular game modes in Minecraft: every day, tens of thousands of people wade through anarchy, murder, and lots of grinding. It is a dystopian experience unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in a video game.
Mojang, the developers behind Minecraft, have made big changes to its policies on companies being able to promote their products using Minecraft. It could make a video like this, depicting a Verizon cell phone, a thing of the past.
Some Minecraft players like to build houses, or castles, or mazes full of monsters. Others prefer to recreate the entirety of Destiny.
The folks behind Minecraft are adding a set of new mini-games, starting with a competitive multiplayer mode that will release on consoles in June.
This Minecraft statue of Mario is different than other Minecraft statues of Mario. Because this one is official.
Nintendo has a complicated history with YouTube, to say the least. So when Nintendo characters were added to Minecraft recently, people were skeptical. Wouldn’t the company apply the same draconian copyright measures to Minecraft videos on YouTube? They weren’t supposed to! But, well, they did.
Minecraft is coming to China! Mojang just announced that it has partnered with mainland China’s NetEase to bring the PC and mobile versions to the country. No word yet as to exactly when this will happen.
In Japan, over a million copies of Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition have been sold, making it the package version the biggest selling PS Vita title in the country.
On May 17, the digital version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition will get a free update that brings the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, which features Mario skins, music, item textures, and a Super Mario-themed world.
Pictured above: six kilometers by six kilometers of pure magnificence, in Minecraft map form.
In Minecraft, a few block types like sand, gravel, or water are affected by gravity, and that’s mostly it for the in-game physics. In this animation, however, it takes very little for a painstakingly built mansion to totally and utterly collapse.
The Great Pyramid of Meereen, as depicted in the Game of Thrones TV show, as depicted in Minecraft. It’s as far from the books as you can get, but at least you can explore this version.
Like chocolate and peanut butter, Minecraft and virtual reality go together about as well as two things can. This is easily one of the best things I’ve done in VR.
Today, courtesy of a Minecraft map, we get a glimpse of a grim future brought on by an economic crisis, which started shortly after Donald Trump became President of the United States.
Today in the New York Times Magazine there’s a pretty great story about the Minecraft phenomenon, approached deftly by Clive Thompson in a way that offers new insight into a story we’ve all heard thousands of times before.