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All posts tagged "minecraft"

  • So what exactly is Minecraft: Education Edition?

    Minecraft is a phenomenon that's loved the world over and it's no wonder that Microsoft paid US$2.5 billion for it back in 2014. It was also a matter of time before Minecraft was spun off with an educational version of the game. For the past few days, I've had a chance to play through some of Minecraft: Education Edition and play around with its features. While on the surface the game looks almost identical to the vanilla version of Minecraft, the Education Edition actually hosts a wealth of differences that sets it apart for education purposes. I primarily play Minecraft on my Xbox One...

  • Verizon’s Minecraft video phone is equal parts creepy and fascinating [video]

    Here's your weekly dose of creepy, courtesy of YouTuber CaptainSparklez and telecoms giant Verizon. In one of the more elaborate in-game publicity stunts and advertisements we've ever seen, these two partners have built a working real-world video calling phone within the Mincraft universe using nothing but blocks. The system uses Verizon's Boxel -- a web app that "translates real web pages and streaming video into blocks," according to the company, so it can be used in Minecraft -- and a Boxel Client, which allows the same communication from Minecraft to the real world. A call placed with the phone effectively allows...

  • Minecraft: Story Mode coming 13 October courtesy of Telltale [video]

    Episodic gaming has seen a minor revival thanks to Dontnod Entertainment's Life Is Strange and Telltale Games' recent dally with the Games of Thrones series. But the latter is about to take on one of gaming's biggest challenges: stuff a story mode into Minecraft. Its Minecraft: Story Mode series will consist of five episodes, with the first one launching on 13 October 2015 for PC, iOS, Android and Nintendo's Wii U. And while one might wonder why on earth Mojang's hit title, possibly the most open of open world games, needs a story mode well, it's simple. Not everyone enjoys...

  • ‘Minecraft’ finally takes the lead in the classroom

    That's right, gone are the days of building blocks and ridiculous board games, now Minecraft is taking over the classroom. If you are unaware of the world of Minecraft, it is a combination of terrible graphics and Lego-style gameplay. Your goal: to build and create worlds using elements and resources that you find in the game. So why not build historic events and create problems that can be solved using maths or other subjects that haunt the classroom? How the hell else are you going to get students to come in on a Saturday to practice maths? It now seems so...

  • More than just gaming: 3 key takeaways from E3 2015

    You know, the Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't always the enormous annual gaming shrine it is today. In the past, many gaming announcements were made at CES -- the annual January show that takes place in Las Vegas. Since E3 was born back in 1995 and took residence in sunny Los Angeles, we've seen some massive leaps in the world of gaming -- from new technologies to new perceptions about gaming. 2015 was definitely a marquee year if that previous statement is anything to go by. And while there are still many issues surrounding gaming both in terms of accessibility to...

  • E3 2015 live blog: all the news from this year’s expo

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as acronym lovers call it, is possibly the most recognised and respected gaming expo on the planet, and it's about that time again. The 2015 edition will see some landmark events from some of the worlds biggest gaming and tech names. How does live pressers from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix sound? If those names make your hair stand on end, then you've definitely come to the right place. From 14-18 June, we'll be pushing news as it happens to our E3 2015 live blog below, and if you enjoy watching content live,...

  • 9 Xbox One exclusives that make the PlayStation 4’s lineup seem boring

    For more news, announcements and videos from E3 2015, follow our dedicated week-long live blog. We said that Microsoft needed a good E3 2015 and hell was its press conference a stellar showing. With announcements that will undoubtedly have the Sony executives a little worried, the company, now well into its post-Don Mattrick era, also unveiled a slew of games coming to the console this year. Alongside backward compatibility, Phil Spencer, Xbox One head honcho, boasted that this year's lineup is the best set of games ever exhibited on any Xbox console, and we don't think he's too far from being...

  • 5 of Satya Nadella’s greatest first year hits as Microsoft CEO

    When Satya Nadella assumed the role of Microsoft CEO from the outgoing Steve Ballmer, the company had lost its way, especially in the operating system space. Its main cash cow wasn't exactly mooing and the company's hardware division was practically non-existent. So Nadella's job was a big one. But his first year at the helm of one of Earth's biggest tech companies has been rather successful. Marking a year since he took the reins today, we roundup the most inspired, most important and most impressive announcements, acquisitions and decisions that Nadella had overseen in his first year as Captain Microsoft. 1. Polishing...

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’, Conan’s ‘Minecraft’ and Freddy’s pizza: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? It has been a long, long week and the best way to bring it to a close is with a round of your favourite beverage and our TGIF video roundup. Don't you agree? This week we've got a new teaser trailer for Mortal Kombat X's slimiest character, Reptile. For the small reason that is Minecraft, Conan O'Brien of all people unleashed a portion of his show made within Mojang's block world. We also have gameplay...

  • ‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ hits 30-million download milestone

    Minecraft: Pocket Edition can now hold its head up high alongside its PC and console brothers, as the game has hit the 30-million download mark. We imagine Mojang and Microsoft, the game developer's new owner, have rather smug looks on their faces at the moment because that's a boat-load of cash if you consider the game costs US$7 across mobile platforms. In pure Mojang style too, the company outed a blog post celebrating the feat. Here's our favourite except from it: Let’s put that into perspective: if each Pocket Edition sale was an average sized dog, and you walked said dog every...