November 2011

Minecraft Gem Collector Game Mod

Submitted by minecraftmike on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 08:31

Joystiq.com posted the following review about the Gemception Minecraft Mod by Theorycrafting.com. 

We're pretty dang hard to flabbergast around these parts, especially when it comes to Minecraft and the various crafty things people do in there. Our old hearts have all but dried up, and the glimmer in our eyes has slowly dimmed, leaving behind a glazed, absent stare. We're dusty and bitter and hard to impress, so we mean it when we say that this Minecraft mod is the craziest damn thing we've ever seen.

Minecraft 1.8 trailer

Submitted by minecraftmike on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 08:50

The Minecraft adventure update is coming soon! Here's another epic trailer from Hat Films - thanks guys :)

Hat Films YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HaatFilms
Hat Films music on bandcamp, including music for Minecraft trailers: http://hatfilms.bandcamp.com/

Non-Gamers Pick Minecraft

Submitted by minecraftmike on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 08:02

Non-Gamers Pick Minecraft As Winner Of GameCity Prize

None of the members of the GameCity Prize jury are gamers, but the odd collection of actors, musicians, politicians and journalists recruited to judge seven of the most entertaining video games of the year sure picked a winner.

A new project from the folks that put on the annual GameCity gaming celebration at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, the GameCity Prize is not your average video game award. Rather than have the prize judged by players or journalists steeped in gamer culture, the GameCity Prize seeks the opinion of folks that don’t normally play games. In many ways, it’s a much more important prize than a Game of the Year nod or a Spike VGA award.

The process began with a top-secret panel of industry experts picking six games that represent the best the year has had to offer. They were given a simple set of guidelines:

We’re asking you which are the six games you’d show to someone in order to demonstrate what’s brilliant and interesting about video games.

We want to encourage diversity — we’re looking to you to show the jurors the breadth of what video games can be.

Some of our jurors may have never played a video game before, and might require a little context and guidance to help in considering the games.

Because of this, we’d like you to also write a few sentences, no more than 200 words, about each of your choices explaining why you have selected the games you have.

Using these guidelines, the seven finalists were chosen: Ilomilo, Pokémon Black, Superbrothers: S&S EP, Limbo, Child of Eden, and Portal 2.

These games were then passed on to the jury of light or non-gamers, many of them entering the world of video games for the very first time.

Minecon Nov 18-19

Submitted by minecraftmike on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 09:08

Found this press release about MineCon posted on SFGate.com about the upcomping Minecraft Minecon conference.  It's sold out an over 4500 Minecraft fans are expected to attend

San Francisco , CA (PRWEB) November 03, 2011

IGN Entertainment, the world's leading video games media company, has partnered with indie development studio Mojang to be the official live video streaming partner for Minecon, the first-ever conference dedicated to Minecraft, the mega breakout indie hit.

To date, Minecraft - which launches on November 18th - has more than 15 million registered users, nearly four million of which have already purchased the game.

As the official streaming partner for Minecon - which will take place November 18-19 at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas - IGN will offer exclusive video content live from the show floor, including extensive video coverage of Minecraft panels and discussions, community events, and the highly-anticipated keynote speech from Minecraft creator, Notch. IGN's live stream of Minecon will be available at www.ign.com/events/minecon/.

"We are thrilled to partner with Mojang to bring live, on-the-ground video coverage of Minecon to millions of fans," said Sam Kennedy, Director of Audience Generation, IGN Entertainment. "Now Minecraft players around the world will be able to join in the celebration of the game's launch."

"MineCon is going to be the most important event in the history of Minecraft. Not only are we finally releasing the full version of Minecraft, we're also celebrating it with several thousand of our fans on location in Las Vegas, and even more people watching it from home on the live stream" - Notch, creator of Minecraft.

Minecraft sells over 4 Million Copies!

Submitted by minecraftmike on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 09:01

According to Minecraft.net, Minecraft has sold over 4 million copies on the PC, according to the game’s official website. That number is close to blockbuster territory for any video game, and it shows that the indie game movement is alive and kicking.

The brainchild of Swedish developer Markus Persson, Minecraft allows players to use their own creativity to construct a variety of structures in a textured, cubic 3D game world. A Survival Mode adds the extra challenge of constructing buildings with limited resources while fending off advancing monsters. Although he is always looking to implement new features, Persson says fun and accessibility are his main design goals.

Minecraft began development in 2009 and quickly gained recognition for its simplicity and creative freedom. It has won a number of awards, including “Game of the Year” from Rock, Paper, Shotgun and PC Gamer UK, and was one of 80 games chosen to be in the Smithsonian’s “The Art of Video Games” exhibit. Still in its beta testing phase, Minecraft has over 16 million registered users who have recreated everything from the Taj Mahal to the U.S.S. Enterprise. Its success, obtained without the help of a major publisher or distribution service like Steam, is impressive.

An example of the possibilties with Minecraft, MozzieMinecraft posted this Youtube video of the Starship Enterprise he created using Minecraft.  It's absolutely incredible. He even put pictures on the walls of a crew's cabins. 

Minecraft in the Belfast Telegraph

Submitted by minecraftmike on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 08:53

Minecraft just received a good write up in the Belfast Telegraphs Games Round up.  Here is what they had to say about Minecraft

WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT
Minecraft, an independent title produced in Sweden, has beaten off competition from the likes of Valve's Portal 2 to win a new arts award for video games.
Minecraft was awarded the prize at the climax of the GameCity video game culture festival in Nottingham, and looks set to enjoy a surge in popularity when the game is officially released in November.
A staggering four million people have already bought the title online, despite the fact that it is still in beta mode. Why not check it out for yourself at www.minecraft.net?