MineCon 2012

Watch the Minecon 2012 indie lectures: Introversion, C418, Mode 7 and more

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Minecon wasn’t only about Minecraft. Mojang were good enough to invite along the bright lights of the indie dev scene to give a series of inspiring, funny lectures, describing how they got into the business and what they’ve learnt along the way.

Taking to the stage in chronological order: Hello Games, purveyors of deceptively chirpy stunt-biking game Joe Danger; C418, Minecraft’s maestro of electronica; Introversion, creators of Uplink, Darwinia and the tremendously tempting crowdfunded clink-sim, Prison Architect; Suspicious Developments, aka Tom Francis, aka maker of Gunpoint, aka PC Gamer writer, aka man sitting two metres two my right as I type this and looking rather dashing too, I might add; Mike Bithell, the dev behind clever platformer Thomas Was Alone; and Mode 7, creators of simultaneous turnbased-tactics masterpiece Frozen Synapse.

Hit the jump for the videos of each talk, and watch out for our PCG-helmed indie dev round-table which we'll publish in the next few days.

Mojang detail Minecraft 1.5: The Redstone Update

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It may have been held in Disneyland Paris, but it seems that MineCon 2012 wasn't just a thinly veiled excuse for Mojang to spend a weekend on the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blaster. Minecraft's lead developer, Jens Bergensten, used the event to announce the upcoming 1.5 update. Titled The Redstone Update, it's part of a new plan to release more frequent patches that will each focus on a specific element in the game. First up is that magic red dust that clever people who aren't me can use to do amazing things.

Minecon 2012 tickets now on sale

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Mojang and the House of Mouse have joined forces to stage this year's Minecraft convention, taking place on November 24th and 25th at Disneyland Paris. The amusement park has been hired exclusively for this event, so the amassed fanbase for its block-based imaginarium can mingle, make merry and attempt not to throw up on the rollercoasters without the usual crowds and queues. If that sounds incroyable to you, head over to the official MineCon sitetoute de suite - tickets are sure to go fast.

MineCon 2012 headed to "secret location" in Europe

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Last year's MineCon took place amid the bright lights of Las Vegas, aside from a few hiccups, much fun was had. The conference for all things Mojang and Minecraft will "most definitely" be happening this year somewhere in Europe. Mojang's Lydia Winters has posted on their blog to say that she's "headed to a secret location next week to check it out and hopefully sign papers for the location and date," adding "WOOHOO!" for good measure. "After everything is confirmed we will be giving you ALL the details." I'm primarily hoping it's Buckingham Palace. The Louvre would also do nicely, thank you very much.