Denmark creates 1:1 scale replica of itself in Minecraft

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What’s the biggest thing you built in Minecraft? A recreation of Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing maybe? That’s cool, I guess, but Denmark just put it to shame. The Danish Geodata Agency has recreated the entire country in Minecraft at a 1:1 scale. If you have 1 terabyte (1000 gigabyte) of space to store it, you can download Denmark for free. They probably have better internet service providers over there.

We've updated our list of the best Minecraft adventure maps to include 40 favourites

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Minecraft's adventure maps have only grown in scale and ambition since we made our first best-of list. Custom maps leverage Minecraft's famous building tools to create curated experiences in exotic worlds. Some are set on floating islands or inside grand mansions, while Zelda Adventure, Crafting Azeroth, Adventure Time Adventure Map, FarCry 3, PortalCraft and Star Wars take place in blocky recreations of more familiar settings. Our old list collating the best adventure maps held 25 of our favourite choices, but there are so many great maps around that we've extended the list to fit more quality stuff in. Head over to our list of the the 40 best Minecraft custom maps for our new collection, with links to all the maps included. Go forth, and adventure well.

Minecraft video teases upcoming World Customisation feature

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Minecraft 1.8 will soon be released, and with it comes an overhaul to world generation. As of the upcoming patch—due sometime next month—a new option will let players tweak world generation settings, allowing for even wilder terrain types. A new video teases the update, and the number of values that can be adjusted. As someone who can't tell his Main Noise Scale from his Depth Noise Exponent, I'll be taking the less refined approach: crank it all to the max.

Notch cancels Minecraft Oculus Rift deal: "Facebook creeps me out"

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The news that Facebook will acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion in a combined cash/stock deal has, understandably, taken over the internet. Everyone on Twitter is posting reactions—some are excited, many are shocked, and almost everyone is surprised. Mojang's Markus "Notch" Persson has weighed in on the news by canceling talks for an upcoming, official version of Minecraft for the Oculus Rift.

Cobalt video explains the concept and execution of the 2D arcade shooter

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From one successful PC Gamer alumni to another. Owen Hill - former PCG web editor, current Mojang word man, and secret Yordle - is hosting the new Radio Cobalt, a video podcast dedicated to explaining the Mojang published 2D arcade shooter. Talking to the game's developers, Oxeye Game Studios, this first episode provides a quick overview of the scope and breadth of the action.

Minecraft introduces spectator mode in latest snapshot, has sold over 14 million copies

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The last time I wrote about Minecraft's sales figures - back when it shuffled just 13 million copies onto computers - I made the bold prediction that it wasn't going anywhere. Even in those early days of a month and a half ago, I knew it had some sticking power. And I was right: it's now sold 14 million copies. They grow up so fast.

Away from the sales statistics, Mojang continue to roll out the snapshots that will eventually lead to an official 1.8 release. The latest pair, snappily referred to as 14w05a and 14w05b, introduce a new spectator mode, letting players look in on multiplayer sessions like voyeuristic ghosts.

Minecraft updates with first 1.8 snapshot, brings survival and adventure changes

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Mojang are gearing up to tackle Minecraft's version 1.8. As always, that means the regular unveiling of snapshot updates - giving the development team the chance to pre-test features and look for bugs before they pull the big red update lever. Naturally, as the first step towards 1.8, it's a significant update. For one thing, it adds three new types of stone; For another, it brings some pretty useful changes for both Survival and Adventure modes.

Scrolls is getting into the festive spirit with free game gifting

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Merry Christmas everybody! Okay, it's not Christmas yet. But given that most people don't want to work over the holidays, it's close enough that many offers, deals and special gifts are going live today and tomorrow anyway. Merry Corporate Christmas everybody! There's a particularly special gift for owners of Scrolls, or, more accurately, for the friends of owners of Scrolls. Mojang's card-based battler is giving everyone who owns the game a free giftable copy to give to pals.

Minecraft continues to produce spectacular things: here's an in-game 3D printer

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It used to be that the creativity of the Minecraft community would regularly leave people speechless. It was all "Blimey! Look at that wall!", and "Wowzers! There's the USS Enterprise"", and even "Hot diggity! A working computer!" Now, we've become somewhat desensitised. Unless you've fully recreated a country - real or fictional - you'll barely raise an eyebrow. For your consideration, then: a working 3D printer has been created inside of the game.

Minecraft has sold over 13 million copies

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Thirteen is an unlucky number. Mirrors smash in its presence, black cats dart under ladders for safety, and witch's pour a cocktail of salt and rabbits' feet into opened umbrellas. Thirteen million, on the other hand, is a very lucky number, especially if you're a member of Mojang. Ultra-phenome-megagame Minecraft has now exceeded that number in PC sales. That's - as of writing - 13,000,447 people who have punched a cube tree with their cube fist.

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang now available to watch on YouTube

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Minecraft is tied inexorably to YouTube, both through those who have used the site to share their own in-game creations, and through the communities that have risen up around dedicated video makers. Really then, it makes sense that 2 Player Production's documentary, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, has found a home on the site, and is available to stream for free. Head over to YouTube to see it nestled lovingly amid related videos for various Let's Plays, possibly featuring two zany friends shrieking at each other over a Creeper attack.

Minecraft to add integrated streaming

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If you've had eyes lately, you may have noticed that quite a lot of people enjoy streaming videos of themselves playing Minecraft. It's, like, the reason the internet was invented. Soon, streaming videos of yourself playing Minecraft will become a little easier, as Mojang have partnered with video giants Twitch to integrate streaming into the game itself. The news was just announced at Minecon, which is totally going on this weekend in the blocky, procedurally generated city of Orlando.

Minecraft 1.7 gets pre-released, will change the world on Friday

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The world will never be the same again! The world, in this instance, being the cubic lands of Minecraft. The long-awaited 1.7 update has been pre-released, with a full and official launch due to follow this Friday. Titled "the update that changed the world", it earns its name by doubling the amount of biomes available to the world generator, changing the rules around terrain generation, and overhauling certain code in preparation for a plugin API.

Google to teach quantum mechanics through Minecraft

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I’m not the first person to admit that I don’t have the firmest grasp on quantum mechanics or the computational mechanics that utilize them. Sure, I’ll bust out the Schrodinger’s cat situation at the many intellectual gatherings I’m totally invited to, but that’s where my familiarity with all things quantum ends. Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab wants that to change for the world’s youth, and found the best way to accomplish that task was through non-other than Minecraft.

Mojang isn't ruling out a free-to-play-structure for Scrolls

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Though it hasn’t actually released yet, Mojang’s new game Scrolls has already far exceeded the indie developer’s goals. After selling 40,000 units to become profitable in its first week of paid beta access, Scrolls sold another 60,000 copies and finally slowed down. Now that sales have plateaued, lead designer Jakob Porsér says that a free-to-play structure could be in the game’s future.

Games and art: Minecraft at the London Victoria & Albert museum

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A child of around ten years old walks past me accompanied by his mum. He is noteworthy largely because he is carrying a gigantic cardboard squid under one arm.

We were all part of a crowd of people being politely but firmly propelled through the revolving doors of London's Victoria & Albert museum and onto the street. The previous few hours had seen the sprawling galleries and central garden given over to all things Minecraft. Now, peppering the crowd were cardboard replicas of Minecraft's inhabitants and blocks.

They were used as props and set dressing during the evening but donated to visitors rather than rack up a massive excess baggage charge on the Mojang credit card lugging them back to Stockholm. "You have to do it in a careful way, though" says Lydia Winters, Mojang's Director of Fun (more on that later), "so people don't assume everything can be taken away."

Minecraft map of Great Britain created by Ordnance Survey

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It's the Ordnance Survey's job to map every inch of the country, to aid in the creation of elaborately folded maps. You have to assume that they've already done that. Great Britain's only so big, after all. Which might explain why they've had enough spare time to do this: recreate the entirety of country in Minecraft, using over 22 billion blocks to map terrain, roads and rivers.

Minecraft update 1.7 to completely rework terrain generation

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It's that time again! "That time" being the fateful occasion of a Minecraft update that completely shakes up how its procedural world maps are generated. In addition to introducing new biomes, the upcoming 1.7 patch will include new code that should create more logical climate zones, while doing away with vast, featureless oceans.

Scrolls will now let you have friends, encourages battling with them via double-gold event

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Mojang's hosting a double XP event for Scrolls next Monday, and they beseech you to ask your fellow "scrolldiers" (oof, now there's a pun I'm downright envious of) to join in. The occasion? Why, the fact that you can have fellow scrolldiers now, of course! Today's update finally busts out a friends list feature—and you're encouraged to start your list with a bang by adding some of the developers during the day-long double-gold doozy.

Scrolls guide: How to play Mojang's card combat game

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If you’ve bought beta access to Scrolls, then you’ve no doubt figured out that it’s a card-based battle game. For anyone new to the genre, learning how to play can be slightly disorienting. We’ve assembled this beginner’s guide to alleviate that confusion, a list of essential knowledge that’ll help you start without worrying about getting waffle stomped.