This is the introduction to Star Wars, done entirely within Minecraft. Warning: Do not watch while eating a Hot Pocket, lest you explode into a supernova of pure nerdiness.
We’d like to thank Joystiq reader Colin for pointing us to this week’s Stiq Figures topic: a live-action Minecraft-based video. Live-action gaming-inspired videos are nothing new, and not always that noteworthy. What draws us to YouTube channel CCMegaproductions‘ video this week is how it ends: much more graphic and intense than it began.
Mojang announced that the mobile version of its runaway hit, Minecraft, surpassed 10 million units in sales, and revealed that it will add several major features to the game in the coming months.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition‘s forthcoming updates range from matters of convenience (players will no longer have to exit to the main menu in order to change settings) to experimental additions that, initially, will be available exclusively to players using high-end mobile devices. Once these unnamed features are sufficiently tested, they will be rolled out in another update for all players.
Mojang is also working on Minecraft Realms, a cloud-based multiplayer service that allows players to collaborate on shared projects without needing to be online at the same time. Minecraft Realms will be launched as a subscription-based mode that can be unlocked in Minecraft: Pocket Edition via an in-app purchase.
Mojang hopes to launch its next Minecraft: Pocket Edition update by the end of May.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will dig its way to the UK on June 28 and it’ll also include a 48-hour subscription to Xbox Live Gold. The disc-based game includes all the features and content currently found on the XBLA version, and those with an internet connection will also receive the same updates as the digital edition.
The North American disc version of the blocktastic building game was recently delayed from April 30 to June 4. Microsoft has not officially announced any change in plans for the game to also launch in Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan during June.
If you're a Minecraft fan with an ounce of curiosity and access to the Internet, you've undoubtedly seen some pretty insane things. The latest impressive build we've seen may not have the same geek cred as the USS Enterprise, BioShock Infinite's Columbia, or Jurassic Park, but it's no less grand in scale.
As part of an exhibit on customization at the Oakland Museum of California, the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment was tasked with putting together something that showed how customization can be applied within the world of games. As Alex Handy, the MADE's director wrote, his first inclination was to do something with Team Fortress 2. The idea was scrapped considering the game's violent nature, and something more family friendly took its place.
The solution was to commission a team of Minecraft builders to recreate downtown Oakland with a 10-day deadline. The team worked using Google Street View as image references, and the fidelity that they achieved is quite impressive. The results of their efforts will be shown at the museum on April 26 from 5-8 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. on April 27-28.
For more shots of the build, scroll through the Flikr gallery.
Minecraft is already available on the Xbox 360 through the Xbox LIve Arcade. A retail version of the game was supposed to release on April 30, but it has been pushed back to June.
According to Microsoft's Major Nelson, the game has been delayed until June 4 in the interest of including, "the very latest content."
FYI: In order to include the very latest content, the retail version for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has been delayed until June 4 (US)
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) April 12, 2013
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will not make its originally announced April 30 launch, with Microsoft announcing today that the retail version has been delayed until June 4. Microsoft’s Major Nelson notes the delay is to “include the very latest content.”
We’ve reached out to Microsoft if this will impact the June launch in Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. We’ll update if we hear back.
Of course somebody built BioShock Infinite‘s floating city of Columbia within Minecraft. Sights such as Battleship Bay and vistas of floating skyscrapers are all meticulously recreated in Mojang’s sandbox, all available to peruse in one convenient photo album.
Chris Hecker (SpyParty) fires off questions to Mojang’s Markus Persson about piracy, his designing and growing of Minecraft, and his own professional growth in this free lecture from GDC 2012. …