Minecraft Officially Joins Microsoft

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That deal for Mojang is going through, and Notch is leaving the company. In his announcement, Persson said,

I don't see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it's fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don't make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don't try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it's changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It's certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.

As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I'll probably abandon it immediately.

Meanwhile, Microsoft celebrates their huge acquisition in the video above.

Amazon Launching Fire TV, a Streaming Video and Gaming Device

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Amazon Launching Fire TV, a Streaming Video and Gaming Device
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Basically a fancier Roku box, Amazon's Fire TV lets you stream video, navigate using voice commands, and play Minecraft. Yeah, Minecraft:

So far, the other games Amazon has shown on the Fire TV look like mobile games, but they have developed a fancy controller:


Fire TV is available starting today for $99. Streaming services at launch include Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, with more streaming partners to come.

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Adaptation of the Day: Warner Bros May be Working on a Minecraft Movie

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Considering that The LEGO Movie has already grossed $280.5M in three weeks, this shouldn't come as a surprise. In addition to Minecraft creator Notch's tweet, rumors are circulating that Warner Bros has approached The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee for the project.

Would you see a Minecraft movie?

Gaming News of the Day: Augmented Minecraft Reality

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Swedish mobile software developer 13th Lab released this neat iOS app called Minecraft Reality, which lets you combine your own creations with the real world landscape through augmented reality, not to mention you can find other people's Minecraft constructions that have been uploaded in locations nearby using the mobile camera.

You Can Now Export Your Minecraft Construction into a 3D Print

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You Can Now Export Your Minecraft Construction into a 3D Print
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  1. Download Minecraft World Exporter (Windows).
  2. Choose a portion of your Minecraft world.
  3. Upload it to FigurePrints and place order.

Found via Wired.