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Posts tagged “notch”

Your Invite To Tonight’s Gaming BAFTAs

Are you eager to see people from the games industry in clothes that don't look like they've been put through the 'grey and rumpled' cycle of the washing machine? Because this is your chance! Tonight is the industry BAFTA awards, and even if you weren't invited (AHEM!) you can still join in the crushing disappointments and the victorious thrills by observing the livestream. This year…

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Herp Derp Fortress: Notch’s TF2 RTS Demake

It's a very sleepy Monday morning here in the strange, forever hungry country of Newsland today, but fortunately Markus 'Notch' Persson has elected to show off an experimental TF2 RTS demake he's been playing around with making for his own edification, currently under the placeholder (and certainly not final) name of HERP DERP HERP FORTRESS. He's been live-streaming his development/noodling over here and it's going…

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Notch Clarifies All The Psychonauts 2 Things

Calling for the internet to stop hyping his offer to fund the imaginary sequel, Notch said: "“The budget for doing a Psychonauts 2 is three times higher than my initial impression." He went to insist that while emails had been exchanged and meeting at GDC was happening, "I have no idea if this is actually going to happen.” He also explained that he would be…

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Mojang’s Mojam To Make A Game For Charity, In 60 Hours

Oh, I do like the cuddly side of this industry. Mojang, one of the cuddliest developers, is spending this weekend making a game. They're doing it in conjunction with the ultra-huggable Humble Bundle peeps, meaning that the game they create will be available to those who donate money to charity. At the moment no one seems to know or think it relevant to explain which…

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The Other Sequels We Need Notch To Fund

With Tim Schafer and Markus Persson now in talks over the possibility of a Psychonauts 2, it gets us to wondering what other games we'd like to see Notch's millions spent making happen. Notch reports that he and Tim will likely meet at next month's GDC, but also stresses that people shouldn't yet get their hopes up. Too late! But were it not to happen,…

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Minecraft 1.1 And Much More For Mojang

This could be the year that Mojang stops meaning Minecraft and nothing but Minecraft. In an interview with Edge, CEO Carl Manneh says that there are two games in development that will be announced and possibly even be released as early as the first half of 2012. Minecraft creator Notch is working on one of these titles, having stepped back from lead development of his…

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Mojang Hire Cube World Developer

Another cuboid/voxel/block post! The blue birds of Twitter inform me that Mojang have hired Wollay, the chap working on Cube World. Notch claims that: "Our current plan is to plug his brain directly to a keyboard and sell whatever comes out." Quests and other RPG features perhaps? There's no word from Wollay himself yet (edit: he is 'so excited'!) but Notch assures that development on…

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Minecraft But Not: Minicraft

The latest Ludum Dare gamejam hit over the weekend, which means the internet is now awash with tiny experimental games created in just 48 hours. There are many we should nose curiously at, but a handy starting point is the effort from Markus 'Notch' Persson, who finished his game with hours to spare. He's moved on from active Minecraft development himself, but clearly he hasn't…

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Notch No Longer Minecraft Lead Designer

How do you take a break from a project that seems like it will never be finished? It's a tough question that we newshounds ask ourselves every day and it appears Notch has been having similar thoughts. Now that Minecraft has been officially released, its creator is taking a step back, leaving co-developer Jens Bergensten to take the reins. As for Notch, he'll be resting,…

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Game Within A Game: Chambered In Minecraft

We mentioned this on the podcast yesterday, and it's well worth a look. People's capability with an on-off switch is utterly terrifying, and this creation from the Redstone Development Foundation (brilliant name) is the most impressive I've seen. Before Minecraft, creator Markus 'Notch' Perrson made a game for a Ludam Dare competition called Prelude Of The Chambered, a super-simplified Dungeon Master-style first-person game. And the…

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Joe Blocks: Minecraft 1.9 Appears

Minecraft 1.9 is upon us! Well, a pre-release version, at least, so the main client is updating just yet. It seems like only yesterday that the long-awaited 1.8 hit so this is a pleasant surprise, so what does 1.9 do? It bloody well sticks in NPCs is what it does. According to early reports, they don’t actually do very much yet, but we should congratulate…

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Adventure Time: Minecraft 1.8 Update Leaked

I’ve been waiting for the Minecraft 1.8 update for a long time. I want all this adventure stuff in my Minecraft now, damn it. Especially those creepy Endermen. Well, lucky me because the update is out! Sort of. While it wasn’t due for an official release yet, a version was leaked by one of the testing groups. The pre-release version has now been officially sanctioned,…

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Feature: We are Notch's messenger-boy

DICE On Unlocks And Keeping Games Alive

I have a frankly frightening amount of interview material from my trip to see Battlefield 3 at EA DICE HQ earlier this week, but before I lower myself into the tenth circle of hell that is transcribing the main hour of it, here's an interesting side-discussion that came up when I asked Twitter for a few question suggestions. One of the first respondents was Minecraft-maker…

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Why No Minecraft On Steam? Those ToS

Notch has been writing about why Minecraft hasn't appeared on Steam. I assumed it was because it wasn't finished, but apparently not. It's because of those pesky terms of service: "Being on Steam limits a lot of what we’re allowed to do with the game, and how we’re allowed to talk to our users. We (probably?) wouldn’t be able to, say, sell capes or have…

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Minecraft 1.8 PAX Wobblecam Footage

Minecraft 1.8 aka "The Adventure Update", aka "When Jim Plays Minecraft Again", has been shown on the show floor at PAX, and you can see a bit of that in action below, along with graphical tweaks, dungeons, Endermen, and so forth. You get to see the new inventory and some other stuff such as "creator mode", but the really interesting thing about 1.8 is the…

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Feature: Another 48 Hours

Ludum Dare 21: Ships, Spikes, Batpunching

Ludum Dare, for those who don’t know it, is a competition that challenges people to code games on a specific theme, 'Escape' this time around, within 48 hours. I could probably spend 48 years trying to make a game, but it would end well. As a boy, I once programmed a Commodore 64 to draw some flags but I copied the code from a magazine.…

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Feature: And we've interviewed the developers

Minecraft Devs Mojang To Publish Cobalt

Here's some news. Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, are expanding from being developers, to also being third-party publishers. And the first to appear through the company is action game Cobalt, by indies Oxeye Game Studios. What is it? We've tracked down the team and asked them all about the game, and how the deal came about. And how they might put teabagging in the game.

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Notch Says Settle Scrolls Dispute Via Quake 3

Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of Minecraft, is currently in dispute with Bethesda over the trademark for "Scrolls". Mojang's next game is called Scrolls, which Bethesda says is too similar to The Elder Scrolls. A lack of hilarity ensues. Except now Notch has struck upon a potential solution. A Quake 3 match. He suggests three from Mojang take on three from Bethesda, pick a map each,…

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EA Looked To Buy Mojang, No Sale

EA CEO John Riccitiello recently met with Notch with (reportedly) a view to acquiring the Minecraft creating company, according to an interview with Develop. “EA came to see us," says Notch. "I think they had plans, but picked up the vibe. Nothing’s been said since – it’s all very high politics," Notch has stated that EA made no direct offer, but that acquisitiveness makes sense,…

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