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Minecraft PC reaches 15M copies sold, total sales approaching 50M

Mojang has now sold 15 million copies of the original edition of <i>Minecraft</i>, creator Markus "Notch" Persson announced today on Twitter.<p>The Java-based <i>Minecraft</i> alpha debuted on Linux, Mac and Windows PC in May 2009. By the end of the year, Mojang was charging €5 for premium accounts. In mid-January …

Beyond 'Screen Time:' What Minecraft Teaches Kids

Kids can and should use the right kinds of video games to learn.<p>All video games are not created equal.<p>I wouldn’t recommend we encourage youth to play just any game. I doubt transferable skills are learned by repeatedly flapping a bird into a drainage tube. The best educational interventions are …

The entire country of Denmark has been recreated in Minecraft

Denmark has been totally recreated in sandbox game <i>Minecraft</i>, making it the first country able to be explored in the game "in the ratio 1:1," the Danish Broadcasting Corporation reports.<p>The map is the work of Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of Geodatastyrelsen, the Danish Geodata Agency, who …

How Minecraft is helping the United Nations improve the world

Four years after first teaming up with the creators of <i>Minecraft</i> in hopes of using the game to help reshape urban slums, an official from the United Nations says the program is a surprisingly effective tool.<p>"The main thing for me is that it changes the relationship between professionals, like …

Minecraft Realms now available in North America

Minecraft Realms, Mojang's private-server service for <i>Minecraft</i>, is now available in North America, the studio announced today.<p>The service gives <i>Minecraft</i> players the opportunity to pay a subscription fee for Mojang to host a private server for a small group of people, like family and friends — as …

Start building: The Minecraft Realms server service is online in North America

You don’t have to run your own Minecraft server any longer.<p>Developer Mojang revealed today that it has unleashed Realms on North American players. This service enables fans of the open-world block builder to easily create and maintain an online world that they and their friends can access from …

Simcraft: What If The Simpsons Did Minecraft?

The latest episode of Fox’s indefatigable <i>The Simpsons</i>, “Luca$,” may be something of a critical clunker, but forget the goofy plot about Lisa dating a …

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Children are using Minecraft to redesign the real world

<i>Minecraft</i> is at the center of real-world re-design initiative Block by Block: a partnership between the United Nations Human Settlements Program and game developer Mojang that currently aims to construct a new design at Plaza Tlaxcoaque in Mexico City.<p>Block by Block is a four year program that aims …