‘Minecraft’ deal could be key to Microsoft’s survival

“Minecraft” minecraftis the videogame world’s equivalent of lightning in a bottle—an indie gaming sensation that grew organically, eventually becoming one of the industry’s biggest franchises. It was a game that opened the doors for several other independent developers, who, in turn, brought a new burst of creativity to the industry.

So Monday’s news that corporate behemoth Microsoft was buying Mojang, the developer of “Minecraft,” for $2.5 billion might seem an odd fit to some, but it could be a key strategic move for Microsoft.

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Warner Bros. is working on a Minecraft movie

Can Boxshot Wizard file used for creating global boxshotsa game about breaking bricks and building stuff make it as a movie? Warner Bros. and Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson are interested in finding out.

Persson revealed via Twitter yesterday that he’s working with the studio to create a Minecraft movie.

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App Review: Minecraft – Pocket Edition

While Minecraft is an amazing success story on the PC, this iOS version is stripped of a fair bit of what makes the original game so successful. Users can build structures until their hearts are content, but there’s no challenge for them to face. The monsters are gone, as is the ability to mine and craft items. It’s akin to being invited to a party, but walking into an empty building. If you haven’t tried the game, this isn’t the way to be introduced to it. If you have, you’d still have to be a massive fan to enjoy this version as it stands now. Hopefully, as the build progresses, there will be more to do — especially at this high price.

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Meet the Internet’s new public enemy #1

Fame in the hacking community is a rare and fleeting thing. Kevin Mitnick found it – and served time for it. And more recently, the decentralized group “Anonymous” has been the reigning top dog.

But in the last month, a new contender for the throne has made a big push – and a lot of entertainment companies have been casualties of this war.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Gaming’s new war: Independents threaten major publishers

Activision and EA aren’t going away anytime soon, but the never ending clash of the video game publishing titans has opened the door for a newer, more nimble type of competitor.

Their names — Zeptolab, Mojang, LimaSky — certainly don’t demand attention like the major console publishers. But their products are as familiar to the gaming world as many titles from the big guns. And, in some circles, they’re perhaps even better known.

Read more at Yahoo! Games