New Minecraft Pocket Edition update adds controller support and cross-platform multiplayer

minecraft-1313473010Minecraft Pocket Edition got a pretty major update today that adds in two new features; controller support, and cross-platform multiplayer for up to five people.

Controller support is a big one, especially if you hate playing games like this with a touch screen. Now the app features a page in the settings where you can assign buttons to actions, so you can completely remap a controller however you see fit. Read more

Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode gets detailed, due out on Android in 2015

minecraft story modeLast December it was announced that Telltale Games was working with Mojang on a new narrative Minecraft game. Telltale is known for their other plot-driven games that feature a sprawling narrative across five different episodes, including their own titles like The Wolf Among Us and other spin-off games that tell stories from popular franchises such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Borderlands. It looks like Minecraft: Story Mode won’t be deviating from that winning formula. Read more

Minecraft Pocket Edition getting update full of cool things this week


Developer Mojang has announced an update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition on all mobile platforms, Android included, will be submitted to the app stores for Google, Apple and Microsoft this week. Mojang is highlighting a new “skins” feature, probably because it includes an in-app purchase option, but there are a bunch of other wacky updates and new features included. Read more

Telltale Games working with Mojang on Minecraft: Story Mode video game

minecraft story modeTelltale Games is known for their work on the episodic Walking Dead games and The Wolf Among Us, along with recent releases such as Game of Thrones and Tales from The Borderlands. Many of their full titles are available on mobile devices, plus PCs and video game consoles.

The next project in their lineup is a collaboration with Mojang, developers of the insanely popular Minecraft. This project will be called Minecraft: Story Mode, and like Telltale’s other offerings, it will feature a complete player-driven narrative experience. It’s not a typical Minecraft game, but it should be interesting nonetheless.  Read more

Minecraft Creator, Mojang, Sued for Patent Infringment In Android Game

Uniloc is a patent protection company based in Australia that specializes in anti-piracy technologies. They have decided to start suing Mojang, the developers of Minecraft, for infringing on an Android-related patent called”System and Method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data”. Essentially it’s a system for authenticating license data. I wonder how they proved this because it seems like it’d take a lot of code-digging. The lawsuit says:

“Mojang is directly infringing one or more claims of the ’067 patent in this judicial district and elsewhere in Texas, including at least claim 107, without the consent or authorization of Uniloc, by or through making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing Android based applications for use on cellular phones and/or tablet devices that require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application, including, but not limited to, Mindcraft.”

(Apparently, in a official court order, they misspelled Minecraft.) You can see the full lawsuit here. Notch, the mastermind behind Minecraft, is against software patents. After obtaining the lawsuit, he wrote up a cunning blog post linked below and tweeted:

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