England Makes 3D Data of the Entire Country Free After Minecrafters Ask For It

Laser scanning has helped England do everything from discovering new things about Stonehenge to planning better flood infrastructure. Now, the country has made the entirety of its massive trove of scans available for free—in part because of requests from everyone from researchers to Minecraft players. »10/14/15 2:40pm10/14/15 2:40pm

The British Geological Survey Is Recreating UK Towns in Minecraft

Someone at the British Geological Survey managed to convince a boss that engaging with the kids via Minecraft might be a good idea, so here we all are reading about accurate maps of West Thurrock, York and Ingleborough that have been built using existing national topography and geology databases. »7/17/15 7:01am7/17/15 7:01am

When Video Game Trolling Is A Good Thing

The timer ticks down toward zero. We tear across the Boneyard, one of Halo: Reach’s best multiplayer maps, my good friend Rus driving with me sitting shotgun. I’m clutching the blue flag in hands that would be sweating if they were real. We shed our red teammates like skin; they race past us going the other direction… »4/24/15 2:15pm4/24/15 2:15pm

Minecraft's Creator Buys The Most Expensive House In Beverly Hills

In case you needed a material transaction to illustrate just how much money Markus Persson, aka Notch, has having sold Mojang (and Minecraft) to Microsoft, take a look at this: the dude just paid $70 million (and maybe beat out Beyonce & Jay-Z) to buy the most expensive house in Beverly Hills. »12/19/14 5:39am12/19/14 5:39am

Photos of new Lego Minecraft sets leaked

Though not slated for release until November, Mir Kubikov, a chain of franchise Lego stores in Russia has prematurely placed the new Minecraft sets in their online store. Though the images are not high resolution, all the pertinent set information is there including some great images of the new Minecraft minifigures. »10/08/14 3:51pm10/08/14 3:51pm

Microsoft Bought in Minecraft What It Could Never Make Itself

More than any other title in very recent history, Minecraft has permanently changed gaming. Motion control? 1080p at 60 frames per second? They've got nothing on an infinite world full of vaguely 8-bit-looking blocks. With its purchase of Minecraft and the studio behind it, Microsoft isn't just buying a game; it's… »9/15/14 2:22pm9/15/14 2:22pm