All these Lego Minecraft sets I've purchased for my 4.5-year-old are pulling double duty. So it is with a mix of naked longing and anticipatory digital exhaustion that I bring you the biggest Lego Minecraft set yet: The Mountain Cave, in all its 2,863 pieces, 12-inch high by 20-inch wide by 11-inch deep, $249.99 glory. Take that, The Village, last year's record holder with a comparably trifling 1,600 pieces. What you get for $250 -- in addition to tendonitis -- includes a winding minecart track with a redstone (that is, battery) powered minecraft elevator (plus two minecarts), a TNT blaster, both "first night" and mountaintop shelters, a rotating spider-spawner, a "charged" Creeper and a lava burst. If you want to light up stuff like the spawner, shelter, lava or various other thing, there's a movable light brick.
The Minecraft film, based on the massively popular video game franchise, will be released on 24 May 2019, according to the game's developer, Mojang. The lengthy wait has been defended by Mojang as "the right amount of time to make it completely awesome". Minecraft, created by Swedish game designer Markus "Notch" Persson, is a procedurally generated sandbox game in which players harvest elements from the world by day to build tools and shelter to protect themselves from zombie attack at night. Since its release in November 2011, it has become the second-bestselling game of all time (behind Tetris) and, thanks to a interface that allows players to build pretty much anything they want, has been adopted as a teaching aid. The plot of the Minecraft film is still unknown, although in July last year Mojang hired It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney as director.
Don't put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington. But in 2016, what if the stage is YouTube, and your daughter (or son) is demanding to be put on it, playing Minecraft? "I want to make Minecraft videos and I want you to put them on YouTube," was how my eight-year-old son put it recently. YouTuber Joseph "Stampy" Garrett has nearly 7.2 million subscribers to his channel, with videos that have been watched more than 4.8bn times. His fellow Brit Dan "The Diamond Minecart" Middleton is even more popular, with just under 10 million subscribers and 6.3bn video views.
After a summer of test runs, the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition will officially launch on November 1st. When it goes live, the service will require a 5 yearly membership per user or a district-wide license, but the Early Access edition is still free until November. According to the MinecraftEdu team, over 35,000 students and teachers around the world have been playing around in Minecraft's sandbox since the program went live at the beginning of the summer. With the official release, the team has built out a few new education-focused features like a "Classroom Mode" that offers a top-down look at the Minecraft world via a companion app. In the app, teachers can manage world settings, talk to students in-game, give out items or teleport their kids around the map from a single interface.
In March, Microsoft revealed that it was using the open-world game Minecraft to train AI agents to learn how to do things like climbing a hill. The company also promised to make it available to the public so they could work on their own artificial intelligence projects and research, and it's finally available today. Project Malmo (formerly known as Project AIX) is a Minecraft mod that works on Windows, Mac and Linux, and supports just about any programming language you might want to use. So yes, that means you will need to know how to code – but Microsoft says that even novice programmers can get in on the action. You can learn more about Project Malmo here and grab the mod from this GitHub repository to try it for yourself.