Minecraft - Pocket Edition

XB360, IPHONE, IPAD, ANDROID / Other / Release: Oct 8, 2011 / ESRB: U

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MineCon 2013 going to Orlando, Florida

MineCon 2013 going to Orlando, Florida

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Minecraft to make even more money with Realms subscription service, Xbox retail disc

Minecraft to make even more money with Realms subscription service, Xbox retail disc

Minecraft developer Mojang has a lot of money. With the block-building game selling millions of copies, it's an undeniable success. But, Mojang is ready to make even more money off of its game through two new initiatives. The first is relatively straightforward: an Xbox 360 retail version, giving the game new exposure to gamers that don't always check the Xbox Live Marketplace. The second is far more lucrative: a subscription-based service that could potentially "bring in more money than Minecraft itself."

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Minecraft success a 'fluke' says creator

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Minecraft 'experimental' update to ease multiplayer

Minecraft 'experimental' update to ease multiplayer

A snapshot of the upcoming Minecraft update gives a look at some upcoming features, one of which will bring it more in line with Minecraft - Pocket Edition. The game is simplifying the way users can join each others' games, along with adding a few other minor tweaks.

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Crafting cobbled into Minecraft Pocket Edition

Crafting cobbled into Minecraft Pocket Edition

Minecraft - Pocket Edition for iOS and Android is a nice extension of Mojang Specifications' popular game about building and stuff, but up until just recently, the actual ability to craft things in-game was absent from the mobile offering. Survival aspects of the game, like health, mobs, and day/night cycles have already been introduced to Minecraft - Pocket Edition via updates, but building things in a game focused on crafting is pretty important too, no?

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Minecraft studio made $80M since launch

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Minecraft is raking in the cash, presumably with some combination of wooden planks and sticks. Mojang Specifications' latest financial filings show that since the launch of the game, the company has made $80 million in revenues.

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Minecraft Pocket for Android adds zombies, Survival mode

Minecraft Pocket for Android adds zombies, Survival mode

The Android version of Minecraft - Pocket Edition has updated, bringing the Survival Mode to mobile platforms for the first time. The 0.2.0 update adds the popular mode, along with zombie mobs, because it's just not Survival without something that could potentially kill you.

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