‘Minecraft’ fan fair coming to Austin

‘Minecraft’ fan fair coming to Austin

TEXAS – A popular video game will have fans flocking to Texas for a unique experience.

“Minecraft” has taken the video game world by storm gaining enough success that it now has its own festival, Minefaire.

One of the creators of the fair, Gabe Young, stopped by the Spectrum News studio to discuss the event. In the video above they discuss their inspiration for the festival.

Minefair is in Austin on Sept. 15 and 16 at the Convention Center.

Event features:

YouTube creators
Build battles
Costume contest
Live stage shows
Minecraft education mentors
Minecraft merchandise

Tickets range from $45 to $69.50.

Minecraft Team partners with Target for new merch and in-store events

Minecraft Team partners with Target for new merch and in-store events

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Target is about to pack even more Minecraft-related products into its stores. The retailer and The Minecraft Team announced today that they are collaborating on merchandise and fan parties. More than 75 new Minecraft items are coming exclusively to the big-box chain.

Microsoft’s block-building game is nearly 10 years old. Over the last decade, it has attracted an audience from across a diverse spectrum. Target has locations in cities, colleges, and suburbs to reach those consumers. The companies plan to have products for every taste as well. You can get apparel like shirts and PJs. Fans will find a new Minecraft Lego set among other toys. You can even get Minecraft-branded furniture and bedding.

New FIFA, Minecraft and Tomb Raider world records revealed in Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition

New FIFA, Minecraft and Tomb Raider world records revealed in Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition

Minecraft, Tomb Raider, FIFA, Call of Duty are just some of the latest gaming phenomenon’s to have been recognised in the eighth edition of ‘gaming bible’ Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2015, out on Thursday 6 th November.

Spaniard Rodrigo Martin Santos, who owns a staggering 2,383 related Tomb Raider items, has earned him the record for the Largest Collection of Tomb Raider Memorabilia.

The 27-year-old’s collection was counted and approved by Guinness World Records this year.


Rodrigo was inspired by the creator of Lara Croft, Briton Toby Gard. The original computer games helped build his collection and his most prized assets include the original costume worn by model Rhona Mitra in Tomb Raider 2 and a life sized Lara Croft and Rose statue of which only 50 were ever made.

Austrian Minecraft endurance player Martin Fornleitner played the crafting game for a staggering 24 hours and 10 minutes on his Sony Xperia Play handset earning him the record for the Longest Videogame Marathon on Minecraft.


Remarkably, the 19 year-old achieved the record in a glass container in Vienna back in 2011 under the watchful eye of the public and claimed tiredness was his biggest battle throughout the record attempt. Martin suggests a lot of practice is needed if anyone was ever interested in taking on his record and, also, a good music playlist to keep you interested (and awake).

In the world of football simulation, FIFA is king – and in the world of real football, Germany is king. Combine the two, and you get Patrick Hadler, aged 19, from Hannover, who replicated his countries success at this year’s World Cup, by achieving the record for the Highest Margin of Victory against the Computer on FIFA World Cup 2014 with a 321-0 scoreline!


Patrick believes commitment, focus and a keen eye for goal was at the heart of his success and wanting to feel as good as the real life Germany football team.

Hecaterina Kinumi Iglesias (aka Kinumi Cati), is a specialist in the science and fantasy field of gaming and holds two endurance based records for the Longest Videogame Marathon on Final Fantasy ( 38 hours 6 minutes on July 28 th 2013) and Longest Videogame Marathon on World of Warcraft ( 29 hours 31 minutes on March 30 th 2014).


Hecaterina’s inspiration behind her records came from wanting to be recognised as a ‘good gamer’ and to grant her more exposure on her Youtube channel, where she also shares videos of her singing.

Other gaming records include:

Best-selling Eighth Generations Console – PS4
Most “Game of the Year” Awards – The Last of Us
First Mobile Game Series to Reach 1 Billion Downloads – Angry Birds
Fastest Car in a Videogame – Gran Turismo 6 – The Red Bull X2011 can travel at 622 km/h (386 mph)
Longest-running Sports Videogame Series – There have been 30 Madden NFL games across 26 years
First Fish to “play” a Videogame – US College students managed to make Pokémon respond to a fish
Most Costly Pac-Man Game – “Google Doodle” was played for 500,000,000 hours in total, distracting office workers everywhere and costing businesses an estimated £85 million in lost productivity!
This year’s Guinness World Record’s Gamer’s Edition is packed full of new features covering topics as diverse as the toys-to-life phenomena, gaming firsts, zombie games, Alien games videogame fashion and the big titles you’ll likely be playing over the coming months. It also looks at handheld gaming from Mattel’s Auto Race in 1976 to the innovative mobile gaming scene of today and how to become a record holder yourself with expert gaming tips.

Craig Glenday, Editor in-Chief, Guinness World Records, said: “Gaming is so dynamic and fast-moving that there’s never any shortage of exciting new superlatives for Guinness World Records to explore. Speed runs, high scores, technical achievements, collections, cosplaying… you’ll find it all the new Gamer’s Edition. And this year, we’re focusing on the most popular games as chosen for by our readers, peppered with interviews, features, hardware profiles and annual awards. Video gaming is sure to become the most significant art form of the 21 century, and the Gamer’s Edition – now in its eighth year – is committed to recording and documenting the increasingly impressive progress being made.

Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition is out now. To find out where to buy it in your country, head to www.guinnessworldrecords.com/gamers

Minecraft and Rocket League records smashed at Legends of Gaming event in London

Minecraft and Rocket League records smashed at Legends of Gaming event in London

It was a thrilling day of videogames action, live record-breaking and social media fandom at the inaugural Legends of Gaming event last Saturday, as multiple new Guinness World Records were smashed for Minecraft and Rocket League.

The packed-out live show saw seven of the world’s biggest YouTube stars descend on London’s Alexandra Palace to battle it out in such games as Splatoon, Mario Kart and PES 16.

Included in the line-up were current Guinness World Record holders Ali-A and Dan The Diamond Minecart, both of whom hold viewing records for their hugely popular Call of Duty and Minecraft channels, respectively.

Meanwhile, GWR was celebrating the launch of Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition by inviting members of the public to try and beat Ali-A’s recent Minecraft record for ‘Most wood collected in 3 minutes’.

Given that the record-breaking area was mobbed throughout the day, it was perhaps little surprise that Ali-A’s record of 78 blocks of wood was smashed not just once, but FOUR times over as competitive levels for the quick-fire challenge hit fever pitch.
At 11am, in the day’s first official adjudication, 10-year-old Rhys Flynn pipped Ali-A’s record by collecting 79 blocks of wood. Then at 1pm, Dylan Kalabza celebrated his 13th birthday in style by bagging 91 blocks of wood, and therefore snatching Rhys’ moment of glory.

However, Dylan’s own record was to last only two hours as Nathan Dowdall raised the benchmark even further by collecting 98 pieces of wood, much to the delight of his mates who mobbed him with hugs as his timer reached zero.
Minecraft record holder mobbed
As subsequent record attempts ended in failure, it seemed that Nathan would go home an undisputed Minecraft record holder, but there was to be one final, unexpected twist.

At 8:50pm, at the very last adjudication of the day, Enkil Fernando Ceron Alvarez provided a spectacular climax by collecting 99 blocks of wood – and thus gazumping Nathan’s seemingly unassailable score by just one block of wood.

But it wasn’t just the public setting new Guinness World Records in gaming. Onstage, social media superstars Dan TDM and Syndicate smashed in 11 goals in the popular vehicular football game Rocket League, to set the standard in ‘Most goals scored in a game of Rocket League for a team of 2’.

As a brand new category, GWR had given the guys a minimum of 11 goals to score against the computer, which they just about managed. Dan TDM netted 10 of the duo’s goals – much to his teammate’s noticeable relief.
However, with Rocket League being a huge hit with gamers across the globe, GWR is welcoming applicants to try and better the duo’s record. And if you do, don’t forget to send in the evidence!
Syndicate and Dan TDM with Stephen Daultrey
Syndicate and Dan TDM with Guinness World Records Gamers Edition Editor Stephen Daultrey

Elsewhere, twin brothers Jake and Liam Thompson aka TWiiNSANE were presented with a certificate for their ‘Fastest time to capture the flag on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (shared controller, team of two)’ record, which they set back in June 2015.
Twiinsane with Stephen-Daultrey
Twiinsane with Stephen-Daultrey

All in all, the first Legends of Gaming event was a resounding success – and a fine testament to the power of these YouTube gaming personalities.

Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition which is out September 10. To find out more about the book and pre-order your copy, head to www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2016

Minecraft: Education Edition now available for iPad on the App Store

Minecraft: Education Edition now available for iPad on the App Store

Microsoft has made its Minecraft: Education Edition available for iPad for the first time. Designed for ages K-12, the special edition features over 400 lesson plans, assessment features, and much more.

Previously teased last month, Microsoft has now made its popular Minecraft: Education Edition available globally for iPad.

Schools will need a Microsoft 365 licensing agreement to get access to Minecraft: Education Edition, which is available from the App Store now.

Microsoft offers a slew of tutorials and other free resources on how to implement and best use the education edition in the classroom.

For teachers who aren’t sure if their school is set up to use Minecraft: Education Edition, Apple recommends getting in touch with their IT administrator.

The game’s release notes share more details about the special education edition:


Designed for students of all learning styles, ages K-12 and higher education
Supports development of key 21st century skills including STEM
Over 400 free lessons and tutorials available on our website
Special features allow for formative assessment, teacher controls and classroom collaboration
Online educator community provides peer support

Chemistry features allow students to build an in-game periodic table
Update Aquatic introduces marine life to the Minecraft oceans
Treasure Island and Roald Dahl worlds bring novels to life
In-game features like camera, book and quill, and chalkboards help students document their work
3D export tool for mixed reality and 3D printing

Minecraft is so much more than just a game about breaking and placing blocks – it’s an adventure where players work together to create and explore wonderful, imaginative worlds. Now, Minecraft is transforming how people teach and learn in over 120 countries with over 100 million players worldwide.
Minecraft: Education Edition brings the creative and immersive environment of Minecraft to classrooms around the world. Educators are empowered to use game-based learning and inspire students to express their ideas, explore and build amazing worlds and write their own stories. The possibilities for learning are endless!

Fastest time to build a castle in Minecraft Creative mode

Fastest time to build a castle in Minecraft Creative mode

For console and PC players

To get our challenges up and running, we’ve let “SeaPeeKay” have a go at this one already. He set a time of 4 minutes 20 seconds, but we know you can do better! Your task is to build the same castle as in our main picture. It must have four walls, four turrets with battlements, an opening to the castle with a portcullis, a water-filled moat and a wooden bridge. Your last act before the clock stops is to make the castle your own by placing a coloured banner (any colour will do) at the top of it.

Fastest time to build a rocket in Minecraft Survival mode
For console and PC players

To prepare for this one, create a superflat world in Creative mode, then stack blocks of ice into a tower until the coordinate readout says Y: 50 – this is the point your rocket has to reach.

Break all the blocks (except the one at Y: 50), fill your hotbar only with the material for your rocket, then switch to Survival mode. Start timing and build a rocket of any design (the one pictured is just an example). With the rocket built, get in and launch it. Stop the clock after you reach the ice block and break it with your fist.

Fastest time to saddle and stable 10 horses in Minecraft Survival mode
For console and PC players

Howdy, pardners! Before you can channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl, you’ll need to prepare. To start with, create an enclosure of 50 x 20 blocks. Use fence blocks at the four corners of the enclosure and create a fence gate wall every 12 blocks (to create three jumps). Finish the structure by building 10 stables at one end of it.

Next, spawn 10 horses and tame them using golden apples. Once that’s done, empty your inventory of everything except for 10 saddles and then switch to Survival mode. Start the clock, grab the first horse and bring it back to your stable – leaping the three fences as you go. The clock stops once all of your horses have been stabled.

astest time to build an igloo in Minecraft Survival mode
For console players only

Before you build your very own igloo, you’ll need to create a superflat world with layers of snow, oak wood, cobblestone, coal ore, white wool, black wool and bedrock (make sure you create them in that order). Once you’re done, load the world in Survival mode. Then, with the clock ticking, mine the necessary resources to create your igloo, which must include a bed, a crafting table, a furnace and four torches.

Your igloo must be 7 blocks wide x 5 deep x 4 high. Once it’s built, cover the floor with black carpet and add the bed, crafting table, furnace and torches.

How to attempt the records
If you think you’ve set a new record, you’ll need to submit your evidence to Twin Galaxies.

Once registered, follow the steps to upload your attempt under the relevant challenge, making sure you detail significant moments in your video (e.g. time stamps for when the attempt starts and finishes).

Please make sure direct capture footage is uploaded as that is required for evidence review, however you can support that with other videos such as Twitch stream links and photos.

Then sit back and relax while the Twin Galaxies community will now adjudicate your record attempt. Keep checking the challenges leaderboards to see how the adjudication is getting on and to see if you could potentially be a record holder!

There’s also more detailed information about how the Twin Galaxies process works.

Good luck!