Google makes it easier to pair Bluetooth headphones to all your Android devices

Bluetooth headphones sound a lot better than they did a few years ago, but they’re still generally a pain in the butt to pair to multiple devices. Relatively few headphones allow you to be paired multiple devices, and even then, you still have to go through the pairing process with each new device.

Apple is the only company that’s really simplified the multi-device pairing process, tieing Bluetooth headphones with its W1 chip to your Apple ID, and allowing them to automatically work across your Apple devices – and only your Apple devices. Now Google is taking a page out of Apple’s book, implementing similar functionality on Android devices, with Chromebooks soon to follow.

According to Google, accessories that have implemented the company’s Fast Pair protocol will be tied to your account and be able to work on any of your current devices running Android 6.0 or higher. Support for Chromebooks is coming in 2019.

Fast Pair devices are still pretty rare, but naturally, Google says it’s working to implement the protocol on more headphones, citing Jaybird, Anker, and Bose in particular.

Of course, the new pairing abilities won’t solve all your Bluetooth woes, as you won’t be able to sync the headphones to your PC or Mac; I assume more people will want to sync headphones between their laptop and phone than between multiple Android devices.

Still, it’s a step forward. Who knows, maybe one day Bluetooth headphones will actually be as convenient as every company wants you to believe.

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Trial Version for Minecraft Available to Download for Android

Minecraft has been available for Android since 2011 when the Pocket Edition was launched. A demo version was also available until 2013 when it was removed. After 5 year Mojang has decided to offer Android users another chance to try the world-famous game. A new demo named Minecraft Trial has recently surfaced on the Play Store.

It appears that the app is only available in a few countries as a soft-launch is currently taking place. US users can’t download the trial for now but the situation will certainly change in the following months.

Demos for the other platforms have been available for years. The PC edition has two demos, one in the form of the JAVA edition, which is available since 2012 and the newer Bedrock version which can be found on the Microsoft Store but only Windows 10 users can access the app.

The Android trial version only offers a limited experience. Users that download the app are limited to the survival mode and there is a time limit. Even with the limitations the app still offers you plenty of time in order to decide if you want to pay for the full version.

Mojang did take their time before releasing a new Android demo but the trial has already attracted a large number of users. Most developers that offer paid apps won’t offer a trial and some of the reviews received by the Minecraft trial may justify their lack of enthusiasm. The top reviews beg for the game to go completely free, a scenario that is not likely to happen without the introduction of free-to-play transactions that are prone to become controversial.

Truth to be told, Mojang weren’t obliged to release a trial version and some of the reviews are actually thankful, as some users note that they will buy the paid version. Hopefully, this will encourage other developers to offer free trials or demos instead of forcing you to full price and then go through a refund process if you decide that you don’t like the game.

Nintendo Pursuing ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Leaks On YouTube, Shutting Down Channels

So by now, you may have heard about how a few lucky gamers have managed to already get their hands on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, thanks to some retailers in Mexico selling retail copies two weeks prior to release. But that’s also created an interesting conundrum for gamers, as several people have begun leaking out details about the game, including the World of Light story details, soundtrack samples and more.

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While some fans are excited for what’s to come, others are angry about being spoiled about what Ultimate will be offering — particularly Nintendo. And as you may have learned from the past, to anger Nintendo is not a wise thing. Not in the least.

Reports are pouring in from last night that the company has begun hunting down Smash-related content online, striking streams and videos alike with copyright claims and forcing their removal. In fact, two popular channels appear to have been taken down, mainly because users were actively spoiling the game with soundtrack samples and story clips.

Crunchii and Dystifyzer, two popular YouTubers with over 70,000 subscribers apiece, found their channels shut down due to leaks of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content. As a result, the channels will likely be taken down permanently sometime over the next week, even with the content already removed. And Nintendo isn’t done yet, as it’s hitting dozens of other videos with similar strikes. They are not messing around.

Reports indicate that both of these channels were hit with over 20-plus copyright strikes, making them severe issues for YouTube.

Crunchii, who goes by the name Crunchiitastic on Twitter, has argued against Nintendo’s practice on Twitter. You can see a sample of his rant below.

Stealth, a Nintendophile that consistently posts observant notes about the company on Twitter, also passed along the following note:

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This has left some interesting feelings in the gaming community. On the one hand, some believe Nintendo acted too harshly against these creators; while others believe they “deserve” what they got for spoiling the game days out from its release. What do you think?

If you’ve got an early copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, your best bet is to just enjoy it with you and your friends and try not to spoil it with others online. Just appreciate what you have, yeah?

The rest of us will experience Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when it arrives on December 7 for Nintendo Switch.

‘Kingdom Hearts 3' Getting New Trailer, DLC Reveal During Amazon Cyber Monday

Tomorrow is going to be all about Cyber Monday, and finding a number of bargains for games and systems you may have missed out on during Black Friday. But it also looks like a huge opportunity for Amazon, as the online retailer is reportedly preparing some kind of reveal for Kingdom Hearts III to tie in with its savings.

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The report comes from KHInsider, who tweeted out that the company will be showcasing some exclusive Kingdom Hearts content starting tomorrow, November 26, during Cyber Monday. The reveal is set to take place around 1 PM Pacific time during a special livestream, in which we’ll see a new trailer for the game, along with an exclusive downloadable content announcement. You can see the tweet for yourself below.

It’s unknown just what this DLC could be, although bonus characters and possibly even a new world to explore could be introduced. The announcement also hints at a potential Twitch Prime exclusive, with a new set out of outfits likely to be revealed for subscribers to the monthly service.

Hype for the long-awaited sequel has been building like crazy over the past few months, with reveals of worlds based on Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Tangled and, as of recent, Big Hero 6, along with the news that the game has officially gone gold, which means no more delays in getting it into our hands. No doubt this latest announcement should keep gamers happy, although we’re likely to see even more from the game in the weeks ahead, leading to its arrival early next year.

We’ll break down whatever news comes from the livestream as soon as it becomes available, as well as whatever benefit comes from being a Twitch Prime subscriber. Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.

Kingdom Hearts III releases on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 29, 2019.

‘Minecraft' Player's ‘Fortnite' Timelapse of Retail Row Is Incredibly Satisfying

A Minecraft player has transported Fortnite’s Retail Row into the blocky game buy building a faithful recreation of that portion of the battle royale game’s map.

The YouTuber by the name of SeanBits created the video above that’s super satisfying to watch if you’re a fan of dropping at Retail Row or if you just want to watch a relaxing timelapse where everything comes together. With some smooth editing and a foundation that’s free of any extra objects or structures to detract from Retail Row, the video that’s just over 5 minutes and 30 seconds shows how the entirety of Retail Row was created in Fortnite.

A map that appears in the top-right corner every now and then moves as different part of the battle royale map’s areas are worked on, so Fortnite players who know the drop spot well can follow along there. SeanBits’ narration also names off each of the buildings that are often called different things by players. His timelapse concludes about halfway through the video where he adds some cars and trees while coloring in parts of the terrain with different objects. After that, a peaceful walkthrough of Retail Row shows how it all came together and what it looks like during the night and day, rain or shine.

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For any Minecraft player who’s impressed by the creation and wanted to give it a go themselves, the Retail Row creator shared some information on the mods and packs he used in his game when creating part of the battle royale map. With the Replay Mod to capture the footage and the Better Foliage Mod to improve the foliage, the only other change was the BSL Shaders shader pack he used. He also answered ahead of any questions within the comments to say that the entire project took him around 7 hours to complete. The builder included a link to a free download for the creation within the video’s description for anyone who doesn’t feel like putting in the work themselves.

SeanBits has more videos like this in his channel where he created different parts of Fortnite’s map and other recognizable structures in Minecraft. Many people who subscribed to his channel likely saw one of his creations shared months ago where he put Tilted Towers in Minecraft with a similar timelapse and said he planned on creating a series where he worked through different parts of Fortnite’s map.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus combat guide: how to beat the Necrons

Unsurprisingly for a game set in perpetual grimdarkness, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is a tough old turn-based strategy. It casts you as the titular Adeptus Mechanicus, a faction of humans from Mars who worship technology so obsessively that people who camp overnight outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone come off as mere part-timers by comparison.

It’s their first ever appearance in a game, but you’ll grow to love their charming eccentricities. The Adeptus Mechanicus, you see, have transcended squishy human form to become one with wires and metal and weird beeps and boops. They subscribe to a creed that states: ‘There is no truth in flesh, only betrayal’, and name their babies things like ‘Cog Boy’ and ‘Shiny Bob’. Allegedly.

That zealotry has earned them no shortage of enemies. In this case that’s the Necrons, an ancient race of skeletal robots fighting to reclaim the galaxy from younger upstarts. Upstarts like the Mechanicus.

We’re going to show you how best to boss them on the battlefield, dominate their Xenos dungeons, and ultimately embrace the purity of steel. Lovely, laser-resistant steel.

KILL YOUR ENEMIES, THEN KILL THEM AGAIN
As robots made of living metal, Necron units are exceedingly hard to destroy. Deplete their health bar and they’ll reassemble themselves using their in-built Reanimation Protocol, popping back up and fighting on with dismembered limbs and gaping wounds fully healed. There is a way to see them off for good, however, and that’s by striking them during this Reanimation Protocol.

You’ve got several turns in which to do this, depending on the type of unit you’re facing, so use the window of opportunity wisely and kick ‘em while they’re down. Of course, the Necrons never really die. They just teleport to safety. But for all intents and purposes they’re gone and you won’t have to deal with their creepy weirdness for the rest of the skirmish.

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RESPECT THE MACHINE SPIRIT
All weapons have what’s known as a ‘machine spirit’. Think of them like temperamental toddlers, each with different personalities. Of course, weapons always fire as intended, so there are no nasty surprises there. It’s not like you’re going to come home and find your shotgun’s drawn on your walls in crayon. It’s more that, when the machine spirit is charged, they’ll give you a nice little buff. A buff that says, ‘hey, thanks for caring about me. Here’s a present’.

These presents range from increased damage, say, or area-of-effect for that specific weapon. Way better than what toddlers give you, which is very often crying. Every weapon has its own machine spirit, and with it, its own distinct perk. Thanks, Machine God. We could never be mad at you. Because that would be heresy.

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EXAMINE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
The Xenos tombs in Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus hide many secrets. Your quickest method of understanding them is by holding down the spacebar. This lets you enter something called the Noospheric view, showing the world as it looks to your Tech-Priests. HP, physical armour, and energy armour statistics are represented here, so you can then decide what weapon types work best in defeating your chrome-domed opponents.

Before you can do that , though, you’ll need to scan each enemy with your Servo-Skull. Each Tech-Priest has their own personal bone butler, and using them to discover enemy stats, or go off on pilgrimages to gather vital cognition points, is free. They’re easy to overlook when you’re busy brawling with a squad of space Terminators, but don’t neglect your skully companion.

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FORGET ABOUT COVER
Not only do you not use cover in Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus – you can’t use cover, because it doesn’t exist. This will naturally make you feel awfully exposed at first, but forget waist-high walls were ever a thing and plan accordingly. For instance, some units wield long-range weapons that can strike from distance, so keep these units as far back as you can.

Close the gap and you’ll be able to whip out your melee weapon. The first unit to retreat from melee combat gives the other an ‘Opportunity Attack’, which is essentially a free hit, so make sure you only commit to the hand-to-hand stuff only when you’re ready to end the fight. This makes Mechanicus a game about managing distances.

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DON’T MOURN THE DEATH OF UNITS
Death isn’t the end of the world in this game. At least, not for you. Throughout the course of a match you’ll get minions called Servitors to control, provided you’ve brought some along with you and have enough cognition points to use them. You don’t have to treasure them as you would the rest of your team, who carry their war wounds with them post-fight.

Instead, use Servitors as part of a suicidal strategy by throwing them into the meat grinder and giving their pointless lives some meaning. They love it. Teleport them straight onto the battlefield with cognition points, flank opponents, or use them as bait. When they die, you even get a cognition point back. Thank you for your service, Servitors.

Microsoft is using Minecraft to help redesign its 500-acre campus

Over the past decade, people have built an awful lot in Minecraft. From regal European palaces to the towering cities of Middle-Earth, the community has poured hours upon hours of time into the most life-like recreations they can manage. But until now, those creations have rarely transferred over into the real world.

Not long ago, Microsoft began putting together plans to expand their headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The building work is expected to be finished in 2022, but the company isn’t planning to go down a particularly traditional route as it plans the layout of its new home.

According to CNBC, Microsoft has hired Blockworks, a company that uses Microsoft to develop real-world projects, to create an interactive scale model of the new campus. Blockworks has previously worked on similar projects for Disney, Warner Bros, and the Museum of London. Back in July, the team put together a digital version of the new 500-acre campus, which will contain more than 100 buildings, as well as cricket and soccer pitches, and retail stores.

What that means is that those employees who want a sneak peek at their new campus – years ahead of schedule – can load into Blockworks’ recreation and wander around at their leisure. CNBC claims that the partnership began when a former member of Microsoft’s real estate team saw his son playing the game, and started considering how the game might be able to help the company with its move.

Of course, that decision was likely helped along by the fact that Microsoft already own Minecraft developer Mojang, making the partnership a little more of a no-brainer. Despite the size and scale of the project, Blockworks was able to have their model of the campus built within just a few weeks. If you want to check it out for yourself, you’ll need to own Minecraft, Education Edition, and then head here to download and explore the current version of the Redmond Campus – Microsoft says it’ll be updating the project over the next few years.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition 1.8.0.14 Comes With Innovative Features

Minecraft Pocket Edition enables you the possibility of dreaming about something and then the chance to build it. That’s what makes Minecraft Pocket Edition a game with endless possibilities because it really is a fun game which will allow you to build anything, anytime and anywhere.

By downloading and installing this game you will have a chance to step into a unique and magical world where the possibilities are without limits. You will turn your smartphone into a virtual construction site while you will use blocks to create wonderful masterpieces on the go. You can do all this while still being able to chat with your friends in parks or any place you find yourself.

Download this game to get the chance to explore bizarre new worlds and build just about everything that runs through your head – from the humblest of homes to the greatest of castles. You will see that there are basically two different modes to make the gameplay experience more fun and exciting than you ever thought it could be possible.

You can access the creative mode to play and learn how to use those unlimited resources in such a way that you will benefit the most. On the other hand we have the survival mode where you will have to mine deep into the world as you craft weapons and pieces of armoury which will help you with remaining protected from dangerous mobs.

A side note for the users of the Samsung Galaxy Tab who wish to play this game on their devices: if you encounter any problem with running Minecraft Pocket Edition, then you may need to update your Android system software version.

Minecraft Pocket Edition Update Available to Download: Improvements, Bug Fixes and More

Minecraft game that started small but managed to evolve and now it is one of the most popular ones. One of the reasons for its evolution is the fact that the team behind it makes sure that improvements are made constantly.

There are various Minecraft versions, and they can be played on multiple platforms. For many players the Pocket Edition is the best version, and a new update is now available for it.

The update
The latest update comes with the version number 1.80.0.14. At the moment this update is available only as an APK (Android Package Kit), which means that only Android devices can get it at the moment. This update is quite big, weighing in at 88.54 MB, so you need to make sure that you have enough space for it. In order to install the update, you must have a phone running Android 4.2 X Jelly Bean or higher.

What does the update bring?
This update comes with great improvements. The team behind Minecraft Pocket Edition made sure that the bugs which made the game crash were fixed in this update. Additionally, improved software optimization is available in the latest version.

The update brings UI tweaks, but there is also a new skin pack for the power rangers and a new fallout mash-up pack. Therefore, you shouldn’t skip this update. Each update is designed to improve the gaming experience, so make sure that you keep your game up to date.

It is quite simple to download and install the APK, but you need to do it on your own. Just make sure that you enable “Unknown Sources” in the Settings panel so you can install it. You can find the APK available online.

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Stan Lee: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt and more celebs mourn comic book icon

Comic book legend Stan Lee died on Monday at the age of 95, and his fans, friends and colleagues took to social media to commemorate the iconic Marvel comics creator.

Among those who spoke out were some of Marvel's biggest stars, including “Captain America” star Chris Evans, “Iron Man” front man Robert Downey Jr. and “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt.

Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise, and “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana also sent their appreciation.

“We’ve lost a creative genius,” wrote Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise. “I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. To have helped bring one of his characters to life.”

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Jackman also praised Lee during an appearance on “The Late Show” Monday night.

“I remember Stan as a true gentleman who had this glint in his eye,” he said. “He's creative genius. He thought outside of the box. He created a whole universe that changed the lives of many people – mine included.”

Jackman also shared how the superhero creator made him feel quite humble.

The actor thought venturing to Comic-Con as Wolverine would be “a good day for me.” One would think, but as Jackman revealed: “No one was taking my photo because at the other end was Stan Lee. And there (were) about 300 photographers and interviewers, just all on Stan.”

“Stan, God bless you,” he said, raising his hands to the sky. “You're one of the greats.”

Before his guest joined him, Colbert paid tribute to “Stan the man.”

“Thanks for all the stories, Stan,” he said looking into the camera. “I know you're hearing this a lot today, but Excelsior.”

“For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy,” Evans tweeted. “He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives.”

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There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!

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“I owe it all to you,” Downey Jr. tweeted. “Rest In Peace Stan.”

“Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived,” wrote Pratt, who plays Star-Lord. “I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.”

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Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.
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Tom Holland, who portrays Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe, said no one is more “indebted to this guy…than me.”

“The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest in peace Stan,” he wrote on Instagram.

Ryan Reynolds posted an image of Lee in 2016's “Deadpool.” The famed comic-book icon made dozens of cameos in Marvel movies and television shows.

“Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything,” Reynolds wrote.

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Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.

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Saldana, who portrays Gamora in the Marvel universe, posted a picture of herself dressed in character alongside Lee and former “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn.

“Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to!”

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Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to! 💚
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Mark Ruffalo, who brings Bruce Banner and the Hulk to life in the Marvel Universe, said goodbye to “Uncle Stan.”

“You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human,” he wrote. “You let us be extra human… superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.”

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Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human…

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Sebastian Stan, who plays the Winter Solider in Marvel movies, said “I wouldn’t be here without you.” “Thank you great legend. You will be missed,” he added.

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe, thanked Lee “for the escape from this world,” adding “You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP”

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Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP

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Jessica Alba reflected on the importance her role in the Marvel Universe had one her life: “The experience I had on #thefantasticfour playing #suestorm #invisiblewoman was so meaningful as a young actress and made a huge impact on me.”

“Taking a moment to thank the great @therealstanlee for his kindness and it was a huge honor to be part of your universe. . We will miss you #StanLee,” she added.

Lee, who served in the U.S. Army from from 1942-1945, died as Veteran's Day was being observed in the United States. His passing earned a tweet from the U.S. Army.

“Rest in peace, Soldier,” the tweet read. “… We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior!”

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Comic book creator @TheRealStanLee has passed away at the age of 95. Lee served in the #USArmy Signal Corps during WWII from 1942-1945. We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior!

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Seth Green, who voiced Howard the Duck in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” wrote that Lee “represents the best of us.”

“How grateful I am for his existence and influence,” he continued. “He lived to see his creations shape the world, and his legacy will inspire generations to come. But I’ll miss him. EXCELCIOR!!”

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Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars,” sung high praise of Lee's cultural and personal impacts.

“He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE,” he wrote. “I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong.”

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His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan

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Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, celebrated Lee’s “extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all.”

“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” he wrote. “Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans.”

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No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!

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Doug Jones, the actor who played Silver Surfer in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” shared a handful of photos with Lee over the years.

“What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I've ever played?” Jones wrote. “Stan Lee's fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.”

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What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I've ever played? Stan Lee's fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.#StanLee #RIP @TheRealStanLee

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Kat Dennings, who played Darcy Lewis in “Thor,” tweeted a photo with Lee on a red carpet.

“It was an honor to be a small part of his universe,” she wrote.

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@OfficialKat
Stan Lee. A gentleman and a genius. It was an honor to be a small part of his universe. Rest In Peace.

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Allegra Acosta, who plays Molly Hernandez in “Marvel's Runaways” on Hulu, shared a photo with Lee from set.

“I had the honor of being a part of his universe and working with him,” she wrote. “Even though he has passed, his legacy will forever flourish and thrive.”

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@AllegraAcosta
May you Rest In Peace ❤️ Stan Lee was an iconic ,hardworking, and charismatic soul. I had the honor of being a part of his universe and working with him. Even though he has passed, his legacy will forever flourish and thrive 🎞 R.I.P Stan …. EXCELSIOR🚀🌠 #stanlee #marvel #rip

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Jamie Lee Curtis praised Lee's “creativity and imagination.”

“You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!” she exclaimed.

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@jamieleecurtis
Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!

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Larry King lauded Lee as “a real-life superhero.”

“Stan Lee was a visionary, who elevated imaginations across the globe,” wrote King. “I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him. Rest peacefully, Stan.”

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@kingsthings
We lost a real-life superhero today. Stan Lee was a visionary, who elevated imaginations across the globe. I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him. Rest peacefully, Stan.

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Jimmy Kimmel tweeted a drawing of Stan Lee he created as a kid.

“At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him,” the late night host wrote. “Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person.”

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@jimmykimmel
At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him. Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person. Thanks for all the fun Stan #Excelsior

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“Rest in Peace Stan Lee. I talk/think about things you imagined every single day,” tweeted Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

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Rest In Peace Stan Lee. I talk/think about things you imagined every single day ❤️

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George Takei listed just a few of Lee’s many creations that “inspired millions.”

“His stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come,” Takei wrote. “Rest with the stars, great sir.”

George Takei

@GeorgeTakei
He inspired millions with his myriad, “Marvelous” characters, from Spiderman to Black Panther, Thor to the X-Men. Legendary creator Stan Lee is dead at 95. But his stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come. Rest with the stars, great sir.

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“He lives forever through his work. What a giant,” wrote Lin-Manuel Miranda. “With great power comes immortality.”

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@Lin_Manuel
He lives forever through his work. What a giant.
With great power comes immortality. 💔💔💔

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“Goosebumps” author R.L. Sine called Lee “one of our great story-tellers.”

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@RL_Stine
We have lost Stan Lee, one of our great story-tellers. A writer and imaginer who created whole universes. RIP

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Kiss front man Gene Simmons expressed his gratitude to the comic for improving his early days.

“To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters,” he tweeted. “Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.”

Gene Simmons

@genesimmons
To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.

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Ryan Reynolds, who has portrayed anti-hero Deadpool in two features tweeted “Thanks for everything.”

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@VancityReynolds
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.

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Actor Seth Rogen thanked Lee for “making people who feel different realize they are special.”

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@Sethrogen
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.

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“The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever,” wrote Elon Musk.

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@elonmusk
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.

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The official Twitter account for DC Comics shared a touching tribute to Lee, using his catchphrase “Excelsior.”

“He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark,” the tweet read. “His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.”

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@DCComics
He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.

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Disney tweeted a statement from CEO Bob Iger:

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.”

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@Disney
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.” –Bob Igerhttp://di.sn/6018EBaHo

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Sharing a photo of one of Lee's superheroes, Spider-Man, The Academy tweeted “Today, we lost a real-life superhero. Stan Lee, thank you for everything.”

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@TheAcademy
Today, we lost a real-life superhero. Stan Lee, thank you for everything.

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“We are grateful for your imagination,” wrote the official Golden Globe Awards account.

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@goldenglobes
Rest in Peace, dear Stan Lee. We are grateful for your imagination. Excelsior!

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Terry Crews' tribute was short and sweet. “Rest In Peace Stan Lee.” he tweeted.

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@terrycrews
Rest In Peace Stan Lee

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Rapper Travis Scott tweeted his appreciate to Lee “for everything”.

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Thank u Stan Lee for everything.

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Rosario Dawson wished for Lee to “Rest In Paradise.”

She added, “Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!!”

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@rosariodawson
Overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the late, great hero, Stan Lee. Rest In Paradise. Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!!

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#RIP Stan Lee, who spoke out against anti-Semitism decades ago, writing: “Sooner or later…we must fill out hearts with tolerance.”

(via @BoingBoing) #StanLee

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Ice-T recalled “the honor” of meeting Lee. “95 what a life…” he tweeted.

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RIP Stan Lee.. I had the honor of meeting him. 95 what a life…

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For Josh Groban, Lee's stories were a bright spot. “Thank you for making my childhood, teen years and adulthood so fun,” he tweeted, “especially during darker days.”

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@joshgroban
RIP Stan Lee. Maybe you have twitter in heaven. Thank you for making my childhood, teen years and adulthood so fun, especially during darker days.

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Al Roker shared a photo alongside Lee, both wearing wide smiles.

“A sad day for so many of us growing up reading and watching the great @therealstanlee creations,” the “Today” co-anchor tweeted. “With @Marvel he elevated the comic book with great writing and superheroes who had problems just like us. #excelsior His passing at 95 is sad, but he’s just waiting for us in #asgard”

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@alroker
A sad day for so many of us growing up reading and watching the great @therealstanlee creations. With @Marvel he elevated the comic book with great writing and superheroes who had problems just like us. #excelsior His passing at 95 is sad, but he’s just waiting for us in #asgard

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“R.I.P Stan Lee, your imagination fueled each of our childhoods, making us believe we could be superheroes, even if only in regular everyday situations,” tweeted actor/comedian Jay Pharoah. “You will be greatly missed, rest easy my g”

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@JayPharoah
R.I.P Stan Lee, your imagination fueled each of our childhoods, making us believe we could be superheroes, even if only in regular everyday situations. You will be greatly missed, rest easy my g🙏🏽🙏🏽😢😢😢

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“A few years ago we got a chance to hang out with the legend,” tweeted rapper Juicy J. “You will be missed prayers up to the family friends & fans.”

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This is sad R.I.P. STAN LEE a few years ago we got a chance to hang out with the legend he was a cool guy 🙏🏿you will be missed prayers up to the family friends & fans

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Is Minecraft APK Full Version Indeed Available On Aptoide?

Minecraft is one of the most popular games of the past years, despite its simple graphics. However, the game is not free, so many people would like to download a Minecraft full version without having to pay for an official download. Well, many wonder if Minecraft APK full version is indeed available on Aptoide.

In fact, you can download the Minecraft: Pocket Edition version for your Android device, and Aptoide, the renowned third-party app stores collection, could be the right place to do that.

Basically, Aptoide is the perfect app to use when you want to grab apps and games that are not officially available on Google Play Store, but you might also get some apps that are not any longer supported by their devs. Therefore, it is your responsibility if bumping into some apps that damage your device.

But, don’t worry much, because there are millions of people who play an unofficial Minecraft version they downloaded from Aptoide or other APK store.

As I’ve mentioned, even though it’s not boasting excellent or at least modern graphics, Minecraft is one of the most addictive and popular games on the market, at this moment.

However, to grab your Minecraft APK full version from Aptoide, you have to download the Aptoide app first. Afterward, you have to open the app and search for the Minecraft: Pocket Edition using the Aptoide built-in search engine.

You can download Aptoide third-party apps store from APKMirror.

Also, don’t forget to allow installations from unknown sources on your Android device, usually found under the Setting -> Security section. Once you do it, you’ll be able to install the Aptoide APK.

When this third-party apps store is up and running on your Android device, access it and download the Minecraft APK full version from Aptoide and enjoy one of the most appreciated games ever.

More information online: https://billionaire365.com/2018/07/31/is-minecraft-apk-full-version-indeed-available-on-aptoide/

Minecraft: Pocket Edition 1.5.0.7 Update Download Available with Invincible Mode

Minecraft is a unique game that manages to combine fun and creativity. The fact that Minecraft allows players to use their creativity to create buildings, weapons and armor is what makes it so popular. However, there are multiple editions of Minecraft and this helped the game’s player base grow and Minecraft: Pocket Edition is a great example of that.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

The original version of Minecraft was released for PC, but not everyone has a high-spec PC to play the game and the developers decided to release a mobile version of Minecraft as well. The game is available on both iOS and Android, and it comes with the same unique features as the original game. Another amazing thing about Minecraft: Pocket Edition is that the game is constantly being updated, thus giving players a reason to keep coming back.

The Latest 1.5.0.7 Update

Talking about Minecraft: Pocket Edition updates, fans of the game should be glad to know that the developers have just released a brand-new one. The new update changes Minecraft: Pocket Edition’s version number to “1.5.0.7” and it introduces lots of cool features. With that being said, let’s see what this latest update contains.

Invincible Mode

The new update is focused on one thing and one thing only, introducing the invincible mode. As the mode’s title implies, players who decide to enable it will not be able to die. Things get even better than this since the mode can also be enabled in survival mode which means that players will be able to fight off against all types of monsters such as the infamous Creeper and never lose.

The main reason why this mode is being introduced is because the developers want to make it easier for creative players who are simply looking to create cool looking buildings and don’t want to worry about enemies.

More online: https://billionaire365.com/2018/06/04/minecraft-pocket-edition-1-5-0-7-update-download-available-with-invincible-mode/

Minecraft Pocket Edition Available to Download with Performance Improvements

We’ve all seen how Minecraft is that one amazing game that allows people to be creative by creating buildings, houses and even castles with their own pool. But that’s not all – in survival mode, Minecraft allows players to be creative so they can escape the night and be safe from all the monsters, and all they have to do it build weapons, armors and houses.

The best thing about this game is that it’s a cross-platform one, which means that Minecraft cannot only be played on one platform – like PC as most of the people do, but on more than one. Minecraft has multiple versions, and the Pocket Edition just got its fresh-out-of-the-box APK update – it might be the best one so far, as some people have said.

What’s this update about?
This new update comes with a new version number: 1.80.0.14, and it comes in the form of APK. This can only mean that the update can be installed only on Android devices. For those who don’t know, APK stands for “Android Package Kit.”

This is one of the biggest updates since it has about 88.54 MB. It’s available for download now. Before getting it, there are two things you need to do: make sure you have enough space for it and then check to see if you have a smartphone that runs on Android 4.2. X Jelly Bean or something higher.

What’s so great about this update?
This update comes with a big, pleasant surprise: a bunch of software tweaks that improves the performance of the game. So hurry up to get it. It’s the best thing you could do if you want to play the game at its finest, without having to worry about the low-performance levels.

More online: https://billionaire365.com/2018/11/22/minecraft-pocket-edition-to-be-available-with-performance-improvements/

Microsoft Canada offering $150 off Minecraft Xbox One S bundle

Microsoft Canada is going big for Black Friday by offering the Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle for $229.99 CAD — $150 off its regular price. In addition to a 1TB white Xbox One S console, the Creators Bundle includes the base Minecraft game with its Starter Pack and Creators Pack expansions. Further, the Creators Bundles comes with 1,000 Minecoins that can be used in Minecraft‘s digital marketplace, as well as a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and one-month Xbox Game Pass trial.

Read more at MobileSyrup.com: Microsoft Canada offering $150 off Minecraft Xbox One S bundle

The Creators Bundle will remain on sale until November 26th and can be purchased at Amazon, Best Buy, EB Games, the Microsoft Store, The Source and Walmart. In other Xbox One Black Friday news, Microsoft is also offering savings of up to $100 on the 4K-capable Xbox One X console at retailers like Best Buy or Walmart.

Read more at MobileSyrup.com: Microsoft Canada offering $150 off Minecraft Xbox One S bundle

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Minecraft fans use gaming skills to help design regeneration project

Ten and 11-year-olds in Havering have been using their gaming skills to road-test and improve the design of one of London’s largest regeneration projects
Fifteen pupils from Rainham Village Primary School spent a morning using the computer game Minecraft to explore and redesign the Napier House and New Plymouth House sites, which are being redeveloped as part of the borough’s plans to create thousands more homes for local people.

Led by BlockBuilders, which imports map details into Minecraft so models of real-world places can be created, the children used avatars to walk and ‘fly’ around the site’s proposed designs, which have been developed by architects and masterplanners JTP.

They were then given the chance to think about what they treasure most about the site, what they would trash and if they had any big ideas for improving the area.

The final part of the session gave the pupils the opportunity to demolish and rebuild parts of the site through the Minecraft model.

The three-hour workshop saw pupils come up with ideas including a garden bridge, trampoline park, rooftop swimming pool, shopping mall and a water park, complete with showers and a ticket office.

During the workshop, one of the pupils, Hetty Brown, said: “It’s a really fun way of designing buildings that you might use when they’re built and you can see what it might be like to design things for a career when you’re older.”

The best ideas will now be considered for inclusion in the final scheme by joint venture partners Wates Residential and Havering Council.

The interactive workshop is part of the joint venture’s wider pledge to unlock meaningful opportunities for local residents and school children through the scheme.

The long-term partnership aims to help tackle the construction skills shortage through increased investment in education, training and skills.

The joint venture will see an overhaul of Havering’s existing Council accommodation, with the council’s current stock of 856 homes replaced with around 3,000 homes of mixed tenure over the next 12 to 15 years.

Delivering improved provision, the regeneration will increase council rented accommodation by 70% and will include 400 low-cost home ownership properties.

The design team for Phase One includes BDP for landscaping, and architects JTP and Conran and Partners.

Kate Ives, Development Director for Wates Residential, said: “Computer games like Minecraft provide a great opportunity for young people to experience some of the most exciting elements of construction and planning.

“Using innovative and engaging ways to encourage interest in career opportunities in the sector is vital for the success of the industry and a great way of inspiring young people to think about their own futures.

“We are really excited to review the best ideas with Havering Council and look at how we can use them on the scheme, which will deliver thousands of new homes for local people as well as a borough-wide lasting legacy.”

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said: “This is a great opportunity to engage our young people with the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans which are set to benefit the next generation with affordable homes, unique skills and training, and greater local career prospects.

“This is one of many social programmes ensuring our partnership with Wates Residential delivers much more than just housing. The project will create life chances for our young people and significant opportunities for local businesses.

“I look forward to seeing what innovative ideas our young people come up with and how it might shape future developments in the project – and might even give the architects a run for their money!”

Rebecca Taylor, Partner at JTP, added: “The use of Minecraft in our collaborative planning process has been an eye-opening learning experience.

“JTP understands the need to adapt and evolve our practices alongside our audiences. In effectively utilising Minecraft as a collaborative planning tool we can engage more young people in the process of designing responsive, inclusive and socially sustainable new neighbourhoods with a unique identity.”

More information online: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/minecraft-gaming-skills-design-project/49370/

Microsoft has built a version of its headquarters in Minecraft

Microsoft is overhauling its 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington for 2022. The new campus will include 18 additional buildings (Microsoft already has more than 100), alongside cricket and soccer fields and retail shops. While work is set to start on the buildings this fall, Microsoft has commissioned Blockworks to create a Minecraft version of its new headquarters for employees to explore.

CNBC reports that Blockworks, a company that specializes in building Minecraft versions of real-world projects, created the version for Microsoft’s annual hackathon in July. Blockworks has also created virtual Minecraft versions of Disney, Museum of London, and Warner Bros. buildings. Anyone with the Minecraft: Education Edition can now explore Microsoft’s new campus, and the company plans to update it over time.

Microsoft acquired Mojang, the developer of Minecraft , four years ago today for $2.5 billion. While it was originally seen as a boost to Windows Phone and Xbox, Microsoft has gradually been improving the Education Editions of Minecraft and partnering with Nintendo to offer cross-play. The software giant also promoted its Minecraft boss to the head of the company’s games studios earlier this year. Matt Booty’s new role sees him oversee Microsoft Studios, as one of the top game executives reporting to Microsoft’s games chief Phil Spencer.

Read more online: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/6/18068604/microsoft-minecraft-headquarters-campus-redmond

Microsoft Is Using ‘Minecraft’ To Design Its New Campus, And It’s Brilliant

The decision reaffirms the company’s commitment to innovation, and it shows a level of loyalty that’s becoming rare in the tech world.

Recently, Microsoft has begun drawing up blueprints to expand their new, 500-acre headquarters in Redmond, Washington, which they expect to finish in 2022. However, instead of opting for a more traditional layout for their new campus, the company is looking to one of their most popular games, “Minecraft,” for architectural inspiration.

In “Minecraft,” whether in the single or multiplayer setting, users create various versions of livelihoods in different worlds, building objects such as homes, buildings, museums, farms and fictional structures like sky fortresses.

However, the level of creativity these designs can exhibit has caught the attention of people far removed from the world of video games. In response to its users’ inventiveness, “Minecraft” began creating modifications that gave players the leeway to create a greater variety of universes and lifestyles. These tweaks have given “Minecraft” fans a deeper challenge to be creative and implement new ideas in the their gaming world.

As you might expect, these player-created communities have generated a massive fandom within the “Minecraft” universe. And, in an effort to capitalize on this organic surge of interest, Microsoft saw an opportunity to create something authentic based off their own video game.

According to Jordan Novet, of CNBC, “Riku Pentikainen, who until recently was director of global workplace strategies inside Microsoft’s real estate and facilities group, saw his son playing Minecraft earlier this year and was intrigued by how the game could help the company with its transition. Employees could learn and get excited about the remodeling long before they could check it out on foot, and in a more dynamic way than what was available through typical renderings.”

Mojang, the company that created “Minecraft,” was purchased by Microsoft four years ago for $2.5 billion, and earlier this year, Microsoft promoted “Minecraft” boss Matt Booty. Booty’s prescient decision to sell to Microsoft at the right time has benefitted both parties immensely, as the game remains one of Microsoft’s best investments. In return, the company named Booty head of the company’s games studios.

Still, while the company certainly understood the cultural phenomenon that was “Minecraft,” they likely never expected to use the video game for anything in the real world. Microsoft, however, has long prided itself on its willingness to experiment with new ideas, so their decision to incorporate something new into their campus-creation process wasn’t wholly unexpected.

To channel this “Minecraft” creativity into their new headquarters, the company hired Blockworks, a business that uses “Minecraft” to create realistic projects, to help them formulate possible campus aesthetics. In addition to Microsoft, Blockworks has collaborated with companies such as Disney, Warner Bros. and the Museum of London. Using the game as an architectural compass gives the people of Blockworks the ability to quickly construct and propose ideas, an ability that even non-gamers can see the value in.

More details online: https://studybreaks.com/thoughts/microsoft-uses-of-minecraft-as-a-form-of-creativity/

Inside Xbox event will showcase updates to ‘Minecraft,’ ‘Sea of Thieves’

Xbox fans have a lot of news and announcements to look forward to this weekend — and a free copy of Crackdown to play right now — as Microsoft's X018 event gets underway in Mexico City. Tomorrow at 4:00 PM EST, X018 will host a special two-hour live edition of its monthly Inside Xbox show.

Microsoft is gearing up for the holiday season by making announcements about some of its biggest games including Crackdown 3, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Forza Horizon 4. Several guests will also make appearances, such as head of Xbox Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Matt Booty and Minecraft studio head Helen Chiang. Also on the docket for tonight's show is the announcement of over a dozen new games for Xbox Game Pass.

Fans can snag some in-game goodies for Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4 if they watch on the Xbox Mixer channel while logged into their Microsoft account. The broadcast can also be seen on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Minecraft, mothers and sons all play in Theatre Replacement's Mine

Theatre Replacement's new production uses the computer game Minecraft to start inter-generational dialogue.

Mine
When: Nov. 14-17, various times

Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby

Tickets and info: From $15, shadboltcentre.com

Theatre Replacement’s latest work Mine is what happens when a performing arts parent gets actively involved in their child’s play — in this case, creator Maiko B. Yamamoto becoming involved in playing Minecraft with her 11-year-old gamer son, Hokuto MacDuff.

Developed over the narratives the two discovered playing the popular video game, the play involves a group of inter-generational gamers/performers between the ages of 10 to 45 enact different stories built up around the game and also transposed into real world events. Or something like that, in this confused digital realm.

“The show was inspired by a conflict I was experiencing with my son who, at around age eight, was becoming completely obsessed with digital screens and the game Minecraft,” said Yamamoto.

“We limited his screen time as we’d been advised, but it was still really hard for him to leave and it became this kind of Grand Canyon rift between the two of us. It was really hard because I didn’t want to be the one taking away this thing he was really into, but zoning out and spending all your time in a digital world isn’t taking care of him either.”

The conflict grew and, in seeking solutions to it, the parents found MCKids Academy, which uses Minecraft for learning positive and safe experiences. For many younger people, the building process is more important than the survival aspect of the game and the creativity exercised in making things in the online environment can become a means to positive play. Eventually, Yamamoto accepted her son’s entreaties to play the game.

“And I was such a newb, could barely walk in a straight line and kept breaking things while he was an expert running circles around me asking what he could show me how to do,” she said.

“He was the expert, but I was still the parent, as he would ask me if he could bring home a dog before he “tamed” one or put his bed next to mine. Suddenly, there was a possible work of theatre coming about.”

Collaborating with game-savvy local theatre artists such as Hong Kong Exile’s Remy Siu and Conor Wylie, as well as a quartet of local gamer/performers ranging in age from 10 to 14, Mine was created. Yamamoto said that slowly the parent-child narrative develop between mothers and sons with an online lens of sorts.

“You watch a group of gamers between ages 10 and 45 enact different mother/son relationships through all of their various moments as well as try to navigate this whole new digital world that we are in,” she said.

“Hokuto is on stage with me and we’re navigating and the hardest thing for me is letting go, letting them/him become this confident human in this new world.”

Using stories ranging from Bambi’s opening between the mother and son to the heavy-handed prophecy of Terminator, the play exposes many sides to the parent-child dynamic. There are a lot of conversations about fears.

“The kids onstage are meant to appear like these gods who can do all these things while the parents are barely able to keep up with them,” she said. “And the wonderful thing is we are always playing the game too. If it’s night time, zombies and creatures will suddenly start wandering in and, in daytime, you have pigs and other animals presenting, it starts raining, odd things happen all the time.”

Mine is something of a huge, unstructured improvisation based around the game and it won’t play out the same each time. As to whether the makers of the game were pleased about it being used in the play, Yamamoto says they were.

“Ultimately, it’s a pretty Minecraft-positive show and we talked to lawyers who made it clear that many others are doing this and you really just need to say ‘this is not an official Minecraft product,’ and it isn’t,” she said.

“We’re not changing the game, we’re using it, and we’re a non-profit, so we aren’t making money on it either.”

But the real question to answer is did the research for the play turn the parent into an obsessive gamer like the child?

“Minecraft became a natural part of our conversation and I became able to see why it’s hard for him to leave at times,” she said.

“He’s in the middle of building a hotel and he needs to focus on it and his response is no different than my own when I go ‘not now I’m busy.’ So now I ask him first about what he is doing and how much time he needs, in the same way he does for me.”

Mine will touch different nerves in different age groups. Where younger players might just see vanquishing a zombie as what you do, parents could think that a child alone in a room obsessively killing characters could be a precursor to some American style school shooting outburst. There are multiple levels to the play and they are designed to foster discussion.

“Theatre Replacement is trying to create a show that adults and game age kids can watch together and then discuss,” she said.

“And they may likely have very different reactions to things taking place. We’ve been able to use our imaginations like never before with this, because you can do that with Minecraft.”

Mine is not an official Minecraft product nor is it affiliated with Mojang. It is touring to London and Cambridge in March 2019.