Want to be more creative? Playing Minecraft can help, new study finds

Want to be more creative? Playing Minecraft can help, new study finds

Iowa State University psychologist Douglas Gentile’s latest study suggests that playing some video games, like Minecraft, can have a positive impact on creativity.

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games, having sold more than 100 million copies since its release in 2011. Claims that it boosts creativity have been circulating for several years, and now there’s a bit of scientific evidence to back up that claim, according to the results of a new study published in Creativity Research Journal.

Co-author Douglas Gentile is a psychologist at Iowa State University. His speciality is studying media influence on children, including video games, television, film, music, even advertising. That includes both positive and negative effects, from video game addiction and a possible link between media violence and aggression, to how playing certain games can improve surgeons’ skills.

“The literature looks like it’s conflicted when it truly isn’t,” said Gentile. “There’s

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Minecraft Dungeons hands-on: A shameless Diablo clone—and better for it

Minecraft Dungeons hands-on: A shameless Diablo clone—and better for it

Enlarge / Gather some friends, kill some mobs, get some loot. (credit: Mojang / Xbox Game Studios)

LOS ANGELES—The years between Diablo II and Diablo III were ripe with isometric, dungeon-action clones, all trying to feed gamers’ next-gen hunger for click-and-loot adventures. That era has long passed, but now that I’ve played Minecraft Dungeons, I wish I could go back in time and drop Mojang’s very solid Diablo-like game into that late-’00s fray.

There’s really no getting around it: this is Diablo through a Minecraft prism. The 20-person team behind this Windows 10, Xbox One, Switch, and PS4 game admits as much, calling Blizzard’s legendary series “one source of inspiration, certainly.” But after name-dropping other modern co-op games like Vermintide and Left 4 Dead, the Mojang developers at E3 2019 made one point emphatic to Ars Technica: “We want to make sure this is Minecraft.”

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Minecraft Earth gets first live demo, coming to iOS “this summer”

Minecraft Earth gets first live demo, coming to iOS “this summer”

Mojang, the Microsoft-owned studio behind Minecraft, used Monday’s WWDC keynote to unveil the world’s first live gameplay look at its next smartphone-exclusive game, Minecraft Earth. This demo also included the firmest tease yet about when series fans will get their hands on the augmented-reality game: “coming this summer to iOS.” This specific tease didn’t include any indication of whether that means the game’s promised Android version will take longer to land as a public beta.

The onstage demo began with two Mojang employees aiming their iOS devices at a table, where a blocky Minecraft game world appeared that both users could simultaneously interact with. By walking around the table and aiming their devices’ cameras, the staffers could use items and weapons, interact with switches, and drop or plant items in

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There’s a new Minecraft game coming, and it’s played entirely in augmented reality

There’s a new Minecraft game coming, and it’s played entirely in augmented reality

Microsoft may believe it has made augmented reality’s killer app: the just-announced Minecraft Earth for iOS and Android.

AR on mobile devices may carry tremendous potential, but it’s easy enough to argue that the mainstream value proposition hasn’t arrived yet. Pokémon Go is probably the most oft-cited “killer app” for AR, but it’s only barely a true AR app. And there are some neat shopping apps and educational tools (from Warby Parker and Ikea, for example) but none of them have made a big dent in the mainstream consciousness.

Minecraft Earth

At first glance, Minecraft Earth seems a bit like Pokémon Go, given that it seems to be location aware in some ways. But there’s a bit more to it than that. Players will be able to construct builds on their living

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Minecraft Earth Turns Your Entire City Into a Playable Sandbox, Beta Coming Later This Year

Minecraft Earth Turns Your Entire City Into a Playable Sandbox, Beta Coming Later This Year


Microsoft unveiled Minecraft Earth this week, an augmented reality title that is set to turn your entire real world into a playable sandbox. 

Much like Pokemon GO, players will use their phone to interact with things that placed around the real world. And according to Microsoft, the game stays very true to the core fundamentals of Minecraft, but there’s been a blending of the traditional creative and survival modes. 

In a conversation with The Verge, Minecraft Earth director Torfi Olafsson says, “We have covered the entire planet in Minecraft. Every lake is a place you can fish, every park is a place you can chop down trees. We’ve actually taken maps of the entire world and converted them to Minecraft.”

I’ll be honest, this sounds dope. To get a good idea of what to expect, watch the below trailer. 

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Minecraft creator Notch unwelcome at 10th anniversary due to online conduct

Minecraft creator Notch unwelcome at 10th anniversary due to online conduct

Every Minecraft player’s worst nightmare. (credit: Kyle Orland)

Blocky sandbox game Minecraft is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Microsoft is planning to celebrate with a press event at the Mojang studio in Stockholm on May 17. But according to Variety, one notable person won’t be there: Markus “Notch” Persson, who sold the game he created and the company he built to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

This is no accident. A Microsoft spokesperson told Variety that the reason for his exclusion is the “comments and opinions” Persson has expressed on Twitter, saying that they “do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang, and are not representative of Minecraft.”

Back in March, a number of references to Persson were removed from the game. Microsoft made no statement at the time, but it’s believed to be for the same reason.

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