News Roundup

27 February, 2015

Hey guys!

Wow, moving house sure does suck. But it's over now and I'm back to updating things around here. First up, some interesting Minecrafty-type things have been happening lately that you might want to know about:

Minecraft update

The latest release is now 1.8.3, but you won't notice a lot of changes in this update since it was mostly fixing bugs and stuff like that. You don't have to do anything to get the latest version by the way, Minecraft will automatically update itself every time you start it up (if you're connected to the internet).

MineCon

Mojang announced that this year's MineCon (the annual Minecraft fan convention) will be held in London from July 4-5. So if you're a UK reader or just a really big fan, you might want to keep a heads up for ticket sales which should be happening any day now.

Changing player names

Players can now change their user name if they want (previously you were stuck with the name you signed up with). Just log in to your Mojang account to make the change - there are more details in the announcement if you want the ins and outs about what you can and can't change it to.

YouTube for kids

This one isn't specifically about Minecraft, but I know it's an issue a lot of parents are concerned about. Google have released a new app called YouTube Kids, which will curate kid-friendly content (Stampy is supposed to be launching a channel there soon) and make it easier to disable search and limit screen time. It has both good things (like no comments) and annoying things (like ads). In short, it won't suit every family and it definitely doesn't solve all the problems of kids watching stuff on youTube, but if you have little ones then it's probably worth checking out.

~ Bec

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