Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1 free right now on Windows Store

Have you been looking to try out Minecraft: Story Mode, but don't want to shell out money for it? If you have Windows 10 and live in the United States - you're in luck!

The first episode of Story Mode is currently free on the Windows Store, with all the other episodes currently discounted at $2.49. You can also get Episodes 2-8 in a bundle for $19.99 and Episodes 6-8 for $12.49.

This sale only applies for the United States, and the Windows Store version of Story Mode requires Windows 10 and about 4GB of space on your PC.

Source: Windows Store

Video: Controlling ceiling lights in Minecraft PC... with Siri?

I've seen some cool Redstone tricks, most recently a whole Pokemon game in Minecraft, but what toggling Redstone lights with Siri on an iPhone? Watch it in action:

Reddit user podpage posted this to the Minecraft subreddit yesterday, explaining he used the iOS HomeKit API to take commands from Siri. Here's his full technical explaination, if you're curious:

HomeKit Bridge is a simple HTTP-Interface. You can setup the Bridge server and connect your device to it (in my case a BukkitServer). To connect the Bridge to your iPhone you need an third party because "Home" in iOS10 don't accept your Bridge due the missing certificate (I used Eve). Let your iPhone sync and now you can use Siri on your iPhone oder AppleWatch to control your devices.

See the source link for the original Reddit post. However impracitcal it might be, it would be neat if he decides to release this as an app someday.

Source: Reddit

Ocean Monuments could be coming to Minecraft PE 0.16.0

Mojang's goal with Minecraft PE is to bring the game (and thus, Windows 10 Edition as well) up to speed with the original game. Another piece of that puzzle could be coming soon - Ocean Monuments.

Yesterday, Tommaso (one of the Minecraft PE developers) posted this on Twitter:

With Ocean Monuments being the only naturally-generating objects in oceans, it's likely the surprise feature. Ocean Monuments were originally added in Minecraft PC 1.8, with 1.9 altering them to only appear very deep in the ocean.

And if it's not Ocean Monuments - then what do you think it could be? Let us know in the comments below.

Johan Bernhardsson, former lead developer of Pocket Edition, is working on a new game

If you've been reading us for a while, you may recall us mentioning Johan Bernhardsson - who previously worked for Mojang on Minecraft Pocket Edition. He singlehandedly developed Pocket Edition for over a year, and in his last days at Mojang, helped create the new Mac launcher for Minecraft.

After he left Mojang, he helped found Midnight Hub - an indie game studio also located in Sweden. He and several other developers are currently developing a game called Lake Ridden - a "story driven first-person horror game, set against a Scandinavian backdrop."

Sounds interesting? Here's the full description from their website:

When a girl is on a hike with her friends, her sister suddenly vanishes. While searching for her, she encounters an old, abandoned house. To survive, and ultimately save her sister, she must piece together the dark secret of the nearby town by finding clues, solving puzzles and interacting with former residents. But there are shadows out in the darkness. She’ll have to uncover an old conflict driven by envy, madness and hate.

Head on down to their development blog in the source link below for more information about the game's development. Midnight Hub aims to release Lake Ridden on PC in 2017.

Source: Midnight Hub

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 7 is coming out this month

Minecraft: Story Mode has hit a chord with gamers, becoming one of Telltale Games' most popular titles of all time. They and Mojang are more than happy to keep the story going, with the seventh episode apparently coming sometime this month.

Telltale Games' head of creative communications, Job Stauffer, shared on Twitter yesterday that the next episode will definitely be coming to players sometime this month.

The eighth episode, titled "A Journey’s End?, will be coming sometime this summer. Are you excited for more Story Mode? Let us know in the comments below.

Microsoft releases Minecraft mod for training your own AI

Back in April, Microsoft started experimenting with training artificial intelligence inside a Minecraft world. The concept was interesting - using Minecraft's infinite world and varying terrain to teach AI to interact with environments. The multiplayer aspect even allowed researchers to observe and modify the AI while in action.

It was called Project AIX, and it has now been released under the Project Malmo name. If you're developing your own AI, you can check out Microsoft's GitHub repository for more information about the mod. While most Minecraft players won't be able to do anything with it, as it requires enough programming knowledge to develop simple AI, it will be an invaluable tool to those who do.

Source: The Next Web

New Marvel comic features The Hulk playing Minecraft

One of Marvel's currently-running comic series is The Totally Awesome Hulk, which has been running since last year. Reddit user wolfpaladin pointed out that the latest issue of The Totally Awesome Hulk features Bruce Banner (the human that transoforms into the Hulk when enraged, if you're not familiar with him) playing Minecraft in bed.

Here's the comic page in question:

Pretty funny, right? Head down to the source link below for the original post on Reddit.

Source: Reddit