‘Minecraft’ Creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson Buys a Swanky Beverly Hills Megamansion for $70 Million

Notch Mansion

Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of the immensely popular video game Minecraft, has purchased a swanky Beverly Hills megamansion for a cool $70 million. According to Curbed LA, the property was also being considered by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The purchase comes several months after Microsoft agreed to acquire Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.

Notch Mansion

Notch Mansion

Notch Mansion

Notch Mansion

Notch Mansion

Notch Mansion

photos via 1181 North Hillcrest

via Curbed LA

‘Remotes Mines in the Complex’, A Nostalgic Art Print That Celebrates Playing Video Games With Friends

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex is a nostalgic art print by illustrator Zac Gorman that celebrates playing video games with friends. The art print specifically references levels and weapons from the 1997 Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007. The art print is available to purchase online from Attract Mode.

3 am, a half-eaten bag of chips, a florescent glow lighting the room, 4-way split screen, and not a care in the world other than blowing up your friends.

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex

images via Attract Mode

‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explores the Importance of Morning Routines

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores the importance of morning routines and the relationship between coffee and mesmerism in the latest episode of the series.

This episode is about glorious morning coffee. Or more specifically, about our time-tested morning routines. Everybody has their morning routine that they rely on and cling to dearly. The simple acts of brewing coffee, showering, and whatever else you do, makes that first act of climbing out of bed easier. The comfort and familiarity of those repeated actions give us a sense of ownership, and cause us to self identify with these simple set of actions. So what is it about these routines that make them so important to us?

‘Everything But the News’ Picks the Brain of a Five-Year-Old Venture Capitalist

Everything But the News (previously) host Steve Goldbloom picks the brain of a five-year-old venture capitalist named Max in a short clip that deviates somewhat from the series’ traditional format. As it turns out, Max has a keen eye for art and playing the numbers.

‘The Sensational December Machine’, An Interactive Story About an Inventor and Her New Machine

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The Sensational December Machine is an interactive story by developer Simogo about an inventor and her new machine. Simogo is the developer behind popular games DEVICE 6, The Sailor’s Dream, and Year Walk. The story is available for free on PC and Mac.

It features hand-drawn art and text, and dynamic music (which evolves with the story) by Daniel Olsén. We hope you’ll snuggle up with this little seasonal, and very three-dimensional, tale in fullscreen mode. Perhaps with some good headphones, and a warm drink by your side.

The Sensational December Machine

The Sensational December Machine

The Sensational December Machine

images via Simogo

WordPress 4.1, Featuring a New Default Theme and Distraction-Free Writing Mode

WordPress 4.1

WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” has been released and includes a new default theme specifically intended to provide more clarity as well as a new distraction-free writing mode . The release is named after jazz singer Dinah Washington. The latest version is available to download at WordPress.org as well as within the WordPress dashboard.

WordPress 4.1

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Telltale Games and Mojang Announce ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’, A Narrative-Driven Video Game Series About ‘Minecraft’

Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode is a narrative-driven video game series by Telltale Games in collaboration with Minecraft developer Mojang. Both Mojang and Telltale have released blog posts about the announcement. Mojang also created an interactive press release called Info Quest II.

  • Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
  • Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
  • The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
  • We’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
  • The Minecraft 2 thing was a joke. No really. It was a joke.
  • image via Mojang

    Unboxing Video Proves That Yes, Cards Against Humanity Sold Actual Poop on Black Friday

    Kevin Liang has uploaded an unboxing video that seemingly proves that yes, Cards Against Humanity sold actual poop on Black Friday.

    Just opening a box of poop from Cards Against Humanity. These were sold on Black Friday for 6 bucks.

    Max Temkin, co-creator of the game, posted a detailed breakdown of the holiday prank.

    Nothing is funnier to us than the culture jamming that happens on Black Friday – people who run up to a Best Buy moments before it opens to a huge line and u-lock the doors shut, and these pranks are our little contribution.

    Holiday Bullshit

    Holiday Bullshit

    Holiday Bullshit

    images via Max Temkin

    via Nick

    A Series of Poignant Comics Featuring Ash From the ‘Pokémon’ Animated Series Writing Letters to His Absent Father

    Letters to an Absent Father

    Letters to an Absent Father is a series of poignant comics by artist Maré Odomo that feature the protagonist Ash Ketchum from the Pokémon animated series writing letters to his father. In the series, Ash and his mother are frequently depicted, but his father is strangely missing from the picture despite having been referenced at least once.

    The full series is available to purchase in printed form at Fangamer.

    Letters to an Absent Father

    Letters to an Absent Father

    Letters to an Absent Father

    Letters to an Absent Father

    images via Maré Odomo

    Capcom Announces ‘Street Fighter V’, The Latest Installment in the Popular Fighting Video Game Franchise

    Video game publisher and developer Capcom recently revealed Street Fighter V, the latest installment in the popular fighting game franchise. Street Fighter IV, the previous iteration of the franchise, originally released in 2008 but has seen several updated versions since that time.

    Gameplay from the newly introduced video game was shown at the recent Capcom Cup championship in San Francisco on December 13, 2014. Though there’s no solid release date as of yet, Capcom has confirmed that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PC.

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V

    Street Fighter V

    images via Street Fighter

    via The Awesomer