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Microsoft is to launch a dedicated educational version of Minecraft which it hopes will be used in classrooms globally – a move that will be sure to put kids off the hugely popular game. Back in 2014 Microsoft bought the game from Swedish developer Mojang for $2.5bn (£1.7bn). More than 54 million copies of Minecraft have been …

  1. Tom 7 Silver badge

    I'll do it on the Pi thank you

    Under Raspbian.

    1. Lamont Cranston
      Meh

      Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

      Hasn't Minecraft on the Pi somewhat stalled? Last time I checked, it was lagging way behind the Pocket Edition, and that's already the red-headed step-child of the Minecraft family.

      I'd be happy to be told otherwise.

      1. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

        Don't play it myself but do help the IT teacher at the local primary. It seems sufficient for their programming purposes. They're toying with the idea of dropping the windows machines completely as the maintenance is more than 'sticking in a new PI2' if anything goes wrong.

      2. sisk

        Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

        Hasn't Minecraft on the Pi somewhat stalled?

        Unfortunately yes, which is the #1 reason my kids have old x86 boxes instead of Pis. But the Pi version does have one feature that makes it ideal as an education tool that, to my knowledge, no other version has: a Python console. The kids can write some Python code and instantly see the result in their game. It's quite useful for teaching them fundamental coding concepts.

        1. werdsmith Silver badge

          Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

          Minecraft? I remember that.

          Living in a house full of kids that play this stuff, Dota 2 has consigned Minecraft to history.

    2. MyffyW Silver badge

      Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

      Admire the sentiment @Tom_7, would love to see fuller Minecraft functionality on the Pi.

    3. Mookster
      Alert

      Until you use autoconf

      ..then your dreams die.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    What's that smell?

    Sounds to me like nothing more than a rather desperate marketing push.

    1. dogged

      Re: What's that smell?

      Yeah, desperately marketing free software.

      Oh, wait...

      1. sisk

        Re: What's that smell?

        Yeah, desperately marketing free software.

        Erm....Minecraft isn't free, in any sense of the word.

        1. Richard Plinston

          Re: What's that smell?

          > Erm....Minecraft isn't free, in any sense of the word.

          It is available on Raspberry Pi at no cost, ... at the moment.

          1. sisk

            Re: What's that smell?

            It is available on Raspberry Pi at no cost, ... at the moment.

            That's not exactly the Minecraft that the kiddies know and love. Creative mode only, no monsters, not even all the blocks available in the regular version. Heck, even the mobile version has more blocks. And you can just forget about dungeons and strongholds and the enderdragon. And, most importantly for a huge chunk of Minecraft players, no mods at all other than the Python console.

            1. Richard Plinston

              Re: What's that smell?

              > Creative mode only, ... no mods at all other than the Python console.

              Exactly. Minecraft on Pi is for learning programming in the schools.

              https://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/getting-started-with-minecraft-pi/

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: What's that smell?

      Sounds to me like a rather clever marketing push.

  3. Avatar of They
    FAIL

    Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

    I will be the first to guess, it will only work on windows 10. So that school have to have windows 10. Just gonna' put that out there. When schools can't afford jack because of govt cuts.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

      So that school have to have windows 10...........When schools can't afford jack because of govt cuts.

      In which case MS have two options: Either accept that World plus Dog really couldn't give a tinker's cuss about the abomination that is Windows 10, and that a W10-tied educational Minecraft will curl up and die. Or give away both free to academic institutions, as a necessary freebie to keep as many people as possible in the Windows fold.

      If MS won't give it away, and the schools don't have the money, then maybe they have a choice: Stick with whatever they run now, or make a move to Ubuntu or similar. If you can drive a mouse you can drive a Windows computer, so being brought up on Linux wouldn't be any hardship. And as an employer, my business doesn't expect schools to have equipped pupils with any worthwhile knowledge of business software, so if the kids leave school familiar with Open Office and Mint that's not going to worry me at all.

    2. AllieNeko

      Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

      "I will be the first to guess, it will only work on windows 10. So that school have to have windows 10. Just gonna' put that out there. When schools can't afford jack because of govt cuts."

      Schools don't have to pay anything to upgrade, or downgrade, it's all covered under the campus site licence agreements. Which are, I will note, incredibly inexpensive for schools. Gotta get kids hooked while they're young and all, LOL.

      That said I think computing in education needs to move a huge step back from such high level, abstract things as Minecraft and Windows. The Raspberry Pi is a huge step in the right direction, and needs to get pushed in education, along with other tools to teach the basic building blocks of computing.

      1. sisk

        Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

        Schools don't have to pay anything to upgrade, or downgrade, it's all covered under the campus site licence agreements.

        Not true. For reference, I've been in a school district IT department for 12 years now.

        The only part covered under the license agreements is the licenses. Now granted, that's a sizable percentage of the cost of an upgrade, but it's not even half of the total cost. We still have machines floating around with 1gb of RAM, and it's only in the last year that we've started getting machines with more than 4. By the time we get all the other software we need on the machines they'll need at least 6 to not run dog slow with Win10, so we'd end up buying $20,000 worth of RAM to upgrade all of our existing classroom computers (and, to be honest, some of them probably still couldn't handle it). Not to mention the thousands of dollars worth of time it would take the IT staff to install all that RAM and upgrade the OS on all those computers, plus the thousands more dollars in time spent troubleshooting all the problems that inevitably crop up after such a problem.

        That said I think computing in education needs to move a huge step back from such high level, abstract things as Minecraft and Windows. The Raspberry Pi is a huge step in the right direction, and needs to get pushed in education, along with other tools to teach the basic building blocks of computing.

        Maybe for programming classes, but as much as I like the Pi it simply can't do most of what we need computers to do. Our state testing software, for example, is only available for Windows and iOS (a lot of schools in this state have iPads). Our drafting classes use AutoCAD, and if you think that's ever going to run on a Pi then you've obviously never used it. And while it's possible to get a Linux machine joined to our domain (there's a Linux laptop joined to the domain within arms reach right now) doing so is a painful process.

        We are, unfortunately, locked into Windows on multiple levels, as I would imagine 99% or more of all schools are.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

        Gotta get kids hooked while they're young and all, LOL.

        One of the things Apple did do that was worth being copied by Microsoft.

        1. Roland6 Silver badge

          Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

          One of the things Apple did do that was worth being copied

          And one of the things Apple copied from other IT companies such as Digitial, who were in education before them...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

      Windows 10... that came free with any Windows 7 machine? On top of the usual school tier pricing?

      1. sisk

        Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

        Windows 10... that came free with any Windows 7 machine? On top of the usual school tier pricing?

        There's a huge difference between what Microsoft does for individuals and what they do for organizations. I'm not familiar with all the ins and outs of it, but in the past we haven't had some options with volume licensing that consumers get with one license (case in point, a consumer can upgrade an OEM licensed OS at a reduced cost or downgrade for free, which we couldn't do under volume licensing until recently).

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmmm... Call me a cynic.

      "it will only work on windows 10"

      Windows 10 IOT is free anyway.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Making learning come to life with Office 365 - by constantly and for no reason whatsoever moving things around.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Megaphone

      Microsoft just make O365 fucking work, IMAP email login has now been broken for 3 days.

      20/01/2016 19:33:34

      Current Status: Engineers have determined that a code issue has been introduced with a recent build update. The IMAP protocol is unable to automatically load data from Exchange Online databases. Engineers are currently implementing a fix in order to remediate end-user impact.

      User Impact: Affected users are unable to receive emails when accessing Exchange Online through the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP). As a workaround, users may be able to access mail via the Outlook Web App (OWA).

      Customer Impact: Analysis of incident scope indicates that a limited number of customers appear to be impacted by this event. However, those customers affected likely have a large number of users experiencing impact. Engineers have received a few isolated customer reports of this issue.

      Incident Start Time: Monday, January 18, 2016, at 12:00 AM UTC

      Estimated Restoration Time: By Friday, January 22, 2016, at 1:00 AM UTC

      Preliminary Root Cause: As part of our efforts to improve service performance, an update was deployed to the affected infrastructure; however, the update caused a code issue that prevents the IMAP protocol from automatically loading data from Exchange Online databases.

      Next Update by: Friday, January 22, 2016, at 2:00 AM UTC

    2. sisk

      My pet peeve with O365. It seems like every freaking time I need some random config page in their admin panel the danged thing has moved again.

  5. McVirtual
    Headmaster

    Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

    Sure, why not. I'll also swap Visio for Minecraft any day !!

    1. msknight

      Re: Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

      "Hello, yes, I'd like to pay my council tax bill. Can I send a cheque?"

      "Sorry, we only take redstone, emerald or diamond. Gold is just bling and we're still not sure what lapis is good for apart from being a nice shade of blue."

      1. Inspector71

        Re: Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

        If you can't scratch a window with it, I don't accept it - Ford Prefect

        1. TheProf Silver badge
          Headmaster

          Re: Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

          - Roosta

          1. Inspector71

            Re: Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

            Sorry, forgot where my towel was for a moment there.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

        > not sure what lapis is good for apart from being a nice shade of blue

        Can tell you haven't played in a while. All enchants take Lapis now. Biggest endgame problem seems to be redstone is way more common than can be realistically consumed.

  6. msknight

    I hate how children will leave school, with a microsoft cloud account by default... which presumably will start asking for cash somewhere down the line, or face their childhood classroom experiences and work... wiped.

    Just like Google... get everyone an account, boost the numbers and hook 'em in. *blech*

    Whatever happened to the schoolbook covered with brown wrapping paper?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Pirate

      Yup. Reminds me of my yoof, when, one day a crack team of soulsnatchers invaded our maths class and had us all open "Griffin Savers" accounts with Midland Bank Plc.

      Couldn't even manage to spell gryphon correctly ;)

      I believe that manoeuvre was perpetrated under the guise of being "educational" too.

      Still, I suppose there's a lesson in there: You belong to whichever corporations happen to pwn your government. Get used to it.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I see a few governments have switched their school systems to Linux.

      Not too painful if the country is developing, and doesn't have an existing legacy IT industry to make switching painful.

      Still, I would love to see a government who's adopted Linux for governmental offices go in hard and kick Microsoft out of education completely.

      1. Hans 1
        Childcatcher

        >"I hate how children will leave school, with a microsoft cloud account by default... which presumably will start asking for cash somewhere down the line, or face their childhood classroom experiences and work... wiped."

        Same here ...

        France has just sold data of all French pupils to Microsoft in exchange for a € 12 Million from Microsoft. The initial, official report suggested France paid Microsoft €24 million for the service, the official report has been "amended", no moneys are mentioned anymore. Other reports suggest Microsoft paid France the money after SadNad paid a visit to Mr Hollande (French president, nothing to do with The Netherlands).

        Note that French governmental bodies are required by law to call for tenders, however, this law does not apply when Microsoft in concerned ... This deal is for using "intelligent games" in classes, apparently, Minecraft. In the deal is also addiction to SharePoint, Office360, OneDrive (1Tb).

        The French hospital fund also paid Microsoft 120 million over four years for licensing, again, without official, public call for tenders.

        There is a "morality" document that Microsoft (main entity) signed, Microsoft may involve other Microsoft subsidiaries which are NOT REQUIRED to sign said document - it is written as such in the agreement. (just one of the flaws I saw while hovering over it until page 4).

        I will, of course, send a registered letter to the local school authorities denying them the right to register any information regarding my offspring with private entities of any kind.

        Note that the Linux package gcompris is developed (mainly) by French teachers.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Microsoft monopoly on education? What country are you from? In the states everything was those horrible neon colored iMacs. Apple handed them out to a generation of schools for free, which is why they got a sudden resurgence in the 2000s.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "I see a few governments have switched their school systems to Linux."

        Mostly third world African and similar countries where a 486 CPU is a fast PC.

        " would love to see a government who's adopted Linux for governmental offices go in hard and kick Microsoft out of education completely."

        So they would use technology and software that would be utterly useless experience in most of the real world?! For jobs the 99% required skills are Windows and Office.

        1. Richard Plinston

          > For jobs the 99% required skills are Windows and Office.

          You appear to imagine that 'work' is sending memos to each other and fiddling with numbers until the 'right' answer is given in the bottom-right.

          You seem unaware that there are factories, transport, farms, logistics, ... where 'work' is not sitting a cubicle typing on a computer. Even where 'work' involves accessing a computer this is most often entirely with business applications such as SAP.

          But then you probably haven't been out in the real world yet.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            "You appear to imagine that 'work' is sending memos to each other and fiddling with numbers until the 'right' answer is given in the bottom-right."

            For jobs the 99% required COMPUTER skills are Windows and Office.

            TFTFY.

            1. Richard Plinston

              > For jobs the 99% required COMPUTER skills are Windows and Office.

              When you finally leave your mother's basement you will find that the world is much more varied than you have ever imagined.

              The vast majority of jobs do not even require computer skills at all. Most of those that do require interaction with computers only require basic skills of using a keyboard.

    3. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Brown paper?

      Boy you must have been rich.

      We had to make do with cast off bits of Wallpaer. Woe betide anyone who came with Flock covers though.

    4. AllieNeko

      "I hate how children will leave school, with a microsoft cloud account by default... which presumably will start asking for cash somewhere down the line, or face their childhood classroom experiences and work... wiped."

      While I'm no fan of the commercialisation seen in schools, the Microsoft Cloud accounts they have at school are free for as long as they get to keep them (for many uni students, that's for life), and are essentially the same as a corporate account - they're on the school's domain, and use the education version of Microsoft's cloud platform, which is quite similar what is sold for enterprise. Their school account won't magically start requiring money to access. Some push may happen, on a school level, toward paid Microsoft services down the line, but it'd be a totally separate account.

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        "free for as long as they get to keep them (for many uni students, that's for life)"

        That won't be free as in beer or free as in speech but free as in "you are the product".

      2. Not That Andrew

        Are we talking about the same cloud service where "unlimited" means 1TB and where if you don't follow tech news you'll suddenly find your free storage has shrunk to 5 GB?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Has microsoft actually released a proper minecraft version since taking it over? Hmm seems 1.9 is still in the oven.

    Anyway minecraft has always been educational. Pretty sure it kicked off a new generation of server admins and java developers.

    1. msknight

      It also kicked off a new generation of whiners who would let loose at said volunteer mod developers when they didn't keep their mods updated for reasons like... sin of sins... having a holiday.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        I don't think there is anything new about that. Everyone moans about something.

    2. Roland6 Silver badge
      Pint

      Pretty sure it kicked off a new generation of server admins and java developers.

      Wasn't aware that you could administer/manage servers and do java development in Minecraft...

      Perhaps MS are developing a version of System Center that uses the Minecraft UI...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Has microsoft actually released a proper minecraft version since taking it over"

      Yes - they already ported it to .Net and it's many times faster. Not to mention no need to run horrifically insecure crap like Java on your PC.

      https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/apps/minecraft-windows-10-edition-beta/9nblggh2jhxj

  8. Chika
    FAIL

    There has to be a purpose for using technology

    There is. It's just that Microsoft aren't making the kind of money that they want so they aren't above dictating to the market what a game like Minecraft should be used for.

    That's the Moralising Merkan Media Magnates for ya!

  9. snowdude

    Give Microsoft a break

    My kid has been using the edu version of Minecraft in school this year and he's loved it. They've been building virtual Anderson shelters as part of a WWII project. They talk about what would've been in them, location away from the house, the visibility from the air, how many people would need to fit inside etc. and most importantly he's enthusiastic about the project and really learning the subject.

    Making school more exciting for children is a good thing and Microsoft's intentions in providing fun and engaging tools should be praised.

    1. DropBear

      Re: Give Microsoft a break

      The outcome may or may not end up providing fun and engaging tools - we'll see (and praise appropriately). The intentions? BWAHAHAHAHA....

    2. Lamont Cranston

      Re: Give Microsoft a break

      I won't downvote this comment, as it's true that Minecraft could make for some very engaging classroom projects (if you can disguise learning as a game, that's a massive win), but the idea that Microsoft are doing this for anything resembling altruistic reasons is laughable.

      Microsoft have form when it comes to shovelling shit into schools and getting them to pay for it. Mind you, that's generally true of all school IT suppliers.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Give Microsoft a break

      At school I made a real model of an Anderson shelter, and tested it by dropping 1kg weights. It survived.

      I'm glad I missed the minecraft / cloudy era, because testing it with real physics was more fun.

      1. paulc

        Re: Give Microsoft a break

        My nana had an Anderson shelter in her front garden... I wouldn't be here today otherwise, a parachute mine came down nearby and wiped out most of the street...

        1. Lamont Cranston
          Coat

          Re: I wouldn't be here today...

          I know we love to blame Microsoft for all of the world's ills, but I think they're probably not to blame for the bombing of your nana's street.

    4. Hans 1
      Childcatcher

      Re: Give Microsoft a break

      >They've been building virtual Anderson shelters as part of a WWII project. They talk about what would've been in them, location away from the house, the visibility from the air, how many people would need to fit inside etc. and most importantly he's enthusiastic about the project and really learning the subject.

      WTF???? No, seriously, WTF?

      WWII is a subject that needs to be discussed, absolutely, the Nazis were evil beyond belief, certainly, but teaching kids how to build Anderson shelters in Minecraft?? Must be the UK (severely brain-dead, nostalgic of when Britain was more than a handful of islands), next, they'll be learning how to create the Waterloo battle field in Minecraft, or Agincourt? That is history, what's the use of an Anderson shelter when you have nuclear warfare ?

      Of course, at least no time wasted learning useless crap like grammar, or proper reading ...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Give Microsoft a break

        No idea what an Anderson shelter was until now. Go Minecraft.

  10. Little Mouse Silver badge

    Educational Games!

    Making learning more fun games a lot less fun.

    1. Daniel B.

      Re: Educational Games!

      Properly made educational games can actually be fun. It's just that we're used to the crappy ones.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Powerpoint

    My lad - GSCE year, three plus years of Python, PHP, MySQL in Computer Science, so what do the teachers (M$) get them doing the other week? Design a website using Powerpoint for fucks sake. Anonymous 'cus my kids are already embarrassed enough by me....

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Childcatcher

    In the interest of balance a copy of Goethe's Faust should be given freely out as well.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Faust - given freely out here:

      http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14591

  13. chivo243 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Bore them now

    " children were being “bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel."

    Because if they can't use these tools, they will surely be bored in the unemployment line.

    I work with people who should be able to use these tools effectively, but can't, it's broken, it doesn't work blah, as I insert fingers into ears....

    1. James Hughes 1

      Re: Bore them now

      Most children learn all the basics of things like Powerpoint, word, Excel very quickly. However, the courses at school are much too long/slow, which means they get bored. It's not a question of NOT teaching these things, but teaching them, and getting a lot more in besides.

      My son complained that his ICT lessons took three weeks on how to use a mouse and keyboard. Things he already knew how to use, just by existing in the modern world. Mind you, having met the ICT teacher, she was as much use a chocolate teapot. No longer works there, so I obviously wasn't the only one who thought that.

      1. chivo243 Silver badge

        Re: Bore them now

        @J H 1

        I wholeheartedly agree. But as someone that has worked in a school, I know the teachers have to teach to the lowest common denominator. You know the kid that pulls a "Scotty" picks up the mouse and says "Computer open a file..."

        As someone who has seen IT education I can say the students need these tools, because if you can't format your Internal Assessment for the IB in Work properly, you won't be passing.

        1. chivo243 Silver badge

          Re: Bore them now

          in Word damn it Word not work...

    2. Daniel B.

      Re: Bore them now

      Learning Word, Excel and Powerpoint is something that can be done in a matter of weeks. For some kids, maybe even days.

      Ok, the more complex Excel stuff might take a wee bit longer, but most stuff is pretty much quick. I had to teach older adults on the marvels of the modern Office suite 11 years ago, and even the older ones were quick to catch on.

      I do wish that ICT involved at least some kind of programming these days. Back in the 80s and even early 90s, it would usually involve some kind of programming, either BASIC or LOGO. MS Office is extremely boring, push that stuff down to higher level education.

  14. Pascal

    "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

    And why the hell is entertainment not a good enough purpose for a game?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

      Because school classes aren't for entertainment, they're for education.

      1. Terry 6 Silver badge

        Re: "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

        School classes no. They're for learning. But games are for entertainment.

        Minecraft is not meant to be in the first category.

        And putting it there will kill it because;

        a.) It becomes work

        b.) It will need a "learning outcome" (See above)

        c.) It will have to become time limited to fit it within a curriculum unit (primary) or a sequence of lessons (secondary).

        d.) Teachers will have no time to fit it in to the school day properly.

        e.) Neither do they have the time to get a grip on using it.(Most primary schools, for example, have some really interesting software bundled on their machines that is never used).

        f.) Some parents, if not all, will be making a fuss about the kids spending all f*ing day f*ing around playing f*ing games when they should be learning from books/getting exercise.

        1. Richard Plinston

          Re: "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

          > Minecraft is not meant to be in the first category [learning].

          https://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/getting-started-with-minecraft-pi/

          1. Terry 6 Silver badge

            Re: "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

            @Richard Pinston

            That's Minecraft and a Pi for learning about computery things. If that's how you want to use your Pi and Minecraft,and/or how you want to go about learning computery things fine. There is already Scratch in schools, when it is used.

            ( You inter alia could make the same argument for using LOGO and the LISP programming language it was built upon.)

            But that's rather different to the idea of using Minecraft as an educational tool in its own right. And even then still contains most of the objections above

            1. Richard Plinston

              Re: "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

              > But that's rather different to the idea of using Minecraft as an educational tool in its own right.

              'Fighting Monsters' doesn't appear on my curriculum.

      2. Vic

        Re: "“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"

        Because school classes aren't for entertainment, they're for education.

        Believing that is why you get crap classes.

        All the best teachers I ever had considered entertainment to be an important part of education.

        Vic.

  15. sisk

    I'm already using it as an educational tool

    Or at least a motivational one. It's proven to be a remarkable asset for teaching my 5 year old about how to work a computer. I've used it to stealthily encourage him to learn everything from basic troubleshooting ("It crashed? Why don't you take a look at the log while I'm fixing dinner and see if you can tell me why and then we'll figure out how to fix it.") to minor bits of programming ("No Buddy, I don't think there's a mod to do that. Why don't we make one?") to memory skills ("You lost your house? Well I can't help you there. You'll just have to remember where you came from and go back that direction till you find it.)

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    a move that will be sure to put kids off the hugely popular game.

    Because kids really hated other educational games like Oregon Trail, right?

  17. graeme leggett

    MinecraftEdu bought

    This is them purchasing an existing operation (MinecraftEDU from TeacherGaming LLC ) - presumably "synergy" is expected

    http://education.minecraft.net/announce011916/

    1. Roland6 Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: MinecraftEdu bought

      Thanks for getting to the real story here! Sorry can only up vote once.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Missed the boat...

    <i>"We hope to bottle the enthusiasm of Minecraft"</i>

    ...Speaking to my 10 year old, they've already missed the boat - as kids who were all into Minecraft last year are already moving on to the next best thing.

    (I forget the name of the new cool game - its loosely similar to Minecaft but is based on a higher resolution framework)

    1. Terry 6 Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Missed the boat...

      Who could have seen that coming when Microsoft threw all that cash at it?

      It's not as if kids' crazes usually fade out after a while, is it? Especially when adopted by big business.

      (Why isn't there an icon for laughing madly to the point of paralysis? Or at least one for heavy irony?).

    2. Daniel B.
      Boffin

      Re: Missed the boat...

      Not sure which game that could be. The other one I know is similar to Minecraft with the whole "build stuff" thing would be Terraria, though that one doesn't have a "creative" mode. It does allow you to build stuff, but it's a 2D sprite game so it doesn't fit the "high resolution" description.

      Playstation 3/4 has had the LittleBigPlanet game since 2008, which is indeed heavy on the creative angle (and also has the "creative mode" part). LBP2 came out sometime around 2011. LBP3 came out on 2014, IIRC it has even more new stuff so that might be the thing (given how the PS4 is now the main nextgen console).

      Then there's Fallout 4, which isn't really focused on creativity but it does allow you to build stuff in your "house".

      EDIT: Ah, my stepson to the rescue. It seems it might be DayZ, H1Z1 or similar games that seem to have been "inspired" by Minecraft. But they only resemble Minecraft on the "survival" aspect, he's not sure if they also have the creative stuff.

  19. s5PGmU
    Trollface

    Alternative conference session name idea

    Making learning come to life with Office 365

    Destroying user privacy for fun and profit!

    -Brought to you by M$, the NSA, and the GCHQ!

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