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Rob McElhenney is directing the Minecraft Movie.
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Well, in a weird turn, Mojang has announced the director for that Minecraft movie.

Rob McElhenney, one of the creators and stars of FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will go behind the camera and direct whatever in the heck the Minecraft movie will be.

Interestingly, according to his IMDB page, McElhenney has only directed three episodes of Always Sunny, one short movie with Danny DeVito and a TV movie called Pariah which hasn't even aired yet. That seems like a big brand to hand off to such a small resume.

Oh, he's also the guy who gained an extra 50 pounds for the TV show because he thought it would be funny.



And it really was.

Even though we've known about the movie for over a year, there's been little in the way of details circling the production. I guess they'll now get to work in figuring out how to possibly make a movie from Minecraft.

There will probably be a pickaxe.

Palmer Luckey announces that Minecraft is coming to the Oculus Rift.
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During the Oculus' second virtual reality conference, Oculus Connect 2, Oculus Founder and CEO Palmer Luckey announced that Minecraft will make it's way onto the upcoming consumer Oculus Rift.

Luckey took to the stage during the keynote Sept. 24, touting the upcoming experiences that consumers could expect from the device which is set to release in the first quarter of 2016. But his big announcement, which he yelled to the audience, was that the open world, block-building, resource-driven, social phenomenon Minecraft is coming to virtual reality.

It's not a huge surprise, given that Oculus has been working extensively with Microsoft, who owns Minecraft.

Unfortunately for Oculus, the announcement didn't show anything near as amazing as Microsoft's demonstration of their Hololens augmented reality tech working with Minecraft at last E3.

Luckey didn't give any specific details on date or price, so we'll just have to keep waiting for more.

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That deal for Mojang is going through, and Notch is leaving the company. In his announcement, Persson said,

I don't see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it's fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don't make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don't try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it's changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It's certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.

As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I'll probably abandon it immediately.

Meanwhile, Microsoft celebrates their huge acquisition in the video above.