Minecon: First details released

Yesterday, the first details emerged of Mojang’s upcoming Minecon, via this PC Gamer article… (NSFW for language in the comments – big surprise there)

It’s going to be on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Next week sees the launch of the registration site, with details of the ticket prices and what the convention will have to offer. Chances are that MinecraftChick, recently appointed as Mojang’s Director of Fun, will have plenty of things lined up to amuse and delight the attendees.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas - the location for Minecon 2011, and the launch of the full release of Minecraft. (Picture attribution: Kris1123 - see bottom of article for attribution link)

“For me, MineCon is about celebrating the full release of Minecraft,” Notch told PC Gamer, via email. “I’m really looking forward to getting up on stage and pushing the button to upload the final build.” But even though he said “final build”, Notch also re-stated that Minecraft’s development will continue after Mojang’s return from Vegas.

Frankly, I was rather surprised that the convention is still to take place in Vegas, considering the rather vehement response to the poll that Notch set up on his blog a couple of months ago:

The rather vehement response to Notch wanting Minecon 2011 in Vegas. But it's gonna be there anyway. So there.

The strong response to Notch wanting Minecon 2011 in Vegas. But it's gonna be there anyway. So there.

But on the other hand, wherever Mojang chose to have the convention, they were always going to alienate someone. And Notch has frequently said that he does rather like Vegas (as does ez).

My personal preference would have been New York or Boston, as I could at least stand a chance of getting there. The flight alone to Las Vegas is well over $400 round-trip, and for the heck of it, I looked at a flight & hotel package at the Mandalay Bay itself (the casino doesn’t interest me at all, so I wouldn’t be wasting money there). Nearly $900. Yikes.

Let’s hope that when Notch runs on stage to push the upload button, the audience will consist of more than the casino staff and Katy Perry (who’s appearing at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the 19th). Wonder if she plays Minecraft? 😉

Well, for those of you who get to go, take lots of pics, so the rest of us can have a look!

Since the blog theme I’m using doesn’t support links in captions, here’s the link to Kris1123, the owner of the Mandalay Bay pic, on Wikipedia.

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