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Minecraft 1.5 released, kicks up a storm

Weather, achievements and other goodies added in the latest version of Minecraft

Version 1.5 of popular indie building/adventure game Minecraft has finally been released.

Along with achievements, stats, and performance improvements, the big feature of this update is the addition of weather effects.


Explaining the update in his initial announcement weeks ago, creator Markus Persson said: "There's periodic downfall (snow in snowy areas, rain in others, nothing in deserts) that make the sky darker, hides the sun, moon and stars, and makes everything wet. Ice grows back in cold regions, and snowfall covers the ground when it's snowing. During rain/snow, there can be occasional thunderstorms with lightning."

A video of the update was also released last week.