This is the first of our many articles about Minecraft updates. Hopefully you all find these articles useful!

First of all, Jeb has announced in a tweet that he has introduced a new type of flower into the game: sunflowers! Aside from standing tall and looking pretty, they always face east. This is a great way to tell what direction is north, south, east, or west, since compases in the game right now only point to your spawn point.

Here's a new way to tell north from south, and west from east, in future Minecraft:

— Jens Bergensten (@jeb_) August 15, 2013

Thanks to Dinnerbone, now when you hit the ground after falling, particles will be released around you. Hopefully this will make the game more realistic for players.

Stay tuned for more updates!