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Minecraft In 2014: Your Guide To Servers

By Duncan Geere on October 15th, 2014.

Minecraft gets more popular every day, but we don’t talk about it much anymore. To find out what the game is like in 2014, we asked Duncan Geere to impart his wisdom. The result is a three-part series which will run across this week. Part one looked at Minecraft mods, part two is below…

Multiplayer has been a cornerstone of Minecraft ever since it was first added to the game in June 2009. Mining, farming and building a house on your own is great, but exploring the game’s procedurally-generated landscapes as a group is far more fun. Building a massive penis out of gold blocks on the roof of your friend’s mansion is pretty fun too.

A sizeable chunk of the Minecraft community in 2014 are players who spend the majority of their in-game time on public or private multiplayer servers. These range wildly in theme and tone – some are centred around survival, some around arcade-style minigames, others around building epic structures and yet more about roleplaying a complex society. From CivCraft to Spleef, Minecraft’s multiplayer servers show that when you put millions of people together into a blocky world, the result is an explosion of emergent creativity.

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Back To Eldritch

By Alec Meer on October 15th, 2014.

First-person, Lovecraft-themed explorey-death game Eldritch is so good. Somehow I didn’t think that the first time I played it. I thought it was Quite Good, and then I forgot about it. Recently, I’ve been going back to it, in the way I used to go back to The Binding Of Isaac or Spelunky. A year later, it has its hooks in my mind.
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The Lighthouse Customer: Interstellar Marines

By Christopher Livingston on October 14th, 2014.

I don't think he wants to play a nice game of chess.

Each Monday, Chris Livingston visits an early access game and reports back with stories about whatever he finds inside. This week, screaming in space can definitely be heard in Interstellar Marines.

As an interstellar marine, it goes without saying that I’m the best of the best. I’m tough as nails. I’ve seen it all and I’m ready for anything. I scream like a preschooler and fire entire clips in a messy panic. Okay, maybe the last one doesn’t fit with the image, but I can’t help it: when malfunctioning robots run at me from the darkness I scream. Then I fire a flood of panicky bullets into them far longer than strictly necessary. Then I run away and try to hide. I’m an interstellar marine. And I’m terrified.

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Cardboard Children – Frag: Gold Edition

By Robert Florence on October 14th, 2014.

“Oh, Rab!

“Please don’t recommend another game! My wallet can’t take it! And particularly not a game that is kinda specific to my PC gamer interests!

“Please, Rab! Don’t!”

Eat it, punk.

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Wot I Think: Legend Of Grimrock 2

By John Walker on October 14th, 2014.

Two and a half years after we were delighted by Legend Of Grimrock, developers Almost Human return with a sequel – Legend Of Grimrock 2 – that aims to expand on the original, go outdoors as well as in, and remind us it’s hip to be a square (-moving person). Have they managed it? (Hint: OH GOOD HEAVENS YES.) Here’s wot I think:

Legend Of Grimrock 2 is bigger, deeper and more wonderful than I could ever have expected. I absolutely loved the original, its descending dungeons of tile-based first-person RPG not just reminiscent of Dungeon Master, but as good as it. Grimrock 2, I say without hesitation, is better.

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10 Days With Windows 10: Is It Worth Installing The Beta?

By Alec Meer on October 14th, 2014.

I’ve spent just over a week with the ‘technical preview’ of Microsoft’s newly-announced Windows 10. This build is unfinished but very much working, and available to all for free, for the time being. Infamously, it was supposed to be called Windows 9, but changed to 10 Because Marketing. Much more than living up to a fabricated number rides on its shoulders, however – can it possibly undo the bad rep of Windows 8?

Well, it’s fine.

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Minecraft In 2014: Your Guide To Mods and Modpacks

By Duncan Geere on October 13th, 2014.

Minecraft gets more popular every day, but we don’t talk about it much anymore. To find out what the game is like in 2014, we asked Duncan Geere to impart his wisdom. The result is a three-part series which will run across this week. To start, a look at the game’s modding scene.

It’s been an eventful few years for Markus Persson, the Swedish programmer known to the world as Notch. After building a game in his bedroom, he watched as it slowly took over the world, rising to become the third best-selling videogame of all time – behind only Wii Sports and Tetris.

But Minecraft in 2014 bears only a superficial resemblance to the Minecraft of just a few years ago. The PC version of the game today is less about building a dirt shed to cower in overnight, and more about space exploration, magical dueling or building enormous factories controlled by banks of computers and powered by nuclear reactors. Minecraft’s ongoing popularity is largely thanks to its mods, and more recently, modpacks – collections of several mods together.

It can be overwhelming, but chances are there’s more to do in Minecraft than you realised.

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Wot I Think: Roundabout

By Adam Smith on October 13th, 2014.

Roundabout is a very silly game about a limousine that is constantly rotating. No, that’s not quite right. Roundabout is a sweet and surreal love story about the driver of a limousine that is constantly rotating. Closer.

Whatever else it is, Roundabout is the greatest example of the importance of a remarkable theme and visual style that I’ve seen this year.

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Letters From Nowhere: Silent Hills

By Adam Smith on October 12th, 2014.

James Sunderland reflects on his situation in Silent Hill 2's opening scene

Dear RPS,

There’s a place that I sometimes go to but I rarely talk about it. I can’t find the words. Maybe the only way to tell you is to go back there and to write everything down in a letter. So here I am. The first time I came to this place, this special place, I didn’t have the courage to remain there alone…

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The Sunday Papers

By Graham Smith on October 12th, 2014.

Sundays are for ingesting mystery (legal) substances in the name of science. Before we consume mystery, let’s consume the week’s best writing about videogames.

  • The BBC ran an article this past week about sound design in videogames, talking about Alien: Isolation, FIFA, and the hard work that goes into absorbing you in a location.
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    Have You Played… Cuboy: Back To The Cubeture Era 2?

    By John Walker on October 11th, 2014.

    Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

    Oh my goodness, just play Cuboy: Back To The Cubeture Era 2. It’s free, in your web browser. Just play it!

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    What Are You Playing This Weekend?

    By Ben Barrett on October 11th, 2014.

    Good Saturday morning to you, RPS, you’re looking especially nice in your new dressing gown. While Sundays have long been for the reading of articles, the weekend in general is for games. Playing games, watching games, thinking about games. GAMES.

    So a few questions for the RPS massive. What are you playing this weekend, and what do you think of it? Plus, what game streams are you watching this weekend? I’ll get us started below.

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    Life is Feudal Alpha: Is It Worth Playing Yet?

    By Angus Morrison on October 10th, 2014.

    They don’t teach Terraforming like they used to.

    Life is Feudal wants to be a “realistic-fictional Medieval hardcore sandbox MMORPG”, give or take an adjective.

    A warning before we fish for the meaning in that sea of descriptors: Life is Feudal is Early Access, a point the devs take pains to communicate, but this isn’t ARMA III Early Access. It’s not even DayZ Early Access, which was held together by duct tape and rags on release. Life is Feudal is sketch-on-the-back-of-a-napkin Early Access, and you’ll have to squint to see what the picture is.

    Swear fealty at this stage and you’re buying a vertiginous £25 worth of idea. But there it is, staking a claim on the Steam bestseller list. I struck out to found my fiefdom and see how its promises are being put into play.

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