Posts Tagged ‘Minecraft’

The Random Element: Scenario Generator

By Adam Smith on February 18th, 2015.

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Scenario Generator is a tool that creates random restrictions, goals and startup settings for a variety of games, and it’s the reason I’ve become happily lost in Crusader Kings II [official site] and Civ V [official site] again. Reinvent an old favourite with the click of a button, as you find out precisely how often you can commit Unprovoked Murder.

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Minecraft: Bug Fixes I Have Enjoyed

By Philippa Warr on February 17th, 2015.

Minecraft things.

I think I’ve mentioned before my fondness for people using simple language to describe ridiculous things in videogames. It’s for that reason that I particularly enjoy lists of bug fixes. The Minecraft [official site] bug fixes tend to be delightful.

This from yesterday’s listing caught my eye: “Baby Cows are Milkable” so I’ve gone through a bunch of recent updates to list out my favourite fixes.

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Minecraft: Minecon London Gets Dates, Venue

By Philippa Warr on February 3rd, 2015.

Steve lectures are the worst lectures

You know how MineCon ended up postponing its London visit til spring 2015? Well, Mojang have now released details on where and when the gathering will take place… It’s the ExCel Centre on July 4th and 5th.

I think it’s safe to say “spring” has slipped a little but, as per their postponement post, Mojang needed a confirmed and signed-for venue before making the announcement.

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Can’t Craft, Won’t Craft

By Adam Smith on January 30th, 2015.

Crafting requires commitment. How does a person wary of settling down survive in the barren worlds of Minecraft, Terraria and Starbound? A tale of tourism, travel and cooperative tension.

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Pulp Your Own Milk: Minecraft Mod Adds Vegan Options

By Alice O'Connor on January 30th, 2015.

This is what you'll craft with, eat, and sleep on.

‘Indie milk’, I called it. In search of the tastiest dairy alternative during a vegan spell a while back, I gulped the diluted pulp of rice, coconut, almond, hazelnut, oat, hemp, and more – even soy, because hey, it might be pretty much mainstream by now but only a jerk thinks they’re too good for pop milk. I like the idea of new Minecraft mod The Vegan Option, adding crafting alternatives free of animal products for everything from dye to armour, but as an indie milk aficionado I had to know: what is the drink it calls ‘plant milk’?

Pumpkin milk. You make your own pumpkin milk from seeds. Damn, that’s pretty hardcore.

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Gone Phishing: Mojang Reset 1800 Minecraft Passwords

By Philippa Warr on January 22nd, 2015.

This cow has stolen your password and is a jerk

A phishing scam has caught out more than 1,800 Minecraft users who have had their account email addresses and passwords posted online, say Mojang.

Mojang have reset those accounts’ passwords and e-mailed their owners to let them know about the situation. As evidently not everyone is clued-in about online security, let’s consider this a public service announcement to really, really be careful with our online accounts.

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Hands On With HoloLens And Augmented Reality Minecraft

By Laura Hudson on January 22nd, 2015.

“Is it real?” I ask. I’m looking around at the landscape of Mars, where a dusty, rocky desert stretches in every direction, reddish mountains rising in the distance. It looks so vivid, so strangely plausible that it’s hard to believe that I’m actually looking at the surface of another planet and not the set of a sci-fi movie.

The gentleman who works for Microsoft assure me that it is, in fact, real—depending on how you think about it. I’m currently wearing a prototype version of the HoloLens, a new augmented reality headset announced yesterday by Microsoft, and exploring real three-dimensional images collected from the Mars Curiosity rover using a tool called OnSight.

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Minecraft Username Changes Imminent

By Philippa Warr on January 6th, 2015.

Stuve is a name.

Looks like you’ll be able to ditch any horribly embarrassing Minecraft usernames in the near future, as developer Kristoffer Jelbring’s been teasing the “change” option via his Twitter account.

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Tell You No Lie – Telltale Making Minecraft: Story Mode

By Alice O'Connor on December 18th, 2014.

Oh.

So, that Minecraft‘s pretty popular, isn’t it? Apparently worth a fair chunk of change too. I see sprogs wandering the streets brandishing foam pixelated swords all the time, Minecraft t-shirts on their chests. Playing it has turned folks on YouTube into Internet celebrities and heck, it even has its own convention. In a way, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to make a baffling spin-off.

Telltale Games – yes, them lot behind The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us – are making an episodic Minecraft story-o-game named Minecraft: Story Mode.

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Diary: Surviving A Minecraft Modpack Crash Landing

By Duncan Geere on December 4th, 2014.

Crash Landing is a Minecraft modpack where you play the sole survivor of a shuttle accident, stranded on a dry, dusty planet with just a small amount of water and food and no real supplies. We sent Duncan Geere to cope with its blazing heat, barren landscape and hostile denizens.

I don’t go to the city any more. As my shuttle careened through the atmosphere of this godforsaken planet, I spotted some ruins and enjoyed a flicker of hope that there might be something left of the civilisation that built it.

There is something left, but it’s terrifying.

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Gallery Trip: Tate Worlds’ Minecraft Map

By Philippa Warr on November 28th, 2014.

New York, if Minecraft had existed in the early twentieth century

I have made more progress on my cup of tea in the last five minutes than I have in clicking on the Tate Worlds download link for an André Derain Minecraft map. The map forms part of a Tate project which sees artworks from its collection inspire Minecraft worlds and experiences. The reason for my reluctance is that I’ve only just stopped crying over the one based around Christopher Nevinson’s The Soul Of The Soulless City. It wasn’t moved-by-art crying either. It was horrified, panicked sobbing – a visceral reaction to claustrophobia and lifelessness.

As Julie Andrews once advised, let’s start at the very beginning…

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Cube-ism: Tate Artworks Get Minecraft Makeover

By Philippa Warr on November 27th, 2014.

The original was a Fauvist view of the Thames from London Bridge - it was a trade-heavy section of the river featuring a lot of cargo ships and activity

Tate gallery group has announced Tate Worlds; a project wherein artworks are being transformed into explorable Minecraft maps.

According to Tate, “The maps allow players of Minecraft to explore a range of paintings and sculpture, undertaking various activities and challenges that relate to the themes of the artworks, or exploring how they were made. Tate has teamed up with some of Minecraft’s best known mapmakers to create these virtual artworks, offering a unique combination of art, history and adventure.” I’m not so sure.

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What I Write About When I Write About Games

By Adam Smith on November 2nd, 2014.

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Adam explores his own gaming history to understand why he plays and why he writes.

This is my first week back from a holiday, during which time I barely looked at an internet, let alone wrote on one. I didn’t play any games either, unless you consider freezing to death on a remote Welsh hillside to be some sort of game. As is often the case, not doing something for five minutes has made me think about why I do it in the first place. Why, of all the wonderful and fascinating things that exist, do I spend so much time thinking and writing about games?

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