Posts Tagged ‘Minecraft’

Interview: MinecraftEdu And Digital Citizenship

Last year I spoke to Joel Levin, creator and co-founder of MinecraftEdu, a school-friendly remix of Minecraft [official site] which is designed to be used in schools. Levin spoke with eloquence and hope about how the blockbuilding game can be used to teach children internet etiquette, patience, general learning skills, and every subject from science to history to foreign languages. Below is an excerpt of the interview which charts the initial inspiration for the software and which is full of good, inspirational examples for how to make “screen time” healthy and useful for kids.

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How To Play Games And Chat With The RPS Community

Get involved!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has one of the friendliest and most active games communities online, but it’s possible that you’ve never peeled back the mask of the frontpage to discover the forums, guilds and game groups that lie beyond.

If you’re intrigued and you’d like to join the forum, find people to play with, or chat with other RPS readers, read on for a guide to what’s happening and instructions on how to get involved.

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Colossus Deathbot Lets You Nuke Your Minecraft Foes

It's like a gigantic weaponised Christmas Tree“Oooh! A rendering of Alexandra Palace in Minecraft? I wonder if they included the ice cream van because… wait, someone built a walking attack robot colossus?” That was a faithful recreation of the experience of browsing the Minecraft subreddit today.

Here’s Cubehamster’s Redstone Robot Colossus:

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The Random Element: Scenario Generator

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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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