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Duncan Geere

3 years ago

Feature: For Better Or Worse

How Has Microsoft Changed Minecraft?

Stepping into the main hall at Minecon, the huge annual get-together for Minecraft fans all over the world, you wouldn't know that Microsoft existed - much less that it paid $2.5 billion dollars to acquire Mojang less than a year ago. The only sign of the multinational software giant's presence is a monochrome rendition of its logo on the shoulders of its staffers. A logo…

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Feature: Limits To Growth

Impressions: Anno 2205 Takes City-building To The Moon

"We choose to go to the Moon" says Dirk Riegert, the creative director of Ubisoft Blue Byte. Except he doesn't - he actually says something like "we will go to the Moon", which is nowhere near as good a quote, and the reason he'll probably never be elected as President of the United States. Fabricated quotes aside, I'm in a German town called Mainz -…

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Feature: Arcologyology

Building A Self-Sufficient City In Cities: Skylines – Part Two

Welcome to the second instalment of my attempt to recreate an arcology in Cities: Skylines. As those of you who read the first part will know, I'm not talking about the bubble-topped utopia palaces of SimCity 2000 - I'm talking about a real arcology in the real world. Like Masdar City. Masdar City is a sustainable, self-contained settlement under construction in the desert south-west of…

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Feature: Arcologyology

Building A Self-Sufficient City In Cities: Skylines – Part One

Cities: Skylines [official site] is our RPS Game Of The Month for April. As part of our month of coverage, we asked Duncan Geere to build an arcology in the game. This is his attempt. Arcologies are pretty awesome, as town planning concepts go. The towering, fishbowl-topped edifices that seasoned gamers will recognise from SimCity 2000 were one of that game's most beloved features, but…

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4 years ago

Feature: Immodest Success

Interview: Humble Bundles Raise $50 Million For Charity

Humble Bundles have helped raise $50 million for charity since the service's launch in 2010. That's a staggering amount of money, raised by people who love games, through a system that let's people pay what they want. The money has gone to over 25 different charities, to help fund healthcare, bring food and water to those in need, and to help those with disabilities play…

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Feature: Planet of the Japes

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…

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Feature: Cold Mountain

The Lost Cartographer: Surviving The Long Dark

It's grim up north. The northern parts of Canada portrayed in early-access survival adventure The Long Dark, that is. We sent Duncan Geere to explore its icy landscapes for Survival Week, and he came back with a tale of a single day in the life of a lost cartographer, trying to map the wilderness as it slowly kills him. The first sensation is one of…

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Feature: Digging With Company

Minecraft In 2014: Community And YouTube

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. Part one looked at Minecraft mods, part two at servers, and part three is below... It's a great time to be a Minecraft fan. The enormous community…

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Feature: Digging Online

Minecraft In 2014: Your Guide To Servers

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…

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Feature: Digging Deeper

Minecraft In 2014: Your Guide To Mods and Modpacks

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…

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