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Best Minecraft shaders 1.14

Throwing some shade at vanilla Minecraft

Best Minecraft servers 1.14 - Survival servers, Hunger Games, and more

Minecraft servers have come a long way in 10 years...

7 days ago

Attend Hogwarts with your chums in this Minecraft mod

Famous stick-wielding orphan Harry Potter has earned himself another full-fledged RPG, this time courtesy of Minecraft modding team The Floo Network. Building on an impressively detailed Hogwarts map from five years ago, the team have since filled it with spells, adventures and secrets. You go to lessons, complete quests, and explore extensive recreations of Potterland, including Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and Westminster. The trailer briefly made…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Throwing some shade at vanilla Minecraft

Best Minecraft shaders 1.14

Minecraft shaders, many players believe, force you to choose between a prettier Minecraft and a faster, smoother Minecraft. And that's true, to a certain extent, but there's a wide range of Minecraft shaders out there nowadays, and they occupy the whole spectrum when it comes to performance and optimisation. We've done our best to cover this spectrum with our list of the very best Minecraft…

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Feature: Minecraft mods for every mood

Best Minecraft mods 1.14 (and a few 1.12 mods too)

Minecraft mods have been around very nearly as long as Minecraft itself - and probably far longer than most of its players, too. Vanilla Minecraft is all well and good, and Mojang admittedly add more and more content with each major update; but they cannot hope to match even a hundredth of the rate at which the colossal Minecraft community is churning out mods of…

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Feature: Minecraft servers have come a long way in 10 years...

Best Minecraft servers 1.14 – Survival servers, Hunger Games, and more

I still remember what Minecraft servers were like back in 2012 and 2013. The vast majority were just survival servers, perhaps with one or two anti-griefing mods installed but nothing more in-depth than that. And one or two big names were just beginning to pave the way for the minigames servers that now utterly dominate the Minecraft servers landscape. But whether you're looking for Hunger…

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Feature: Iron Man, Herobrine, Einstein, Kratos, and many more

Best Minecraft skins from the past 10 years (download links included!)

Minecraft skins sure do make for an enticing challenge for designers. The challenge of trying to create a recognisable face or to properly portray certain types of clothing using just a tiny grid of pixels. It's been pretty incredible to see some of the things that various Minecraft players and communities have created over the past 10 years, so we've collated 64 of the best…

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Feature: You can probably learn a lot about me from these 1.14 Minecraft seeds

The best Minecraft seeds 1.14 – Minecraft 1.14 & 1.15 seeds list with Amidst screenshots

Kids these days just don't seem to realise that Minecraft seeds are far more than just the string of characters that make up your Minecraft world: they're a form of artistic expression. Why leave the game to dredge up some meaningless string of numbers, when you could instead seed your world with something like "I love you 3000", or "RobertUnderdunkTerwilliger", or some other excellent film…

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1 month ago

Feature: Let's all take care of each other

Feeling low? It’s okay. Join us in our gaming happy places

It's been a tough weekend for a lot of people. And there's a tough season coming up, too. Despite Saint Nick's PRs working over time to make us all cheerful, Christmas can actually be a sad and stressful time, can't it? Listen: it’s ok to be sad. It's fine. You feel what you feel. So, I asked the RPS hivemind what their gaming happy places…

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2 months ago

The Vatican’s new Minecraft server is totally on-brand for Jesuits

There is an equal and opposite to the internet's Rule 34 which says that if you can imagine it, someone has made it in Minecraft. Players have built castles, Legend of Zelda maps, Westeros, and plenty of very grand cathedrals. Now one of the original cathedral creators is putting its mark on Minecraft: the Catholic church.

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Feature: And those magnets, eh?

When does technology become magic in games?

The usually remote and mysterious Nate visited the RPS treehouse on Monday, and almost immediately work ground to a halt. Why? Because Nate challenged us with a question: what bits of modern technology could a person from the past figure out the workings of, just by observing and having a good think for a while? This immediately led to the counter-question "when and where in…

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3 months ago

Feature: All that glitters is gold

The RPS minecraft server has devolved into a hellish Shrek larp

Happy Halloween, citizens! When midnight comes and October ends, I, Ghoastus, will be banished once more into the spirit realm - at least until something sufficiently Roman happens to summon me back. I will miss you all. But before that dread hour arrives, there is time yet for one more terribly frightening story. It concerns my friend and colleague Nate, who started an unofficial RPS…

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Feature: Catching some rays

Minecraft RTX is the poster child ray tracing needs, but it’s a brute to run

In terms of pure visual spectacle, Minecraft RTX is hands down the most impressive ray tracing game I've seen to date. Unlike other RTX-enabled games where you need big green boxes or a magnifying glass to see the fancy lighting effects, Minecraft RTX puts them right in your face. It's like having a Creeper explode point blank in your retina every time you toggle it…

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Feature: Why every survival game needs wheat

Game DNA: Making yourself a home

I was homeless when I discovered Minecraft -- not homeless in the street-sleeping sense, thankfully. Only in the sofa-surfing sense. I had a bed, even. The creaking cabin bed of two friends who took pity on me and let me crash for a few months in their house, while I sullied my fingertips with sambuca in a dank Yorkshire nightclub for part-time pound coins. My…

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Feature: A plethora of games to scratch that same Minecraft itch

Games like Minecraft – 16 best games like Minecraft from the past ten years

There have been a great many games like Minecraft over the past decade. Which is to be expected, because who wouldn't want to capitalise on the runaway mainstream success of the decade, and the best-selling video game of all time? There are many things that are very special about Minecraft, and remain more or less unmatched even ten years later; but we've done our very…

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Minecraft’s honey can be used to build flying machines

Minecraft's long overdue recognition of bees just became a bit more significant to the practical minded player. With the new 19w41A snapshot patch, the honey they produce can be agglomerated into usable blocks, whose unusual properties have been a boon for in-game builders, engineers, and even athletes. The internet had already recognised the importance of bees, but with the possibilities honey blocks offer, Minecraft players…

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4 months ago

Minecraft Nether Update to overhaul hell with new biomes and pigpeeps

The next big Minecraft update will accomodate players who wish to abandon our blessed world and fully live in the Nether hell dimension, developers Mojang announced over the weekend. The Nether will be expanded with different biomes, including a guts-red forest and blue valleys of fossils, and new lifeforms will move in to support your accursed lifestyle. Who wouldn't want to feast upon hellhogs? Or…

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Over 112 million dirt enthusiasts are playing Minecraft every month

For whatever reason, Minecraft had a bit of a moment this summer. We got on board ourselves, with Nate setting up a pleasant little RPS server last month. It had been a hot minute since I'd last dived into Minecraft, but we had a proper great time: I helped a hermit rescue dogs from the underworld. Nate insisted I build a colossal airship off some…

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5 months ago

Feature: It's not cheating, honest!

Minecraft command list [1.14] – server commands

People have been tinkering with Minecraft commands from the moment they were able to early on in Minecraft's alpha. Since then there have been some incredible feats possible in Minecraft, like creating custom game modes that use Minecraft the template. Without commands, popular game types including "Hunger Games" would likely not exist. Even if your ambitions are more humble, we've put together this collection of…

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Feature: Not all dogs go to heaven

Hounded Out: The adventures of a Minecraft hermit, finale

Previously on Hounded Out: I have brought food, and have made peace with the townies. But after spending the night in the cursed place, my precious dog, Goat, has been taken to Hell. I'd never been to Hell. It seems obvious, right? I never go to hell because of course I don't. Why would I want to? Spare me your "endgame" nonsense. My endgame is…

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The buzz about town is that Minecraft just added bees

We no longer have bees in the real-world, the last one having left to fly to its home planet of HV-1 last Tuesday, so Minecraft has memorialised our buzzy buds by adding them as a new mob. The fuzzy little dancers are a neutral mob who’ll happily fill your game with honey for you to enjoy, and have just set up a hive in the…

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