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Best Minecraft shaders 1.16.1 - the best shader packs to use with Optifine 1.16.1

That's right, you can already use shaders with 1.16.1!

Best Minecraft seeds 1.16.1 and 1.15.2

The best Minecraft seeds for 1.16.1, from Villages to Bamboo Jungles to Large Biomes and more!

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Best Minecraft servers 1.16.1 - Survival, Skyblock, Factions, and more

From survival to skyblock, from minigames to Hunger Games, our best Minecraft servers list has something for you

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1 month ago

Minecraft’s Nether Update is out today

The hellish hidden Minecraft region of the Nether becomes a whole lot more pleasant today with the launch of the Nether Update, focused on expanding the rarely-visited region. It brings four colourful and interesting new Nether biomes, new native residents and wildlife, giant fungus and other new flora, new music, new blocks, and more. Basically, the Nether is lively enough that you'll want to visit…

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2 months ago

Minecraft is donating today’s profits to racial justice causes for Juneteenth

Profits from sales of Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons on digital stores today will be donated to several racial justice causes, in celebration of Juneteenth. The annual event on June 19th marks the day in 1865 that a Union army general formally announced to Texas that all Texan slaves were now free, and has grown to be celebrated countrywide. Mojang have also switched one of the…

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3 months ago

Mojang celebrated Minecraft’s 11th birthday with a new name, Mojang Studios

Mojang? Never heard of them. Mojang Studios? Oh, the Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons folks? Them I do know. Yes, they've tweaked their name a tiny bit again, now becoming Mojang Studios because there are several studios doing several things. And because corporate types get a bit bored and antsy if they're not allowed a rebranding every few years. Yes, they do have a corporate rebranding…

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This Minecraft map attempts to simulate social distancing during a pandemic

Are all you kids out there still playing Minecraft? Let's hope so, because some folks have made a Minecraft map to teach you younguns about how social distancing and healthcare services work together to beat a pandemic. It sounds a bit corny off the cuff but it does look pretty neat, actually, and although it's not a scientifically-accurate model, it might actually help teach some…

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4 months ago

Minecraft’s RTX beta is out today, assuming you’ve the power to run it

It's time for that expensive RTX graphics card to finally pay off, readers. Starting today, you can now download Minecraft's RTX beta - a version of Mojang's literal block-buster that, with the help of the graphics tech folk over at Nvidia, lets you explore infinite worlds with high-tech ray-tracing effects. Hyper-realistic, perhaps? They're still cubes, mate. It's just that now, they're very quite nice-looking cubes…

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Minecraft’s official ray-tracing update launches in beta this week

I’ve spent countless hours fiddling with Minecraft’s player-made shaders, trying to illuminate my builds with blinding lights to distract from their overall shonkiness. Mojang’s first step into making that sort of rendering official is coming this Thursday, bringing global illumination, shiny reflections, and more. There are a couple of requirements, however.

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Feature: Yer a wizard, Horace

Fall in love with the Minecraft Harry Potter mod, in our gif tour

My owl has finally arrived and invited me to Hogwarts! He told me it was a hoot. It’s all a bit different nowadays, though. It’s shifted to a fully digital school. Instead of running headfirst at the first wall I see, I’m to enter via the Minecraft School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry, a remarkable recreation of Harry Potter’s past, including all the sights of that…

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Minecraft’s Nether update will have music by Celeste’s composer

I've not played Minecraft heavily in several years now, so when I logged in recently I was surprised by some new tunes as I walked about pestering livestock. There are even more new tracks coming in the sandbox game's big Nether Update, this time created by composer Lena Raine whose excellent sounds you may have heard in Celeste. You can check these tunes out now…

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Get enchanted by this Harry Potter RPG in Minecraft right now

Holy Hogwarts, look at this entire dang Harry Potter-themed RPG built inside Minecraft. This mod has been in the works for a while, building on a huge Hogwarts Minecraft build from several years back. What I enjoy most is how reminiscent it is of the (not great, as I remember) Harry Potter games of the earliest aughts. The entire modded adventure is now available to play…

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Minecraft Dungeons is coming out a little later than planned due to the pandemic

Mojang's Minecraft Dungeons has seen some setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing back its release. It's not a huge delay: the launch is now on May 26th, when previously they'd said Minecraft action-RPG spin-off would be out by the end of April. And now you have a firm date.

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Minecraft mod recreates the Earth to scale – and now it wants players to fill in the gaps

For as long as there's been Minecraft, there's been people who want to re-create the world in Minecraft. For one modder, though, it's not enough to have a to-scale replica of our pale blue dot recreated in Mojang's block-builder. A new project named Build The Earth is looking for talented builders with too much time on their hands, bringing them together to fully recreate every…

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5 months ago

A bunch of kids in Japan held their graduation ceremony in Minecraft

Minecraft has become a graduation venue for a group of students in Japan, after schools have been shut for more than two weeks due to Covid-19. The Japanese school year ends in March, so rather than miss their end of year graduation ceremonies, a bunch of kids got together to create their very own virtual celebrations in Minecraft - and it's exactly the content I…

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The writing of censored journalists has been republished inside Minecraft

I've seen Minecraft builds for just about everything, but it's a rare day that a blocky build in-and-of itself fights for a global ideal like press freedom. In honor of World Day Against Cyber Censorship yesterday, a new in-game library has opened its doors called The Uncensored Library. Players can download a copy of the library to explore offline or join the server where copies of…

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Mojang have postponed Minecraft Festival over outbreak fears

Minecraft's return to convention floors will have to wait another year. Concerns over the new coronavirus have convinced Mojang to call it quits on this year's Minecraft Festival - a planned three-day Florida block party for all things Minecraft this September. Rather than risk the outbreak ending later rather than sooner, organisers are sticking to the online-only format that's served them well the last two…

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6 months ago

The first snapshot of Minecraft’s Nether Update is playable today

Last year, Mojang announced that a big overhaul was planned for the hellish Nether dimension in Minecraft. The first playable look at that update has landed today in a game snapshot that Java Edition players can access through their launcher. There's a lot to look through already, including spooky new trees, stronger armor, and creepy music.

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7 months 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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8 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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10 months ago

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 have…

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