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4 years ago

Feature: RPS Chat v0.86

Is Early Access A Good Thing For Players Or Developers?

Early Access games are here to stay, but is that cause for concern or celebration? We gathered to discuss whether early access benefits developers or players in its current state, and how we'd make it better. Along the way, we discussed the best alpha examples, paying for unfinished games, our love of regularly updated mods, Minecraft and the untapped potential of digital stores.

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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: Don’t Recycle

Crafting Mechanics Are Unfit For Purpose

Bethesda have a spectacular talent for making moth-eaten ideas feel like revolutionary concepts: Fallout 4 [official site] will let you play a property baron who constructs not just houses but connected settlements from bits of duct tape and broken globe. I was beside myself with excitement at this news – giddy, even – but not because of any particular flair on display in the five-minute…

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Feature: Block Heads

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…

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Feature: The joy of limitations

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…

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5 years ago

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: Artist's Block

Gallery Trip: Tate Worlds’ Minecraft Map

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…

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Feature: From The Archive

What I Write About When I Write About Games

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…

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Feature: Hey Hey

How To Make Minecraft A Survival Game

There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we'll highlight a few of those games and i) write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself. “Survival mode”. Pah. Vanilla Minecraft’s survival mode is for the flimsy…

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Feature: Storms a-Comin'

Minecraft Survival Diary: Longing For Home Comforts

There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we'll highlight a few of those games and i)write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself. Loading my pack with the most brutal of mods, I set out…

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Feature: Into The Wild

Survival Games Are Important

In early 2012, a mod for Arma II called DayZ was released. Two-and-a-half years later, its odd mixture of multiplayer, horror, and a need for players to keep themselves fed and watered, has given rise to the survival genre. Let's celebrate that genre.

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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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Opinion: Maybe Microsoft Buying Mojang Is A Good Thing?

The news that Mojang is to be sold to Microsoft undoubtedly causes a lot of upset for some. Minecraft, more cultural phenomenon than game at this point, has had a breadth of appeal unlike almost any other game. And Microsoft aren’t exactly at the top of most PC games player’s Christmas card lists. It’s very easy to see the news and immediately consider it bad…

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Feature: A Celebration Of Mountains

The Living Minecraft

"The talking tribe, I find, want sensation from the mountain--not in Keats's sense. Beginners, not unnaturally, do the same--I did myself. They want the startling view, the horrid pinnacle--sips of beer and tea instead of milk. Yet often the mountain gives itself most completely when I have no destination, when I reach nowhere in particular, but have gone out merely to be with the mountain…

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Feature: Mo Monetisation Mo Problems

Pay To Play: Notch On Minecraft And Monetisation

You may have heard that changes are afoot in the world of Minecraft. You may also have heard that nothing much is changing at all. The story of monetisation, community and servers has led to plenty of discussion and rhetoric from various sides, and the issues at the heart of the situation haven't always been clear. I spent some time last week looking into the…

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It Is Art: Tatecraft Wants To Bring The Tate Into Minecraft

The Tate gallery in London is a vast space where art lives and breathes. It's big enough to hold the sun, as well as thousands of works of modern and classic art. It is one of the best things about London, and it's worth a visit. If you can't make it, there's a chance you could wander the halls virtually: the Tate is currently running…

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6 years ago

GI Joe Danger: Hello Games’ Team Fortress 2 Crossover

Much like JLS, the cast of Team Fortress 2 will put their faces anywhere. Though unlike JLS, they've yet to put them on the front of a box of Johnnies.* This time they're showing up in the long-awaited, far too long in happening PC versions of lovely Hello Games' lovely Joe Danger games. Tiny cutesy Heavy on a motorbike! Aww! Hello claim they initially only…

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