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3 years ago

Minecraft 1.11 Brings Llamas & Magic Inventory Boxes

Everyone’s favourite block-based build-em-up contines to grow, like an unstoppable monster. A few months ago we saw polar bears introduced to Minecraft as well as underground fossils. Before that, the combat update brought skeleton riders and creepy block-mimicking creatures called Shulkers. Now Mojang has added the exploration update which adds llamas that can carry inventory and a very useful magic box.

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VR Suits Minecraft Down To The Ground, Controls Aside

Unofficial Minecraft VR has been around for a while, but earlier this month Mojang launched official support for these future-glasses everyone keeps banging about. Minecraft's VR bolt-on is a free install from the Oculus store which, for the time being, only works with the Windows 10 Edition. And with a Rift, although a well-established non-official option exists if those are your cybogogs of choice, or…

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Feature: Pretty pictures

10 Games Run Through The Prisma Photo Filter App

You might have noticed all your friends' avatars and profile pictures turning into comic book drawings or impressionistic paintings over the last few weeks. That's because of Prisma, a photo editing app for iOS and Android that let's you apply a couple of dozen filters to images you feed it. The app goes further than simply messing with the hue like Instagram does, using a…

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Minecraft 1.10 Adds Polar Bears, New Technical Blocks

Minecraft is so popular, and so dear to so many of its players, that I think I'd be terrified with each new update. The chance for potential upset seems enormous. In most instances, anyway. I'm looking at the patch notes for 1.10 - which adds polar bears, a new "Structure Block," and "A rare chance to find lonely trees in plains" among other things.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Welcomes Celebrity YouTubers

Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] has brought in a load of famous YouTube people for its latest episode, which seems like something they should've done from the start. Growed-ups might coo over the sardonic comedy stylings of Patton Oswalt (I've enjoyed him in Lady Dynamite lately - good innit?) but kids would much rather adventure with Stampy Cat. Now they can meet him, and…

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Ad Block: Minecraft Forbids “Building Promotions”

Just typical. We've spent the past six years pouring all of Rock, Paper, Shotgun's profits into the creation of an endless Horace statue stretching far beyond the Far Lands in Minecraft and now we'll need to blow it all up. That's because Mojang have updated their commercial guidelines to say that it's no longer acceptable for companies to "build or commission others to build, a…

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Great Blocky Wall: Minecraft To Launch In China

Minecraft is headed to China, after having struck a deal with local distribute NetEase. The official announcement post notes, "It probably won’t affect most of you, seeing as you’re probably not based in China." Which is true also of readers of RPS, but Pip was over there recently for the LoL MSI finals and the site wasn't entirely blocked so it's possible this is relevant…

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A Song For Minecraftia: Mojang’s Eurovision Stage

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final is tomorrow night, and you bet your bottom I'm excited! Our turbulent corner of the world (and some remote pals) come together for pop music pageantry as 26 performers give their all for the biggest night of their careers. Wooo! It's a little sad that the official UK coverage mostly sees Eurovision as an excuse to be sarcastic about…

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Minecraft: Story Mode Ep 5 Decamps To Sky City

The fifth episode of the Telltale episodic adventure Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] is out now - it was due to be the final episode but Telltale are now going to do an extra three episodes as DLC not covered by the season pass. So a kind of epilogue, I guess? Or maybe a mini adventure? Or maybe we will watch a man patting trees…

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Telltale Announce Extra Minecraft: Story Mode Episodes

Telltale's episodic adventure Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] is due to wrap up this month an- oh no, no it isn't. Telltale today announced that the fifth episode of their storytelling spin-off will launch next Tuesday, March 29th, but also announced that it won't be the final episode. Another three parts are coming later this year, Telltale now say, "post-season episodes" sold as DLC beyond…

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Feature: And how it's improving next

How Minecraft Got Better Combat

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites a developer to help him put their game up on blocks and take a wrench to hack out one its features, just to see how it works. “I feel that combat got quite boring over the long term, it mainly felt like monsters were standing in your way.” For a long time, Minecraft’s combat has been, well,…

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Minecraft Now An Artificial Intelligence Workshop

While Minecraft [official site] is no stranger to the classroom, computer scientists are now using Mojang and Microsoft's famous build 'em up to improve artificial intelligence. For now, it's in the hands of a small group of researchers/super smart boffin types by way of a private beta, however it's going open-source come July. Find out more after the drop.

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Ridealong: The Ruin Of Minecraft’s Most Obscene Server

Ridealong is our monthly feature where Brendan travels deep into game worlds to meet, question and journey with the inhabitants that dwell within. This week, he dives into the most notorious and offensive server Minecraft has to offer to meet an archivist who is trying to save as many creations as possible.

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Cubic Violence: Minecraft Combat Update Released

Minecraft [official site] murderers can enjoy a little more vim in their BAM! and a little more pow in their BIF! now version 1.9 of the mega-popular craft 'em up has arrived. It's nicknamed the 'Combat Update' for its focus on overhauling violence, with changes including adding shields and charged attacks so fighting is less about clicking frantically. But it also brings new blocks to…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Heroes. Don’t. Craft.

Few game mechanics right now make me 'urrrrrrrrrrgh' quite like crafting. Bloody, bloody crafting. I hate crafting. I hate that just about every game I pick up can't wait to introduce its crafting system to me, with its long shopping lists of finnicky items to find, and about as much care for being believable as all those shotguns and medikits Lara Croft used to find…

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The Good Life: Minecraft’s Life In The Woods Reborn

American trucks and the open road may be The Official RPS Escapist Fantasy right now, but in 2014 we did have a nice few days dreaming about seeking a life of solitute, contemplation, creativity, exploration, and self-sufficiency in the wilds. Inspired by the writings of Henry D. Thoreau, Life in the Woods was a collection of Minecraft [official site] mods turning the build 'em up…

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4 years ago

Microsoft Launching Minecraft: Education Edition

Back in my day, computers in schools were used for serious learning like making Podd explode. New parents, look at me and be glad that your kids may be learning Minecraft instead. The ubiquitous block 'em up has been in schools for a few years now, in part thanks to programs like MinecraftEdu, which combines a custom version of Minecraft with lesson plans and things.…

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Adventure Ho! Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode Started

Am I a big enough fan of Paul Reubens, dear Pee Wee Herman, to pick up Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] to hear more of him? Prrrobably not. Not until it's a little cheaper, anyway. But perhaps your interest in Minecraft and/or Telltale Games' episodic adventures and/or voice-havers like Patton Oswalt and Billy West is enough for you. If so, good news! The first episode…

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