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6 years ago

Sad News: VG247 Editor Won’t Be Eating His Trousers

How we had hoped to see Pat Garratt enjoying a hearty feast of broiled denim and shallow-fried zipper, but it was not to be. The editor of VG247 last year swore to eat his own trousers in the event Minecraft man Markus 'Notch' Persson made good on his talk of funding a sequel to Double Fine's Psychonauts. Alas, Persson has recently confessed that such a…

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Feature: The Cube Route

Mavis Minecraft Teaches Coding – Part 4

Duncan Geere is going to be taking class this morning, students. If you missed any notes for this lesson, you can find them here. Please open you Minecrafts to page 57. Welcome to the fourth, and final, coding tutorial for ComputerCraft! If you've been following the series, you'll now know how to navigate the operating system, save and load programs, use monitors, use disk drives,…

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Mavis Minecraft Teaches Coding – Part 3

The man with wires in his brain, Duncan Geere, is here with the third part of our guide for learning programming with Minecraft. You can catch up with the whole series here. Welcome to part three of the RPS guide to learning how to code in Minecraft. If you've been following the tutorials so far, you should have a decent grasp of the basics of…

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Mavis Minecraft Teaches Coding – Part 2

Duncan Geere returns with the second part of his guide to coding in Minecraft (first part here). Welcome back! When I left you last week, you'd built a computer, explored the filesystem and written your first program. That was easy, so it's time to climb the next rung on the difficulty ladder. Today, we're going to make a passworded door, an alarm that notifies you…

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The Walls Are Melting! Minecraft Animated Textures

The secretive world of Minecraft snapshots, the semi-official weekly updates that Mojang puts out to test the updates, delivered a doozy of an update last week. It supports animated textures. The theory goes that people will use the textures to animate small blocks. So you could have fizzing fire crawling along a Redstone circuit, or maybe a you could use it to animate a powered…

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Feature: Learn to code the easy-ish way

Mavis Minecraft Teaches Coding – Part 1

Actually this isn't written by someone called Mavis, but instead by RPS chum and former Wired staffer Duncan Geere, who you may remember from his Sim City 2000 retrospective. In this first of four parts, he takes you through the ropes of basic coding via the modern marvel that is Minecraft. Everything's done in game, and it all begins by punching a tree. Take it…

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7 years ago

Feature: Escaping the shackles of simulacra

What I Write About When I Write About Games

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 any games either, unless you consider freezing to death on a remote Welsh hillside to be some sort of game. As is often the case, not doing something for five minutes has made me think about why I do…

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Games Aren’t Best When Things Go Wrong

Yesterday Jim wrote a superb piece arguing that games are best when everything is going wrong. That the measure of a game's potential for generating anecdotes, and its depth of connection to the player, is based in the amount of peril it's able to generate. Citing games like Day Z, FTL and XCOM, Jim's argument made one small mistake: it was all wrong. Games aren't…

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Feature: The Man Behind The Hat, Pt 2

Future Talk: Notch On Steam, Windows 8, What’s Next

Yesterday, we ran the first part of my chat with Minecraft creator and needer-of-no-introductions Notch, wherein we largely talked about life after Minecraft and what he's been up to recently. But there's more to this world than Minecraft (at least, until we discover our entire world is actually a block-by-block Minecraft reconstruction of the real world), so today, we're forging ahead into the future. And…

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Feature: The Man Behind The Hat, Pt 1

Beyond Minecraft: Notch On Fame, Pressure, Sequels

Notch is Minecraft. Minecraft is Notch. A year ago, those statements might have been true to some extent, but not anymore. The man behind the most pervasive invention since the wheel (which he achieved by simply putting the corners back onto the wheel) hung up his pick axe late last year. That does not mean, however, that he's escaped from the shadow of the monolith…

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No End Of The World: MineZ Is Zombie Survival Minecraft

I'd forgotten that Minecraft can be terrifying. It wasn't until I was leading a conga line of zombies through a dark forest, hunger stinging me, dehydration stabbing away, that I remembered the fear it can instil. I say "remembered", like I rationalised it. "Ah, yes. This feels familiar". Really, I was screaming and swearing and panicking and clenching. MineZ sharpens Minecraft's fangs in the same…

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Minecraft 1.3 Adding LAN, Adventure Mode In August

Scrolls just hit playable Alpha, and Notch is off programming computers inside of other computers (inside of other computers still, if life as we know it is in fact a nightmarish artificial construct), but Minecraft keeps on plugging away. LAN support - an art thought to be lost to the ravages of time and overbearing game services - was already a known quantity, but Mojang's…

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I Dig It: Live Action Minecraft

Corridor Digital are wizards, harnessing their powers to make live action movie-magics based on them there vidjagames. They've tackled Minecraft before but their new short, Diamonds are Forever, could be their best yet. I do wish it concentrated more on the stunning blend of blocky vistas with real landscapes rather than becoming an action movie, but maybe expecting a travel documentary or an absurdist comedy…

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Modern! Minecraft Adds ‘Local Area Network’ Support

A proposed new technology will allow personal computers within the same building to share data with each other via a physical cabled connection. The innovation is believed to allow significantly better speeds and latency than existing 'online' connections, as well as less data loss, no risk of interference from local ruffians attacking nearby phone company equipment, little to no need for opening router ports and…

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Block By Block: Modding Minecraft, Part 3

This is the third and final part of our Minecraft modding guide. Previously: part 1, part 2. *Roll of thunder, flash of lightning*. You thought these Minecraft mod walkthroughs were benign, helpful explorations into the fan contributions to Notch's masterwork, didn't you? Well I've been into the Moria-ish depths of the Minecraft mod world, you fools. I've seen what can be wrought from diamond, moulded…

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Block By Block: Modding Minecraft, Part 2

In part ye firste I fiddled with Minecraft's fundamentals. This time it's the utilities that take the spotlight. I'd only planned on mentioning one or two in passing, but there's a huge number of handy extra addons that you can use . I've used them all at some point before even having to write words and words on Minecraft, so they're worth recapping, especially if…

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Block By Block: Modding Minecraft, Part 1

Minecraft inspires you to make of it what you will, so on top of the game's blocky rebuildingness there's a mod-scene that does everything from minor tweaks to major overhauls. It seems like there's a mod for every block that the game generates, and picking through them is like trying to hunt for Herobrine. So I've once again delved into the mod community, into the…

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Exactly What It Sounds Like: Minecraft DOTA

Well now, this is quite the thing. In its never-ending march to assimilate all the games, Minecraft has turned its gaping, block-toothed maw on DOTA. The resulting map (no mods required, amazingly) has it all: towers to defend, a colorful assortment of creep(er)s, and the single most overblown trailer soundtrack you'll ever hear. The mere act of its war drums caressing my ear drums transformed…

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Notch In Space: 0x10c Revealed

Markus Persson's put a name and a description to the Elite-inspired space game he's been teasing Twitter about recently, and it's pretty obvious this is going to be a full-fat endeavour rather than another micro-project. 0x10c is the game's name, how it's pronounced is anyone's guess but I'm gonna go with 'Derek'. It's a reference to a programming error that caused space travellers (from an…

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