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7 years ago

Feature: Glitch Me Happy

Idle Musing: The Joy Of Falling Through The Floor

However hard games try to create worlds, they remain artifice. They are stage sets. Painted boxes. And when you step outside them, you get to see how unreal that game world actually is. This, from time to time, can be a wonderful thing. Let's raise a glass to the strange lands that lie outside the game you were meant to see, that glitchy empire of…

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Craft Your Own Minecraft In Craftstudio

Minecraft's influence on games has been rather impressive. Block by block, new games are emerging, willing to look like the creations of an over-eager child with Lego. But this is the first time I've seen an engine that's pulling the same trick. Craftstudio should feel like a soulless rip-off, but it's a genuinely cute, well made game-making tool. It's actually a game for making games,…

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Minecraft Mod Super Pirate Battle Royale Reshapes Ships

I really tried write like a pirate for the opening of this post, but I started sounding like Snoop Dogg. I'd start with "yarrs" but end up adding "-izzle" to the end of words. It got surreal. So instead of being incredibly clever, I'm just going to give it to you straight: this is a Minecraft map where two battleships set to each other across…

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Herd Cats, Farm Puppies: Minecraft 1.2

Minecraft 1.2 is here, bringing with it an assortment of features that made me go 'awwww', in that way that people do when they see an adorable baby animal playing with another baby animal of a different species. There's a good reason for me to mention baby animals because, to my mind, the most important additions in this version are puppies, which tame wolves will…

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Mojang Making Moves To Support Minecraft Modding

We've just had a note passed to us, under the door, that says Minecraft developers Mojang are about to announce the four main bods behind Bukkit have "joined ranks" with the company. Bukkit would be the Minecraft server mod that made running Minecraft servers so much easier, and enormously improves mod support on the server side. The plan is to have the same flexibility on…

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Pop A Portal In Minecraft

We'll just have to come to terms with rule #89: if it exists, it's in Minecraft. As proof RPS (RedstonePistonSpawner) readers, here's a look at the newly updated Portal gun mod that, when combined with the Portal 2 gels mod, manages to drop some Aperture Science all over Blockland, or Blockworld. What the hell is the name of the world that Minecraft creates, anyway? I'm…

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Just Lego: Lego Minecraft Is A Real Thing

Yes, it's real and it can be pre-ordered here for $34.99/£34.99. Lego Minecraft goes on sale in "selected" Lego shops in the summer, and gives you a chunk of the world to play with. The Minecraft range of Lego (and that's just Lego, LEGO) will feature Steve and a creeper, as well your standard world building blocks from the game - stone, sand, wood, and…

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Remaking Azeroth Brick By Brick In Minecraft

I once made the rather facetious remark that if Minecraft made infinite worlds then it would contain all other games within it. Why would I say such a thing? Because I am a stupid person masquerading as someone thoughtful. That’s why I wear two monocles. But there’s at least one part of that assertion that’s correct, thanks to Ramsesakama over on MMO-Champion, who’s attempting to…

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D’Ore: Minecraft Introducing Cats, Cat Love

So then. I suspect the needle of Minecraft cuteness has swung way too far to the "d'aww" end of the meter with the introduction of tameable, breedable ocelots (which you can see emitting clouds of love-hearts in the video below.) This is a game with zombies and suicide-explosion beasts in! I demand more sinister threat. And I believe that it is only sensible, because horrors…

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CryCraft: Mod Minecraft Into Crysis

Would you call Minecraft in the Crysis engine Mynecraft or Minecryft? I prefer the second, because the first could be a typo, whereas the only legitimate reason for coming up with the second is if there's a Crysis mod that adds Minecraft to it. Wait, there is! And it's called... what, 'Craftable'? Seriously?

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8 years ago

Minecraft Is In Dire Straits

Mojang's block-building and survival game is somehow making do with a mere twenty million users, they revealed recently. (20,127,16. No, wait, 20,127,17. I mean 20,127,18. I mean 20,127,19. Oh, you get the picture). 20 million? Pathetic. Chump change. I don't know how they manage to stay afloat - I mean, all those Facebook game companies talk about having 180 million users or something like that,…

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GOG, NVIDIA, Frozenbyte, Notch vs SOPA

Expect plenty more of these kinds of updates leading up to next week's web-wide SOPA protests: it's an enormously important issue for the future of the internet and everyone who uses it, so we're giving it our all. Also declaring themselves strongly against the online culture-trashing folly today are Minecraft-makers Mojang, who intend to make a right old song and dance about SOPA next week,…

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Minecraft 1.1 And Much More For Mojang

This could be the year that Mojang stops meaning Minecraft and nothing but Minecraft. In an interview with Edge, CEO Carl Manneh says that there are two games in development that will be announced and possibly even be released as early as the first half of 2012. Minecraft creator Notch is working on one of these titles, having stepped back from lead development of his…

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Mojang Hire Cube World Developer

Another cuboid/voxel/block post! The blue birds of Twitter inform me that Mojang have hired Wollay, the chap working on Cube World. Notch claims that: "Our current plan is to plug his brain directly to a keyboard and sell whatever comes out." Quests and other RPG features perhaps? There's no word from Wollay himself yet (edit: he is 'so excited'!) but Notch assures that development on…

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Minecraft But Not: Minicraft

The latest Ludum Dare gamejam hit over the weekend, which means the internet is now awash with tiny experimental games created in just 48 hours. There are many we should nose curiously at, but a handy starting point is the effort from Markus 'Notch' Persson, who finished his game with hours to spare. He's moved on from active Minecraft development himself, but clearly he hasn't…

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Beta Blockers: Minecraft Turns Lego

You know how Minecraft is a bit like the world's biggest and most elaborate Lego set? Except here you start with more green and brown blocks than even Simon Lego himself owns. Well, monolithic megacorp, Mojang, are discussing a deal with the Danish blockmasters to release official Minecraft Lego. They are only next door to the Swedish devs, after all. The news comes via Mojang…

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Notch No Longer Minecraft Lead Designer

How do you take a break from a project that seems like it will never be finished? It's a tough question that we newshounds ask ourselves every day and it appears Notch has been having similar thoughts. Now that Minecraft has been officially released, its creator is taking a step back, leaving co-developer Jens Bergensten to take the reins. As for Notch, he'll be resting,…

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OST(erity) Cuts: Indie Music Bundle

Here's an indie bundle with a difference - it doesn't contain any games. Instead, the Indie Music Bundle it's a collection of soundtracks from some of your favourite (assumption #1) indie games and some you have probably never heard of (assumption #2). As is swiftly becoming obligatory, the ten albums are available at a price of your choosing, although this is for one day only,…

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Feature: A Good Year For Open Worlds

Is 2011 The Year Of Game World Exploration?

This year has been unusually rich in the kind of game that I most enjoy: those that are open-ended, or provide a sandbox world for me to mess about in. We usually get a couple of these every year, but in 2011 we seem to have run into a minor bounty of the open stuff, which is good news for explorers and meanderers alike. I've…

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Game Within A Game: Chambered In Minecraft

We mentioned this on the podcast yesterday, and it's well worth a look. People's capability with an on-off switch is utterly terrifying, and this creation from the Redstone Development Foundation (brilliant name) is the most impressive I've seen. Before Minecraft, creator Markus 'Notch' Perrson made a game for a Ludam Dare competition called Prelude Of The Chambered, a super-simplified Dungeon Master-style first-person game. And the…

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