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Feature: You can probably learn a lot about me from these seed names

Minecraft seeds (1.14) – the best Minecraft 1.14 seeds we’ve discovered

When it comes to Minecraft seeds, I don't know about you, but I always find it such a missed opportunity to just let the game come up with its own random string of numbers. Why not be adventurous, and seed your world with something like "WeAreTheKnightsWhoSayNi", or "falsified carrot", or something? If you're of a similar mind on this, you shouldn't be disappointed by the…

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Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat among the most recent inductees into the Video Game Hall Of Fame

Mind out if you run into Windows Solitaire or Mortal Kombat down the shops, ‘cos they’re famous now and I bet it’s gone right to their heads. Specifically, they’ve been inducted into the World Video Game Hall Of Fame, a list operated by The Strong, a New York based “museum of play.” I assume it was Alec’s fairly recent Have You Played? about the digital…

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Minecraft’s original developer isn’t invited to its 10th anniversary bash

It's been a big year for Minecraft, that monolithic devourer of children's free time, and Microsoft are gearing up to celebrate its tenth anniversary. They just won't be sending any invitations to original lead developer Markus "Notch" Persson, whose "comments and opinions" online have gotten him kicked off the mega-corporation's christmas card list, according to Variety. This comes shortly after the game's current developers removed…

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DirectX 12 comes (partially) to Windows 7 for World Of Warcraft

Microsoft have brought some of DirectX 12's performance-improving parts to Windows 7, ending years of DX12 being exclusive to Windows 10. World Of Warcraft is the first game to benefit from DX12 features including multithreading on Windows 7, and Microsoft say they're working with several other developers to juice their games up on Windows 7 too. This isn't the full DirectX 12 package and doesn't…

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Windows 10 fixes its recent game performance bug

Microsoft have blasted out a Windows 10 patch to fix a bug which was causing poor performance in games for many people. Destiny 2 is the only game Microsoft name as an example, though it seems to have hit many more. This problem was introduced in update KB4482887, released on March 1st, and Microsoft had advised affected players to uninstall the update and wait for…

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Microsoft may be tinkering with playing Xbox One games on Windows

Microsoft may be experimenting with bringing support for Xbox One games to PC, or so suspect cybersleuths poking around in recent test versions of Windows 10. Microsoft have released Windows 10 editions of all their own Xbone games for several years now but if this turns out to be what some suspect, Windows may in future directly support any and all Xbox One games. Maybe.…

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Microsoft employees speak out against the US military’s HoloLens contract

Microsoft’s HoloLens was once touted as a toy. Shown off at E3, it was an augmented reality headset that superimposed video game graphics onto the real world. A happy duo created a snowy Minecraft village right on their staged coffee table, manipulating the hologram with a few deft touches and well-placed words. Now, though, some Microsoft developers are speaking out about a contract that will…

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Paradox launch PC/Xbone cross-platform mod support

The publishers of click-o-strategy games from Crusader Kings II to Cities: Skylines are bringing our precious PC mods to console, teaming up with Microsoft to launch cross-platform modding support. Paradox Interactive are starting with Surviving Mars, 2018's pretty deece space colony game, and plan to bring mods to more of their Xbone versions later this year. While this change mostly benefits Xboners, isn't it nice…

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Microsoft Studios rebranded Xbox Game Studios, still making PC games

You can tell spring is coming because snowdrops, crocus, and daffodils are emerging and the corporate rebrandings have begun. Microsoft yesterday announced that Xbox Game Studios is the new name for their game-making division formerly known as Microsoft Studios (formerly known as Microsoft Game Studios (fka Microsoft Games)). Xbox Game Studios will still release games on PC as Microsoft say "Xbox is our gaming brand…

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Sea Of Thieves to let Xbox sea-dogs opt out of cross-platform play

No sooner has Sea Of Thieves found its sea legs that Rare and Microsoft announce a perplexing decision. One of the game's big selling points was its easy PC to Xbox One cross-platform play, but will soon offer the option for gamepad-using Xbox players not to cross the platform strait into Windows waters. It's understandable - the game has a strong PvP element, and mouse…

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Sea Of Thieves jettisons half its cargo – a reason to return?

Remember Sea of Thieves, Rare's piratical, sandbox sorta-MMO? I do, what with reviewing it and all, but only as if a dream. Emotive, fragmentary scenes of waves and sunset and accordions. A blissful boredom. Actual detail of the things I did, found or fought? Not a bit of it. Maybe there were some skeletons once? I think often of going back, part in curiosity about…

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Microsoft show off their wall of GPU history

Microsoft's Direct3D team have covered some of their office walls with the hundreds of graphics cards they've gathered while working on the 3D API. That's 402 graphics cards spanning 35 years of technohistory. If you get misty-eyed at the sight of a Voodoo card, shed a tear for the Matrox Parhelia, marvel at graphics cards the size of surfboards, or are still bitter that Direct3D…

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Windows 10 is now the world’s biggest OS, even though you hate it

Windows 10, which you hate, is now the world's most widely-adopted operating system, according to a new report, even though you hate it. Despite the fact that you hate it, it has now dethroned Windows 7, which you don't hate, as king of OSes. Not by a massive margin, admittedly - which is almost certainly because you hate it so much- but the graph's only…

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Have You Played… Windows Solitaire?

On a bus recently, amidst the sea of glum, blue-lit faces of dispossessed commuters and shoppers searching for hope in their black mirrors, I glimpsed a familiar sight. A flat green backdrop, overlaid with stacks of white rectangles. It's as recognisable to me as any member of my family: Solitaire. For those of us of a certain age, it was our gateway drug to PC…

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Feature: A visit to the shattered wastes of 2b2t

Lusting for ruin on Minecraft’s most apocalyptic server

It has become increasingly difficult to play games that aren’t about the end of the world. The apocalypse and its chaotic aftermath has grown into a collective obsession. We seem to have a cultural fascination, desire, perhaps even lust, to see things burn, violently breaking with the past. Even games that weren’t originally about living in the end times, like Minecraft, have been twisted into…

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Microsoft acquires RPG studios Obsidian Entertainment and inXile

Microsoft have once again added to the fleet of studios under their wing, this time acquiring Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind games like Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, and inXile, who created Wasteland 2 and The Bard’s Tale IV. Both studios put out videos talking about how exciting this all is, and promising that yes, they’ll still be making the kind of RPGs…

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Microsoft are reportedly in the final stages of buying RPG studio Obsidian

According to sources close to the deal, Kotaku report that Microsoft are just shy of sealing the deal on acquiring prolific RPG studio Obsidian Entertainment. According to Kotaku's sources, things have proceeded far enough to make it "a matter of when, not if". Obsidian are recently notable for the Pillars Of Eternity series - a throwback to Baldur's Gate style party-based roleplaying - but have…

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Microsoft announce Xbox game-streaming service Project xCloud

Microsoft are the latest to hop on the game-streaming bandwagon, announcing Project xCloud today on the Microsoft Blog - a way to beam Xbox games direct to any device with a fast internet connection. While currently only in internal testing, Microsoft are rolling Xbox One hardware out to Azure datacenters around the world. While Microsoft recommend an Xbox controller (broadly supported via bluetooth), they're working on…

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