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The Vatican’s new Minecraft server is totally on-brand for Jesuits

There is an equal and opposite to the internet's Rule 34 which says that if you can imagine it, someone has made it in Minecraft. Players have built castles, Legend of Zelda maps, Westeros, and plenty of very grand cathedrals. Now one of the original cathedral creators is putting its mark on Minecraft: the Catholic church.

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Feature: Elephants never forget... to kill

Have You Played… Age Of Empires 2?

Well, this is awkward. On the same day I discovered nobody had written a Have You Played for Diablo, I discovered another end-of-the-90s banger that, somehow, remained unreminisced-upon. That game was Age Of Empires 2 (the Age… of Kings!), and I felt like a vulture who’d just found a wheelbarrow full of burgers at the heart of a lifeless desert. So many classics to feast…

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Microsoft share their accessibility guidelines for the benefit of all developers

Xbox have been doing rather well with accessibility lately. But as well-considered as things like the Adaptive Controller (and Logitech's recently-launched suite of plug-in pads for the thing) are, getting into the game is only half the fight. This week, they released a set of accessibility guidelines which Microsoft say they formed "in partnership with industry experts and members of the gaming and disability community.…

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Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service is coming to PC

Now that everyone has a battle royale and a subscription, everyone wants a cloud gaming service too. Google's Stadia launches next week, and Microsoft today announced that their own Project xCloud is coming to PC. In the cloud gaming way, it'll let people play Xbox One games on even a crappy old PC (it was initially made for phones and tablets) thanks to streaming video…

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Feature: Honey, they shrunk the story elements

Obsidian’s next game is Grounded, co-op survival about being shrunk

Transforming the ordinary into the fantastical. It’s a tenet of Magical Realist fiction, Brechtian theatre, staring too long at your hands while on edibles, and now Grounded, a new survival RPG from Obsidian. It features four plucky teens, a shrink-ray experiment and a mundane back garden transformed into a vast, dangerous, colorful wilderness. Gnats are now the size of your face. You can build trampolines…

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Microsoft Japan trialed a four day week and saw a 40% increase in productivity

I'm keen to see four day working weeks crop up in the headlines more often, so I'm doubly pleased Microsoft Japan have given me an excuse to write one. They conducted an experiment over the summer where employees were granted special paid leave on five sequential Fridays, who then reported greater happiness while the company reported a 40% increase in productivity. Everybody won, in other…

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Sea Of Thieves goes overboard with skeletons in this month’s Fort Of The Damned update

It must be hard to make Halloween updates for a game where most enemies are swashbuckling skeletons. But that's just what Sea Of Thieves is trying to do with Fort Of The Damned, October's harrowing Halloween twist on Rare's sea shanty. With a damnable new castle and skinless pets, Sea Of Thieves wants to make sure your timbers have thoroughly shivered.

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Feature: You can probably learn a lot about me from these 1.14 Minecraft seeds

The best Minecraft seeds 1.14 – Minecraft 1.14 & 1.15 seeds list with Amidst screenshots

Kids these days just don't seem to realise that Minecraft seeds are far more than just the string of characters that make up your Minecraft world: they're a form of artistic expression. After all, whatever you type into that unassuming black box at the start of a new 1.14 world will determine your entire experience! Given their importance, why leave the game to dredge up…

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Feature: Iron Man, Herobrine, Einstein, Kratos, and many more

The best Minecraft skins of the past 10 years (plus download links)

Minecraft skins sure do make for an enticing challenge for designers. The challenge of trying to create a recognisable face or to properly portray certain types of clothing using just a tiny grid of pixels. It's been pretty incredible to see some of the things that various Minecraft players and communities have created over the past 10 years, so we've collated 64 of the best…

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Feature: Minecraft servers have come a long way in 10 years...

The best Minecraft servers 1.14 – Survival servers, Hunger Games, and more

I still remember what Minecraft servers were like back in 2012 and 2013. The vast majority were just survival servers, perhaps with one or two anti-griefing mods installed but nothing more in-depth than that. And one or two big names were just beginning to pave the way for the minigames servers that now utterly dominate the Minecraft servers landscape. But whether you're looking for Hunger…

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Feature: Minecraft mods for every mood

The very best Minecraft mods 1.14 (and a few 1.12 mods too)

Minecraft mods have been around very nearly as long as Minecraft itself - and probably most of its players, too. Vanilla Minecraft is all well and good, and Mojang admittedly add more and more new stuff with each major update; but they cannot hope to match even a hundredth of the rate at which the Minecraft community is churning out mods, of all shapes and…

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Feature: Throwing some shade at vanilla Minecraft

The best Minecraft shaders 1.14

Minecraft shaders, many players believe, force you to choose between a prettier Minecraft and a faster, smoother Minecraft. And that's true, to a certain extent, but there's a wide range of Minecraft shaders out there nowadays, and they occupy the whole spectrum when it comes to performance and optimisation. We've done our best to cover this spectrum with our list of the very best Minecraft…

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Feature: Music to your ears

The best game soundtracks you can listen to for free right now

Another month, another big video game publisher puts a great big dollop of video game music online for zero pennies. This time, it's Bandai Namco, who have just uploaded every single Tekken soundtrack onto Spotify because, well, apparently everyone loves Tekken. I've never partaken in a Tekken, but with track names like "Massive Stunner" and "Lonesome City Jazz Party 1st", I'm already 100% convinced the…

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Check-in has opened for Microsoft Flight Simulator’s technical alpha

Here's a confession: I actually quite like airports. Yes, they're crowded, and smelly, and charge a 200% markup on an underwhelming coffee, but there's something quietly wonderful about the space-between-countries. Within a few hours, I could be anywhere but here, and all it cost was a gross violation of my privacy and less cash than a British train making the same trip. Thanks, privatisation! This…

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Over 112 million dirt enthusiasts are playing Minecraft every month

For whatever reason, Minecraft had a bit of a moment this summer. We got on board ourselves, with Nate setting up a pleasant little RPS server last month. It had been a hot minute since I'd last dived into Minecraft, but we had a proper great time: I helped a hermit rescue dogs from the underworld. Nate insisted I build a colossal airship off some…

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Feature: It's not cheating, honest!

Minecraft command list [1.14] – server commands

People have been tinkering with Minecraft commands from the moment they were able to early on in Minecraft's alpha. Since then there have been some incredible feats possible in Minecraft, like creating custom game modes that use Minecraft the template. Without commands, popular game types including "Hunger Games" would likely not exist. Even if your ambitions are more humble, we've put together this collection of…

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The buzz about town is that Minecraft just added bees

We no longer have bees in the real-world, the last one having left to fly to its home planet of HV-1 last Tuesday, so Minecraft has memorialised our buzzy buds by adding them as a new mob. The fuzzy little dancers are a neutral mob who’ll happily fill your game with honey for you to enjoy, and have just set up a hive in the…

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We’re summoning a ghost to interview the top strategy devs at PAX West

On the night of Friday 30th August, at PAX West in Seattle, RPS will raise the dead. Using techniques too dreadful to comprehend, we shall puncture the mortal veil like a sheet of wet tissue paper, and drag something back from the other side. That spirit will be Ghoastus, the Roman Ghost: our first fully spectral staff writer, and the site’s occasional historical strategy correspondent.…

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