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Listen to the screams of the man who voiced the angry chest in Sea Of Thieves

This week, Sea Of Thieves introduced some very angry treasure chests - appropriately named Chests Of Rage. These chests are pretty needy, if you don't pay attention to them they blow up, engulfing everything around them in fire, and letting out a hearty scream as they do so. As it turns out, that scream is the voice of none-other than the game's award-winning composer, Robin…

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Feature: Little house on the scary

I used blocks from the new Minecraft snapshot to make a fungal horror shrine

Minecraft's upcoming 1.16 update is going to give the Nether - the game's weirdo hell dimension - a long overdue glow-up. As of this month, Mojang have started trickling 1.16 content into the game via weekly 'snapshot' builds, which can be played in parallel to your main Minecraft installation. Now there's a couple of these available, featuring oddball megamushrooms, eerie blue lights and unappealing pig-goblins,…

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Sea Of Thieves’ new flaming chests are live in today’s update

Sea Of Thieves' monthly content update has dropped anchor and it's a hot one. We already got a look at some of the changes from Rare's Crews Of Rage preview and now it's all officially live. There are hot potato chests that explode, sizzling skeletons, and a lot of other stuff that's too hot to handle.

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Yakuza 0, Two Point Hospital, and more next up on Xbox Game Pass for PC

Microsoft's subscription-based stable of games just keeps growing like some cursed alien creature in a sci-fi show. It won't stop till its giant, gelatinous self fills every corner of the ship, captain! Microsoft are adding five more games to the Xbox Game Pass on PC in the near future. Yakuza 0 and Two Point Hospital are on deck along with Wasteland Remastered, Reigns: Game Of…

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Sea Of Thieves will add pirate face changes and a flaming treasure chest

It's nearly time for the monthly Sea Of Thieves content update and Rare have shared a few details on what to expect for February. In their commitment to everything being on fire all the time now, a new flaming variety of cursed chest will threaten your deck with flames. They are also finally (finally) letting pirates change their faces.

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Feature: i think Arbiter is a pretty cool guy

Have You Played… Halo 2?

Halo 2 came out just after I turned 20, and I bought an Xbox to play it. This was a big deal. I’d always been really careful with money, but I’d been living away from home for two years by then, and my discipline was starting to slip. Until that point, buying anything that cost more than £99 had been an agonising, days-long process of…

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The first snapshot of Minecraft’s Nether Update is playable today

Last year, Mojang announced that a big overhaul was planned for the hellish Nether dimension in Minecraft. The first playable look at that update has landed today in a game snapshot that Java Edition players can access through their launcher. There's a lot to look through already, including spooky new trees, stronger armor, and creepy music.

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Feature: You can probably learn a lot about me from these Minecraft 1.15 seeds

The best Minecraft 1.15 seeds – 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. Why leave the game to dredge up some meaningless string of numbers, when you could instead seed your world with something like "I love you 3000", or "RobertUnderdunkTerwilliger", or some other excellent film…

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Feature: Okay, so Iron Man, Herobrine, Einstein, and Kratos walk into a bar...

Best Minecraft skins from the past 10 years (download links included!)

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...

Best Minecraft servers 1.15 – 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

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 far longer than most of its players, too. Vanilla Minecraft is all well and good, and Mojang admittedly add more and more content with each major update; but they cannot hope to match even a hundredth of the rate at which the colossal Minecraft community is churning out mods of…

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Best Minecraft shaders 1.14

Many people believe that Minecraft shaders 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…

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343 Industries share progress on Forge for Halo: Reach, Halo 3, and Halo 2 Anniversary

343 Industries have released their January development update for the Halo: Master Chief Collection and it's a chunky one. The update goes over progress made on all of the Halo games that 343 are bringing to PC as part of the collection, from test flight plans to matchmaking playlists, and Halo Forge. I'll stick to the last one and let you read the rest of…

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Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition beta starts next month

Following up last year's Age Of Empires II: Definitive Edition release, Xbox Game Studios are planning a beta period for the Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition for registered Insiders. If you took part in Age 2's beta sessions, the developers say they are structuring Age 3's beta a bit differently. Sessions will be shorter and more focused, with multiplayer beta times beginning in February.

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Attend Hogwarts with your chums in this Minecraft mod

Famous stick-wielding orphan Harry Potter has earned himself another full-fledged RPG, this time courtesy of Minecraft modding team The Floo Network. Building on an impressively detailed Hogwarts map from five years ago, the team have since filled it with spells, adventures and secrets. You go to lessons, complete quests, and explore extensive recreations of Potterland, including Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and Westminster. The trailer briefly made…

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Sea Of Thieves will let you tattoo meta game lore on your pirate

A free content update is coming next week to the silly online swashbuckling game Sea Of Thieves. As a precursor, Rare have released a developer update video explaining one community-focused addition. The Legends Of The Sea update will give more prominence to easter eggs already present in the game to immortalize certain players.

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Play Sea of Thieves and Halo: Reach for pennies – Game Pass is only £1 right now

I’ve been spending the past few weeks playing co-op games with my BFF. I wanted to try Sea of Thieves, because when I’m not dreaming of being an astronaut, I’m dreaming of being a pirate. Being Scottish, I suggested we use Game Pass, Microsoft’s games subscription service, and was surprised to see that it was only £1. Then I was surprised to see that the…

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FYI: The next Xbox is named simply ‘Xbox’

While we are a PC gaming site, sooner or later we'll need to refer to Microsoft's next console and that means you'll need to know its name. Microsoft announced the name 'Xbox Series X' alongside Hellblade 2 at The Game Awards last week but it turns out that's the name of a model, not the whole line. No, continuing the fine tradition of product names…

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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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