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Microsoft Flight Simulator will let you hide that dork doing barrel rolls if you want

In a new development video for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Asobo Studio explain that they've created a massive shared world for all pilots. That sounds pretty cool, unless you'd rather not be flying next to some yahoo doing barrel rolls in a 747. Fortunately, you'll be able to apply filters to online play so that you only see the folks playing how you are, whether that's…

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Feature: Dress to impress with these Minecraft skins!

Best Minecraft skins (2020) – 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. We've collated 64 of the best Minecraft skins we've seen over the past decade, with links to each one so you can easily download and try them out for yourself.

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Feature: From Villages to Islands to Bamboo Jungles and more!

The best Minecraft seeds for 1.15 and 1.14

Minecraft seeds are the core ingredient of your Minecraft world, creating every single biome, tree, cavern, and creeper from just a string of random numbers. Below you'll find a carefully curated selection of the very best Minecraft seeds for 1.15, 1.14 and 1.13 that we've come across, so you can ensure that your next Minecraft world is the best possible fit for you.

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Survive home-schooling with these free Minecraft lessons

If you're looking for something to keep your children occupied while school's out, Microsoft are here to lend a hand. They've made a bunch of lessons from Minecraft's Education Edition available for free, including a tour of the International Space Station, marine biologist roleplay, and the promisingly-titled: "Bees!". Microsoft have also made the full version of the Education Edition free for all learners and teachers…

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Some game downloads will be throttled to preserve bandwidth

Over the coming weeks and months, you may find some of your games are downloading slower than usual. That's because Akamai, a global server host used by a number of gaming companies, is starting to throttle video downloads in certain places at key times to make sure bandwidth is available particularly for healthcare workers. The Akamai content delivery network (CDN) have been used for gaming…

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Here’s how game developers are handling the Covid-19 outbreak

Over the last week or so, game developers and publishers around the world have been announcing their action plans amidst the Covid-19 outbreak. Bungie have offered advice to other companies, Ubisoft said Rainbow Six Siege might miss a few patches, and many others have sent their employees home, dev kits in hand, to make sure production plods along, all the while doing their part to…

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Feature: Become invincible, command the weather, spawn diamond items, give yourself infinite XP, and much more!

Minecraft commands list [1.15]: every Minecraft command explained

Minecraft commands are every bit as creative a tool as Minecraft itself. Using Minecraft's in-game console you can teleport to various locations, change the time or weather, spawn items or entities, chat with your friends, or control entire servers filled with people. Our Minecraft commands guide is fully up-to-date with Minecraft 1.15, and will walk you through how to use every single console command in…

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Feature: Throwing some shade at vanilla Minecraft

Best Minecraft shaders 1.14 and 1.15

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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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. We've carefully selected the very best Minecraft mods for 1.14 (and a few for 1.12 as well) so you can start to move beyond the confines of Vanilla Minecraft and experience an entirely new game.

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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

Minecraft servers are as varied as they are abundant, and it can be hard to hunt around for the kind of experience you're after when you're so spoilt for choice! But whether you're looking for Hunger Games, Skyblock, PvP, PvE, factions, creative, survival, vanilla, anarchy, whatever: our Minecraft servers list has something for you.

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Sea Of Thieves shipwrecks are great and I can’t believe players used to ignore them

I adore the shipwrecks in Sea Of Thieves. There's just something so thrilling about pulling up besides one and diving in to claim some sunken treasure. Maybe it's the fear of sharks lurking about, ready to strike, or perhaps it's the excitement of never knowing what sort of booty these lost vessels might contain. You'll understand then, dear reader, why I'm baffled to learn I'm…

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Beware this gnarly Sea Of Thieves bug that could wreck hours of questing

There are many ways to lose quest progress in Sea Of Thieves, whether it be an attack by the kraken or fellow pirates, but a bug is definitely the biggest bummer way to go home empty-handed. There's a nasty new respawning bug that can set you back hours in the final Tall Tale quest in the Shores Of Gold story. Rare are aware of the…

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Virtual GDC begins today in lieu of the physical conference

GDC 2020 begins today. It's online this year after the San Francisco-based conference was postponed due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Hundreds of professional presentations and thousands of attendees are no longer getting together in person but the grand industry mindshare is attempting to spread knowledge regardless. Though not every talk has survived the jump to digital space, you can start watching many…

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A bunch of kids in Japan held their graduation ceremony in Minecraft

Minecraft has become a graduation venue for a group of students in Japan, after schools have been shut for more than two weeks due to Covid-19. The Japanese school year ends in March, so rather than miss their end of year graduation ceremonies, a bunch of kids got together to create their very own virtual celebrations in Minecraft - and it's exactly the content I…

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Feature: Off the rails

Minecraft archaeology 2: Thomas The Tank Engine’s bum

Earlier this week, after remembering that I'd populated the RPS Mince Raft server with thirty-odd mates from Twitter and then forgotten about it for four months, I put together an impromptu archaeological expedition, and went in to find out what the hell happened in there after it went dark. In Monday's post, we poked around the chaotic ruins of the server's derelict spawn town, where…

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Get some insight into Microsoft’s game development when they stream their GDC talks next week

GDC may be cancelled for now, but that isn't stopping Microsoft from releasing all the talks they had planned for the event. On March 17th and 18th they'll be streaming all the sessions they had ready for the Game Developers Conference over on Mixer, meaning those who wouldn't have made it their in the first place will be able to listen in, too. The developer-focused…

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Feature: "The mince is hollow, like a scotch egg."

I let the RPS Minecraft server go feral: a gallery

It all started so reasonably. Last July, I fancied having a bit more Minecraft in my life again, so I started a little Realms server for the RPS treehouse. Sin made a hovel. Astrid built a caravan. I bought a couple of friends in and we made a little town in a canyon. It was pleasant. But time moves on, and places change. By the…

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Mojang have postponed Minecraft Festival over outbreak fears

Minecraft's return to convention floors will have to wait another year. Concerns over the new coronavirus have convinced Mojang to call it quits on this year's Minecraft Festival - a planned three-day Florida block party for all things Minecraft this September. Rather than risk the outbreak ending later rather than sooner, organisers are sticking to the online-only format that's served them well the last two…

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Tread carefully over flame traps in Sea Of Thieves’ next update

We didn't start the fire. It's always burning since the wheel's been turning. Oh yes, the flames rage on in Sea Of Thieves. Last month's update added that flamin' angry chest and ashen skeletons and whatnot. Next week, the silly pirates game is getting another update and yup, things are still hot around here. This time 'round it's fire traps, a knockback bomb, and new…

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Halo’s NPCs are apparently ageing faster than the game

Good old Halo: Combat Evolved. It's like that one character archetype from American bro comedies, of the guy who's sailing rapidly into his thirties, but can't leave behind his jock glory days and keeps showing up at frat parties, whooping and getting messy-drunk despite not really knowing anyone there. Actually, that might not be an archetype at all - I think it's just the plot…

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