Posts Tagged ‘Minecraft’

Minecraft 1.10 Adds Polar Bears, New Technical Blocks

Minecraft is so popular, and so dear to so many of its players, that I think I’d be terrified with each new update. The chance for potential upset seems enormous. In most instances, anyway. I’m looking at the patch notes for 1.10 – which adds polar bears, a new “Structure Block,” and “A rare chance to find lonely trees in plains” among other things.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Welcomes Celebrity YouTubers

Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] has brought in a load of famous YouTube people for its latest episode, which seems like something they should’ve done from the start. Growed-ups might coo over the sardonic comedy stylings of Patton Oswalt (I’ve enjoyed him in Lady Dynamite lately – good innit?) but kids would much rather adventure with Stampy Cat. Now they can meet him, and other beloved youngfolk with children’s TV presenter voices, in Episode 6: A Portal to Mystery.

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Ad Block: Minecraft Forbids “Building Promotions”

Just typical. We’ve spent the past six years pouring all of Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s profits into the creation of an endless Horace statue stretching far beyond the Far Lands in Minecraft and now we’ll need to blow it all up. That’s because Mojang have updated their commercial guidelines to say that it’s no longer acceptable for companies to “build or commission others to build, a Minecraft mod, map or server that promotes or markets unrelated products or services in playable form.”

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Great Blocky Wall: Minecraft To Launch In China

Minecraft is headed to China, after having struck a deal with local distribute NetEase. The official announcement post notes, “It probably won’t affect most of you, seeing as you’re probably not based in China.” Which is true also of readers of RPS, but Pip was over there recently for the LoL MSI finals and the site wasn’t entirely blocked so it’s possible this is relevant to at least a few of you.

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A Song For Minecraftia: Mojang’s Eurovision Stage

The Minecraft version is on the left. That's the real one on the right. In case you couldn't tell.

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final is tomorrow night, and you bet your bottom I’m excited! Our turbulent corner of the world (and some remote pals) come together for pop music pageantry as 26 performers give their all for the biggest night of their careers. Wooo! It’s a little sad that the official UK coverage mostly sees Eurovision as an excuse to be sarcastic about foreigners. But pssh, we don’t need that cynicism! So I wholly endorse this recreation of the Eurovision 2016 arena in Minecraft [official site].

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Minecraft: Story Mode Ep 5 Decamps To Sky City

The fifth episode of the Telltale episodic adventure Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] is out now – it was due to be the final episode but Telltale are now going to do an extra three episodes as DLC not covered by the season pass. So a kind of epilogue, I guess? Or maybe a mini adventure? Or maybe we will watch a man patting trees down in order to make a table for a while?

The latter is probably why I am not working at Telltale as a story creator. ANYWAY. Episode 5 has a trailer:

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Telltale Announce Extra Minecraft: Story Mode Episodes

Telltale’s episodic adventure Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] is due to wrap up this month an- oh no, no it isn’t. Telltale today announced that the fifth episode of their storytelling spin-off will launch next Tuesday, March 29th, but also announced that it won’t be the final episode. Another three parts are coming later this year, Telltale now say, “post-season episodes” sold as DLC beyond the original five-episode season pass.

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How Minecraft Got Better Combat

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites a developer to help him put their game up on blocks and take a wrench to hack out one its features, just to see how it works.

“I feel that combat got quite boring over the long term, it mainly felt like monsters were standing in your way.” For a long time, Minecraft’s combat has been, well, not exactly premium. Clicky clicky clicky. Swords flailing at air, the basic principle behind combat being the player who clicks most wins most.

For its lead developer Jens Bergensten, it was time for change in the form of Minecraft 1.9, the Combat Update, which released on February 29. “The combat system wasn’t very interesting and we simply wanted to give it a little bit more variation,” he tells me. But how could he design something that would be accepted by Minecraft’s huge playerbase, work with Minecraft’s networking system, and be as playable on touchscreens as mouse and keyboard? The answer was…

THE MECHANIC: Timing

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Minecraft Now An Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Minecraft AI

While Minecraft [official site] is no stranger to the classroom, computer scientists are now using Mojang and Microsoft’s famous build ’em up to improve artificial intelligence. For now, it’s in the hands of a small group of researchers/super smart boffin types by way of a private beta, however it’s going open-source come July. Find out more after the drop.

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Ridealong: The Ruin Of Minecraft’s Most Obscene Server

Ridealong is our monthly feature where Brendan travels deep into game worlds to meet, question and journey with the inhabitants that dwell within. This week, he dives into the most notorious and offensive server Minecraft has to offer to meet an archivist who is trying to save as many creations as possible.

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Cubic Violence: Minecraft Combat Update Released

Minecraft [official site] murderers can enjoy a little more vim in their BAM! and a little more pow in their BIF! now version 1.9 of the mega-popular craft ’em up has arrived. It’s nicknamed the ‘Combat Update’ for its focus on overhauling violence, with changes including adding shields and charged attacks so fighting is less about clicking frantically. But it also brings new blocks to build with, new enemies, and delicate wings which let people glide gracefully rather than plummet to their death.

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The RPG Scrollbars: Heroes. Don’t. Craft.

Few game mechanics right now make me ‘urrrrrrrrrrgh’ quite like crafting. Bloody, bloody crafting. I hate crafting. I hate that just about every game I pick up can’t wait to introduce its crafting system to me, with its long shopping lists of finnicky items to find, and about as much care for being believable as all those shotguns and medikits Lara Croft used to find littering ancient tombs. Crafting is the worst, and unlike something like the escort missions of old, it manages to be the worst regardless of how much it actually ends up wasting your time.

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The Good Life: Minecraft’s Life In The Woods Reborn

American trucks and the open road may be The Official RPS Escapist Fantasy right now, but in 2014 we did have a nice few days dreaming about seeking a life of solitute, contemplation, creativity, exploration, and self-sufficiency in the wilds.

Inspired by the writings of Henry D. Thoreau, Life in the Woods was a collection of Minecraft [official site] mods turning the build ’em up towards those feelings. Now curator Phedran has followed up with a new release adding multiplayer support and tuning the feelings to a slightly different direction.

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Microsoft Launching Minecraft: Education Edition

Back in my day, computers in schools were used for serious learning like making Podd explode. New parents, look at me and be glad that your kids may be learning Minecraft instead. The ubiquitous block ’em up has been in schools for a few years now, in part thanks to programs like MinecraftEdu, which combines a custom version of Minecraft with lesson plans and things. Now Microsoft, who already own Minecraft makers Mojang, have bought up MinecraftEdu and announced plans to release a revised and expanded Minecraft: Education Edition.

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Adventure Ho! Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode Started

Am I a big enough fan of Paul Reubens, dear Pee Wee Herman, to pick up Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] to hear more of him? Prrrobably not. Not until it’s a little cheaper, anyway. But perhaps your interest in Minecraft and/or Telltale Games’ episodic adventures and/or voice-havers like Patton Oswalt and Billy West is enough for you. If so, good news! The first episode of Telltale’s latest, which tells a story of would-be heroes in the world of Minecraft, launched last night.

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Civilizationcraft Gets Spiritual “Gods and Kings” Update

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No matter how many variants of “cool human does awesome thing in Minecraft” [official site] stories I hear about, I’m always blown away by the ingenuity some people have. This time, a team of modders have managed to bring much of Civilization [official site] into Mojang’s burgeoning sandbox. The mod is called Civilizationcraft [official site], and a new update has just added religion to the game.

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Minecraft 1.9 Update Gets Magic Flying Capes

Minecraft [official site] will let you live out your childhood Peter Pan-inspired dreams when it adds magic flying capes to its 1.9 update. Last night, developer Jens Bergensten took to social media to namedrop a new “dramatic feature” for the forthcoming update, before parting with some work-in-progress screens. Nip inside for pics and gifs galore.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Unearths Episode 1 Trailer

En garde! Touché!

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month – and no returns. Now we’ve dispensed with the formalities, OH GOD it’s October where did this come from I’m not ready for this did you know it was coming how could they let this happen? While October for me mostly means sudden dread of everything I thought was far in the future, it also means games that were due in the distant Earth month of Oct-tober are almost here. Such as: Minecraft: Story Mode [official site].

Telltale’s episodic adventure about a gang of building chums wanting to become like their heroes will start in a fortnight, as a new trailer reminds:

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Oculus Connect 2: Everything You Need To Know

Oculus Connect 2 is currently taking place in California and it’s brought with it a dozen announcements. No, not the price – though it’ll be at least $300. No, not a more specific release date than “Q1 2016”, though they did say the Touch controllers would be out Q2 2016. But if you want to know about watching Netflix in a virtual reality cinema, playing Minecraft on a VR headset, and which games are being developed specifically for the Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch, then read on for details and videos.

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