Posts Tagged ‘Minecraft’

Minecraft Precusor Wurm Brings New Version To Steam

Wurm Online [official site] is the sandbox MMO co-founded by one Markus Persson back in 2003, but he left in 2007 to pursue other interests. You might have heard of one of them. While he hasn’t been involved for years, you don’t have to look far to see shared DNA in Wurm and Minecraft: Java-based, building-focused survival in an open world, where everything but the landscape is created by players. It lacks the immediacy of Minecraft (to say the least) and never saw anything like the success, but has its fervent fans – including Graham of this parish, and Quintin formerly of this parish.

Now, a brand new version/spin-off of Wurm is coming to Steam, with an offline option and private server support: does the mainstream await?
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Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode Starts October 15th

Minecraft: Story Mode [official site] is, confusingly, not a story mode for Minecraft. It’s a separate episodic series of adventure games from Telltale Games, the merry gang behind The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands and all that. As Adam noted, it’s an adventure in that Telltale style which seems to smoosh together the LEGO Movie and Minecraft YouTuber adventures – and to that I’ll add what I imagine my niece’s dreams must look like after an afternoon of sweeties and Minecraft.

The first of five episodes, named ‘The Order of the Stone’, will be coming on October 15th, Telltale and Mojang announced today. Here, come see that trailer again:

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The Future Of Minecraft’s Biggest Servers

Hypixel’s hub speaks to its sophisticated approach to getting players committed, displaying stats and giving lots of ways of showing off both real and virtual money spending.

Good news, Microsoft! Minecraft is still popular. And that means its big minigame servers are still popular, too. Places like Mineplex, Hypixel and GuildCraft, where rather than the standard survival or creative Minecraft, you play heavily modded multiplayer games. To many Minecraft players, the servers and the games they play on them, from Survival Games to SkyBlock, are Minecraft. Mineplex, at the time I’m writing this on a Friday lunchtime in the UK, has 12,022 players online. That would put it among the top 20 games being played on Steam. Hypixel has 16,449 players online right now.

They’re huge, and Duncan wrote a great intro to the server scene last year, but despite their size, I didn’t really know how they work or what makes them tick. So I chatted to a couple of their creators to find out, and I encountered a surprising world that’s undergoing big change, facing big challenges, and holding big potential.

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Minecraft PC/Mobile Crossplay Means You Can Never Escape From Playing It With Your Kid

If you’re a parent who thought that buying your child a cheap smartphone or tablet would spare your PC from being taken up with endless block-chipping, I’ve got some bad news for you. A new patch introduces crossplay for the Windows 10 version of Minecraft [official site] and the Pocket Edition on iOS and Android – anyone on the same network can play together. Which means that yes, sorry, your time with your PC will once again be spent looking at your kid’s mangled recreations of Ben 10 monsters and vloggers you’ve never heard of. I guess this constitutes both a reason to upgrade to Windows 10 and a reason not to upgrade to it, eh?

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Far Lands: Minecraft’s Almighty 4K Render Distance

Minecraft [official site] with mind-blisteringly distant horizons, rendered to 4,000 blocks, looks like a different game. The world stretches in every direction, full of mystery and possibilities. The puniness of your constructions is laid bare as the enormity of nature seems prepared to swallow them whole. It’s stunning, as you can see in the video below.

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No More Click-Click-Click: Minecraft’s Combat Changes

Minecraft [official site] has added an awful lot over the years, but the fundamentals were mostly settled years ago. Now, Mojang are finally having a crack at improving its combat, and yesterday the developers released a test ‘snapshot’ build from version 1.9, showing their first crack at reworking fisticuffs. They’re kicking it off by introducing an attacking charging system, which means an end to click-click-click-click-click-clicking.

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Minecraft’s Brutalist Build Yields Beauty

Created by Wuxa, image via BlockWorks

The Minecraft Brutalist Build yielded some rather attractive results as part of RIBA’s Day of Play earlier this month. The Brutalist Build was a partnership between RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) and BlockWorks, a team or artists, architects and designers who specialise in Minecraft projects.

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Why Loads Of People Are Playing Trove (& Why I’m Not)

“We should look at Trove,” mused RPS’s Dark Gods. “Hundreds of thousands of people are playing it, so there must be something interesting about it. You, Thrall Meer, go investigate.” I gazed at Trove’s key art, sneered at how it looked like someone tried to remake Minecraft out of fossilised blancmange and then stuck 1980s sweets all over it, and despaired. Then I went in, and I found out why it’s so popular.

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Is Early Access A Good Thing For Players Or Developers?

Early Access games are here to stay, but is that cause for concern or celebration? We gathered to discuss whether early access benefits developers or players in its current state, and how we’d make it better. Along the way, we discussed the best alpha examples, paying for unfinished games, our love of regularly updated mods, Minecraft and the untapped potential of digital stores.

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It’s Always Sunny In Minelandia: Movie Director Announced

Heigh ho, heigh ho.

I only know Rob McElhenney as an actor in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which I only know as ‘that sitcom about nasty people being nasty to each other which a former flatmate really liked’, so the announcement that he’ll be directing the Minecraft [official site] movie is baffling to me. I’ve had a quick scan of his IMDB page and… no, co-creating and starring in a comedy of unpleasantness is by far the biggest thing he’s done. Well then! This might be interesting.

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How Has Microsoft Changed Minecraft?

Stepping into the main hall at Minecon, the huge annual get-together for Minecraft fans all over the world, you wouldn’t know that Microsoft existed – much less that it paid $2.5 billion dollars to acquire Mojang less than a year ago. The only sign of the multinational software giant’s presence is a monochrome rendition of its logo on the shoulders of its staffers. A logo which, coincidentally, is four flat blocks. Most people probably aren’t even aware the company is there at all.

Since the Mojang acquisition, Microsoft has very carefully stayed in the shadows to avoid spooking the game’s tens of millions of enthusiastic players. At this year’s Minecon I spoke to Mojang staff and Minecraft fans to find out how the acquisition has affected one of the world’s most popular games.

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Crafting Mechanics Are Unfit For Purpose

Bethesda have a spectacular talent for making moth-eaten ideas feel like revolutionary concepts: Fallout 4 [official site] will let you play a property baron who constructs not just houses but connected settlements from bits of duct tape and broken globe. I was beside myself with excitement at this news – giddy, even – but not because of any particular flair on display in the five-minute crafting reveal at E3. As my New Vegas mod list and cack-handed fumbling with the Creation Kit will attest, I’m a sucker for anything that lets me inhabit the Wasteland. The idea of reshaping it by my own hand (benevolent, naturally) is intoxicating, even if the mechanics are crap.

And crafting mechanics are almost always crap.

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Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Announced

A new version of Minecraft [official site] based on the Pocket Edition is coming to Windows 10, Mojang have announced, but ye olde traditionale Java version will continue to be updated for the foreseeable future.

Cross-platform play with the Pocket Edition on other platforms is the main big draw, but it’ll have problems too – mod support is uncertain at this point, for starters. Still, the Java version will continue to exist. If you’re curious, the Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will launch in beta alongside the launch of Windows 10 on July 29th.

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Episodic Awesome: Telltale’s Minecraft – Story Mode

When Telltale announced that they’d be working on an episodic Minecraft adventure game [official site], the old hound cynicism sloped across my chamber and nestled its head in my lap, looking up at the screen with eyes like sorrowful saucers. He let out a wheezy whine. The size of the license is more important than the potential for pleasant, semi-passive interactive storytelling, it seemed to say.

The first trailer, which you can see below, has sent the cur scurrying back to his den within the scullery. Story Mode doesn’t look particularly interesting, during this initial glimpse, but the direction Telltale are taking is clearer. It’s somewhere between the blocky playfulness and creative commentary of The Lego Movie, and the ongoing adventures of a thousand Minecraft Youtubers.

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Tabletop Gaming: HoloLens Meets Minecraft

Microsoft wowed me with an impressive display of their HoloLens augmented virtual reality visor yesterday. Jury’s out on whether it was real magic or just an illusion, but the hardware’s integration with Minecraft looks like the stuff of sci-fi. Minecraft worlds appear on your tabletop with full gesture and voice commands allowing you to navigate and interact in realtime.

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Get Fresh: Splatoon Comes To Minecraft

I’ve been mighty envious of my pals who’ve been playing Splatoon on their Wii U. Nintendo’s squid-splatting multiplayer shooter, where victory is judged by how much ground your team covers with ink and killing enemies is just a way to help that along, looks fab. But as sure as Nintendo won’t bring it to PC, folks will make their own versions of it on PC. Oh look, they already have!

Now out for Minecraft [official site] is a map recreating the splattathon. Oh of course it’s not the same, but I’m always impressed by how people are inspired by things we can’t have.

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Minecraft Is The Most Watched Game On YouTube

The stats are in. YouTube videos of Minecraft [official site] – Notch’s unshakeable elder god of PC gaming – have been watched more times than any other video game during the website’s 10 year reign.

But how many of those videos are about constructing giant block wangs? YouTube may not say, but the investigative journalist in me says “many.” Speaking with the Washington Post, YouTube’s global head of gaming content Ryan Wyatt said there are over 42 million Minecraft videos on the site, with “Minecraft” being the second most searched-for term overall.

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Interview: MinecraftEdu And Digital Citizenship

Last year I spoke to Joel Levin, creator and co-founder of MinecraftEdu, a school-friendly remix of Minecraft [official site] which is designed to be used in schools. Levin spoke with eloquence and hope about how the blockbuilding game can be used to teach children internet etiquette, patience, general learning skills, and every subject from science to history to foreign languages. Below is an excerpt of the interview which charts the initial inspiration for the software and which is full of good, inspirational examples for how to make “screen time” healthy and useful for kids.

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How To Play Games And Chat With The RPS Community

Get involved!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has one of the friendliest and most active games communities online, but it’s possible that you’ve never peeled back the mask of the frontpage to discover the forums, guilds and game groups that lie beyond.

If you’re intrigued and you’d like to join the forum, find people to play with, or chat with other RPS readers, read on for a guide to what’s happening and instructions on how to get involved.

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Colossus Deathbot Lets You Nuke Your Minecraft Foes

It's like a gigantic weaponised Christmas Tree“Oooh! A rendering of Alexandra Palace in Minecraft? I wonder if they included the ice cream van because… wait, someone built a walking attack robot colossus?” That was a faithful recreation of the experience of browsing the Minecraft subreddit today.

Here’s Cubehamster’s Redstone Robot Colossus:

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