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Minecraft’s Update Aquatic splashes onto Java clients

Fish! Turtles! Dolphins! Tridents! All these and more washed ashore in Minecraft's Update Aquatic last week, but only for the Windows 10 version. Those salty friends have now appeared on the Java client, along with underwater ruins, shipwrecks and a special block that makes everything near it behave as if it was on dry land. I went for an underwater wander this morning. The developers…

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Minecraft’s Update Aquatic brings friendly dolphins and fetching reefs

I do like to be beside the seaside, but there's a lot to be said for diving into it and building oversized penis monuments. Fortunately the second and final part of Minecraft's "Update Aquatic" came out yesterday, and lets people with the Windows 10 version do exactly that. For players still on the Java version, work-in-progress snapshots have been available for a while but the…

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Mojang’s Scrolls returns as Caller’s Bane, completely free

A multiplayer game shutting down is always a sad thing. No matter how small the community behind it, there was a community, and undoubtedly someone is going to lose their favourite game or - worse still - their favourite buddy online. As such, it brings a smile to my face to see that Mojang's ill-fated CCG/Hex-based strategy hybrid Scrolls has officially relaunched, albeit under a different name.…

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The Boys are Blocky Now: FFXV skin pack for Minecraft

Minecraft is a strange phenomenon in gaming. Like a towering skyscraper, the mind stops recognizing it as a place for humans to inhabit, and it just becomes part of the landscape. Every now and then, something recognizable pokes out of a window and you're forced to re-assess your outlook on the world. In this case, it's the boys, girls and monsters of Final Fantasy XV,…

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Minecraft gets better down where it’s wetter

After years of fannying about with such frivolities as 'mining' and 'crafting', Minecraft is now focusing on what's truly important: swimming outdoors. Version 1.13 of Minecraft's Java Edition, nicknamed Update Aquatic, is still swimming through development but the latest work-in-progress 'snapshot' build launched yesterday and is full of goodies. Dolphins! Icebergs! 'Conduit' blocks that keep you from drowning! Different water colours for different biomes! Why…

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Mojang’s card game Scrolls shuts down next week

Scrolls, the battling card game from Minecraft studio Mojang, will finally shut down next week, on Tuesday the 13th of February. The official servers will shut down and the game become unplayable, though Mojang are hoping--not promising--that they will soon be able to release server software publicly so people can run their own. We've known for ages that Scrolls would shut down one day, since…

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Feature: Max Payne, eat your heart out

Have You Played… Cobalt?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Cobalt had two ideas that make it one of the best arena shooters I’ve played: automatic time slowing, and a roll button that deflects bullets. There’s a single player/co-op campaign, though when I played that was only there in bare-bones form. Not that it mattered, because…

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Minecraft Java testing official texture makeover

A minor makeover is coming up the good ol' original Java version of Minecraft, keeping those same blocky looks but remaking textures. Touching up everything from blocks to items and enemies, the new textures look like Minecraft but a little nicer. If you fancy seeing for yourself, hey, you can download and test this today. This is all unrelated to--and quite different from--the 4K HDR…

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Cobalt WASD gives the quirky platformer a competitive second lease of life

One of the stranger side-effects of Microsoft buying Minecraft studio Mojang is that quirky sci-fi platform shooter Cobalt has just quietly continued to exist. Published by the now-mighty Swedish company and made by Oxeye, development on it continued for years, eventually resulting in a low-key release accompanied by a broadly positive critical reception, like in our review here. Oxeye are clearly not done with Cobalt, though.…

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Minecraft Winton gets Stranger Things skin pack

Nostalgic horrorshow Stranger Things returned for a second season on Friday, you might have heard, and Minecraft celebrated its return with a Stranger Things DLC skin pack for the Windows 10 edition. I'm not normally jazzed about licensed skins but I was surprised by: 1) How well-done and recognisable characters are; 2) Quite how many secondary characters were Minecraftised. Also, I want to use this…

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Feature: We asked the experts

Should kids be taught in schools using Minecraft?

“The 14-year-old me was weeping inside” says Tom Bennett, the UK government’s school behaviour tsar. He’s recalling the time that Ian Livingstone – the co-creator of both Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy, the series of role-playing books – called him a “luddite”. “It really upset me, I used to love the books and the games that came from them.” The reason Bennett became the target…

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Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode has started season 2

Young people: what are they like? We just don't know. We've all heard the unlikely stories of these 'twenty-somethings' getting jobs, going to university, making friends, acquiring and using yoyos, and even playing video games, but what are the young'uns really into? You can now resume your undercover investigations, as Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2 [official site] has started. Telltale released the first episode…

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Minecraft Win 10 getting a new(er) look

The most recognisable game of the modern era is getting a new look. Sorta. Mojang have announced some graphics upgrades for Minecraft [official site], which will keep those old blocks but fancy everything up with new lighting including fancier shadows and god rays. This is Microsoft's own Windows 10-only version of Minecraft, mind - the one which started as the Pocket Edition. The original Java…

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 starts in July

Telltale Games have announced a second season of their cuboid adventure series Minecraft: Story Mode [official site]. As is the Telltale way, Season 2 will pick off where the first left off, remembering your decisions and lumping you with the consequences. Though the consequences here are somewhat sunnier than in e.g. The Walking Dead seasons, seeing as it's based on Minecraft. Season 2 will kick…

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Minecraft Windows 10 launching mod Marketplace

All right: who picked Minecraft in the pool for who'd try paid mods next? Come see me to collect your winnings. Mojang have announced the Minecraft Marketplace, a microtransaction store coming to sell skin and texture packs, adventure worlds, minigames, and more in the brick 'em up's Windows 10 and pocket telephone version. Mojang say they'll curate the store and only accept submissions from registered…

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Feature: A sailor went to C&C...

Have You Played… Crown and Council?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Don’t be tricked by the name, Crown and Council has nothing to do with monarchy or getting questionable advice from Cromwellian figures in black. Instead, it’s all about itty bitty expansionism on random maps, painting the tiny world your colour because your colour…

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Minecraft 1.12 introducing pretty new blocks and tiles

Minecraft [official site] is expanding its options for decorators in an upcoming update, the first test version of which is now available. Version 1.12 is introducing plain and simple concrete blocks which can be dyed -- perfect for pixel art monoliths too -- and beautiful glazed terracotta tiles with geometric patterns in different colours. They're really nice tiles! Most of Minecraft's blocks are materials rather…

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Crown and Council gets royally updated, still free

Hello your majesties. Crown and Council is the Mojang-made freebie that popped up unannounced last year, like a gatecrashing mole. I made a light snack of it plenty of times that week – a teeny weeny boardgamish strategy that felt like a single player version of Eight Minute Empire. Now I might be snacking on it again, because it has recently received an update, increasing…

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Minecraft 1.11 Brings Llamas & Magic Inventory Boxes

Everyone’s favourite block-based build-em-up contines to grow, like an unstoppable monster. A few months ago we saw polar bears introduced to Minecraft as well as underground fossils. Before that, the combat update brought skeleton riders and creepy block-mimicking creatures called Shulkers. Now Mojang has added the exploration update which adds llamas that can carry inventory and a very useful magic box.

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