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RPS Time Capsule: the games worth saving from 2009

A bit later than planned, but we’re back once again for another edition of The RPS Time Capsule, in which the RPS Treehouse undergoes a collective mind-melting experiment to pick their favourite, bestest best games from a specific year to be preserved and saved until the end of time. This month, we’ve shifted our game preservation gaze to 2009, so read on below to find out which games made the cut, and which have been cast off into the eternal games bin. Read more

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Students cleverly recreate entire Queen Mary’s College esports facility in Minecraft ahead of Minecraft Collegiate League

Two students from Queen Mary’s College (QMC) in Basingstoke have recreated the institution’s esports facility in Minecraft with impressive accuracy. QMC first opened its £300,000 esports facility in May 2021, which includes 52 gaming systems, an editing and streaming room, mini cafe and even a yoga room. The Esports BTEC qualification from Pearson UK and the British Esports Association is taught there, and the QM Samurai student teams take part in the British Esports Student Championships from there. Continue reading Students cleverly recreate entire Queen Mary’s College esports facility in Minecraft ahead of Minecraft Collegiate League

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NVIDIA creates Minecraft Winter Wonderland to raise money for children’s hospital

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. This free, 30 million block map spreads Christmas cheer and helps a very worthy cause. It’s the season of giving, and with Christmas around the corner, NVIDIA and Minecraft have created a fun, festive Minecraft experience for charity. Comprised of over 30 million blocks, this grin-inducing winter wonderland is a free-to-download custom Minecraft map, aimed at raising funding and awareness for London Children’s hospital – Great Ormond Street (GOSH). Taking full advantage of sexy ray-tracing tech, the map adds in…

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Minecraft hits over a trillion views on YouTube

Over the last 12 years, videos related to the blocky phenomenon have added up to over 30,000 years worth of viewing time. It might not surprise you to learn that Minecraft is pretty popular. What may be a shock, however, is that it has now amassed over a trillion views on YouTube. According to a new article published by YouTube, the video platform has confirmed that videos related to Mojang’s blocky sensation have been viewed more than a trillion times. Thanks to the game’s huge popularity, it’s taken just 12 years for videos on Minecraft to hit this particularly brain-breaking…

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I made an upside down pyramid house in a pretty Minecraft cave

Come one, come all, and witness one of the coolest Minecraft homes I’ve ever bothered to help make. Look, I’m not usually a builder in survival crafting games. I’m an explorer (and frequent dier). But, with the Caves & Cliffs Part 2 update that arrived last month, I’ve had a newfound purpose: create the coolest home I can find in the biggest cave I can find. And so I give to you, the upside down deepslate pyramid (located right beneath some festive tundra!) Read more

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Play therapy prescribes video games to combat anxiety

As someone with bipolar, I have often wondered why sinking several hours into something soothing such as Shovel Knight does so much for my soul. However I recently read that Geek Therapy, a non-profit advocating the use of video games for wellness, promote using world-building games such as Minecraft, Roblox, Animal Crossing, and Fortnite to help people deal with mental health issues. While play therapy has long promoted the therapeutic powers of escapism to imaginary worlds, it is more recently that thought has gone into how these online experiences can be used to combat my, I mean someone’s, anxiety and…

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Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Part 2 is finally here

We’ve waited so long for Minecraft‘s Caves & Cliffs update to be complete, but it’s finally here. Caves & Cliffs Part 2 arrived today, bringing with it deeper underground layers, taller mountains, and a couple of new biomes to explore. I’ve been really eager for the 1.18 update specifically so I can build a nice home in the new Lush Cave biomes. Underground houses are the best! And now I can live near pretty cave plants! Read more

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Minecraft is now on Xbox Game Pass For PC in both Java and Bedrock forms

Yeah yeah Xbox Game Pass For PC offers a load of great games at a suspiciously low price, but what about Microsoft’s actually big games? Finally, the big’un has arrived: Minecraft. Both the original Java and cross-platform Bedrock versions of Minecraft arrived on Microsoft’s subscription service today, packaged into a unified launcher. This comes ahead of plans to give all PC Minecrafters access to both versions next year. Read more

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Everything you need to know about mangrove swamps in Minecraft

Want to know more about mangrove swamps in Minecraft? At Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang revealed that mangrove swamps – one of the options in the biome vote way back in 2019 – are finally coming to Minecraft. Many of the ideas mentioned back then, including mangrove trees and frogs, will be key features of the mangrove swamp biome. This guide will explain everything that you need to know about mangrove swamps in Minecraft, including when mangrove swamps will be released, what you will find in the new biome, and how to grow your own mangrove trees with propagules. Read more

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Minecraft 1.19 release date: The Wild Update

Want to know more about the Minecraft 1.19 update? The Wild Update was revealed at Minecraft Live 2021, where we got details about all of the new additions, including frogs, fireflies, and mangrove swamps. This will be the first Minecraft update in 2022, and will be the next major update after Caves and Cliffs part 2. This guide will explain everything that you can expect with Minecraft 1.19, so that you don’t go wild looking for details all over. Read more

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Minecraft Dungeons is getting seasons, a battle pass and more

Mojang plans to keep Minecraft spin-off Minecraft Dungeons alive a little longer with a battle pass, seasonal updates and more besides. Hack-and-slash dungeon-crawling Minecraft spin-off, Minecraft Dungeons, will be getting even more new content later this year – with plenty more set to be added further down the line. “Heroes, the adventure continues!” announced the official Minecraft Dungeons Twitter account during this year’s Minecon Live. “Seasonal Adventures are coming to Dungeons! Advance through an all-new progression system to earn pets, flairs, emotes and skins!” There will also be a non-paid, free Battle Pass track that will unlock various in-game currencies,…

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Minecraft Dungeons adds roguelikelike singleplayer mode this December

Minecraft Dungeons has finished telling its story through a number of DLCs that have released over the last year, but Mojang isn’t done with the blocky Diablo-like just yet. They’re introducing seasonal updates that they’re calling Seasonal Adventures, adding progression systems, challenges and more – similar to the new Sea Of Thieves’ Seasons. Season 1 will be called The Cloudy Climb, and it’s coming this December. Read more

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Minecraft’s Caves & Cliffs: Part 2 coming soon, The Wild update and Allay mob coming in 2022

Caves & Cliffs: Part 2 is finally on the horizon, and there’s more in the works for the blocky game. During Minecon Live today, Mojang introduced the next big update to Minecraft: The Wild Update. The free update will introduce new gameplay mechanics, depth, and new blocks and mobs, including mud, mangrove trees and swamps, updated swamps, frogs, and frog eggs. Players will also be able to place chests on boats. Launching alongside the Wild Update will be the Deep Dark biome and the hostile Warden mob. The content will include a reimagined look at the cities of this complex…

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Minecraft introduces one new mob candidate: the grouchy little Glare

Mojang’s big all-things-Minecraft show Minecraft Live is coming up this weekend and, like last year, they’ll have players voting on which new creature should be added to the game. They’ve shown off just one of the options so far, the Glare mob that can alert you to monster-spawning light levels. It seems like a neat little friend, from what we can see down here in the little teaser video, but I’m wondering if there’s more to this new mob than they’ve let on. We’ll be seeing more new mob options throughout this week as the show and the vote approach….