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Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools

Related Topics – Minecraft, Mojang Specifications, PC
Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools

Customization is central to Minecraft, and an upcoming update will make that aspect even more robust. With the 1.8 update, you'll be able to directly impact aspects of the terrain generator, from aspects like "Biome Depth Offset" to "Depth Noise Component."

Watch: Using the customizable sliders »

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Shack Snack: April 23, 2014

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Welcome to the Shack Snack--a revival of our MIA Shacknews Daily. Every morning, we'll be giving you a one-minute recap of three big news stories. Let us know what you think and don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube!

Read more: Yesterday's biggest stories »

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How Minecraft helped revive Age of Wonders 3

How Minecraft helped revive Age of Wonders 3

Age of Wonders 3 came back to life after a long absence, and we might just have Minecraft to thank for it. Lead designer Lennert Sas says that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson not only helped finance the game, but provided valuable feedback as well.

Read more: "Come to Sweden!" »

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Star Wars: Masters of the Force trailer highlights Jedi and Sith

Star Wars: Masters of the Force trailer highlights Jedi and Sith

Star Wars Pinball is ready to unleash more of the Force on April 29 with its 'Heroes Within' tables. Zen Studios has already shown off three of the four tables and has arguably saved the best for last, revealing a showcase of the film's greatest Jedi and Sith with a trailer for the 'Masters of the Force' table.

Watch: Jedi Masters and Sith Lords »

"That table looks amazing. I'm going to have so much to play come May!"
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WildStar adds bonus beta weekend and ups level cap

Related Topics – WildStar, PC, NCSoft, Carbine Studios
WildStar adds bonus beta weekend and ups level cap

Carbine is sensing the excitement for their upcoming MMORPG WildStar and would like to get more players into the game's beta. That's why the studio is opening up a special bonus beta weekend, starting on April 25. On top of that, Carbine is upping the game's level cap from 20 to 25.

Read more: New quests added »

"i have never yet seen a queue.. that being said, I'm sure it will be just dandy come launch!"
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Borderlands, Civilization 3 & 4 will survive GameSpy shutdown

Borderlands, Civilization 3 & 4 will survive GameSpy shutdown

With GameSpy's online services set to shut down on May 31, 2K Games has stepped forward and announced which of its online-enabled multiplayer games will survive the closure. Borderlands, Civilization III, and Civilization IV, and their respective expansions will all begin making the transition from GameSpy servers to Steamworks in the coming days, while several other games will see their multiplayer servers go down with the GameSpy ship.

Read more: The list of casualties »

"Borderlands 1 on Steamworks? Awesome! Time to gather some friends. Never played 1 coop due to ..."
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Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure gets whacked to May 7

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure gets whacked to May 7

Those that backed the crowdfunded Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure may be wondering where the game is, since it was originally scheduled to arrive today on PC and Mac. Unfortunately, Tex's triumphant return has hit a last-second snag and the FMV adventure has been delayed until May 7.

Watch: The delay announcement »

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Plague Inc 'Mega Mutation' update adds Mega-Brutal difficulty

Related Topics – Plague Inc., Android, iOS, Ndemic Creations
Plague Inc 'Mega Mutation' update adds Mega-Brutal difficulty

Ndemic Creations recently brought a PC version of their epidemic fest Plague Inc to Steam Early Access back in February. But the plague is still spreading across the original iOS version and has gotten more severe, thanks to a free 'Mega Mutation' update that deployed today.

Read more: New cheats added »

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Next Ace Attorney game set in turn-of-the-century Japan

Related Topics – 3DS, Capcom, Ace Attorney Series
Next Ace Attorney game set in turn-of-the-century Japan

The next Ace Attorney game looks to be an even more radical departure than Apollo Justice. According to new details from a Japanese publication, not only will the sixth Ace Attorney star a whole new protagonist, it will also take place in an entirely different century.

Read more: Turn-of-the-century turnabouts »

"I'd like to see localization westernize their way out of this one."
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Call of Duty 2014 image gives glimpse at next-gen

Call of Duty 2014 image gives glimpse at next-gen

This year's Call of Duty game is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the first release ever since Activision committed to giving three years of development time for each annual release. And while current-gen versions of this year's game are planned, Slegehammer's Call of Duty plans on being "next-gen first."

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"eh Crysis did that 7 years ago so much harder to simulate us palefaces. Too much subsurface ..."
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment coming to Vita this summer

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment coming to Vita this summer

Like its predecessor, Vita is becoming the home of JRPGs. Bandai Namco has announced yet another addition to the Vita RPG line-up: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. Based on the popular anime of the same name, Hollow Fragment follows main character Kirito as he attempts to make his way to the top of the Aincrad and not die. Finally! A game based on the anime about a game. It's come full circle.

Watch: A fansubbed trailer »

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Soulcalibur: Lost Souls goes free-to-play on PS3 today

Soulcalibur: Lost Souls goes free-to-play on PS3 today

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, Bandai Namco's free-to-play take on the fighter, will be available on PS3 today. Unlike Tekken Revolution, Lost Swords is a single-player only affair. It also changes the core gameplay rather drastically by introducing a new elemental-based system. Weapons can be imbued with specific effects, like wind and fire. Players will have to select which weapons to take into battle in order to give them the edge for victory.

Read more: Collect items and customize »

"I might not download it at all, if it doesn't at least have local multiplayer."
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Power Rangers Super Megaforce coming to 3DS

Power Rangers Super Megaforce coming to 3DS

Following up on last year's Power Rangers Megaforce game, Bandai Namco has announced a sequel: Power Rangers Super Megaforce for Nintendo 3DS. Presumably, it will be far more super than the predecessor.

Read more: Play as the Mighty Morphin Rangers too »

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BlizzCon 2014 dated for November, tickets go on sale for $199

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BlizzCon 2014 dated for November, tickets go on sale for $199

BlizzCon is returning for yet another year. The eighth convention will take place on November 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. There, fans will be able to get hands-on with the latest version of Blizzards games, watch finals for various eSports championships, and hear panels from game developers.

Like last year, tickets will go on sale for $199 (plus taxes and fees) in two batches: one on May 7th, and the other on May 10th. In addition, an exclusive pre-BlizzCon charity dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will go on sale on May 14th.

Read more: How to buy tickets »

"We should probably start practicing if we're going to enter as a pro HotS team this year."
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Dragon Age: Inquisition hero 'much more of an actor' than DA2

Dragon Age: Inquisition hero 'much more of an actor' than DA2

BioWare has been distancing the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition from the divisive Dragon Age 2. A recent interview with executive producer Mark Darrah sheds more light on which changes to the sequel were intentional, and how the Inquisition faction will bear more resemblance to the first game's Grey Wardens.

Read more: "We pushed too hard" »

"The game also looked like a late generation PS2 game. Dragon Age: Origins was and and still is ..."
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