A 1:1 scale model of Earth is possible in Minecraft, with mods and your help

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A 1:1 scale model of Earth is possible in Minecraft, with mods and your help

Building the entire world in Minecraft on a 1:1 scale seems like it should be possible. It's not, though: Minecraft has limitations, most importantly its 256 block height limitation, which won't exactly allow the construction of, say, Mount Everest. But with the use of two important mods, one YouTuber has not only avoided that height limitation, but has also automated the process of mapping the world.

After a disastrous launch, Steam top-seller Last Oasis is temporarily going offline and giving full refunds

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After a disastrous launch, Steam top-seller Last Oasis is temporarily going offline and giving full refunds

Last Oasis, like a lot of multiplayer games, has not had a smooth launch. The Early Access survival MMO released on March 26 but by that evening was suffering from widespread connection issues which quickly got worse until the game was unplayable for most people. Three days later and Last Oasis is still not working, despite its developers working around the clock and providing frequent updates. But with no end in sight for Last Oasis's server issues, developer Donkey Crew has decided to take servers offline for a week and offer players a full refund regardless of play time.

Gabe Newell was a World of Warcraft gold farmer

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Gabe Newell was a World of Warcraft gold farmer

Gabe Newell: CEO and co-founder of Valve, recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship award, billionaire, and as we have now learned a gold farmer in World of Warcraft (retired). The topic came up in a recent interview with Edge Magazine, where Newell discussed the evolution of Steam, explaining that at a certain point Valve started thinking of games "as productivity platforms" rather than just entertainment.

This great Steam page highlights all the new indies from cancelled EGX Rezzed

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This great Steam page highlights all the new indies from cancelled EGX Rezzed

The cancellation of a bunch of conventions this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic stinks for the big publishers, but it hurts indies the most. Indies on PC really only prosper via word of mouth, so they need those convention-goers to learn about their games. Nonrefundable airline tickets suck, to boot. Valve’s doing a bit to lessen the sting, and has gone ahead and pushed the digital page for new games that would have been at EGX Rezzed this weekend. (Though maybe it's still happening in July?) The Rezzed Digital collection is a visual treat, a scrolling wall of gorgeous and silly looking games that is a balm to me in these trying times. It’s a promise of the lovely future of brand new games coming our way. Here are just a few of my highlights: 

Accidental crossplay between Star Wars: Jedi Academy on PC and console is a slaughter

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Accidental crossplay between Star Wars: Jedi Academy on PC and console is a slaughter

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy first released in  2003, and it was good, and its innovative and still-unique lightsaber dueling mechanics garnered a fanatical group of players that have kept up the game for nearly 17 years. Just this week developer Aspyr Media re-released Jedi Academy on PS4 and Nintendo Switch with updated controls for modern consoles, and it seems like the game’s appeal is still strong—plus, the general multiplayer modes are fully functional. It does everything the old PC game does. It also does these things perhaps too well, including apparently accidental crossplay between PC and console, because by direct-connecting to the IP of the unlisted console multiplayer servers PC players are able to join those games. Some of those players just want to hang out with new blood in an old game. Others are deploying cheats, trolling, and fighting as unfairly as they can. The contrast between keyboard and mouse advantage, plus more than a decade of gameplay knowhow, against how Jedi Academy controls on consoles is not pretty. It is, in fact, kind of a slaughter. Here’s a pretty mild example: 

Cute village-builder Charterstone becomes the first legacy board game to go digital

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Cute village-builder Charterstone becomes the first legacy board game to go digital

Just under two years after it was announced, the legacy board game Charterstone has released on Steam. In Charterstone, players compete to best develop a new settlement, each trying to become the most famous and powerful among the local leaders. Charterstone is the first legacy board game to come to a digital platform. Legacy board games are some of the most popular and innovative games on the tabletop today, using mechanics that permanently change the game and game board from session to session. Best played with the same group repeatedly, these games are notoriously hard to get completed. Enter digital. The digital adaptation of Charterstone allows you to play the campaign single or multiplayer in full online or in local hot-seat, including with Steam’s Remote Play Together feature. The multiplayer is also cross-platform with the iOS and Android versions of the game. 

A reworked Nier Replicant, the prequel to Nier: Automata, is coming to PC

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A reworked Nier Replicant, the prequel to Nier: Automata, is coming to PC

Square Enix has announced that a remastered Nier Replicant, the cult classic prequel to smash success Nier Automata, is coming to PC via Steam. So far Square Enix has only released a teaser for the new version, appropriately and oddly titled “NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…”. The game is being developed by Toylogic in cooperation with Square Enix and Nier series developer Platinum Games. The game was described by Square Enix producer Yusuke Saito as a “version up” rather than a remake or remaster: The new version will include fully voiced lines, new content, new music by the original composer, and even the possibility of a new ending. Nier got lukewarm reception from critics at release, but interest in the game has grown after the smash success of related game Nier Automata. Here’s the rather moody teaser: 

See Doom Eternal in third-person

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See Doom Eternal in third-person

The FearLess Cheat Engine community have been tinkering with Doom Eternal enabling console commands that have resulted in discoveries like the pistol, a weapon that was removed from the finished game. They've also got a rudimentary third-person view working, as you can see. Since Doom Eternal has a multiplayer battlemode complete with demons it makes sense that all that ripping and tearing of the glory kill animations would be modeled, but it's still odd to see them from behind.