Indie Genre RSS Feed | Indie on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network Minecraft Bees Guide: How to Craft a Beehive and More! Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:38:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

The latest Minecraft update is here and it brings a brand new mob to play with -- bees!

All "Minecraft got a new bug" jokes aside, you can now find lots of bees (don't look now, try to act casual!) in three different biomes, as well as nests, hives, and honeycombs to use for crafting.

The bees just arrived, so there's a lot of speculation and uncertainty about where they spawn and how to interact with them. Here's everything we know so far!

Where To Find Minecraft Bees

Bees are neutral mobs that won't attack you unless you attack them first, which is a fairly bad idea, since they will sting.

Simulating stinger loss, bees will automatically die 20 seconds after stinging a player.

Besides causing damage, bees don't drop anything if they die this way, so try to avoid ticking them off and getting stung. 

Bees will travel between their hives or nests and any location with flowers to collect pollen and nectar.  At the moment, bee nests are only found to spawn in these locations:

  • Beneath trees in forest biomes
  • In plains biomes
  • In sunflower plains biomes

If they can't find any locations to acquire pollen or nectar, they will eventually return to their home hive for a short duration. During night time and rain storms, bees will also stop their current activity and return to their home nest to wait until morning.

In the event a bee's home nest is destroyed or it gets lost, it will search until it finds a different nest to set as its home base.

Bees will follow you around when carrying a flower, and they can be bred with flowers to make new baby bees.

Using Bee Hives And Nests

After gathering pollen from flowers, bees return to their nests and hives to create honey. Full hives and nests are visibly noticeable because they will drop single blocks of honey.

How to Craft a Beehive

Nests can be sheared for honeycombs, and the process can be automated with a dispenser rather than using shears manually. That's an important process, because you can now craft your own beehives using this recipe:

  • Planks x3
  • Honeycomb x3
  • Planks x3

Besides shearing for honeycombs, hives and nests are used to gather honey by placing a dispenser or bottle against the block.

Full honey bottles don't stack in your inventory, however honey can be eaten while full and it has high saturation.

Using a single honey bottle while crafting will result in Sugar x 3 being added to your inventory.

You are supposed to retrieve honey from a hive after a bee completes its flying dance, indicating more honey has been added to the location, but there's an exploit available at the moment.

While it will likely be fixed soon, a bug with the initial release of bees allows you to fill glass bottles with honey from completely empty bee hives and nests. Take advantage of it while you can, because it won't be around long!

Bee nests and hives can be moved by a player if you want to relocate your bee home base to a better position, but they will be destroyed unless you pick them up using the silk touch enchantment.

Finally, campfire smoke is supposed to calm angry bees, but that functionality appears to be bugged as placing a campfire beneath a nest or hive doesn't actually do anything right now.

Found any other uses for bees, or know of any other places where they are spawning? Leave us a comment below, then check out our other Minecraft guides:

Minecraft Snapshot 19W34A is the Bee's Knees — And the Rest of the Bee Too Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:28:09 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Mojang is introducing the latest Snapshot to Minecraft Java 1.15, Snapshot 19w34a, and it's all about bees.

Snapshots in Minecraft are test segments for the Java version of the game that introduce one or more new elements. This one focuses on creating and raising bees, plus making good use of all the honey they offer — assuming they're treated right, of course.

Bees are a new neutral mob that, as in real life, won't harm you unless you harm them. It's for the best not to harm them, too, since they die after stinging you. Also like in real life, bees in Minecraft are attracted to flowers and spend all their time enjoying them before going back to their hives and doing it all over again.

In the process, they help pollinate crops and bring their bee friends over to join the flower party as well — sometimes. Some bees will keep the knowledge all to themselves, while others share information in their Nests.

If the plan is keeping bees around, they'll need a Nest or Hive nearby. Otherwise, they roam until they find one. They also roam if they can't find nectar and need to return home if it begins to rain.

The Snapshot introduces a few new features as well, like the dispenser and a copy_state function for Loot Tables. The full notes plus a list of fixed bugs can be found here.

The new Snapshot is one in a line of new additions and plans for the game this year, following the big Pillage and Village update earlier this year, which saw a bevy of new additions to the ever-expanding sandbox experience.

On top of that, those hoping to move on from Minecraft's blocky graphics might find interest in the recent announcement of new ray tracing graphics updates planned on the back of the dead Super Duper Graphics update.

Minecraft is officially 10 years old, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

This is What the PS5 Dev Kit Looks Like — Maybe Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:52:59 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Sony has been fairly quiet about its next-gen console so far, but we might have half a clue about what the dev kit looks like at least.

Matthew Stott, senior artist with development studio Codemasters, confirmed that a recent patent design circulating around the 'net is, in fact, for the PlayStation 5. Stott tweeted this two days ago, but his tweets are protected, meaning only followers can see them (the image below is what he confirmed).

The patent itself doesn't technically state what the device is, but there are other factors apart from Stott's confirmation suggesting this is Sony's next console.

First is the patent itself, which categorizes the device under class 14.02, which LetsGoDigital, the site that first reported on the patent, says is used for other game consoles, including the PS4.

Then there's the person labeled as the designer: Yusuhiro Ootori. Ootori is one of Sony's chief engineers and was also responsible for the PlayStation 4.

The timing is also significant. The patent lists the priority date, which is basically a product's legal birthday, as November 2018, not too long after rumors started swirling about the PlayStation 5.

As we've seen with the Nintendo NX and countless other consoles and know from years of similar "leaks," dev kits tend to go out well in advance of a console's actual reveal and launch.

Sony has also (slowly) been revealing tidbits about the system, including some of its capabilities, the system's target audienceand the importance of rectifying one of the PS4's mistakes by supporting backwards compatibility and cross-gen play. 

It's important to note that development kits rarely, if ever, resemble the final product, so you can rest easy knowing the PlayStation 5 probably won't be a giant V with fans the size of a TV set.

HyperX WoW Classic Stream to Bring the Pre-launch Hype on August 26 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:42:38 -0400 Ashley Shankle

World of Warcraft Classic is less than a week away from launch. Even now, during the name registration, phase servers are filling up and new ones are being made to accommodate the perhaps larger-than-anticipated audience for WoW's first real return to classic Azeroth.

The hype is very much undeniably real!

To celebrate this return to form for the community, peripherals manufacturer HyperX will host a special livestream event titled HyperX Kickoff to WoW Classic in the hours leading up to launch on August 26. The stream will feature a number of notable names from the World of Warcraft community, with HealingStat and AskJoshy hosting the stream.

Lasting from 11 a.m. PDT to 3:30 p.m. PDT, the HyperX stream will feature panels with top WoW streamers, a member of the game's development team, and exclusive videos to stoke the flames of sheer hype, though I think we can all agree, that needs no stoking. If your hype flame's not at full blast right about now, you're not doing it right.

Guests specifically named to attend the event and share their World of Warcraft stories and experiences with the community are Sonii Digital, Asmongold, JakenbakeLIVE, Kate, and Esfand.

WoW Classic will launch at 3 p.m. PDT on August 26, with the HyperX stream starting four hours earlier and going 30 minutes into launch, which will hopefully keep you from losing it in the infancy of your queue time.

You'll be able to pop into the stream at both as well as Be sure to sit down and get comfy with the rest of the WoW Classic community as one of gaming's most historic and iconic eras rises once more.

Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Live Stream Slated For August 30 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:52:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

While Cyberpunk 2077's release may still be more than six months away, fans are about to get a major look at some new gameplay footage, as well as a large chunk of the game world, in an upcoming stream.

After showing off footage at Gamescom 2019, developer CD Projekt Red is gearing up to launch a global live stream next week that includes information about the Night City district of Pacifica and the many Cyberpunk customization elements that will be on offer.

The live stream will be available via Mixer and Twitch next Friday, August 30, at 11 a.m. PDT.

After showcasing 15 minutes of gameplay that was shown at Gamescom over the past several days, members of the development team will discuss design decisions and reveal new info about how the game world works. CD Projekt Red also commented:

This stream will be available for everyone to watch, so all of you, wherever you are, have a chance to feel a bit of gamescom — or any other trade show — at home. Hosting the entire thing will be our very own Hollie Bennett, our UK head of comms, and the dev line up will include some familiar faces you know and like.

After seeing the game's first jaw-dropping teaser trailer in 2013, years of waiting will finally pay off when Cyberpunk 2077 officially lands on April 16, 2020.

For those that have missed the latest news, we recently reported Polish magazine translations talking about a new game plus mode as well as the game's skill system, and we now know details about the game's branching prologue and potential overall installation size.

Age of Empires 4 Gameplay Reportedly Coming in November — Wololo! Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:29:47 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Praise the RTS gods and goddesses. Gameplay for the long-anticipated Age of Empires 4 is finally (we hope) coming in November. If a literal wink is to be believed, gameplay will be shown off at Microsoft's XO19 fan event in London, England, later this year. The event runs from November 14-16. 

The news comes from a GameStar interview with General Manager Marketing for Xbox Aaron Greenberg (via PC Gamer). 

At about 5:55:03 in the GameStar interview stream, which we've included below for quick reference, Greenberg says when asked when players will get to see gameplay of AoE 4

Listen, our next big beat is going to be XO19. I would suggest people watch that. That's also November 14. It's the day that Age [of Empires 2: Definitive Edition] launches. We will be celebrating ... I cannot confirm nor deny anything [winks at the camera]. But you'll definitely want to tune in ... that'll be our biggest Inside Xbox event of the year. 

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Another interesting tidbit of information that's been hinted at for some time is that all new Xbox titles will come to GamePass on PC. Greenberg said while speaking to GameStar about digital games distribution and subscription models like GamePass: 

We're going to bring all of our titles when they launch into GamePass on PC, included in the service. We've got a lot of great third-party support as well, and we know a lot of people both play on the PC and on console.

That's great, so we have options for them but even just as a dedicated PC gamer, we're working with a lot of the big PC publishers to bring their titles and them reach a broader audience as well ... so the key there is to overdeliver on value but consumers obviously still have choice if they want to subscribe or buy. 

Suffice it to say, that's a pretty clear indication that Age of Empires 4 will be included in GamePass at launch, whenever that may be. As of this writing, there is still no release window for the game. However, that may very well change at XO19 in a little less than three months.

Age of Empires 4 was announced at E3 2017. Since then, Microsoft has been incredibly tight-lipped about the next installment to the beloved real-time strategy franchise. However, that silence hasn't kept fans from dreaming of what additions the game might bring, or including it their most-anticipated RTS lists

November 14 is also an important date for Age fans because it's when Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition finally launches. That game will bring updated visuals to the decades-old strategy game, as well as brand-new content. It is an upgrade to 2013's Age of Empires 2: HD

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft 1.14.4 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:45:39 -0400 Jason Coles

Writing a guide on how to breed villagers in Minecraft might be one of the strangest things I've had to do. But since villagers are necessary for lots of automated tasks, such as farming, fletching, smithing, and leatherworking, it's time you know the ins and outs of the horrifying process.

This breeding guide will tell you:

  • How to get your villagers, uh, busy
  • The best way to create multiple villagers fast
  • What blocks you'll need to assign them to specific jobs 

Villager Breeding in Minecraft

A red Minecraft bed.

To breed, you first need to find a village that has villagers in it.

Then make sure there are doors on the buildings you want to use as breeding hubs. If not, villagers can't get the privacy they need for their business time.

You then need to make sure:

  • The buildings have three beds
    • One for each of the two villagers, and one for the incoming baby. 
  • That you give two villagers some food
    • Ideally three bread. However, 12 carrots, 12 beetroots, or 12 potatoes will also work.

Next, lure the two villagers into a building that has three beds, close the door as you leave, and go kill 20 minutes.

When you return, there should be a little baby villager; wait another 20 minutes and that baby will be fully grown.


A farmer villager in Minecraft.

Build a Bigger Breeding Room

To grow even more villagers faster, there is another method. 

You need to:

  • Build a 12x12 block area surrounded by walls at least two blocks high

  • Make sure that there are
    • Beds all around the room
    • The center is dirt with water to make it fertile
    • That there are workstations so the villagers become farmers or butchers or whatever you want them to become 

Then, chuck some of the required food at the ones you've lured in, and go away for a while. This process will allow villagers to keep breeding until all of the beds are full. 

Eckosoldier has an excellent video on it, which is well worth checking out. 

Why Do You Want Villagers?

Villagers can be traded with, and the more of them there are in an area, the more you can trade.

They can also be given jobs using a composter or a blast furnace, among other things. They're a really helpful part of any world, and having them will only benefit you. 

The jobs they can have and the blocks you need are: 

Job Blocks
 Armorer Blast Furnace
Butcher Smoker
Cartographer Cartography Table
Cleric Brewing Stand
Farmer Composter
Fisherman Barrel
Fletcher Fletching Table
Leatherworker Cauldron
Librarian Lectern
Mason Stonecutter
Shepherd Loom
Toolsmith Smithing Table
Weaponsmith Grindstone


So there you have it, everything you need to know about how you breed villagers in Minecraft.

It's a weird thing to do, but hey, games or something? Make sure to check out our other Minecraft guides too, as well as our growing seeds master list and the best servers for 2019

Fallout 76 Vault 94 Guide: Vault 94 Location and Best Build for the Raid Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:51:34 -0400 Sergey_3847

Bethesda has just added a brand-new raid to Fallout 76, which takes place inside Vault 94. 

The raid is designed for four players, but you can finish it in solo mode as well. Each week, players will be able to complete new tasks for various rewards. The quality of the rewards will depend on the player's difficulty settings: the best rewards will, of course, be on Expert difficulty. 

In any case, if you want to dive right into the Vault 94 raid, then follow our guide below for the exact location of the vault, and what kind of character build fits this event the best.

Vault 94 Location

Vault 94 location on Fallout 76 map.

Vault 94 is located in the northeastern part of the map, in the Mire region of Appalachia. Walk to the south of Red Rocket Mega Stop and you will end up at the foot of the mountain.

There is a rusty stair leading up to the vault's entrance, which is entirely covered with flora. The place looks completely abandoned, but you can activate the console in front of the door, and it will open up and let you explore inside.

Best Build for Vault 94 Raid

Since Vault 94 is located in the Mire, there is going to be a lot of Mire insectoids roaming about. They can be hard to deal with if you don't know how. That is why your build should be constructed around Mire resistances.

Best Perk: Exterminator

Exterminator perk card.

This perk allows you to ignore 25% of the armor on any insect, which can be stacked to a total of 75%. With this perk, you will be able to quickly kill Mire monsters.

This perk is the most help on Expert difficulty, which guarantees some really top-tier rewards for completing this event.

Best Armor: Exterminator's and Medic's

If you decide to go solo in Vault 94, then it would be most efficient to get the Exterminator's armor set for its increased damage against Mirelurks.

But if you go in with a group, then the Medic's armor is the best. You will be able to effectively heal your group and yourself, which is crucial at higher difficulties.

Best Weapon: Anti-Armor Rifle

In general, anti-armor weapons always deal more damage than traditional-ammo guns, since they are designed to deal with more resistant enemies.

Craft anti-armor rounds and, if you can, anti-armor explosives. 

Other Notable Perks

Perception perks are essential for this type of build, and in addition to Exterminator, you really want a whole set of Commando, Expert Commando, and Master Commando perks, especially if you're running an anti-armor rifle. Otherwise, fit your perks to your weapon of choice.

If you're running the Exterminator's armor, then opt for Lone Wanderer as your main Charisma perk, which increases damage resistance. If you choose Medic's armor, then go for Field Surgeon, which will increase the healing power of your stimpaks.

The best universal Agility perk is Born Survivor, which basically heals you automatically if you're in the middle of the battle and there is no time to heal manually.

Lastly, for Luck choose Critical Savvy, which increases critical hit chance, as well as Serendipity, which decreases damage by 45% percent when maxed out.

All in all, this build should help you get through the raid almost unharmed.


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Atlanta's First Esports Summit Snags Industry Leaders for Keynote Speakers Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:00:02 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Esports Summit, the southeast's first esports conference centered on the business of esports, has confirmed two influential speakers will kick proceedings off this winter: Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin and Major League Gaming co-founder Sundance DiGiovanni.

The conference focused on future trends and predictions will be held on November 14 and 15 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The conference meant to gather entertainment industry leaders from across the nation and is presented by Hi-Rez Studios and Skillshot Media, with INAP, a cloud-based solutions provider, as the primary, or "Powered By," sponsor.

The conference's overall goal is twofold. Its primary function is to acquaint newcomers and those wishing to get a food in the eSports door with the industry.

To that end, not only will Lin and DiGiovanni share a wealth of high-level experience, but INAP's support will provide networking opportunities and tours of an esports production company.

INAP's Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Success TJ Waldorf said:

Esports is on its way to becoming a billion-dollar industry this year, making this world-class showcase a must-attend for all parties looking to operate in this exciting and fast-growing ecosystem.

What's more, though, is that according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the conference is also a good opportunity for the city, saying the conference will "shine the light on one of the most robust gaming and esports ecosystems in North America, metro Atlanta."

Tickets are currently available here, and early purchasers will get a 20% discount until September 30.


Fallout 76 Launches Vault Raid For High-Level Players Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:37:47 -0400 Ty Arthur

Time to free up 7GB on your console or 2GB on your PC. Fallout 76 patch is here, and it's bringing some much-needed tweaks to the base game as well as the game's brand-new vault raid.

First and foremost, the caps maximum has finally been increased to 30,000 with this patch, which is a change players have been begging for since launch.

Next up, the Vault 94 raid is available right now on PC, but expected to come to console versions in the next few days after testing is completed.

Level 50+ players in groups of four can tackle the three vault raid missions by listening to the Vault 94 Emergency Broadcast radio station. Each of the missions will last a week and then repeat every three weeks. In case you miss them, they follow this pattern:

  • Dead in the Water: open now
  • Meltdown: opens August 27
  • Washout: opens September 3

The vault raid introduces a new item type vault 94 steel which can be utilized to craft unique vault armor sets at an armor workbench. Aside from the cap increase and vault raid missions, this patch also includes:

  • New display cases to show off your collection at C.A.M.P.
  • Increased button press time for furniture, instruments, and drinking from open water sources (to cull down on accidental interactions)
  • Addition of Overseer cards in Nuclear Winter, which let players exchange duplicate perks for new ones players haven't unlocked yet

Wondering what else has changed in the Nuclear Winter balance tweaks this week? You can read the full patch notes over here.

As Sony Considers Software on Other Platforms, Microsoft to Refocus on Exclusives Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:02:54 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

After years of working closely with Insomniac Games, Sony recently acquired the developer, bringing it on as a new first-party studio. Despite mostly making games for Sony platforms over the years, Insomniac has created and is still working on games playable on other consoles, including mobile and VR.

While it's possible the now-first-party studio will be restricted to Sony games from now on (even if it puts those currently in-dev VR games in limbo), recent comments from Sony hint otherwise.

Bloomberg recently reported on a statement from Shawn Layden, head of Sony's worldwide studios, that suggests such a change isn't in store.

Layden said console exclusives will always be part of Sony's plan for success, but it doesn't mean that's the only plan for its first-party studios:

We must support the PlayStation platform that is nonnegotiable. That said, you will see in the future some titles coming out of my collection of studios which may need to lean into a wider installed base."

Bloomberg chalks the change up to Sony struggling in a post-Fortnite world. Yet that seems rather unlikely, given the PlayStation 4's success this generation, and even since Fortnite released last year. 

In fact, Layden's statement could be connected to that success and the real estate held by the PlayStation brand in the collective gamer conscious. Sony's financial reports from earlier this year showed how important software — including software from Sony's team of studios — was to the company's profitability in the video game sector.

Expanding software availability, specifically for first-party developers, alongside further promotion of the PS4 is the next logical step as Sony marches toward the PS5.

It's a step Microsoft seemed to be taking earlier this year as well. The once Microsoft-exclusive title Cuphead ended up on the Nintendo Switch, Banjo-Kazooie is coming back to Nintendo (in a sense), and Ori and the Blind Forest, another high-profile exclusive title, is also coming to the Switch.

It's not a trend Microsoft plans to continue, though, and it's reportedly because Microsoft acquired several new studios. The company issued a statement to, remarking that:

...going forward, these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles.

We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.

Current projects scheduled for other platforms are only going to be published because they were already in progress, Microsoft said.

It's a seemingly odd move given the potential for expanding audiences beyond just the Xbox, though Microsoft also said games will still be accessible from other devices via its cloud service, such as Xbox on Windows 10.

Whether the move helps or hurts the gaming and tech giant remains to be seen. In a world where Sony may branch out to other platforms and Stadia provides experiences on any platform owned by players, the future will be undeniably interesting. 

Minecraft Blue Creepers Guide: How to Find Them and Make Them Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:20:41 -0400 Ty Arthur

The pesky explosive creepers in Minecraft are normally covered in a weird seaweed green pattern, but some players have come across a very rare blue variant.

There are two different kinds of blue creepers you might discover; regular blue creepers palette-swapped from the standard green, and the ultra-rare charged creepers surrounded by a blue aura.

If you're looking for the former type, you'll need either a mod or a community skin download. An absolutely absurd number of blue creeper skin variants can be downloaded over here.

For the latter, there will be a bit more work involved. Charged creepers don't spawn on their own anywhere in the wild.

Where To Find Blue Charged Creepers

Charged blue creepers can appear anywhere normal creepers spawn, but they require an extra step before they spawn.

A normal green creeper turns into the super-powered charged blue creeper whenever lightning strikes within 4 blocks of their current position.

Charged blue creepers have double the explosion power of a normal green creeper, making them quite deadly to an unprepared player.

The charged versions should be fought at range with a bow, and you should definitely be wearing armor if you want to avoid getting caught in the blast.

Like the standard green version, this variant can spot you from 16 blocks away and will make a distinctive sound before exploding.

If you have a flint and steel, you can also light them on fire just like with the normal version.

Creating Blue Creepers

Specifically looking to create walking bombs rather than running across them randomly?

The easiest way to do this is to build a nether brick fence enclosure around a standard creeper.

Any structure that keeps the creeper in place and is open to the sky will work, but nether brick fencing won't catch fire and burn down when lightning strikes.

You can stand around waiting for lightning to strike during a storm, or if you are using console commands, pull up the window and type /summon lightning_bolt when standing near the creeper to ensure it is hit (note: you will also take damage as the lightning spawns next to you).

Waiting around for random lightning can be an obnoxiously long process, and summoning bolts isn't exactly smart either, so there is another option available if you don't want to get crispy fried.

Using a Trident

If you have a trident with the channeling enchantment, you can also create a lightning bolt by hitting a creeper during a thunderstorm while it's raining. Using the trident without the thunderstorm active won't summon the lightning bolt.

This is easily the most efficient way to create charged creepers on a regular basis.

Don't have a trident yet? Drowned mobs have an 11% chance to drop a trident when killed by a player, so hit up an ocean biome with light level 7 or less and wait for a group of drowned to spawn.

Harvesting Mob Heads With Blue Creepers

So now the real question: what's the benefit to a charged creeper?

Mobs, other than Ender dragons, which are immune to the effect, that die from a charged blue creeper explosion have a much higher chance to drop their corresponding mob head.

Since the base chance for skulls to drop is 2.5% per kill, that's a huge boon when you need specific mob head types.

Found any other ways to create charged blue creepers? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out our other latest Minecraft guides:

Top 10 Minecraft Survival Servers 2019 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:54:35 -0400 Sergey_3847


Memewind: Memes Die Twice


If you're tired of strict admins and boring, well-behaved communities, then this Minecraft server is for you.


It has no moderation whatsoever, and the only thing that the creators of this server do not support is cheating, which is totally understandable.


But if you want to express yourself in any way you want and say whatever you want on a Minecraft server, then this is the place to go. And hey, it's got lots of great gameplay content constantly updated, so you're bound to find something you like. 


Join the server!




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Eos Craft


Eos Craft is one of the longest-running servers in the history of Minecraft. It has been actively moderated since 2010.


The staff is incredibly experienced and friendly, and they always make sure that the server stays family-friendly at all times.


Besides its typical survival gameplay, Eos Craft offers a huge number of PvP arenas, such as Spleef, Infection, Mob Arena, Paintball, and many others.


Join the server!


Treasure Island Network


Do you like pirates? Well, your dream has come true. This server offers a survival Minecraft experience with a pirate-themed angle.


The fantasy aspect of the server includes magic loot, lucky boxes, craft books, various RPG elements, and much more. Also, there is a prison on an island, where players get to fight for their freedom.


All in all, this server is so much fun that you'll never want to leave it.


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Pickaxe Mania


What is the most important thing for a Minecraft player? The land! If you want to be really successful on this server, then you need to claim a piece of land and protect it with everything you have.


Pickaxe Mania offers something very unusual: a realistic approach to conquering and defending your property in Minecraft. On top of that, you get to invest in a local economy with jobs and more mechanics styled after real life.


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Corbacraft Network


This Minecraft server offers three different survival modes: Lothar, Philia, and Aurelia.


Lothar consists of a huge city made by players, which offers lots of different jobs, a custom economy, and much more.


Philia is a PvP mode that is a lot harder than Lothar in terms of survival. Players can create their own gear and fight by their own rules.


Aurelia is a typical Minecraft survival experience in the wilderness, which is the easiest mode on the server.


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Azertu Minecraft


If you like exploring towns of all different styles, then Azertu should be your number one choice. The community on this server dedicates all of its time to a single goal: creating as many different towns as possible.


This server has a very chill vibe and people here don't bother themselves with all the stressful stuff that takes place on other servers. It's just so nice and relaxing to explore all the towns that people have created.


Join the server!


Fruit Servers


Why waste time on a one-mode server, when you can have all modes in one place? Fruit Servers is a dedicated multi-server platform for Minecraft that offers everything from prison escape games to SkyBlock, survival and creative networks.


Overall, this is simply a great community of players and a really fun place to spend your free time. You can easily change modes and try all the fun things this server has to offer.


Join the server!




Wildercraft offers an alternative vanilla Minecraft experience in the wilderness. This means that you will have access to the same biomes and resources, but in a different way and on a harder difficulty.


Hence, Wildercraft is not recommended for new players. But if you've been playing Minecraft for some time and want to take on a bigger challenge, then be sure to join this terrific nature-themed server.


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Royal Legacy


SkyBlock servers have always been some of the most popular servers types in Minecraft. If you enjoy SkyBlock-themed worlds, then be sure to check out the Royal Legacy server, as right now, it's the biggest one yet.


The sheer size of the floating island where players spawn is simply mesmerizing. On this server, you can play either in the normal survival mode or have fun with prison escape.


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Have you ever wondered if it were possible to put the entire Earth on a single Minecraft server! Well, in Minecraft, you can.


Europe, Asia, the Americas, Antarctica and other continents are meticulously built on this server and designed to reflect real-life locations.


Besides that, you can try diplomacy, start a town, form a nation, make alliances, build your military forces, and even conquer the Earth itself.


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After playing solo for a while, every Minecraft player feels the need to find a community of like-minded people. That is why Minecraft servers are such a fantastic option for everyone involved.


But there are so many servers these days that it is hard to find a good home. That is why we have compiled this list of the best survival servers for 2019, where you will surely find at least one community to enjoy.


You will find servers dedicated to a wide variety of activities with different levels of difficulty. But, of course, survival is present in all of them.

Witcheye: Redesigning Platforming With Just One Eye Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:57:15 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Platforms. Gaming has a long history of characters jumping between, off of, and onto them.

In the Super Mario Bros. series, you play as plumbers who jump on platforms and each other and weird little mushrooms.

In Crash Bandicoot, you play as a bandicoot that runs from boulders while jumping across deadly chasms — and, of course, much more.

However, Witcheye adds a little spice to the platformer cauldron by removing the ability to jump altogether! You're not a plumber, a bandicoot, a bobcat, a jazzy jackrabbit, or even a sentient ball of meat. You're a flying eyeball.

"That sounds like a hot mess," you're thinking (maybe). If so, you're wrong.

Witcheye is the latest release for Android and iOS by developer Moon Kid and publisher Devolver Digital. Moon Kid, also known as Peter Malamud Smith, created the mobile puzzle game Satellina. He was also half the team behind the Great Gatsby adaptation for the NES.

His knowledge and skills were put to good work when he created this new kind of adventure platformer. I say a "new kind" because no other game in this genre solely revolves around controlling a floating witch’s eye to fight bad guys and collect gems.

The goal of Witcheye is to control a witch who has turned herself into a floating eye as she tries to reclaim her stolen belongings from a klepto knight. It is also a platformer where you float – you do not jump. There is no jumping here.

Thankfully, the game’s controls are so simple and intuitive that you won’t miss jumping. Swipe to go in a direction, tap to stop. That's essentially it. Easy peasy. 

The game’s challenge comes from avoiding attacks while killing enemies and traveling through levels. Some of the enemies are simple to kill, whereas others require you to perfectly time your swiping and tapping to kill them.

It's natural that enemies will repeat as you go through the game's various levels, which include beaches and an autumn setting for example. But luckily, each new area introduces new enemies with new attacks. 

The game stays fresh by going at a quick pace. Unless you get stuck on a particular foe, you’ll clear each level before you have the chance to get bored of it. For players that might want to take their time, each level also has a subgoal: retrieving four gems by killing enemies (some of which are hidden). This adds a layer of replayability to the game, albeit a small one.

There are also two additional difficulties to unlock after beating the game on normal, so subsequent playthroughs should be more satisfying for players craving something more challenging.

On top of additional difficulties, the game has an unlockable speedrun mode, as well as boss rush and mini-boss rush modes full of tough enemies. In true old-school fashion, beating the game will also unlock a sound test tucked away in the options menu (which is a great bonus since the Witcheye soundtrack is awesome, complete with NES-era charm).

  • Intuitive control scheme makes the game simple and fun
  • Original character designs reminiscent of games from a bygone era
  • Enemies, especially bosses, are fun to fight
  • Great soundtrack
  • Unlockables
  • Amazing price point
  • Short
  • Might be too easy for some players before unlocking harder difficulties
  • Not fun if you don't like the eye gimmick

One of the most appealing aspects of Witcheye is its retro graphics. It's true that many games over the past decade have employed graphical styles from the 8- and 16-bit eras, and while some have succeeded in capturing the ethos of those eras and others have failed, Witcheye is of the former camp.

Witcheye is a good investment considering what you get for the price point. It's obvious a lot of thought went into every detail of the game, whether it’s the character and sound design or the extra features added into a game that only costs a few bucks.

In an era where console games are largely recycled AAA releases and most mobile games try to take every single penny they can, it is refreshing to have a complete, stand-alone retro-inspired “platformer” on mobile. 

[Note: A copy of Witcheye was provided by Moon Kid for the purpose of this review.]

Remnant: From the Ashes — Unlockable Traits Guide Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:25:08 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

When you start a new character in Remnant: From the Ashes, they have just a few traits you can improve as you level up. For every level, you receive one trait point to add to any unlocked trait.

In turn, traits add incremental stat increases to a variety of different character abilities, like reducing your recoil or reloading your guns faster.

Accomplishing different tasks will unlock different traits for your character. The following examines the different traits you can unlock and how they can improve your chances at survival.

It's still early in the life cycle of Remnant: From the Ashes, so some of this information is... not entirely available as of this writing. We will update this guide as we find more.

Starting Traits

Each character, no matter their class, starts with two traits: Vigor and Endurance. Vigor will increase your health by 2.5% for every point you put into it, while Endurance will do the same for your stamina.

In addition, when you choose an archetype, you'll be rewarded with one additional trait. The ex-cultist receives the Spirit trait, which increases their mod power generation by 2.5% per point.

The hunter class starts with the Shadow Walker trait, which reduces enemy awareness by 1.5% per point.

Finally, the scrapper gets the Warrior trait, which increases melee damage by 1.25% per point.

Unlockable Traits

Every other trait in Remnant: From the Ashes needs to be unlocked. Here is each unlockable trait, what it does, and how you can add it to your character.

Trait Effect How to Get
Arcane Strike Increases mod power gained by melee attacks by 2.5% per point  Defeat a boss in Yaesha
Bark Skin Increase armor effectiveness by 1.25% per point Wear the Twisted Mask and
speak with the giant glowing
tree on Earth
Catalyst Increase the chance to inflict
status effects on enemies by
1% per point
Cold as Ice Increases damage when attack enemies from behind Earned from the Brabus fight by completing a secret objective
Elder Knowledge Increase experience gained by 1.75% per point Play the tape in the basement
of Ward 13
Executioner Increases critical hit chance by 1% per point Kill Ixillis
Exploiter Increases weak spot damage by 1.25% per point  Kill a certain amount of
monsters by hitting
their weak spot
(current # unknown)
Guardian's Blessing Melee damage reduced by
1% per point
Earned in a dungeon
Glutton Increases the speed you use consumables by 2.5% per point Kill The Unclean One boss
Handling Decreases gun spread and recoil by 1% per point Obtain many different weapons
(current # unknown)
Keeper's Blessing Increases elemental resistance by 1% per point Reach the labyrinth
Kingslayer Increases critical hit damage by 2.5% per point Defeat the Undying King
Mind's Eye Increases ranged damage by 1.25% per point Defeat the Nightmare boss
Mother's Blessing Reduce ranged damage received by 1% per point Save the Root Mother
Quick Hands Increases reload speed
by 1.5% per point
Defeat the Ent boss
Rapid Strike Increase melee attack speed every level Level up a melee weapon
to its maximum
Recovery Increases stamina regeneration and decreases its delay by
1.25% per point
Defeat the Claviger boss
Revivalist Increases revival speed by 5% per point Revive a certain number of teammates
(current # unknown)
Scavenger Scrap increased by
2.5% per level
Find the Tarnished Ring item and
take it to Reggie
Shadow Walker Decrease enemy awareness by 1.5% per point Pick the hunter class at the beginning of the game, or complete the "Hidden Grotto" dungeon on Earth.
Suspicion Reduce incoming friendly fire damage Get killed by teammates a
certain number of times
(current # unknown)
Swiftness Increases movement speed Earned through completing
a quest in Yaesha
Teamwork Increases teamwork range by 1 meter per point Join another player's game or have a player join yours
Triage Increase health regeneration effectiveness by 5% per point Speak with the leader in the Shrine of the Immortals in Yaesha
Trigger Happy Increases weapon fire rate by 1% per level Level up a ranged weapon to its maximum
Warrior Increase melee damage by 1.25% per point Start as the warrior class or complete the Land's End quest on Earth
Will to Live Increase health while wounded by 5% per point It seems you have to be revived several times in multiplayer to unlock this trait
(current # unknown)
World Walker Reduces stamina costs by 1% per point Enter Rhom


We will update this guide as we find more traits or learn more specifics about unlocking each of these. In the meantime, check out our full review of Remnant: From the Ashes or our other guides for the game.

We're Giving Away 5 Keys for PixARK on Steam Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:19:24 -0400 GS_Staff

Just in time for the release of PixARK's Skyward DLC, we're putting on our builder boots and giving away 5 Steam keys to one of the cutest sandbox builders around.

If you love games like Minecraft, Dragon Quest Builders, and even Ark: Survival Evolved, you'll find something new to love here, too! Dinosaurs? Check. Gobs of craftable items? Check. Outrageous, quirky adventure? Check! 

To enter for your chance to win, all you have to do is use the nifty widget below!

Each action will give you a certain amount of entries, meaning the more actions you perform, the more entries you'll get, and the greater chance you have at winning.  

Please note that must be 18 years or older to enter

Any of the information provided below is only used to contact you in the event you are chosen as a winner. 

PixARK Giveaway

A free key to PixARK will also give you access to the recently-released free DLC, Skyward. Players will face off against a nefarious alien race dead set on removing every mineral from the world of PixARK

According to Snail Games, the DLC brings: 

  • Floating Island Map: A map spanning 10 distinctive island biomes, each featuring new creatures and cube types.

  • New Ruins: Players can take on special bosses, from Cobaltianian offers, Behemoth and the Ghost Dragon King to obtain special equipment and armor, or drop into Wyvern nests to hatch their own Wyvern. [There are also] fresh biomes and creatures, with new types of loot waiting to be obtained.

  • Summon Bone Creatures: Skeletal bone creatures and Fossil Cubes can be found throughout the new map. Players must defeat bone creatures or harvest Fossil Cubes to obtain Fossils. With enough fossils, explorers can venture to the Summoning Altar to summon their own tamable Bone Creatures. 

  • TEK Technology Engrams: Players can now infuse engrams with TEK technology to create advanced mechanized items, including new swords, guns, grenades, shields, armour, saddles and other useful materials.

When We’ll Announce the Winner:

There will be 5 PixARK Steam keys given away and the winners will be announced August 28, 2019 before 5 p.m. EDT. The contest closes on Tuesday, August 27 at 11:59 p.m EDT. That's less than a week away: Good luck, everyone!

How to Trade Items in Remnant: From the Ashes Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:36:02 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

In Remnant: From the Ashes, you'll need to make sure your character is well equipped. To do that, you'll need to fit them with the right equipment. Unfortunately, there is no real way to trade items between players in-game. Once a member of your party picks up an item, it's theirs. If only there was a better way.

It isn't a perfect system, but there is a way to make sure other members of your party get the items they need. You'll need to farm a little extra scrap to make it work, but here's how it works. 

How to Trade Items Between Party Members

To get the items to a party member in need, you'll both need to be in Ward 13.

Once there:

  • Go visit Ace, one of the merchants
  • Sell any extra iron or crafting supplies you might have

Once Ace buys them, those items will remain in her inventory until the end of your game, in case you want to buy them back. Luckily, they will also be located in her inventory for any other player who is also in your session.

Once you are done selling materials to Ace, just let another player step up and they will be able to buy anything you sold her.

This is not a perfect system. Ace is sort of like a GameStop: her markup is massive. You'll need to farm plenty of scrap in order to buy some of the rarer materials once the other members of your party have sold them to Ace.

That said, unless Gunfire Games decides to add a true item swapping feature in a patch somewhere down the line, this is the only way we've stumbled across to swap items once you've grabbed them.

For more on this surprise hit, be sure to head over to our other Remnant: From the Ashes guides, including our tips for beginners. For even more, head over to our review of the game to see why we called it a "tough-as-nails cooperative shooter that brings together the best elements of games like Dark Souls and Left 4 Dead."

Ark: Survival Evolved Kibble Guide (Updated) Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:13:52 -0400 Ty Arthur

Ark: Survival Evolved is all about the dino taming, but the process has undergone massive changes over the years since the game was in Early Access.

Kibble is a sure fire way to quickly tame dinos and get better results, but many players are finding their old kibble recipe no longer work, or that some dinos no longer seem particularly interested in kibble.

The entire system saw a major revamp recently, and now kibble is broken down into these types:

  • Basic
  • Simple
  • Regular
  • Superior
  • Exceptional
  • Extraordinary

Let's dive into which dinos prefer which type, and then take a look at the specific recipes for each variation. While the info below is current as of this writing and applies to most players, note that the reworked kibble system hasn't actually been implemented yet on mobile or Switch editions of Ark.

Ark Dino Kibble Preferences

Here's the thing to keep in mind: any type of kibble can be used for any creature, but they shouldn't be.

Using the wrong type of kibble actually has less effectiveness than either using the dino's preferred food or even using straight raw meat, reducing it below the standard 1x taming speed.

In other words, if you don't have the specific preferred type of kibble available, just use something else to tame a dino.

Otherwise, here's the specific types to use for drastically increased taming speed:

Kibble Type Creatures That Prefer
 Basic Dilophosaur
 Simple Archaeopteryx
Giant Bee
 Regular Angler
Terror Bird
Thorny Dragon
 Superior Allosaurus
Snow Owl
Woolly Rhino
 Exceptional Basilosaurus
 Extraordinary Griffin
Rock Elemental


Ark Revamped Kibble Recipes

Unlike most other objects crafted in Ark, engrams are not required for kibble, which are instead made using the recipes below.

To craft kibble just combine the ingredients in a lit cooking pot with fuel (or an industrial cooker) and wait -- each stack of kibble requires 30 seconds to cook. 

Every kibble type requires a specific kind of egg plus a number of ingredients listed in the chart.

While the revamped Ark kibble recipes vary, they all include fiber x5 and a water skin.

Note that the water skin must be at least 25% full, but if you are using water irrigation connected to an industrial cooker, you can skip this ingredient entirely.

Kibble  Egg Type Ingredients
 Basic  Extra Small Egg  Mejoberry x5
 Amarberry x10
 Tintoberry x10
 Cooked Meat x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Simple  Small Egg  Mejoberry x5
 Rockarrot x2
 Cooked Fish Meat x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Regular  Medium Egg  Longrass x2
 Savoroot x2
 Cooked Meat Jerky x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Superior  Large Egg  Citronal x2
 Rare Mushroom x2
 Prime Meat Jerky x2
 Sap x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Exceptional  Extra Large Egg  Mejoberry x10
 Rare Flower x1
 Focal Chili x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Extraordinary  Special Egg  Mejoberry x10
 Giant Bee Honey x1
 Lazarus Chowder x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1


Ark Egg Type Guide

Not sure if you've got the right egg size or where to harvest specific sizes of eggs from different creatures? Here's a handy chart showing what type of dino offers which egg type so you can make all the kibble you need:

Extra Small Egg
  • Dilo Egg
  • Dodo Egg
  • Featherlight Egg
  • Kairuku Egg
  • Lystro Egg
  • Parasaur Egg
  • Tek Parasaur Egg
  • Vulture Egg
Small Egg
  • Archaeopteryx Egg
  • Camelsaurus Egg 
  • Compy Egg
  • Dimorph Egg
  • Gallimimus Egg
  • Glowtail Egg 
  • Hesperornis Egg
  • Microraptor Egg
  • Oviraptor Egg
  • Pachycephalosaurus Egg
  • Pegomastax Egg
  • Pteranodon Egg
  • Raptor Egg
  • Tek Raptor Egg
  • Trike Egg
Medium Egg
  • Ankylo Egg
  • Baryonyx Egg
  • Carno Egg
  • Dimetrodon Egg
  • Diplo Egg
  • Ichthyornis Egg
  • Iguanodon Egg
  • Kaprosuchus Egg
  • Kentro Egg
  • Pachyrhino Egg
  • Pelagornis Egg
  • Pulmonoscorpius Egg
  • Sarco Egg
  • Stego Egg
  • Tek Stego Egg
  • Terror Bird Egg
  • Thorny Dragon Egg 
  • Troodon Egg
  • Turtle Egg
  • Velonasaur Egg 
Large Egg
  • Allosaurus Egg
  • Argentavis Egg
  • Mantis Egg 
  • Megalania Egg
  • Megalosaurus Egg
  • Moschops Egg
  • Snow Owl Egg 
  • Spino Egg
  • Tapejara Egg
  • Titanoboa Egg
Extra Large Egg
  • BBasilisk Egg 
  • Bronto Egg
  • Giganotosaurus Egg
  • Quetzal Egg
  • Rex Egg
  • Tek Quetzal Egg
  • Tek Rex Egg
  • Therizino Egg
Special Egg
  • Deinonychus Egg Valguero
  • Golden Hesperornis
  • Rock Drake Egg 
  • Wyvern Egg 
  • Yutyrannus Egg

Have any other questions about how to use the new kibble system, or need help with some other part of the game? Leave us a comment below, or check out the rest of our extensive Ark guide collection here.

Yakuza 3 Through 5 Getting PS4 Digital Releases, Physical Collection Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:54:05 -0400 Ashley Shankle

If you're like most and started with the Yakuza series this console generation, you may be excited to hear the series' PlayStation 3 set of games is making its way to the PlayStation 4. If you bought them on the PS3 and don't want to hook it back up to play them, you'll probably be excited, too.

Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5 are coming to the PlayStation 4, and fans of the series will be happy to hear the content cut from the original release of the third game will be intact, as per Sega Director of Production Sam Mullen's statements on Twitter.

Digital versions of the three games will be released individually on the PlayStation Store and eventually as a set. But if you're more of a collector, you can wait until after the three titles see digital release and grab up a physical edition. Yes, that's right: Yakuza 3 through 5 are getting a physical collection release! Goodness, if this were five years ago my keyboard would be drenched in tears.

Though Yakuza 6 and the Kiwami titles have brought a new engine and these older entries may feel archaic, all three are worthy of a play and a half to fully experience Kazuma Kiryu's journey and tribulations as he attempts to separate from the Tojo Clan, even from way down in Osaka, time and time again.

If you missed out on this era of the series, you owe it to yourself to pick these titles up either in the collection or individually to see the saga unfold as it was meant to.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Gets New Story Content in Free Update Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:41:56 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The latest free update for Dragon Quest Builders 2 goes live today and, as Square Enix recently outlined, it introduces new post-game content and a variety of minor improvements.

Once the story ends in DQB 2, it's over, even though there's a gull free-build mode that follows. That's a shame given how many interesting personalities the Builder meets over the course of his or her journey. However, today's update introduces a new "Where Are They Now?" epilogue story content for certain characters.

While Square Enix didn't say which characters benefit from this new content, we're hoping some like Lulu or the always-optimistic Rosie might get some extra attention.

Buildertopia is the game's, well, building utopia. More than the Isle of Awakening, it lets players create a world almost entirely from scratch and turn it into whatever they want. The problem used to be that only one such Buildertopia could exist at a given time, but today's update increases the number of Buildertopias players can store to three.

Players now have more control over the weather. On islands that aren't Buildertopias. Today's update introduces five new items that let players change the weather for certain islands.

One other welcome change is with the recipe-learning animation after increasing gratitude. Though adorable, the original animation is admittedly rather slow, so Square Enix sped it up.

On a smaller scale, the update adds things like arrows indicating what direction an item will face when it's placed and text that comes up when the game is paused. telling players how may rooms an island has.

There are a few other small changes as well:

  • Plant growth option in the Settings menu
  • Adjustable cursor speed for the Buildnoculars
  • New hairstyles
  • New end-game animation
  • Changed the number of save slots to three
  • The usual "Miscellaneous Fixes"

Those who haven't picked up the game yet or are still getting started don't have to wait to enjoy everything the game has to offer. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is already chock-full of content both in the regular story and online elements, alongside a hefty helping of DLC that offers even more goodies for a Builders' toolkit to keep you busy for a long time to come.