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Category Archives: Minecraft

Microsoft proves Minecraft was one of their best buys of all time – SlashGear

Microsoft reported their Q3 earnings with a few facts about how successful they’ve been with Minecraft. Minecraft, created by Markus Persson (Notch) was acquired by Microsoft in the year 2014 for approximately $2.5 billion USD. This week Microsoft revealed some facts about how the franchise is doing and where they are with what’s widely regarded as the best-selling video game of all time.

Minecraft is one of the most long-lasting games ever made, appearing on multiple platforms over the course of the past decade. Minecraft (Java Edition) was first launched in May of 2009, available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Since then, Minecraft has been launched on Android, iOS, Kindle (Amazon stuff), Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV (Amazon’s Android again), Xbox One, Windows MR, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5 (with PS4 backward compatibility).

Earlier versions of the game were available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. Microsoft suggested this week that Minecraft is available now on a total of 22 platforms. Basically Minecraft is on more devices than you can shake a stick at.

They also reported that Minecraft Marketplace creators have generated “more then $350 million to date” worldwide, and more than 1 billion unique pieces of content have been downloaded from this same Minecraft Marketplace. Microsoft stated that, as of April of 2021, Minecraft has “up to 139 million monthly active players.” Microsoft also suggested that as of April of 2021 more than 238 million copies of Minecraft have been sold worldwide.

The most striking bits of the report released by Microsoft here in the Spring of 2021 has to do with awareness of the brand – this on top of the sales numbers and active population numbers make Minecraft one of the most clearly great investments in a brand that Microsoft has ever made. In the company report released this week, Microsoft said that “90 percent of the U.S. online population is aware of the Minecraft brand,” and that “more than 50 percent of kids age 9-11 play Minecraft” in North America and Europe.

The best Minecraft Skins you can own in the game right now – RadioTimes

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From Iron Man to Billie Elish

deadpool skin minecraft

Sure, you can quite happily play Minecraft with one of the default skins and have a great time while you do it – but can you handle the jealousy if you spot someone else who looks like your favourite character from something like Star Wars?


Luckily, the choice of who you want to be is yours as there are so many skins that you can get your hands on and there are many that come from some of the biggest franchises out there – from DC to Marvel and some Disney classics.

Check out our guides for how to tame a fox in Minecraft, and how to enable ray-tracing in the block-builder, if you are looking for more from Minecraft.

But back to Minecraft skins and we have chosen 12 of the best that you can equip in the game right now.

The best Minecraft Skins


minecraft deadpool

Kicking off with Deadpool, because he would likely have something to say to us if we didn’t, and this skin was made by KingJohn01 and is an amazing one to own because, well, because it is Deadpool and he is one of the most legendary characters out there.


tetris skin minecraft

If you love the game Tetris, and you should because it remains a classic, then this skin is a must-own. Even if you are not a fan of the game it is still such a fun and unique looking skin that you may want it anyway!

Billie Eilish

minecraft billie eilish

No, we are not joking as you actually can get a skin of singing sensation Billie Eilish while playing Minecraft now. And she has a skin, based on the music video to Bad Guy that is far more detailed than you may expect – have a look close up when you have it to see what we mean!


minecraft batman

“I am vengeance! I am the night! I am a Minecraft skin! I am Batman!”

Get the Dark Knight himself as a skin for Minecraft and you will join many others who have done the same – it is up there with the most popular skins you can own.

Iron Man

minecraft iron man

We love this skin 3000! If you are over the devastating events of Avengers: Endgame and you are ready to have some Iron Man in your life again then grab this skin. A very significant enemy of Tony Stark appears further down this list too…


minecraft chewbacca

WWWWWWWGGGGHHHRRRRW is Chewbacca speak for “Hey look, I’m a Minecraft skin and you should totally play as me”. Alright, so it could just as easily mean that Chewy needs some water but regardless, play as one of the most beloved Star Wars characters of all time in Minecraft with the Chewbacca skin!

Bob the Builder

minecraft bob builder

A fitting skin to have for a game like Minecraft that involves lots of building, King Builder, Bob, is another that you can get in the game. Sadly, he doesn’t just take over all the building for you and he offers no extra skills, but if you are going to go around building things then you may as well do it while looking like Bob the Builder!

Ash Ketchum

minecraft ash

There may not be the option to catch Pokémon in Minecraft but that does not mean that Ash Ketchum is a no show! And if you are a fan of another pop culture icon named Ash, you can also get the Ash skin for The Evil Dead franchise!

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Homer Simpson

minecraft homer

Knock back a few cans of Duff beer and make sure you have a tray of pink doughnuts at the ready as you can play as the lovable Homer Simpson in Minecraft if you equip this skin! It is not just Homer though as you can get skins for the whole Simpsons family – including baby Maggie.

Jabba the Hut

minecraft jabba

Another Star Wars classic character now and this time it is the villainous Princess Leia capturing Jabba the Hut! So if taking on the form of one of the biggest space gangsters around appeals to you then Jabba up and get playing.


minecraft elsa

We could not do this list without mentioning at least one major Disney animated character and while there are many that you can choose from, Elsa looks so great as a Minecraft skin that we had no choice but to pick her for this list!


microsoft thanos

Let’s finish up with one of the biggest and the baddest supervillains around – Thanos himself! The man who had the power to wipe out 50% of the universe is now a Minecraft skin and he is a go-to choice for us because he is a fun design anyway and as a Minecraft skin, he actually looks, dare we say it, quite cute!

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Microsoft Teams is getting a surprise Minecraft integration – TechRadar

Microsoft has announced a series of upgrades to its collaboration platform Teams designed to improve the online learning experience for pupils and teachers alike.

Although the company will make a number of important changes, one feature in particular will likely draw the attention of students: an expansion of Minecraft: Education Edition, which will now “integrate seamlessly” with Teams.

According to Microsoft, the integration will allow teachers to embed quizzes, assessments and Flipgrid topics within Minecraft game sessions, although it’s unclear precisely what this might look like.

As part of the update, Microsoft will also introduce a new subscription package, called Minecraft for Camps and Clubs, built for teachers operating outside the four walls of the classroom.

“Beginning this summer, camps, clubs, homeschool organizations and nonprofits can purchase licenses for Minecraft: Education Edition to support critical thinking, collaboration, and game-based learning for all ages,” said Microsoft.

TechRadar Pro has asked for further clarification over the specifics and scope of the new Minecraft  integration for Microsoft Teams.

Online learning with Microsoft Teams

In a blog post dedicated to Teacher Appreciation Day in the US, Microsoft set out its vision for the future of online learning, as well as the tools it hopes can help teachers deliver “the next chapter of learning”.

“For the past year, teachers have leveraged technology in innovative ways to keep students engaged. Technology went from being a temporary lifeline to facilitate connection in remote and hybrid learning, to a fully integrated part of many virtual and in-person classrooms,” wrote Barbara Holzapfel, VP of Microsoft Education.

“To continue to support teachers and students, today we’re introducing new tools and updates designed to support the five key areas that help teachers create a holistic learning environment and move education forward: student centricity, skills focus, social learning, safety & security and scalability.”

Beyond the new Minecraft integration, Microsoft also unveiled a new tool for Teams for Education, designed to help teachers evaluate the reading progress of their students. Using the service, educators can create reading tasks for classes or individuals, which can be used to assess data points such as accuracy rate and correct words per minute. 

Teams for Education is also getting new collaboration tools that Microsoft hopes will help improve group work, integrate audio and video elements into assignments and make it easy for pupils to track their outstanding tasks. These enhancements are expected to be made available before the start of the next school year.

Finally, the company announced a new security feature for the platform, called Supervised Chat. Available later this month, the feature prevents students from starting chats unless a designated “appropriate educator” is present to supervise.

Hozapfel rounded out the announcement by thanking teachers for their herculean strength during the pandemic and celebrating the innovations that have been made possible as a result.

“When schools moved online last year, teachers made superhuman efforts to help all students stay engaged in learning. They identified and filled gaps, found ways to connect with everyone in their classes, worked together to address challenges, and developed strategies to transform education for a new era,” she said.

The best Minecraft Mods to use right now – RadioTimes

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Plenty of mods to choose from!


Mods in Minecraft have long been popular additions to the game and 2020 saw a massive influx of them with gamers stuck at home with more time on their hands to make them.


And that means the list of mods to pick from is longer than ever and there are countless numbers of them out there – narrowing them down to 10 was certainly a challenge.

Looking for more Minecraft? Check out our guides on how to tame a fox in Minecraft, and how to enable ray-tracing in the block-builder.

But back to Minecraft Mods and for all you need to know about the ones we have chosen as some of the best, read on!

How to install Minecraft Mods

Follow these steps if you have never installed a mod before and you want to know how to do it – and following a guide is a must for a beginner as you could end up deleting the whole world that you have created by mistake.

  • Make a backup file of your Minecraft world so that you have it saved if something does go wrong.
  • Download Minecraft Forge so you can install mods easily.
  • Now download the compatible mods that you want to have installed.
  • Copy the files into the /mods/ folder to install them.
  • Now run the mod!

And that’s it, you’re done! Now to choose some mods that you may want to have running while you play…

The best Minecraft Mods

pams harvestcraft minecraft

There are a huge number of Minecraft Mods out there with more coming all the time that change and add many different things to the game.

We are just scratching the surface of what is out there with this list, but here are some of the best ones that we have found and like to use – kicking off with one that adds a ton of options to the food situation in the game.

Pam’s HarvestCraft Mod

The food and farming mechanics in Minecraft are not as great as they could be and while it would be nice to for the actual developers to solve this problem, at least we have the handy Pam’s HarvestCraft Mod to install.

It adds 80 new crops, 6 garden bushes, 50 fruit/item bearing trees, and 19 new fish to the game along with nearly 1500 other items – so it really is worth having!

Minecraft: FastCraft Mod

This is a great mod to get if you find that Minecraft is running slowly for you and you want to speed things up without the gameplay being affected in the process.

Essentially what the mod does is to remove anything that may be slowing things down that you don’t really need to have running but technical things aside, it makes the game faster and if speed is a problem for you this should clear the issue right up.

Aether 2: Genesis of the Void

This mod sounds like a game title in its own right and happily, it is one that is just as cool as the name would suggest it to be.

This is a follow up to the original Aether mod and it is a heavenly looking floating location that you will end up in – just one that is complete with new advanced party systems and dungeons to explore.

The Lost Cities

We have a couple of apocalyptic mods lined up for you now and we’ll begin them with The Lost Cities!

This is an exploration mod and it is one of the best out there, allowing you to explore the cool area with unique, mod-added loot to find if you head to the dungeons. But will you find out what happened to the city and all the people that used to live there?

Crafting Dead Minecraft Mod

Want to up the stakes when you are playing Minecraft? Want to them up by a significant level? Well, Crafting Dead is the mod that you are going to want to install.

There are numerous reasons to install this mod, from character customisation to the alternative inventory system but the main reason is to turn the game into a zombie apocalypse – and who doesn’t love the inclusion of zombies in gaming?

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You will be hard-pressed to find a more popular mod in the world of Minecraft than Optifine – one that has been popular since launch and remains just as popular to this day.

The number of customisation options for Minecraft’s graphics and rendering is increased by a huge amount with this mod and that difference alone is enough to make this one worth getting.

Useful Backpacks

While there are several different mods out there that allow you to increase your inventory space, something that we find we need a lot when we are playing Minecraft, Useful Backpacks is easily one of the best.

With it, you can craft three levels of backpacks with different amount of storage space and it looks like it was something designed for the game too. Spacious and stylish then!

Corail Tombstone

Losing all your possessions when you accidentally die in the game is the worst, right? Well, Corail Tombstone is on hand to make things a whole lot easier for you.

Now when you die, all you own will end up in the tombstone ready for you to collect – so you can start taking a few more chances as you wander about in the game once this has been installed.


If you want the best building and construction tool in Minecraft then it is WorldEdit that you are going to want to get installed and there is really no other one that does the job anywhere near as well as this one does.

Whatever it is you are looking to build or construct, the command based WorldEdit makes the process so much simpler and you will glad you have it within seconds of trying it out.

Fast Leaf Decay

Tired of having to sit around and wait for a trunk-less tree to despawn all its leaf blocks? Get this mod in your life right now then as the process will be significantly speeded up.

Instead of taking a couple of minutes for the tree to do its thing, this mod will have the leaf blocks all respawned within seconds – that immediately makes this mod a must-own one.

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13 of the best Minecraft Seeds – RadioTimes

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There are a lot to choose from!

minecraft seeds

Enter the “World seed” box within the Minecraft menu and tap in a series of digits and you will find that you will be transported to a new virtual world in Minecraft – and there are an awful lot of them to check out.


There is almost one to match every Minecraft need you have and whether you want something small, something cold, or something tropical, you will find that there is a seed out there for you.

Looking for more Minecraft? Check out our guides on how to tame a fox in Minecraft, and how to enable ray-tracing in the block-builder.

But back to Minecraft seeds and here are 13 of what we think are the best out there.

Best Minecraft Seeds

There are a huge number of Minecraft Seeds out there with more coming all the time and while this list could have been far longer, we decided to show some restraint and just present with what we think are 12 of the best ones out there you can play right now.


archipelago minecraft seed

Seed: 124014738

One of the simpler ones this and a good place to start. The small cluster of islands is a great place to build especially if you are starting out and want to learn the basics of how to do it.

So definitely not a challenging one, but sometimes a challenge is not what you are looking for and this is a perfect fit if that sounds like you.

Bamboo and Lava

Seed: -1013382714437321718

Do you like bamboo and lava? If so then this is one that you will definitely want to check out.

This is similar to the Bamboo Jungle seeds that you can find but this has the added excitement of a lake made out of lava – just what every map needs. If you don’t act fast then you will find that the lava will end up consuming the whole map. No pressure then!

Bamboo Jungle Temple

Seed: 9176963463659858407

When you start this seed, head south and you will soon find yourselves making your way through a massive jungle forest that will eventually see you arrive at the Bamboo jungle.

Once you are there, keep your eyes peeled for the temple and you will be rewarded with a game gift package – so worth paying a visit to it if you can!

Coastal Village

Seed: 3227028068011494221

Who doesn’t love a tropical location with gorgeous sandy beaches and a deep blue sea – even if it is just in the world of Minecraft?

If you start here you will find that you can access food, trees and all sorts of other things and there are numerous paths you can take from here to have the adventure to remember.

Endless Beach

Seed: -1389577003656398696

Another beach now (as we cannot get enough of beaches) and this one has the added advantage of being endless – sounds like paradise to us!

Your first set of trees can be found shortly after you head inland from the starting point and it will not be long before you come across the perfect building site. There is a lava pool, but you can cover it up if you think it ruins the vibe while potions and other items can be found if you head for the Nether.

Frozen Wasteland


Seed: -7255571058704538969

From the tropical settings of the beach to the polar opposite with Frozen Wasteland – a place you would not want to end up with only beachwear to put on.

This is a more challenging seed than most but there is a ravine that you will see as soon as you arrive and you can comfortably mine that for Iron. You will also spot a village not too far in that is worth exploring.

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Ice Spikes

Seed: -4186746847636013829

Another chilly one here – and this one is not just cold, it also has spikes that sound cold and dangerous.

This also happens to be a gorgeous location that has a huge amount of forest and grassland that surround a large area full of frozen rivers and ice spikes. The choice of where to build is yours with the ice-covered part of the map and the forest area both open to being built on.

Mesa and Cave Spiders

Seed: -8427444967367737379

Do you hate spiders to the point that even the thought of them is enough for you to feel itchy and like you are in serious need of a shower? Best to skip past this one if that is the case.

To win the Mesa biome, you will need to enter the cave and clear it out of critters – it all just depends on how brave you are feeling as to whether you will give that a try.

Ocean Monument Island

ocean monument minecraft

Seed: -3821186818805133221

There are a couple of rare things to find on this ocean-based seed – and one is actually extremely rare which is more than enough reason to head here and check it out.

There is an ultra-rare Mooshroom Biome that is located not far from the starting point and your will also be able to spot an Ocean Monument below the water when you first spawn. So it is just a case of working out which one you want to go to first!

Nether Rush

Seed: -1654510255

You will spawn between the desert and a plain and you will notice that there are two different villages that you can choose to head to.

There is a lot in this world from lava to trees and all sorts of dangers that are lurking to take you by surprise – and it is a great fun seed too!

Pillager Outpost

Seed: 2327370183894455166

If a mad frantic chase sounds like your cup of tea then this is without question one of the seeds that you’re going to want to check out at the earliest opportunity.

It is one of the most dangerous ones that you can find, which makes it super fun, and you will have to outrun the pillagers from the moment you spawn. But can you set up a base to try and fight back?

Savanna and Village

savanna village minecraft

Seed: 12542

One of the nicer seeds about, this is a great one for exploring and figuring out all the ropes – while still offering up many inventive ways that the game can kill you.

You will start near a village and a huge savanna biome and as you will see as soon as you start, you will not be short of places to head to and explore.

Smallest Island Ever

Seed: -3115927715480771327

Hey, sometimes size really does not matter and that is certainly the case with this one – the name Smallest Island Ever probably gave that little detail away.

The island is only made up of three blocks but there is a Snowy Tundra that you can head off and explore.

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The best Minecraft servers – RadioTimes

From Game of Thrones to Pokemon to MarioKart, there are blocky recreations of all your favourite worlds.


With a game so focused on building as Minecraft, it’s no wonder that their servers boast some of the most creative ideas and worlds in gaming.


Minecraft servers host a self-contained multiplayer world each with its own rules, players and gameplay style.

Like a giant virtual lego set, Minecraft seems to have brought out the inner architect of thousands, with some truly jaw-dropping worlds and structures created.

We’ve rounded up the very best down below – get ready for some awe-inspiring constructions and crazy game rules.

How do you join a Minecraft server?

First, you’ll need the IP address of your chosen server, which we have listed below. Then once in the game click ‘multiplayer’ and then pop in the IP address and name of the server and hit ‘done’

Hit the ‘join server’ button on your desired server and that’s it – you’ll soon be in a wonderful new world that blocky dreams are made of.

Now you just need a fancy new world and its details – see the list below:


Server IP Address: or

The largest Minecraft server ever and usually hosting thousands of players at any one time, Mineplex feels like it should be its very own game.

The place is supported by a community of players and staff ensuring there’s a constant flow of people in the game’s many arenas, zones and game types, including fan-favourite MarioKart recreation Minekart.

You could spend hours and hours in this server alone – try not to get too lost!


Server IP Address:

Hypixel has it all – a dozen game modes ranging from solo survival to relaxing exploration to manic multiplayer action. There are even murder mystery game modes and multiplayer take on the Skyblock server, proving there’s something for everyone within the easily navigable interface.

The server has tens of thousands of players per day – fancy joining them for a variety night?

Server IP Address:

Based on an internet spooky story, also offers a choice of minigames including survival mode, Skyblock, Factions and the immensely popular bed wars. It’s one of Minecraft’s top servers with some truly inventive minigames including a giant Minecraft map of Earth.


Server IP Address:

A long ongoing project, this fan recreation of the Game of Thrones realm has astonishing attention to detail. From The Wall all the way to King’s Landing, this vast server lets you explore the HBO hit as you’ve never seen it before. Quite possibly the perfect antidote for those still getting over the ending.


Server IP address: IP:

Pirate ships aren’t the most compatible mechanic to implement to Minecraft, but Piratecraft does a surprisingly admirable job of bringing the golden age of piracy to blocky life. The ambitious server does take some time to get used to, but is worth learning for the impressive ship-to-ship combat.

You can dock at ports also and join the other landlubbers to trade with a functional currency, and even store your treasure in safe zones. In true pirate fashion, however, ships can be stolen – so be on your guard.


Server IP Address: or

Pokémon-themed servers have taken Minecraft by storm, and PixelmonCraft is just one of the many blocky homages to the Nintendo phenomenon. PixelmonCraft is based on the original regions of Kanto and Johto – and not only are the many towns and areas faithfully recreated, but the gameplay also. So as well as mining and crafting, you’ll be battling gym leaders, walking in long grass and catching many mob-based Pokémon.

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Minecraft console commands and cheats: How to use the commands – RadioTimes

Freeze time, control the weather and spawn diamond ponies with this Minecraft cheat sheet.


Cheats have been around since the very dawn of gaming, and despite a focus on creation and exploration over battles and victories, Minecraft is no exception.


However, these aren’t the kind of toxic cheats that have been plaguing games such as Call of Duty Warzone – they’re only allowed in worlds where cheats are enabled, and are more focused on enhancing creative power than wiping out enemies.

So to take the hard work out of crafting and speed up your inventory navigation, here’s a list of nifty little Minecraft cheats – which are achieved by something called console commands.

It’s not as complicated as it sounds, however, and all is explained below. You can also see our guide on how to tame a fox in Minecraft, and how to enable ray-tracing in the block-builder.

How to use Minecraft commands

Firstly, as with most mods, these cheats are only available on PC, so console players will have to grind the old-fashioned way. Secondly, these can only be used on worlds where cheats are enabled – you’ll be asked this when you create a world, or opening a single-player game to LAN and selecting ‘Allow Cheats’.

With your cheat-enabled world ready and loaded, all you need to do is enter some commands now – with the first step to press the ‘C’ key to bring up the command bar.

The command bar is where you’ll enter the commands, and each one must be prefixed by a forward slash (/). You’ll also have to choose targets to be the recipients of your cheats – but rather than type out full names, you can use this shorthand target selector shortcuts:

  • @p = nearest player
  • @r = random player
  • @a = all players
  • @e = all entities
  • @s = the entity executing the command

That’s the basics – now you just need to enter your desired cheat through with the following console commands.

Minecraft player console commands



/kill [player]
Kills your character. If there are other players in your world, you can also target them by typing their name.


/tp [player] <x y z>
Teleport yourself  to specified coordinates in the world. again, can be used on another player by adding their name.

Status Effects

/effect <player|entity> <effect> [duration]
Applies the chosen effect to the specified player or entity, with the duration in seconds.

Clear Status Effects

/effect clear <player|entity> [effect]
Clears either all effects or  just a specified effect from a player or entity


/enchant <player> <enchantment> [level]
Applies a specified enchantment to the chosen player’s selected item, at an option of their choosing.


/experience add <player> <amount>
Adds the stated experience points to a specified player. Adding the the word levels at the end will add experience levels instead.


/help [CommandName]
Provides more information on the selected command.


/give <Player> <Item> [Amount]

Give another player a specified amount of an item in your inventory.

Minecraft World Console Commands

Minecraft with ray tracing
Minecraft with ray tracing

Seed Code

Gives you a seed code so you can recreate your world later.

Set World Spawn Location

/setworldspawn [x y z]
Set the world spawn location either to the player’s current position or a set of entered coordinates.

Change Game Mode

/gamemode <type> [player]

Change the game mode type to either survival, creative, adventure, or spectator.

Change Difficulty Level

/difficulty <level>
Change the difficulty level to either peaceful, easy, normal, or hard.

Change World Time

/time set <value>
Change the world game time with the following values: 0 = Dawn, 1000 = Morning, 6000 = Midday, 12000 = Dusk, or 18000 = Night.

Stop Day/Night Cycle

/gamerule doDaylightCycle false
Turn the day/night cycle off, and change false to true to restart it.


/weather <type> [duration]
Change the weather,  with the type as either clear, rain, or thunder and an optional duration in seconds.

Turn Off Weather Changes

/gamerule doWeatherCycle false
Turn off weather changes, replacing false with true once again to reactivate.

Clone Blocks

/clone <x1 y1 z1> <x2 y2 z2> <x y z>
Clones the blocks between coordinates <x1 y1 z1> and <x2 y2 z2>, and place them at coordinates <x y z>.

Atlantis mode


A creative one this one – raise the water level in your world to imitate Atlantis.

Change Fall damage

Turn fall damage on and off.

Fire damage

Turn off and on fire damage.

Water damage

Change whether water damage is enabled

Instant plant

Planted seeds grow instantly.

Instant mine

Enables one-click mining.

Minecraft Item and Mob commands


Add to Inventory

/give <player> <item> [quantity]
Adds a specified item to the player’s inventory, in the chosen quantity if possible.

Keep Inventory After Death

/gamerule keepInventory true
You do not lose your inventory items after dying. Again, replace true with false to undo.

Summon Entities

/summon <entity> [x y z]
Spawns the mod or other entity at the player’s location, or chosen coordinates.

Store items

All inventory items are stored in a newly spawned chest.

Item damage

Weapons no longer take damage or degrade.


Copies the equipped item stack.

Smelt item

Smelts selected items.


Turns the selected creature into a mount.


Freezes selected mobs.

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Reporters Without Borders built a virtual library in ‘Minecraft’ to share banned journalism – Fast Company

In countries where governments tightly control the media and ban hundreds of news sites, it might be hard to access The New York Times or the BBC, but it’s still possible to play Minecraft, a video game owned by Microsoft since 2014. So the nonprofit Reporters Without Borders created a backdoor within the game, building a virtual library stocked with censored articles that can be accessed by any player.


In Saudi Arabia, for example, visitors to the Uncensored Library—the winner of the education category in Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards—can read reporting from the slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi that otherwise can be difficult to find on the country’s internet. The library’s holdings also include articles from Javier Valdez, the Mexican journalist who covered crime and corruption until he was killed by gunmen, as well as stories from Nguyen Van Dai, an exiled Vietnamese human rights lawyer and democracy activist whose blog is blocked in his home country.

[Image: Reporters Without Borders]

Reporters Without Borders worked with the creative agency DDB Germany and design studio BlockWorks, which spent three months building the collection from more than 12.5 million virtual blocks. “The whole library has a download link that is censorship protected, so you cannot destroy it,” says Tobias Natterer, senior copywriter at DDB Berlin. “Everybody who downloads the library can then upload it again.” Minecraft protects data about players, and the servers for the library are located in Europe, where EU law protects data from access by repressive regimes.

This year, the library added new virtual books with journalism from Brazil and Belarus to focus attention on the lack of press freedom in those countries. Some articles from Belarus come from Charter97, a website that has been blocked in the country since 2018. “Ever since mass, anti-government demonstrations started last August in Belarus, the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, has tried to suppress all reporting that he views as critical of the government or the situation in the country,” says Anna Nelson, the U.S. executive director of Reporters Without Borders. “Hundreds of journalists who reported on the protests were temporarily detained, while some have been sentenced to several years in prison.”

Since Minecraft players can be as young as 7, the project is a way for Reporters Without Borders to engage a new generation on the issue of press freedom. “Very quickly, game users come to understand that in the real world, there are very real consequences when information is censored or journalists are denied access to the truth,” Nelson says. Since it launched in March 2020, the project has reached more than 20 million gamers from 165 countries.

How to make a saddle in Minecraft: Four easy methods – RadioTimes

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Saddle up for this Minecraft guide on the elusive uncraftable saddle.


As the title would suggest, Minecraft is a game all about mining materials and crafting, which can lead to all sorts of weird and wonderful creations.


However, despite the BAFTA-nominated game’s premise, some items can’t be crafted, and instead must be – gasp – found within the game.

So leave the crafting table and furnace behind – it’s time to venture out into the world and gather a saddle.

Finding a saddle depends on which mode you’re playing – we’ve broken down the various ways below:

Where to find a saddle in Minecraft Creative Mode

Creative mode, of course, gives you unlimited resources, meaning saddles can be found simply by browsing the Creative Inventory Menu. The menus vary slightly depending on which platform you’re using – but the saddle can be found under the following headers:

  • Java: Under Transportation
  • Pocket Edition: Tools/Equipment
  • Console/Win10/Edu: Equipment

How to find a saddle in Minecraft Survival Mode

In survival mode it’s not quite as easy, as players will have to go exploring – though there are multiple locations that offer the opportunity to acquire a saddle:

Dungeon Chests

The easiest way to obtain a saddle is by looting chests while exploring dungeons. Dungeons are structures that generate naturally in the Overworld, and often contain a mob spawner and up to two chests. Be careful though, as the mobs spawned will be hostile – you have a 50% chance of a zombie, 25% chance of a skeleton, and a quarter of a chance it’s a spider.

Nether Fortress Chests

A slightly more complicated one, players must first build a Nether portal to explore the Nether realm. This can be done by building a frame with fourteen obsidian, then activating the portal with flint and steel or a fire charger.

Once in the Nether realm, heading to the Fortress and looting the chests may well yield you a saddle – just make sure you’re prepared, as the fortress is full of obstacles.


We’re not sure of the logic here, but yes, you can catch a saddle while fishing. Cast your fishing line into a body of water and look out for bubbles coming out of the water. If you wait patiently the bubbles will move towards your fishing line and eventually pull your bobber under – that’s the signal to reel in your fishing line.

If you’re lucky you’ll catch a saddle that will be automatically added to your inventory, though be warned as this may well take a few tries.

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How to build an efficient farm in Minecraft – Sportskeeda

Farms are almost essential for a sustainable Minecraft playthrough. These beautiful and simple structures provide an infinite amount of food, without the player having to kill any animals.

This article takes a look at a technique that will allow for the most efficient harvest while saving the most space.

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Published 04 May 2021