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When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, and I believed these urban legends like a child. Now we've put away childish things, join us to reflect on these videogame urban legends we wholeheartedly believed when we were kids, back when bigger kids could convince us they were true because they had uncles who worked at Nintendo.
We're serious players of the videogames, but there are some dumb compulsive habits we just can't kick, such as bunny hopping everywhere, inspecting the toilets, and shooting the friendly merchant just to see what happens. We apologise, videogames, for these little things we can't resist doing.
We thought you got to hell by doing bad things such as murder or walking slowly with people behind you, but there are loads of alternative routes to the hot place, say videogames. If you need to get down there in a hurry, consider your many transport options.
In the spirit of the season, Mike means to prove any old idiot can do what Santa does: infiltrate homes by night and stealthily deposit festive gifts. In Minecraft, mind. Andy and I meanwhile set about hindering Mike's deliveries with extreme prejudice.
It's day five of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and this time I am tasked with building a recognisable Christmas tree in Minecraft in under three minutes. Recognisable may be a stretch.
Ken Levine, Peter Molyneux, Hideo Kojima. They're all titans of the game development scene and have commanded huge, triple-A budgets and vast teams of people. Everyone has to start somewhere, though, so did you ever wonder how these (and other) 'celebrity' developers got started? What did they create without huge resources to bring to bear? And is there a glimpse of that genius in these early projects? Watch and to find out.
The Outside Xbox YouTube channel has reached the milestone of 250,000 subscribers. It's time to celebrate by revisiting a favourite early Oxbox feature: Minecraft Pictionary. Join us for inscrutable blocky drawings, inappropriate guessing and our heartfelt thanks.
The Skyrim Minecraft Mash-Up Pack for Xbox 360's version of Minecraft is here. It adds Skyrim skins, textures and music, and abridges the land of the Nords into a dinky Skyrim-inspired world save, like a charming Lego playset based on the original game world. Join us on a tour of Riverwood, Bleak Falls Barrow, Whiterun and Dragonsreach, where I murder the Jarl and take his throne.
Minecraft is coming to Xbox One. Hurrah! And though it's not the most technically demanding or graphically advanced of games, there are still benefits to be reaped in the jump to next gen. Bigger maps and bigger multiplayer are already confirmed for the next Xbox's version of Minecraft, but the upgrades mustn't stop there. Watch on for the five things Minecraft desperately needs on Xbox One.
Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is the most common specific phobia; some reports claim that up to 50 percent of women and 10 percent of men are sufferers. That explains why so many games feature horrible eight-legged creepy crawlies designed to poke the brain's primordial terror centre, and proves the game designers involved are utter sadists. Here are the five worst offenders among spider-filled videogames.
Welcome back to our semi-regular, semi-gameshow games show Minecraft Pictionary. It's episode four now and our building skills are still at an embarrassingly remedial level. Still, we try, and as the parents of average children have told them for decades, that's the important thing. So the rules once more: two minutes to build whatever's on the Pictionary card with a point to guesser and builder if it's correctly identified.
Lately, our favourite Minecraft pastime is a mash-up of Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition's creative mode and Pictionary. Can you guess our inscrutable 3D doodles? Can we? Watch and find out.
Ah, Minecraft Pictionary. It's the 3D blockery of Minecraft meets the inscrutable drawings of Pictionary in which you've got two minutes to do the bidding of a Pictionary card in Minecraft's creative mode. We play this crossover of our own devising in the video after the jump.
Minecraft's latest big update is upon us. We put one world's animal population limit to the test with the new spawn egg items, which let you pop into being new friendly creatures, villagers and enemy mobs with the pull of a trigger.
Upcoming Minecraft Xbox 360 title update TU9 opens the way to desolate dimension The End, where lives the mighty Ender Dragon. Watch these blocky heroes go on an Ender Dragon hunt in this trailer.
Here's a tantalising screenshot montage teasing the TU9 update for Minecraft on the Xbox 360. Come on through for spawn eggs, item frames, climbable vines and an Ender Dragon.
We haven't played Minecraft for a while, so we jumped back in with a rousing session of Minecraft Pictionary, a game we just invented which you play like regular Pictionary, only instead of drawing the thing on the card you clumsily build it in Minecraft.
CastleMiner Z and CastleMiner were Xbox Live's two bestselling Indie Games of last year. Both bear a striking resemblance to sandbox blockbuster Minecraft. We put them and more of the marketplace's Minecraft clones up against the Outside Xbox buzzer test in this video.
We hunt down a new nether fortress, as added by the recent Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition update, on a kind of terrifying hell safari. Lava wells and blaze spawners and nether warts, oh my!
The recent Minecraft Xbox title update added adorable baby animals by way of its animal breeding system. Here's how it works. Watch on for competitive animal husbandry and cute baby critters.
Here's how to make a Minecraft snow golem, the friendly snow monster added to Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition in the recent title update. But why stop at one? Watch the Outside Xbox snow golem army march to victory.
There's a new Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition update out tomorrow, Wednesday 19 December. The catchily titled TU7 Update adds adorable baby animals, potion brewing and experience points to the XBLA game, among other exciting things. Find update details after the jump.
Outside Xbox puts up the decorations in this Minecraft Christmas Special, in which we build a giant Santa, snowman (snowcreeper?) and festive fir. There is also skating and snowball fighting, to complete the seasonal Minecraft Xbox caper. Merry Christmas!
4J Studios, the developer behind Minecraft on Xbox 360, has tweeted that texture pack support is on the way. Texture packs will bring alternative looks for the bricks and mortar (and grass and cobblestone) of Minecraft's simple, blocky landscapes, replacing default textures with whatever 4J has in mind.
Halo 4 has gone straight to number one on the Xbox Live activity chart for the week of November 5, landing above regular chart topper Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, as well as Minecraft, Call of Duty: Black Ops and FIFA 13.
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