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Australian govt circulates PSA warning of Minecraft's bad science

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Australian govt circulates PSA warning of Minecraft's bad science

Australia's love affair with mining is well documented, so it may come as no surprise that its government is very eager to address some scientific inaccuracies that may have made their way into the public's consciousness via Microsoft's Minecraft.

Seemingly concerned that a new generation of young Australians may actually attempt to make armour out of diamonds, Geoscience Australia has released a public service announcement to set the record straight.

"Cobblestones do not form from water and flowing lava", cleared up the Australian government. And don't attempt to create a stone by putting cobblestones in a furnace, as "it would, in fact, achieve nothing but a very warm rock."

Obsidian doesn't actually burn, and it's not "resistant" to TNT, patiently explained the government. And don't even think about using redstone to conduct electricity, there are no stones that can do that.

Gold would in fact make for a truly lousy pickaxe, and don't even begin to consider it for armour - you'd be just as well protected if you wore a suit of fingernail clippings, which are approximately just as soft.

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Avalanche releases stunning Mad Max screens, concept art

Avalanche releases stunning Mad Max screens, concept art

Avalanche Games has released a cluster of screenshots and concept art that depict the barren and haunting post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max.

After some delays and the ditching of last-gen platforms Mad Max will finally come to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this September.

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Halo 3: ODST hits The Master Chief Collection next month

Halo 3: ODST hits The Master Chief Collection next month

Halo 3: ODST will likely be added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection next month, 343 Industries has announced.

A remake of popular multiplayer map Relic will drop around the same time.

Those who played The Master Chief Collection before December 19, 2014 will get Halo 3: ODST for free, as part of an apology from 343 for the game’s poor matchmaking at launch.

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Sony leapfrogs Microsoft in gaming revenue rankings

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Sony leapfrogs Microsoft in gaming revenue rankings

A strong year has seen Sony climb above Microsoft in the gaming industry revenue rankings.

That's according to market intelligence agency Newzoo, which has released a report indicating near universal growth in the industry.

The world's largest gaming company continues to be Tencent, the Chinese investment holding company that owns Riot Games (League of Legends) and Epic (Unreal engine). Tencent reported 37 percent annual growth with US$7.2 billion in sales.

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Killing Floor 2 is now on Steam Early Access

Killing Floor 2 is now on Steam Early Access

Killing Floor 2 can now be downloaded via Steam Early Access.

Players who put down US$29.99 and pick up Killing Floor 2 early will be granted access to free content which will be available in the full release, and more content upon the game's release.

The Early Access version of Killing Floor 2 includes the following:

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Metal Gear Solid V's online player limits unveiled

Metal Gear Solid V's online player limits unveiled

The Metal Gear Online portion of Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain will support up to 16 players on new-gen and PC, and up to 12 players on last-gen consoles.

The info comes courtesy of the Japanese Metal Gear Solid website (via Videogamer).

Metal Gear Online pits two teams against each other in sneaky or not-so-sneaky combat.

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Bungie teases Destiny's House of Wolves in new video

Bungie teases Destiny's House of Wolves in new video

Bungie has released a teaser for Destiny's second expansion just ahead of its official reveal tomorrow morning.

The expansion, House of Wolves, introduces at least one new social area (the Queen's Bay); new vendors; new weapons, armour, and gear; new story missions; three new competitive multiplayer maps; and a new cooperative Strike.

In the new footage are glimpses of what look like upgrades for existing Raid weapons and armour, along with a shot confirming that the Light level cap will be raised to at least 34.

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Battlefront won't just be Battlefield plus Star Wars – DICE

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Battlefront won't just be Battlefield plus Star Wars – DICE

Star Wars: Battlefront will be more than just be a mash-up of Battlefield and Star Wars, says DICE.

“It's important to us that people feel like we are bringing them a fresh experience, and that they don’t immediately feel like ‘Oh, they have just taken Battlefield and put a Star Wars game on it’,” DICE senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir told Xbox Wire.

“We were fans of Battlefront, and we're incredibly happy as a studio to bring Battlefront to a new generation of fans.

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Gameplanet 2015 readership survey

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Gameplanet 2015 readership survey

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Wednesday 22 April

Avalanche releases stunning Mad Max screens, concept art
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Avalanche releases stunning Mad Max screens, concept art
Views from apocalyptia.
The Evil Within: The Consequence launch trailer
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The Evil Within: The Consequence launch trailer
Evil returns today.
Guitar Hero Live – Behind the Scenes trailer
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Guitar Hero Live – Behind the Scenes trailer
Go backstage.
Sony leapfrogs Microsoft in gaming revenue rankings
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Sony leapfrogs Microsoft in gaming revenue rankings
But Tencent still the largest.
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Killing Floor 2 is now on Steam Early Access
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Killing Floor 2 is now on Steam Early Access
Three levels, seven characters.
Australian govt circulates PSA warning of Minecraft's bad science
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Australian govt circulates PSA warning of Minecraft's bad science
"Diamonds are not used for armour".
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Charles Dance dev diary
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Charles Dance dev diary
Tywin Lannister, in the flesh.
Mayan Death Robots – Huracan & Tohil Showcase trailer
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Mayan Death Robots – Huracan & Tohil Showcase trailer
New bots duke it out.
Happy Wars – Xbox One launch trailer
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Happy Wars – Xbox One launch trailer
The happiest of wars comes to new-gen.
Killing Floor 2 – Early Access launch trailer
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Killing Floor 2 – Early Access launch trailer
A co-op sci-fi horror FPS.
King's Quest – The Vision dev diary
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King's Quest – The Vision dev diary
Resurrecting retro.
Destiny: House of Wolves – The Reef teaser
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Destiny: House of Wolves – The Reef teaser
A glimpse of what's to come.
Bungie teases Destiny's House of Wolves in new video
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Bungie teases Destiny's House of Wolves in new video
Full reveal tomorrow.

Tuesday 21 April

Gameplanet 2015 readership survey
Editor's Blog
Gameplanet 2015 readership survey
Let's talk about you.
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Grand Theft Auto V (PC) review
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The PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V is definitive
Towering achievement.
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Remedy releases 14 minute Alan Wake 2 prototype video
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Remedy releases 14 minute Alan Wake 2 prototype video
A sequel you'll never see.
Space Colony: Steam Edition trailer
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Space Colony: Steam Edition trailer
RTS gets the HD makeover treatment.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China launch trailer
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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China launch trailer
Introducing Shao Jun.
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Phil Harrison's new venture will use secret Microsoft tech
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Phil Harrison's new venture will use secret Microsoft tech
A hardware interface of some sort?
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Steam functionality limited until US$5 spent
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Steam functionality limited until US$5 spent
To combat spam and phishing.
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Mario Kart 8 – DLC Pack 2 Preview trailer
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Mario Kart 8 – DLC Pack 2 Preview trailer
New courses, characters, karts.
The Escapists – Alcatraz Add-On trailer
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The Escapists – Alcatraz Add-On trailer
Get off The Rock.
We Are Doomed – Xbox One trailer
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We Are Doomed – Xbox One trailer
A technicolour twin-stick shooter.