It’s that holiday time of year again, and that means it’s over the river and through the woods to…well, fix your family’s Wi-Fi and other tech problems.
PC gaming is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, but most people still use their machines as utilitarian web and email access points rather than a platform for video games. But even if your computer has all the graphical power of a sedated hamster, there are plenty of great options for gaming.
The Windows 10 Creators Update—codenamed Redstone 2—will begin rolling out on April 11, 2017. Like other updates to Windows 10, it’s free, and includes a host of new features. It will be rolled out slowly like the Anniversary Update, so it will be a few months before Microsoft offers it to everyone.
Minecraft is a great game for kids, no doubt about it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a wee bit frustrating for smaller children. If you have a younger player and you’d like to adjust the game to their age and skill level, we’ve got more than a few tweaks to help make Minecraft frustration free for the whole family.
If you’re tired of accidentally killing your buddy while fighting enemies in close quarters, or your kids are screaming because one of them 8-bit-murdered the other again, this is the tutorial for you. Read on as we show you how to disable player vs. player damage in Minecraft once and for all.
We all have things on our home network we want to access from the outside: music collections, game servers, file stores, and more. Dynamic DNS makes it easy to give your home network a memorable and easy to use address.
A significant portion of the population gets moderately to severely nauseated while playing first-person video games, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s why those games make people feel ill, and what you can do about it.
So you want to play Minecraft with your family, but you only have one account. You won’t be able to play online, but with a few tweaks to the configuration files, you should all be able to play over the network together at home with no extra accounts necessary.
Parents worried about their kids and inappropriate YouTube content now have a handy parenting companion. The YouTube Kids app makes it easy to set up a walled-garden of kid-safe videos on any Android or iOS device.
It’s easy to invest a lot of energy in your Minecraft creations. Thankfully, it’s just as easy to back them up. Read on as we show you how to ensure your Minecraft Realms worlds are safe and sound.
Minecraft is a game that lends itself to hundreds of hours of exploration and building. Don’t let your creations go up in a puff of dying-hard-drive smoke; read on as we show you how to locate and (automatically) back up your critical Minecraft files.
Although there is something to be said for starting with a fresh map, it’s easy (and fun) to upload an entire world to your Minecraft Realms server–whether it’s a world you created yourself or downloaded online.
MCEdit is a powerful third party program for editing Minecraft maps. MCEdit has many tools and filters for editing and building, and can speed up the building of large or complex Minecraft creations.
Do you have a really cool Minecraft world, and want to show it off? If so, Chunky will take very high quality pictures of your Minecraft worlds, which will show off your creations better than a simple in-game screenshot.
There are a lot of ways to go about hosting a Minecraft game but it’s tough to beat the simplicity of buying a server directly from Mojang, the company behind Minecraft (and now it even comes with a free 30 day trial!) Read on as we show you how to purchase and configure a Minecraft Realms server.
Here’s our selection of some of the best computing kits made for kids and parents to share and learn with together (and yes, almost all of them will play Minecraft).
Running a vanilla Minecraft server is fun, but the real advantage to using Bukkit is the ability to install plugins to change gameplay. Bukkit plugins can do anything from protecting your world and managing large servers to adding gameplay and new features, and we’ve compiled a list of the best to add to your server.
Java is, and always has been, the source of many woes. And security holes. Lots of security holes. There’s really no reason to have it installed anymore, especially now that Minecraft has its own bundled Java for both OS X and Windows. So today is the day you remove it.
One of the big complaints Minecraft players have is that Minecraft runs on Java — it’s a pain to deal with because it’s insecure and needs frequent updating to avoid exploits, and they’d rather not deal with it at all. Thanks to a new launcher, Minecraft no longer requires you to install Java, so you can finally remove it.
Minecraft is one of the best ways to introduce young and new people to coding. Command blocks are easy to learn and use, and Java programming is right around the corner with Minecraft mods and Bukkit plugins. It’s also just a very fun place for experienced coders to tinker in.
Minecraft is a game all about blocks, and the beauty of it is that you can build anything your heart desires. Building in Minecraft is like building with digital Legos, but, like Legos, building takes a long time and is often tedious and repetitive for anything more than a few blocks on each side. WorldEdit is a plugin that makes the repetitive tasks like filling in walls and replacing blocks easier.
Minecraft’s native LAN support is great for running games on the fly, but if you want a dedicated, customized server, Spigot is the way to go. Spigot is built on a plugin API called Bukkit, which makes customizing your gameplay easy, and since the Bukkit project has been around since the dawn of Minecraft multiplayer, many developers have released their own plugins and modifications.
What’s more fun than the creative block-building in Minecraft? Building whenever and wherever you want with a portable Minecraft installation on a flash drive you can take with you. Read on as we detail how to configure a portable copy of Minecraft for build-anywhere fun.
Upgrading Minecraft to get to the newest features is always fun unless it breaks your old maps and creates huge and ugly artifacts across them. Read on as we show you how you can take an old Minecraft map and bring it into a new version of Minecraft without risking really ugly glitches in your terrain.
Minecraft 1.8 introduced a new feature map feature: the ability to permanently lock the map’s difficulty setting. While it’s a great way to encourage you to play without cheating it’s also frustrating if the difficulty is locked at a setting you don’t want. Read on as we show you how both permanently change the setting and unlock it.