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[UPCOMING GAMING EVENT] Super League – Play Minecraft In A Movie Theatre

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Super League is the world’s first and biggest video game league that takes place in movie theaters worldwide. Bringing gamers of all ages together for a social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen, Super League is establishing theatre auditoriums as the ultimate place to play some of the world’s most popular games.

To date, Minecraft is arguably the world’s most popular game, with over 70 million people having purchased it and more than 42 million Minecraft-related videos currently uploaded to YouTube.

How it works:
Gamers will bring their laptop into the movie theatre and connect to the Super League server. Once connected, they’ll join a lobby with up to 100 other gamers at the event. Teams will be formed and gamers will embark on 90 minutes of Minecraft fun.

For Fall 2016, Super League will be offering two ways to play Minecraft in a movie theatre: Minecraft Adventure and Metropolis Madness.

Minecraft Adventure is series of “one-day” events running every Tuesday and Saturday of the week from September 20 to October 1. Each event will feature different worlds, themes, and games. Minecraft Adventure events are standalone – tickets are purchased on an event-by-event basis, and teams are formed in the theatre before the start of each event. Tickets are $20 each.

Metropolis Madness is a four-week “league” running once a week from October 19 to November 9. The league and all of its games feature a “city” theme, drawing from historical US landmarks – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alcatraz Island, Central Park, and more. Tickets must be purchased for the whole league upfront. The $80 cost of admission includes entry to all four events.

THERES ONE MORE SINGLE GAME LEFT OCT 1 REGISTER NOW!

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[GAMING] 10 Tips for Running A Minecraft Server

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It’s not exactly a simple task to run a Minecraft server successfully. Given the popularity of the game, there’s already a lot of competition awaiting you if you decide to get involved
It can be pretty difficult and daunting early on in the process. Knowing what to do at first and how to keep it all going – and growing – might seem impossible initially. After tons of experience and research, the following 10 tips for running a Minecraft server successfully have been put together to help you finally get your foot in the door without all the headaches!

Step 1 – Make An Outline!
Whether you want to call it making an outline, brainstorming, or making a plan, this is generally the first step to fulfilling any task. Sit back and figure out what you want. Make a list with good old fashioned pen and paper even. It’s incredibly simple, but a lot of people overlook the usefulness of a basic planning or brainstorming process like this. It helps in all walks of life, and running a Minecraft server is absolutely no exception.

Simple planning when you start out will allow you to figure out what sort of players you want to target, potential themes and modes you’d like to specialize in, and how big you hope to get. Setting all of this in stone will help visualize your goals and more realistically, accomplish them!

2 – Be Comfortable At The Bottom.
The simple truth when starting out in Minecraft server hosting is that it’s not going to take off overnight. A lot of people buy the biggest, priciest hosting plan they can give the expectations. This is an absolutely counterproductive idea. Think of someone that’s just learning to play guitar. There’s no reason to opt into an instrument that’s thousands of dollars. What if the person doesn’t like it? What if they ultimately give up, or if something happens because they haven’t learned to care for it yet? The initial investment will have been a waste.

Apply this analogy to Minecraft servers and you’ll see the issue! It’s in your best interest to start with a smaller, modest plan. Allow yourself to learn and grow with it. You’ll really get a feel for how much more you want to put into it. If you enjoy things at the bottom, then you’ll know you have it in you to push more towards the top!

3 – Limit Your Downtime.
Think about existing servers of games you play, or even your internet connection in general. When it isn’t there for you, you’re most often pretty upset about it. It’s only natural. To make sure your server is available as often as possible, create a copy to test any changes you’re implementing, research the best hosts, and make sure you have DDoS protection!

4 – Back Up The Server.
If you’re putting time and money into building a server, you need to make sure you have everything on it backed up. Sometimes files are loss, and others maps might become corrupt. Those that run a server without any sort of backups almost always run into problems. Murphy’s Law – where anything that can go wrong absolutely will go wrong at one point or another – runs rampant in Minecraft servers, so don’t chance it!

5 – Keep Your Server Updated.
The day to day tasks can be mundane in any endeavor, but they’re always necessary. You can look at making sure your server is up to date in the same way. Whatever files or plug ins you may have need to be updated at all times. New versions come out all the time, so you want to keep on top of that. With problems like hacking unfortunately existing, refreshing everything on your server to the latest iteration will give you the utmost protection.

6 – Dedicate A Unique IP.
You should really look into getting a dedicated and unique IP address that is attached to your server, and your server alone. Your players will be able to access your server through Minecraft’s default port this way. All of the biggest, most successful servers have their own IP. You might not want to start out with this step right away, but once you’re out of the “feel it out” stage represented in steps 1 and 2, your own IP is definitely a must.

7 – Bungee Cord Is A No-No At First!
A lot of people invest a lot of time and resource into Bungee Cord, thinking this is the corner stone of success in the Minecraft world. This is absolutely not the case. Bungee Cord allows multiple servers for your player base. You will only need a feature like that once you’re really hitting it big. Potentially having multiple unique worlds to explore is wonderful, but it’s complete overkill in the early stages of your server hosting career.

8 – Figure Out The Monetization Issue.
Of course, a lot of people are initially drawn to the idea of hosting a server given the potential to monetize it. Again, you have to realize that is something that won’t happen over night. If that’s something you’re interested in beyond the mere fun of having the server however – and it’s okay to given all of the investments you’ll be taking to go this far – then do some research. Look into plugins like Votifier or GA Listener. Check out what other servers do and you might ultimately reap the benefits.

9 – Don’t Over Promote Yourself
There are lists out there that promote the servers players can check out. It’s tempting to put yourself on every single list available, but it’s only seen as spam and desperate overall. Google might even penalize your link, burying it further and further in search results. It seems backwards, but promoting too much when there isn’t much substance to what you have going yet is only going to hurt you.

10 – Try To Please The Players
It’s pretty simple, but keep your players in mind when you’re running your server. If you don’t provide a good experience, they won’t stick around. Do your best to listen to feedback and accommodate them the best you can.

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[VIDEOGAMES] Five Reasons Why You’ll Love Minecraft

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Minecraft has taken the world by storm and is one of the most popular games of recent years. If you haven’t tried it then you should and here are five reasons you may love it.

5. You Have Once Liked Legos

Made by Mojang, Minecraft excels at bringing the enthusiasm and simplicity that many would associate with owning a Lego set as a kid. Many children I know had owned at least one set, and swiftly abandoned it as they entered their troublesome years of pre-adolescence. Minecraft, however, might be your ticket back into that juvenile happy place you’d visit whenever you would touch your treasured lego set. If you are among the particular group of individuals this last paragraph refers to, have no fear – even though Minecraft may have somewhat of a learning curve (particularly if you refuse to play the tutorial), it’s very easy to play once you’ve got the hang of it, and the title gives you amazing, fun tools to breathe life into your ideas that concern cliff-face mansions, castles and much more.

4. You Have Ever Considered Being An Architect

The tools players utilize in Minecraft are the closest I’ll be to the toolset that landscaping firms and talented architects utilize to do their work. Indeed, I feel awesome knowing I’ve just spend a whole hour of my life working at defacing a mountain and preparing myself to further mutilate it until it can’t be recognized anymore – all that whist having the great addition of being able to live and breath in a world with close friends of mine makes the title even more interesting. While it probably wouldn’t mean much if you said ‘Minecraft Extraordinaire’ on your resume, you’ll be able to refer to yourself as a very accomplished ‘Achievement Getter’ that the world has seen. Why not try Minecraft for free.

3. If You Have Once Questioned Your Creative Abilities

Minecraft deliberates even the hardened rule-stickler or a hardened literary buff – offering an opportunity to test their stiff mind. This is an important test – one which has been resonating in your mind since you said no to a lego set as you were younger. It becomes very apparent to those who play the game that it features a very large environment in which you can have full-reign over the world’s ins-and-outs – giving a great opportunity for anyone’s creative potential to shine.

2. If You’ve Been Outside The Gaming Loop For A While Now

Of course, it may be a bit hard to set up a server in the beginning, for instance, but if you’ve been outside the loop of gamers for a while now, the game should take you with wide open arms. Pleasantly rewarding both the hardcore and the casual player alike, the game won’t require you to open a FAQ once you learn how to do things for the first time – it all becomes very clear and intuitive after you’ve done it at least once. The best advice I could give to you as a new player is to take it slow and enjoy the learning experience – perhaps play it with someone who already knows how things work, since it’ll save you plenty of time and grief, and allow you to have more fun.

1. If You Have Friends Who Play Minecraft

They have probably been pestering you for a while now, saying you should play – and they are right. Really, there is nothing to lose, so go and give it a try. It is a very enjoyable gameplay, in a fun open world. If you decide to join it once, you’ll likely enjoy it and find yourself questioning your integrity as you play it for hours and hours on when you should be doing homework or meeting deadlines – the truth is, Minecraft features something developers strive for, players pursue, and publishers try to evoke – simple, pure fun.