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Games like Minecraft 16 best games like Minecraft from the past ten yearsOct 16, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThere have been a great many games like Minecraft over the past decade. Which is to be expected, because who wouldn’t want to capitalise on the runaway mainstream success of the decade, and the best-selling video game of all time? There are many things that are very special about Minecraft, and remain more or less unmatched even ten years later; but we’ve done our very best to condense all that specialness down into a simple list of six criteria, and from there, we’ve compiled our list of the 16 best games like Minecraft out there right now. Some of these games you might look at and think, “But Ollie, my dear fellow! You must be crazy! This game looks nothing like Minecraft!” Bear with me, and I’ll explain exactly why each game on this list has earned its place there. Each of these games are well worth a try if you enjoy Minecraft for whatever reason. And who knows? You might find your new favourite game within this very list… (more…) Community Crunch 202Oct 14, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Fear Evolved 3 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/997225dadb89b24c227e1da171dc903bcc30db2e.jpg From October 22nd to November 5th, the spookiest and most requested event will be active! We've been asking for your feedback on things you'd like to see in events and we have something exciting in store for everyone.  For those who've seen the ghoulish graves and overgrown pumpkin patches; fear not, there will be a number of new items to collect! Stay tuned for chilling trailer reveal and more details on the event! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/7465e54f3418f05bda128961b18b77bc3cbc5d60.jpg NEW Event Items Jack O'Lantern Mask Hockey Mask Headless Neck stump Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy Spooky Emotes Panic Emote Spooky Dance Emote Zombie Emote Prior Event Creatures DodoRex Zomdodo Dodo Wyvern Skeletal Giganotosaurus Skeletal Quetzal Skeletal Jerboa Bone Fire Wyvern Zombie Fire Wyvern Zombie Lightning Wyvern Zombie Poison Wyvern Skeletal Bronto Skeletal Stego Skeletal Trike Skeletal Raptor Skeletal Rex Skeletal Carnotaurus Prior Event Items Pumpkin Stolen Headstone Scarecrow Prior Event Skins DodoWyvern Mask Skin Clown Mask Skin Vampire Eyes Skin Werewolf Mask Skin Giganotosaurus Bone Costume Jerboa Bone Costume Quetzalcoatlus Bone Costume Wyvern Bone Costume DodoRex Mask Skin Carno Bone Costume Rex Bone Costume Raptor Bone Costume Bronto Bone Costume Trike Bone Costume Stego Bone Costume Witch Hat Skin Dino Witch Hat Skin On The Horizon {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/9e000cc2fcabeda752842d0157e0ba6ee4168692.jpg PS4 Primitive+ There was an issue with the latest deployment that has prevented PS4 Primitive+ players from accessing their survivors. There is a patch being tested and we hope to share an ETA once we have more information. EVO Event {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/be8af67db3c63d05cfa58a77e3ef37a1966f2671.jpg Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 18th of Oct at 1 PM EST until Monday the 21st of Oct at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time!Community Crunch 201: Mysterious MysteriesOct 7, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? What an interesting discovery, can anyone guess what this creature might be? On The Horizon Hacks/Exploits Abuse of game mechanics, such as meshing and duping, are being reported at a higher frequency. As always, we will continue to implement changes to address any methods we have been able to reproduce. Please continue to report any known methods via the ticket system. Enforcement With the increase of reports, the enforcement team has been tasked with a larger number of tickets. This backlog of requests prevented our enforcement team from acting quickly to incidents that were being reported. We've made a considerable dent in the backlog and hope to improve our response time to incidents that are reported. Events If there's something you'd really like to see in events (regular and holiday), check out the thread and weigh in! Changes to the Code Of Conduct The Enforcement Team are back again with another important notice regarding the Code of Conduct: New Addition: If you have been hardware ID (HWID) banned, any attempt to access the Official Network with an alternate account is subject to another hardware ID ban You can read the Code of Conduct in its entirety by clicking here. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 11th of Oct at 1 PM EST until Monday the 14th of Oct at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Introducing Genesis Chronicles and Mysterious MysteriesSep 30, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsGenesis Chronicles We're making the final preparations for a client and server-side update that will bring Genesis Chronicles to survivors on PC, Xbox, and PS4! Leading up to the release of Genesis we will begin to include Genesis-related Explorer Notes on The Island, Scorched Earth, and Aberration. Survivors with the cosmetic HLN-A will find some explorer notes provide a glimpse of what to expect in the forthcoming Genesis expansion -- and how it all fits into the larger ARK story. If you want to unlock a new set of skins for your armor, be sure to collect them all! Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Check out the rest of the community crunch here.Community Crunch 199: Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ????Sep 23, 2019 - Community Announcements How perplexing, who can guess what this object might be? View the Community Crunch 199Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ????Sep 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? What an interesting discovery, can anyone guess what this creature might be? Sponsored Mod Program Update - Sept 2019Sep 5, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsSponsored Mod Program Applications Sponsored Mod Program applications are once again OPEN! If you are interested in sponsorship for your projects, please fill out the application here: Apply For Sponsorship This will be the last application period until January so make sure to get those projects in!  New Sponsored Mods Finally, We have three new projects joining the Sponsored Mod Program today! We have a pretty interesting range of mod types this time for creatures and a utility mod for builders! Clockwork Creatures Mechanical steampunk beasts are on the loose! If you are a fan of the steampunk aesthetic, check out this mod which adds a range of new creatures to the game, with more brass than you can shake a stick at. ARK Transcendence Do you wish that ARKs creatures had a bit more personality to them? This mod introduces new behaviors to the natural residents of the ARK. The number of creatures it modifies right now is relatively small, but the author is working to expand that. Structure Saver 2 Just got done building the perfect house and then found a better place to build? Maybe you just want ten more of that house? This mod will let you do that, allowing players to save constructions and place them elsewhere. Happy Modding! All the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so farAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It’s Gamescom this week, which can only mean one thing – more confirmed ray tracing games for Nvidia’s RTX and selected GTX 16-series graphics cards. Indeed, the big one that’s just been announced is Minecraft, which (like Quake II RTX) is getting full, real-time ray tracing support for everything from water reflections to its entire lighting system. That’s not all, though. Dying Light 2 will also be getting real-time ray tracing, while Tencent’s freshly-announced action survival game Synced: Off-Planet will be getting ray-traced reflections and shadow support. In truth, the number of games on this list that you can actually play with ray tracing enabled right this second is still pretty small. A lot of the confirmed RTX games you’ll see below still haven’t received their promised ray tracing and performance-boosting DLSS support, so this is more of a complete ‘this is how many games will have it eventually’ kind of thing than ‘these are all the games you can play with ray tracing right now’. Still, if you’re currently on the fence about buying one of Nvidia’s RTX or RTX Super graphics cards as opposed to the new AMD Navi GPUs, this guide should hopefully help you decide whether ray tracing is something worth investing in. Here’s every confirmed ray tracing and DLSS game we know about so far. (more…) Steam Charts: Do As You're Told EditionAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hi, it’s me! Yeah! No, nothing’s wrong, all’s good. I was just calling to see if you wanted some Steam Charts? … STEAM CHARTS … Yeah, that’s right. No, no it’s not. You don’t? Oh, um, I already sent them over. (more…) Ark: Survival Evolved unveils new two-part Genesis expansion, coming in DecemberAug 8, 2019 - EurogamerDeveloper Wildcard has unveiled Genesis, a new two-part expansion for Ark: Survival Evolved, and it's coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, starting in December. Genesis will ultimately deliver Ark's fourth and fifth paid expansions - following on from Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction - and will form the game's second season pass. Those with good memories may recall the controversy surrounding Ark's first season pass, which arose when Studio Wildcard opted to introduce paid DLC into the game well before it had left early access. It remains to be see if the community will be more accepting of a new season pass with Ark: Survival Evolved now approaching its second year as a full release. As to what Genesis will bring in terms of specifics, that's a little harder to gauge right now. Despite being unveiled in a 50-minute livestream, the bulk of the expansions still remain firmly under wraps. What we do know, however, is that both parts will include a "really cool map", with the first map set within a simulation, enabling Wildcard to do things that were "even too crazy" for previous expansions. Read more Everything we know about Ark: GenesisAug 8, 2019 - PC GamerArk: Genesis was announced by Studio Wildcard—a two-part expansion pack for the multiplayer dino-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved. We've seen the announcement trailer and some screenshots, and we talked to Studio Wildcard to learn a few interesting details about the upcoming expansion. Here's everything we know about Ark: Genesis. Ark: Genesis release date There are two parts to the Ark: Genesis expansion.  We don't have solid dates for either part yet, but as the announcement trailer above shows, we know Part One is coming in December of 2019. Part Two will follow in Winter of 2020. Where and when does Ark: Genesis take place? The name Genesis would seem to indicate that this expansion could be a prequel of sorts. An interesting detail from the teaser could hint at that: The wrist of the player isn't embedded with the specimen implant we've always seen in Ark. However, the presence of Helena and the fact that this appears to link up with the ending of Ark: Extinction, the previous expansion, contradicts the idea of Genesis as a prequel. In other words, we don't really know where this fits into the Ark timeline. Feel free to speculate! As for the map that will arrive with Ark: Genesis, we can see it has some volatile volcanic regions, some snowy mountainous areas, and some more temperate biomes. There will also be an expansive water biome. You'll have an AI companion, HLN-A You won't be alone in Ark: Genesis. Helena, the biologist who authored the lore-filled explorer notes, has created a hovering AI companion designated HLN-A. Fully voiced, she'll act as a guide, providing you with missions, tasks, and story, and she'll also have practical uses as she follows you around, like illuminating dark areas. HLN-A can also perform her own version of emotes—as you can see in the image above, she can display a danger warning by projecting a skull and crossbones (though you probably already grasped the peril from the looks of the extremely angry creature.) She can also signal warnings for extreme heat, dangerously low temperatures, or even just give you a thumbs-up. You don't have to wait for December to meet HLN-A. Players who pre-purchase the season pass can have her join them in Ark immediately, on any map in the game. She's not fully feature-complete yet but she can talk a bit and Studio Wildcard says she may give players bits of lore relating to Genesis as we get closer to its release date. You can also customize her looks with various dyes. You can build a base on a giant turtle's back No need to settle on one spot to build your base in Ark: Genesis. If you tame a giant sea turtle, you can build your home right on its shell. The turtle can swim around in the water biome, and even dive underwater with your base, which will be protected and oxygenated by the turtle with no need for scuba gear. Resources will grows on the turtle's shell, so you can even do a bit ...Ark: Genesis lets you build houses on giant sea turtlesAug 8, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunMultiplayer dinosaur-riding island-surviv-a-thon series Ark: Survival Evolved has taken inspiration from my fever dreams and will be introducing giant sea turtles who double as islands which then double as an open construction site for your future home. The next chapter in the ongoing Ark saga, known as Ark: Genesis, will be made up of two hefty expansion packs. These will introduce tameable albeit shapeshifting animals – new biomes, and something that’s being referred to as “mission-based game mechanics” which I can only assume is a genetically mutated version of story-based missions. But frankly, it’s all about my future tortoise island paradise. (more…) ARK: Genesis Season Pass is Live Now!Aug 8, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're excited to introduce the next saga in the ARK universe, Genesis. Grab the Season Pass now and gain access to a unique H.L.N.A. cosmetic! Check out more information about Genesis and the Season Pass below: ARK: Genesis Season PassArk's next expansion, Genesis, brings giant sea turtle forts and a voiced AI companionAug 8, 2019 - PC Gamer"This is not Ark 2." That secret message, decoded by some clever fans, was embedded in an Ark: Survival Evolved teaser page, and it's now been confirmed. There's no Ark: Survival Evolved sequel coming (yet, anyway), but Studio Wildcard has announced two new expansion packs collectively called Ark: Genesis. The first Genesis pack will arrive this December, and the other is planned for the second half of next year. You can watch the announcement trailer further down the page. In addition to a new map, a new story, and some cool new creatures—including a giant sea turtle you can build a damn fort on—Ark: Genesis is adding something that's not a something. It's a someone. "For Genesis, we're actually introducing our first speaking character to Ark who's with you throughout the game, in the form of HLN-A," said Jesse Rapczak, technical art director and co-creative director of Studio Wildcard, when we talked earlier this week. HLN-A (an acronym for Human Learning Neural Aid) is a fully-voiced floating AI companion who follows you around, talks, gives you missions and goals, and brings the story of Ark to the forefront instead of concealing it in scattered explorer notes as it has in the past. In fact, HLN-A is a reference to Helena, the biologist who authored those explorer notes and created this AI companion. "So instead of just being a sandbox survival experience," Rapczak said, "Genesis takes that sandbox heritage that comes from the rest of Ark, but wraps it up with some direction on things that you would want to do to get through the story points, and tackle the final boss, and uncover the next chapters of the story we're telling." While you'll need to wait until December to experience the first part of Genesis, the season pass is available for pre-order now and those who purchase it will immediately get access to the first version of HLN-A in Ark.  According to Rapczak, HLN-A will work on any current Ark map, follow the player around, talk and react a bit to player actions, serve as a hovering flashlight in dark areas, and perform a few other functions.  Over the months leading up to the release of Genesis, Rapczak said they'll probably use HLN-A to deliver little snippets of lore related to the Genesis expansion to players that have obtained her by pre-purchasing the season pass. You can still play Ark with friends who haven't pre-purchased the expansion and they'll be able to see HLN-A following you around in the game. As for the Genesis map, it will contain a number of biomes including dangerous volcanic regions, home to the massive fire lizard you see above, and a high-altitude "crazy snow mountain biome" with some severe survival challenges. There's also a small, tamable shoulder pet nicknamed "Tiny" who completely hulks out into a rampaging monster when exposed to Element, one of Ark's crafting...The Visitor - Live Stream and Community UpdatesAug 7, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsCommunity Update Hey Survivors, We're excited to announce we'll be streaming on August 8th at 10am PST to talk about some exciting news concerning the future of ARK. You don't want to miss it! We've created a VR countdown to get ready for the moment. It's filled with images and clues that hint at what's to come. Check it out below: Countdown To Live Stream Mod Contest Over the last two months, mod authors have competed for massive cash prizes. They have spent countless hours debugging, polishing, and preparing their projects in hopes to win a grand prize of $10,000! Here at Wildcard, we selected the finalists across two categories, maps and mods. It was a tough decision and there were a lot of great projects. In the end, it was you that chose the final winners of the contest. If you would like to see all of the entries for the contest you can find them here: Maps Mods And now we are happy to introduce the winners of the 2019 ARK Modding Contest! Map Winners 1st Place - $10,000 USD: Olympus 2nd Place - $5,000 USD: Faith 3rd Place - $2,500 USD: The Chasm Mod Winners 1st Place - $10,000 USD: Castles, Keeps, and Forts 2nd Place - $5,000 USD: ARK Steampunk Mod 3rd Place - $2,500 USD: Human NPCs What is the visitor? Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 10am PST to hear some exciting news. Hope to see you then! ARK on Twitch ARK on Mixer ARK on Youtube Studio WildcardARK Summer Bash is Here!Jul 2, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/41ba3bf0f41f3a7ed925609dfe33701f14b3b0f7.jpg Run wild on the beach! ARK’s Summer Bash 2019 event has everything you need for fun in the sun: fireworks, patriotic top hats, swimsuits, and more. Plus you can show off that beach bod with new flex emotes, or make special candy that gives your tamed dinos a festive look. Starting July 2nd and running for two weeks, it’s time for some star-spangled survival -- ARK style! Event Details - Boosted Rates (Including Valguero). Does not include servers with existing game modes (i.e. Classic PvP, Small Tribes) 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) 2X Player XP 2X Harvesting - Event-colored creature spawns - Seasonal candy that, when eaten, gives tames random dino colors (50 cooked meat) - Sparkler Skin (10 cooked meat) - Fireworks Flare Gun Skin (25 cooked meat) - RPG Firework Rocket Skin (50 cooked meat) - Summer Swimsuits Skins (male and female) (50 cooked prime meat) - Uncle Sam Tophat Skin (100 cooked prime) - Dino Uncle Sam Tophat Skin (100 cooked prime) - Flex Emotes (100 prime jerky) - Dino Colors: Navy Red White Sky blue Brick Blue Silver Parchment Mud Orange Steam Charts: Meaningful Effluence EditionJun 24, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hello friendly people! Welcome to the always-lovely, always-cheerful soft-play-of-fun-and-hyphens that is Steam Charts! Today we’re going to laugh together, learn together, and maybe, just maybe, if we’re lucky, laugh and learn a little. Please, pull up a trouser, take a seat (take as many seats as you need – we have too many seats), and prepare to enjoy, laugh, and maybe even learn. (more…) Midweek Madness - ARK: Survival Evolved, 65% OffJun 18, 2019 - Product ReleaseSave 65% on ARK: Survival Evolved during this week's Midweek Madness*! *Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time Ark: Survival Evolved expands again tomorrow, this time for freeJun 17, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunArk: Survival Evolved is nearly as popular now as it was at launch, so it’s no great surprise that Studio Wildcard’s Dino Riders-ish survival sandbox is still being supported. What is a pleasant surprise is that the new Valguero expansion will be completely free of charge, and released tomorrow. It won’t require any existing DLC, and will include one new dinosaur to hunt or befriend; the agile and feathery Deinonychus, seen tussling with a Tyrannosaurus above. Below, a trailer taking us on a scenic tour of the multi-layered, 63 square kilometre new environment. (more…) Introducing ValgueroJun 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIntroducing Valguero! The next free map headed to the Official Network! Tune in today at 3PM PST for more info! Mostly Negative Reviews, 23% More People are Playing ARK Now Than One Month Ago on SteamSep 19, 2016 - GitHypAlmost one month ago on September 1, Studio Wildcard made the controversial decision to release a $19.99 expansion pack for their $29.99 early access game, ARK: Survival Evolved. And while the Scorched Earth pack has received almost 2,000 "Very Positive" reviews on Steam, the move by Wildcard has triggered a huge backlash on ARK’s primary review hub that tells a different story with close to 12,000 "Mostly Negative" recent reviews from angry players who purchased the game before the expansion. With so many negative reviews on Steam (many from users claiming that they’ll be dropping support for the game), surprisingly, ARK’s player count values have actually increased over the past month since the expansion pack launched. Looking at ARK’s weekend peaks on Saturdays over the past month, the average players per hour has gone from 36,637 players on August 20 to an average players per hour value of 47,681 most recently on September 17. [caption id="attachment_201575" align="aligncenter" width="800"]GitHyp’s ARK: Survival Evolved Player Count per Hour Data GitHyp’s ARK: Survival Evolved Player Count per Hour Data[/caption] So despite all the controversy, ARK: Survival Evolved isn’t actually losing players as it would seem based on just reading news and reviews… and the developer’s questionable decision to release more paid content while still being in early access has actually increased the game’s active playerbase by 23% on Steam.