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Mining and Ore Generators in Minecraft
By Stephen O'Brien
Nov 13, 2014
Ores are the building blocks of Minecraft. In this excerpt from The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft, Stephen O'Brien shows you how to mine cobblestone, create stone, and generate obsidian.
The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft: Gathering Resources
By Stephen O'Brien
Oct 9, 2014
This chapter from The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft, 2nd Edition is about building the foundation you can use to launch into the rest of the game. Your focus is on a few key points: build an outdoor shelter, find food to stave off hunger, improve your collection of tools, and build a chest to safely store items.
The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft: Mob Farms, Traps, and Defense
By Stephen O'Brien
Aug 26, 2014
Take control of the mayhem with a mob farm in Minecraft: the equivalent of a factory for zombies, spiders, creepers, and skeletons. You’ll quickly amass a fortune in useful resources, from gunpowder to string, arrows, and more, and also gather weapons, armor, iron, and even the occasional edible. Once you know how, it’s really quite easy, and putting together a mob farm, especially when playing on Survival, is incredibly satisfying. Stephen O'Brien shows you how in this chapter from The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft.
Examining Xbox Live: What Do You Get?
By Bill Loguidice, Christina T. Loguidice
Jun 24, 2014
This chapter explains about Xbox Live and the different membership levels, earning achievements, accessing your account on other consoles, and how updates work.
LEGO Has Gone Interactive
By Jason Rich
Apr 25, 2014
Jason R. Rich takes a look at how LEGO toys have gone from traditional and extremely popular plastic building bricks originally created in 1932 to interactive play experiences, thanks to a handful of iPhone and iPad apps, online games, and other high-tech products.
Configuring Xbox One to Control Your Home Theatre
By Brien Posey
Mar 28, 2014
Although Xbox One is first and foremost a gaming platform, Microsoft designed it to act as an all-in-one entertainment console. You can even watch television through your Xbox One. Of course, doing so means routing your cable or satellite receiver through the Xbox One console and configuring Xbox One to recognize your home theatre hardware. Brien Posey shows you how.
Five Must-Have Apps for Xbox One
By Brien Posey
Mar 27, 2014
Even though Xbox One is first and foremost a gaming platform, Microsoft intended for it to provide entertainment in a variety of ways - they designed the console so that it can run apps in a manner similar to that of Windows 8. This article discusses five apps that you can use to help get the most out of your Xbox One.
How Xbox One May Change Next Year
By Brien Posey
Mar 26, 2014
Although Xbox One has been on the market for only a few months, there are signs that some major changes might be in store for the console. This article describes what changes Xbox One customers might realistically expect and why.
Twitch 101: An Introduction to the Twitch Gameplay Streaming Platform
By Sean Ong
Mar 26, 2014
In this video, Sean Ong gives an introduction to the Twitch gameplay streaming platform. This video is a must-watch for individuals who are interested in finding out more about Twitch and where to get started with the platform.
Making Xbox One Web Browsing More Practical
By Brien Posey
Mar 25, 2014
Although you can browse the Internet from your Xbox One console, doing so might not always be a great experience. The screen resolution can make Web pages difficult to read, and entering URLs or filling out web forms from an Xbox Controller can be a tedious process. This article shows you how to vastly improve the experience of browsing the web through your Xbox One.
Posting Xbox One Game Play to YouTube
By Brien Posey
Mar 24, 2014
Although the process for doing so is anything but intuitive, it is relatively easy to share your Xbox One gaming videos with the world when you know how.
Microsoft Xbox One and Surface Tips and Tricks
By Sean Ong
Mar 3, 2014
In this video, Sean Ong demonstrates his favorite Xbox One features, including interaction with the Microsoft Surface tablet.
Xbox Search with Bing and Voice
By Brien Posey
Feb 28, 2014
Xbox One uses Bing search in a variety of ways. Gamers can use vocal searches to look for games, music, or movies, or they can use browser-based searches to find more general information. This article discusses how to perform both search types, as well as when it is appropriate to perform each type of search.
What’s New with Xbox Kinect?
By Brien Posey
Feb 27, 2014
Although the original version of Microsoft’s Kinect worked really well, the new version that is included with Xbox One is even better. This article explains the basics of using the new Kinect device.
A First Look at Twitch for Xbox One
By Brien Posey
Feb 26, 2014
One of the most wildly popular apps for Xbox One is Twitch, a video-streaming app that allows you to watch others as they play various games. Learn how to acquire, deploy, and use Twitch on the Xbox One.
Taking Advantage of Smart Glass with Xbox One
By Brien Posey
Feb 25, 2014
Smart Glass is an app that allows smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices to act as an Xbox One companion. In doing so, the device acts as a second screen for Xbox. This article explains how Smart Glass can be used with the Xbox One.
Making Sense of the New Xbox User Interface
By Brien Posey
Feb 24, 2014
The Xbox One interface is somewhat similar to that of Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8. Although certain desktop elements will likely be familiar to those who have used other Microsoft devices, the interface can still take a bit of getting used to. This article introduces some of Xbox One’s less intuitive features.
Registering and Downloading Minecraft: The Ultimate Player's Video Guide to Minecraft
By Stephen O'Brien
Jan 31, 2014
Make your own reality with Minecraft, the game of adventure, survival, and imagination that everyone is talking about! This video will help you get started by showing you how to download and register Minecraft, quickly and easily.
Skyscraper Panic! Creating a Game in an Hour with Kodu Game Lab
By James Floyd Kelly
Dec 4, 2013
New to programming but want to create your own games? James Kelly shows how you can build your own simple game in about an hour with a PC and Microsoft’s Kodu Game Lab.
Gathering Resources and Getting Around in Minecraft
By Stephen O'Brien
Nov 12, 2013
This chapter helps you familiarize yourself with your tools and surroundings in Minecraft so you can gather materials, build shelter, and understand your inventory.

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