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No Man’s Sky – Defining the Future of Gaming?

We’ve heard it a thousand times; the claim that a single game is going to revolutionise the gaming industry…

But for once, this claim may actually become a reality, with the release of No Man’s Sky set to be released next year (2015). This will finally be a game for everyone to get excited about, whether they are hardcore gamers or a casual player – the variety of options for gameplay in No Man’s Sky are what Hello Games really pride themselves in.

The concept for No Man’s Sky is a game which has multiple options of gameplay for each individual player to play the game how they want to play it. For example, a player can focus on exploration, trying to be the founder of planets or animal and plant species, or on upgrading their ship until they have the ultimate spacecraft. If none of these appeal, you even have the option of travelling through space, battling enemy ships and becoming king of the skies.


The way the game works is that it is a procedural generated open universe – it goes on forever and is generated randomly as players explore deeper into the universe. Each planet is formed via a series of algorithms, which will determine the planet’s climate, design, colour, flora and fauna. Every little thing is procedural generated to ensure every single planet is different, along with every animal and every plant. Each world has its own ecosystem with potentially “unforgiving conditions, such as desert worlds with large carnivorous” worms.

When asked about the game, Hello Games said,

No Man’s Sky has been in our heads for a very long time. In fact, it has its roots in Sean Murray’s experiences growing up on a ranch in the Australian outback. It was the true middle of nowhere, where if something went wrong you were told to just stay where you were and light a fire at an exact same time every day, and hope that someone would find you.


Hello Games then went on to add “The night sky was filled with more stars than you’ve ever seen, and we’ve all thought that this is exactly where video games would go, video games that contained the whole universe, and you’d be able to visit it all. No Man’s Sky takes that jump – it’s the game we’ve always wanted to make.”

The producers of No Man’s Sky are, surprisingly, a small Indie company based in Guildford the county town of Surrey in the UK. Hello Games was formed in July 2009 by former employees from other well-known video game companies such as Criterion Games, Electronic Arts, and Kuju Entertainment. Hello Games have announced that the 64-bit seeding key to be used in the final game (they are currently using a 32-bit number processor) will allow for more than 18 quintillion (18,000,000,000,000,000,000) possible planets.

Do you think this could change how games are made in the future? Let me know in the comments below on what kind of impact you think a game like this could have.

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The Top 5 Minecraft Halloween Skins

With Halloween fast approaching there’s no better time to start decorating your house, buying your costumes… and giving Minecraft a whole new look!

In this article, I’ve listed the top 5 Minecraft skins for Halloween that are bound to give your friends a fright.


5. Swamp Glob-Monster

To start this list, I have picked the Swamp Glob-Monster skin by Diam0ndSpad3 purely for the fun factor – the colours are a little garish, but the concept is just so fun! This is a great skin for people who prefer a less serious approach to Halloween but also want to get into the festivities.

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4-014. The Swamp Lurker


Next in my list is the Swamp Lurker, by ianbaker.The shading style gives a beautiful draping effect and the comical-looking face balances out the darker tones of the main body.

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 3. The Brownie – WC Cleaner

Taking 3rd place on my list is The Brownie – WC Cleaner by lantosyt. This skin is bizarrely sweet yet terrifying at the same time – perhaps it’s the combination of the cheery colour palette and the unnerving concept of a rather cannibalistic appearing WC cleaner?

Download The Brownie – WC Cleaner Skin


2. Shredded Teddy

In 2nd place is…. this. Shredded Teddy by SuperAdamGalaxy. I have few words that can describe this skin – it’s… unusual. But somehow, I love it. It takes a relatable figure and demolishes any positive connotations you may have with it. And it works.

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1. Bone Wraith

In first place, and the winning skin from my search, is the Bone Wraith by Levaunt. This skin is suitably disturbing, stylish, and perfectly fitting for your Halloween appearance. Download it now from the link below!

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So here is my top 5 Halloween Minecraft skins – If you would like to check out some more horror themed articles, take a look at DoubleUpGaming’s week of horror. Throughout the week we will be publishing a ton of great articles surrounding horror in gaming and are also launching a livestream so feel free to come take a look!

Let us know what is your most favourite skin in the bunch and / or if you have a suggestion to make it better in the comments section below!