What is ‘Among Us?’ The wildly popular social deduction and deception game, explained

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The cross-platform game “Among Us” gained traction during the pandemic, when popular Twitch streamers caught onto it.

  • “Among Us” is an online strategy game that can be played on a PC, smartphone, or Nintendo Switch.
  • In “Among Us,” you play as crewmates trying to complete tasks, while one “Imposter” tries to sabotage you.
  • Playing “Among Us” takes more thought than raw gaming skill, making it perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers.
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“Among Us” is a multiplayer video game that was originally released in 2018, but gained massive attention in 2020. Centered on a group of “Crewmates” trying to complete tasks while an “Imposter” plots to kill them, “Among Us” is one of the most popular games around today.

Here’s everything to know about “Among Us,” including how it works, why it’s so popular, and how you can start playing.

What is ‘Among Us’ about?

If you’ve ever played social-deduction games like “Mafia” or “Werewolf,” you’re already familiar with the premise of “Among Us.”

At the start of each game, players are split into two teams: “Crewmates” and “Imposters.” Most players will be crewmates, who are responsible for completing various tasks on the map. Three or fewer players will be Imposters, players that look the same as Crewmates but are actually trying to kill them.

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An example of a task: Here, Crewmates have to carefully swipe a card along a card reader.

Once teams are decided, players are given free reign to run around the map, either completing their tasks or sabotaging and killing the Crewmates.

If a Crewmate finds a dead body or presses a button in the middle of the map, every living player is called into an “Emergency Meeting.” This is where your deduction and acting skills come into play, as the players must now debate on who’s an Imposter and should be ejected from the map.

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Players discuss who they suspect is an “Imposter” before ejecting them.

The Crewmates win the game by successfully ejecting all the Imposters, or by completing all their tasks. The Imposters win by killing Crewmates until there’s an equal number of Crewmates and Imposters, or by sabotaging a critical component (think an oxygen tank or nuclear generator) that the Crewmates can’t fix fast enough.

How ‘Among Us’ became popular

“Among Us” was released in 2018 on iPhone and Android to quiet reception. But it made a huge splash in 2020 when popular Twitch streamers began playing it during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing “Among Us” to the attention of millions of new players. This sudden spike in popularity led to new features and maps, and it has inspired countless internet memes.

The straightforward premise and controls make it easy to play and appeal to new and veteran gamers alike. Since the conflict in the game is largely social, players rely more on deduction and deception than precision or timing. It also helps that “Among Us” supports cross-platform play, meaning that you can play it with your friends even if you don’t all have the same console.

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“Among Us” is one of the most popular games on streaming services like Twitch.

The social aspect of the game makes it entertaining to watch as well as play, which is part of how it became popular on Twitch. It’s kind of like watching a cartoon-y, faster-paced version of “Clue.” The simple-but-cute character designs don’t hurt, either.

How to play ‘Among Us’

“Among Us” is available to play on multiple platforms. PC gamers can download it on Steam, while mobile gamers can get their fix from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It’s also available on the Nintendo Switch.

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“Among Us” isn’t available yet for any Xbox or PlayStation consoles, but it’s scheduled to be released on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 in 2021.

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How to install the ‘Among Us’ proximity chat mod and make your games even more suspenseful

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The proximity chat mod, CrewLink, in “Among Us” adds a twist to traditional voice chat.

  • The “Among Us” proximity chat mod makes it so you can hear other players talking when they’re near you in-game.
  • To install the proximity chat mod, download it from GitHub and run it, then open “Among Us.”
  • You’ll need to make sure that “Among Us” is fully updated before using the mod.
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Solving a murder mystery is a lot harder when you can’t talk to anyone else. But if you can hear your partners – only for their voices to be taken away right when you need them most – you’ve got the makings of a high-stakes drama.

That’s where CrewLink, the proximity chat mod for “Among Us,” comes in. Here’s what you need to know about the mod, including how to install and use it.

‘Among Us’ proximity chat, explained

The CrewLink mod in “Among Us” allows you to verbally communicate with players who are close to you in-game. So you’ll be able to hear everyone in the waiting lobby, but everyone’s sound level will change as the game begins – the closer another player is to you, the louder they’ll be, even through walls. If they’re further away, their voice will be quieter, if audible at all.

This adds a definite sense of suspense and drama to the game as your friends’ voices suddenly go silent when they’re killed, or as you yell for help while being chased. It also makes emergency meetings incredibly chaotic, as players rush to be heard.

How to install the proximity chat mod in ‘Among Us’

You’ll need to download the latest version of CrewLink from GitHub. To do that, go to the “Installation Instructions” section of the mod page and click “releases.” The latest version will appear at the top of the page. Then, under “Assets,” click the first link (it should be a .exe file) and the download will begin.

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Click “CrewLink-Setup-2.0.1.exe” – or whatever the most recent version is – to download it.

Save the .exe file somewhere you can find it. Once it’s saved, double-click to open it – you may see antivirus warnings, in which case select the option that allows it to continue. After it’s finished installing, which should only take a few seconds, it should automatically open. You should then be able to use the mod in a game.

Be aware that you may run into issues if “Among Us” isn’t up to date (or if it’s the beta version).

How to use proximity chat in ‘Among Us’

Once installed, you can turn on the mod by launching the game and joining a lobby. From the menu, go into the game settings and check the box next to “Voice Activity.”

When you go back into the main menu page, you should see a green ring around your character while you’re talking. Other players in your lobby will appear below yours. If they also have the mod and are talking, you should also see the green ring around their avatars. Otherwise, they’ll show up with a red ring.

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“Among Us” running with CrewLink’s mod in the corner.

Once you’ve enabled the mod, you can switch over to push-to-talk mode in the settings, if you prefer.

For more information, including a video guide, check out this useful video from YouTuber Ottomated.

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How to check ‘League of Legends’ server status if you can’t connect to the game

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If “League of Legends” isn’t working properly, it may be an issue with Riot Games’ servers.

  • You can check “League of Legends'” server status through Riot Games’ website or Twitter account.
  • If there aren’t issues on with “League’s” servers, you should troubleshoot your own internet connection.
  • For example, try resetting your router and then opening “League of Legends” again.,
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Multiplayer online games like “League of Legends” can be fun, except when you run into server issues and are dropped from your game without warning. When that happens, you can troubleshoot to fix the problem, but first you should check to see if the problems are coming from Riot Games’ own “League of Legends” servers.

How to check the ‘League of Legends’ server status

There are two ways to check “League’s” server status:

1. Check the Riot Games service status website. If there’s an issue, you should see a notice under “Current Messages.”

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You’ll be notified of any server issues under “Current Messages.”

2. Check the Riot Games support Twitter account. The developer may post a tweet before it can update the website (though it posts to both areas when something goes wrong), so it’s worth checking both.

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The @RiotSupport Twitter account may tweet out any server issues.

How to troubleshoot ‘League of Legends’ internet issues

There are a few options for troubleshooting: restarting the game, resetting your router, and exiting out of other internet tasks or downloads. Here’s how to do the first two methods:

Restart the game:

  • On a PC, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete/Esc to force-quit. Next, select “Task Manager” and then select the “League of Legends” app and hit “End Task,” then relaunch the game as usual.
  • On a Mac, press Option+Command+Esc to force-quit the application, then select the “League of Legends” app in the window and hit “Force Quit.”
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On a Mac, try force quitting the League of Legends application.

Reset your router:

  • Unplug your router from the power supply and wait for 30 seconds before plugging it back in. Once you’ve done this, restart “League.”

For more tips on how to fix a faulty internet connection, check out our article, “10 ways to troubleshoot and fix any Wi-Fi problems you’re encountering.”

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Gaming giant Razer launches a $50 million sustainability fund, and its first investment is in bamboo toilet paper.

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Bambooloo toilet paper is made from bamboo pulp.

Gaming giant Razer has launched a $50 million fund to invest in sustainable startups, starting with bamboo toilet paper brand Bambooloo, it announced today.

The Razer Green Fund gave its first seed investment to The Nurturing Co., owner of Bambooloo. The Nurturing Co. will supply the single-use plastic-free toilet paper in some of Razer’s offices, Razer said.

Razer did not disclose the size of the seed investment, but said average investments through the fund would range between $100,000 and $1 million.

The toilet paper is made from bamboo pulp and uses 90% less water and 70% less carbon to produce than regular toilet paper, The Nurturing Co. says.

Razer, known for making gaming hardware, says it hopes the fund will encourage its fans to use more sustainable products.

The fund is managed through zVentures, Razer’s corporate ventures arm, and will focus on investments in renewable energy, sustainable forestry, and carbon and plastic management.

The Nurturing Co., which currently sells products in New Zealand and Malaysia, said the fund would help it launch in other markets, including the US.

Razer made more than $1 billion in revenue in 2020 for the first time.

Last month, Razer released its ten-year sustainability plan, including a commitment to use 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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How to put your PS4 in Safe Mode to troubleshoot issues, or get out of Safe Mode if you’re stuck

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You may want to boot up your PS4 in Safe Mode if there’s a bug or glitch.

  • PS4 Safe Mode is a simple way to troubleshoot issues with your console.
  • When you put your PS4 in Safe Mode, it can also get stuck in a Safe Mode loop.
  • To get your PS4 out of Safe Mode, try restarting the console, replacing cords, rebuilding corrupted files, or updating system software.
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The PlayStation 4’s Safe Mode is a great option for troubleshooting problems you might have with your console.

Starting your PS4 in Safe Mode can help you resolve an issue or troubleshoot a bug the device may be having. The Safe Mode menu includes options to change your console’s resolution, rebuild its storage database, and restore the device to factory settings.

How to put PS4 in Safe Mode

1. Turn off your console by holding the power button for 3 seconds. After blinking a few times, your PS4 will power off.

2. Press and hold the power button, releasing your finger only after the second beep sound. This should take about 7 seconds.

3. Your PS4 will start in Safe Mode. Make sure your controller is connected to the console, and press the PS button.

How to get PS4 out of Safe Mode

If your PS4 is stuck on Safe Mode, you may be dealing with a Safe Mode loop that makes it difficult to resume playing.

In these cases, there are a few things you can try to get your PS4 out of Safe Mode. Most of these involve the Safe Mode menu, which appears when you first boot your console into Safe Mode.

Here are four troubleshooting methods you can use.

Method 1: Restart your PS4

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Restart will be the first option in the Safe Mode menu.

First, try restarting your PS4 using option 1 in the Safe Mode menu. Press “X” on your controller to select this option.

Method 2: Make sure there are no power issues

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Hold down the power button on your PlayStation until the light stops flashing.

If the first method fails, check to make sure all of the cables, including your USB and HDMI connections, are working properly. 

You can also try unplugging your PS4’s power cord and plugging it back in. Also, unplug the HDMI cord and switch which end is plugged into the TV and which end is plugged into the PS4.  

If one of the cables or connections is broken or failing, try replacing it.

If the cables and connections are working fine, try power cycling your PS4, as explained in our article on troubleshooting a PS4 that won’t turn on.

Method 3: Rebuild corrupted files

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Rebuilding your database can sometimes take several hours, depending on how much data you have saved on your PS4.

If the second method fails, the problem might be caused by a corrupted file. 

Select option 5 on the Safe Mode menu, “Rebuild Database,” and press “X.” This will build a new database for your PS4 without affecting any save data. It will take a while for your PS4 to rebuild — when it’s done, restart your PS4. 

Method 4: Update your PS4’s software

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There are two major ways to update your PS4’s settings through Safe Mode.

Try updating your PS4’s system software from the Safe Mode menu. 

Press “X” to select elect option 3 on the menu, “Update System Software.” Then, press “X” to select “Update Using Internet.” From there, follow the instructions on the screen.

If nothing else works, select option 7, “Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software),” and press “X.” Follow the instructions on the screen.

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How to make a map in ‘Minecraft’ to keep track of your location and world

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Making a map in “Minecraft” takes just a few simple materials.

  • You can make a map in “Minecraft” by combining a compass with eight pages of paper.
  • If you hold a map as you travel, it’ll track your location and record information about the land around you.
  • Once you’ve made a map in “Minecraft,” you can craft banners to mark off special points in the world.
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Minecraft” worlds are massive, and it’s easy to get lost if you stray too far from your base. To keep yourself on track, you could erect beacons, use torches – or simply draw a map.

You can craft, trade for, or find maps throughout your “Minecraft” world. These maps will help you figure out where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re headed to. And once you’ve got a map, you can even add your own custom markers, which is great for noting your land’s most interesting features.

Here’s how to get your hands on a map in “Minecraft,” and then use it.

How to make or find a map in ‘Minecraft’

There are three ways to get a map in “Minecraft:” make one, trade for one, or find one in a chest.

Crafting a map

To make a map in Minecraft, you’ll need one compass and eight pieces of paper. Both the paper and compass can be crafted with raw materials that you’ll dig and scavenge for within your world.

Firstly, paper. Paper is crafted from sugar cane, one of the most common resources around. Sugar cane grows near water in both swamp and desert biomes. Placing three pieces of sugar cane in a row on your crafting table will give you three pieces of paper. This means that you’ll need at least nine pieces of sugar cane for your map.

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Crafting pieces of sugar cane together will give you paper.

Secondly, a compass. You can make one of these with four iron ingots and one piece of redstone dust. You can find iron ore and redstone dust easily when mining, especially as you get nearer to the bottom of the world. You’ll need an iron pickaxe or better to mine redstone.

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Both iron and redstone can be found in underground caves.

Once you have at least one piece of redstone dust and four iron ore blocks, smelt the ore into four iron ingots with a furnace. Then at a crafting table, place the four ingots in four spaces adjacent to the center block, where you’ll place the redstone dust.

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Place ingots in each of the cardinal directions, and some redstone dust in the center.

Once you have your materials, you can finally make a map. Place the compass in the center slot of the 3×3 crafting table area, and insert a paper in each of the other nine slots.

You now have an empty map, ready to be filled out.

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An empty map looks like a yellowed sheet of paper.

Finding a map

“Craft” is obviously in the game’s name for a reason – most everything you use in-game can be crafted.

But you can also try your luck at acquiring an empty map in one of your world’s treasure chests. Treasure chests in sunken shipwrecks have about an eight percent chance of holding a map; the chest in a stronghold’s library has about a 11 percent chance; and the cartographer’s chest in a village has an almost 50 percent chance.

That said, if you’ve managed to find a cartographer, you can also talk to them to buy a map for seven or eight emeralds.

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You can place a cartography table in the path of an unemployed villager to create a cartographer, if you can’t find one already in the village.

How to use a map in ‘Minecraft’

Now you have an “empty map,” which isn’t particularly helpful. Fortunately, it’s easy to fix.

Simply equip and “use” the map to instantly draw a picture of everything around you. The game will also now assign a number to the map so it won’t be called empty anymore.

As you walk around with the map up, more and more of your surroundings will be filled in. You can track yourself with the tiny white marker.

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A filled out map of a village.

Of course, your “Minecraft” world is bigger than what’s shown on the map. Once you leave its range, either make a new map to keep tracking yourself, or zoom your original map out.

You can zoom out your map by combining it with eight more pieces of paper at a crafting table, or only one more piece of paper at a cartography table. This can be done up to four times, and each zoom level doubles the map’s current range.

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Upgrade your maps to see more of the landscape.

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How to find a saddle in ‘Minecraft’ and use it to ride horses, pigs, and more

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Saddles aren’t hard to find in “Minecraft.”

  • You can find a saddle in “Minecraft” in treasure chests, by fishing, by trading, or by hunting.
  • Saddles are one of the few items in “Minecraft” that can’t be crafted.
  • Once you have a saddle, you can use it to ride horses, Striders, pigs, and more.
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A saddle is one of the rare “Minecraft” items that can’t actually be crafted. Like the Elytra, one of the game’s other transportation-related items, you’ll need to find a saddle rather than make it.

Luckily, there are lots of ways to find saddles. And once you have one, using it is easy – although you might need to bring a treat or two for the creature you want to ride.

Here’s everything you need to know about the saddle in ‘Minecraft’: How to get one, which mobs can be saddled up, and the trick to controlling them once you do.

How to find a saddle in ‘Minecraft’

There are four different ways to find a saddle: by looting treasure chests, trading, fishing, and hunting.

Treasure chests

In both editions of Minecraft, you can find saddles in treasure chests at these locations: dungeons, bastion remnants, desert temples, End cities, jungle temples, Nether fortresses, strongholds, and villages.

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Two treasure chests found in an End city tower.

Your chances at finding a saddle within a treasure chest will vary, but your best bets are with a Nether fortress chest (35.3 percent), a dungeon chest (28.3 percent), or a desert temple chest (23.5 percent).

For a Nether fortress chest, you’ll have to first reach the Nether by way of a Nether Portal crafted from obsidian. Dungeon chests, on the other hand, are found in the Overworld – you can simply start (carefully) digging down until you find a cave system. Dungeons are always adjacent to caves.

Finally, desert temples can be found in desert biomes, and the temple’s chests will be enclosed in a room within the pyramid. Just be careful, as the treasure chests are flanked by a TNT trap which, if stepped on, will destroy the chests, their contents, and possibly you as well.

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There’s no guarantee that you’ll find a saddle in these chests, but there’s always a possibility.

Fishing

You can fish in any body of water, and whenever you do, there’s a chance that you’ll catch treasure instead of fish. However, by default there’s a less than 1 percent chance of reeling in a saddle.

If you’re willing to put in some work, you can increase the odds by blessing your fishing rod with a “Luck of the Sea” enchantment. Add a Tier 3 “Lure” enchantment for faster fishing, and you’ll be reeling in a saddle in no time.

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You can enchant your tools with an enchanting table, or an anvil and an enchanted book.

All you need is a fishing rod and water. Any body of water is suitable, too, whether it’s standalone or part of a large river, an ocean, or just a manmade pond.

Trade with a Master Leatherworker

If you’ve accrued a good deal of emeralds, trade them with your friendly village Leatherworker in exchange for a saddle. If you can’t find a Leatherworker in the village, you can turn a non-employed villager into one by plopping a cauldron in their path.

Trade with the Leatherworker until they’ve reached “Master” status, and you should be able to exchange emeralds for a saddle.

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Saddles are considered a “master” craft for Leatherworkers.

The only catch here is that if you’re playing on the console-friendly “Bedrock” version of the game, there’s only a 50 percent chance that they offer you this trade.

Kill a Ravager

Finally, if you like the thrill of the hunt, you can kill a Ravager. These are strong enemies that look like bulls, and will accompany pillagers on raids.

Upon death, a Ravager will always drop a saddle.

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Ravagers comes equipped with saddles by default.

How to use your saddle in ‘Minecraft’

Once you have your saddle, you’re ready to ride. But what animal should you pick?

There are the obvious options, like horses, donkeys, and mules. Each of these animals can be tamed by repeatedly mounting them until they stop bucking you off – how many times you’ll need to do this is randomly decided for each animal. Once they’re tamed, “use” the saddle on them and you’ll place it on them.

You can get the saddle back by hopping on the animal and pressing the inventory button. You’ll see that it has its own inventory, which you can take the saddle from.

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Tamed horses have their own inventory, where you can also give them armor.

But there are also a few more fun options, like pigs and Striders.

Using your saddle to ride a pig

You can get a pig’s attention with a carrot. Then, equip the saddle in your hotbar and “use” it on the pig.

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Pigs are attracted to carrots on sticks, which can be crafted by combining a carrot with a fishing rod.

Select the pig to start riding. However, you won’t be able to move it without using a Carrot on a Stick – hang it in front of the pig to make it run any way you please.

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There are few things easier to craft than a carrot on a stick.

While riding a pig is definitely fun, you might find riding a saddled-up Strider even more practical, since they can walk across lava.

Using your saddle to ride a Strider

Striders are a newer mob in “Minecraft,” and can be found roaming all across the lava oceans in the Nether. Riding a Strider lets you cross the lava without any danger.

Similar to the pig, first you can get the Strider’s attention with a coveted cuisine: warped fungus.

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You can find warped fungus (the green-and-orange plant here) growing throughout the Nether.

When the Strider is close enough, equip the saddle in your hot bar and use it on the Strider to equip it. Then approach the Strider with your “use” action to mount.

Make sure you have a fishing rod on hand so you can create a warped fungus on a stick, which you’ll need to lead the Strider around.

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Once you’ve put a saddle on the Strider, you can use it to walk over lava pools.

Just don’t get too attached to your pig or Strider – once you’ve given them a saddle, the only way to get it back is to kill them.

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6 ways to make Xbox One games download faster

  • You can make games download faster on your Xbox One in several ways, like downloading only one game at a time or rebooting your internet.
  • If your Xbox download speed is slow, you should close out of other apps or restart your console.
  • You can also try connecting your internet router and Xbox One with an Ethernet cable for a faster connection.
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On an Xbox One, you need to download games into your game library before you can actually play them.

This is a relatively straightforward process, but sometimes the download speed can be slow, especially if the game itself is large and requires a lot of memory.

Fortunately, there are a few ways you can speed up your Xbox One downloads.

Why is my Xbox download speed slow?

There are a number of reasons for a slow Xbox download speed, like downloading too many games at once, poor connectivity issues, or a slow internet connection.

Try these troubleshooting tricks to speed up your downloads and get to playing your games faster.

Close out of games and apps

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The Xbox One conveniently lets you play other games or use apps while a game is downloading, but this sometimes results in the download taking more time than usual. This especially goes for other games that use the internet.

If you close out of any other games and apps while your game is downloading, your Xbox One will run faster, and so will your download.

To close a game or app, press the Xbox button, highlight the game or app you want to close in the left sidebar, and press the “Menu” button (it’s the button that looks like three horizontal lines). In the menu that appears, select “Quit.”

Put less pressure on your internet connection

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You might have noticed that your Wi-Fi connection runs slower when many devices are connected to Wi-Fi at the same time. The same is true for your Xbox One. 

If you disconnect other devices from your Wi-Fi, like your phone or laptop, it will strengthen your Xbox One’s Wi-Fi connection and allow for faster download speeds.

Reboot your internet router

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Sometimes download speeds don’t have anything to do with your Xbox One itself and have more to do with your internet router. 

You can try rebooting your router by disconnecting it from the wall. Wait a few moments, then plug the router back in. 

This can help the internet connection and improve your overall download speed.

Restart your Xbox

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If your game is downloading slower than usual or has stopped downloading entirely, try restarting your Xbox One console, which may solve a potential connectivity issue. 

1. Go to the Guide by pressing the Xbox logo button on your controller. 

2. Use the joystick to scroll right to the System menu.

3. Navigate to “Restart console” and press A to select it. Your console should now turn off and on again.

Pause other Xbox downloads

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You can plug your Xbox One controller in to charge.

Download speed will often be significantly slower if you’re downloading multiple games at once. 

To pause a download:

1. Go to the Guide by pressing the Xbox logo button on your controller. 

2. Use the joystick to scroll to “My games & apps” and press A to select it. 

3. Press A to select “See all.”

4. On the left side, scroll down to “Queue.”

5. Highlight the download you want to pause and press “Menu” on your controller. 

6. Press A to select “Pause.”

Use an Ethernet cable

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If you have an Ethernet cable, you don’t have to rely on fickle Wi-Fi connections to improve your download speeds. 

Simply connect the Ethernet cable to your internet router and to your Xbox One. Once the Ethernet cable is connected, your internet connection will be stronger and your downloads should speed up considerably.

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Yes, ‘Among Us’ is cross-platform – here’s how to play it with all your friends

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As long as you’re using the same server, “Among Us” is cross-platform.

  • “Among Us” is a cross-platform game, so you can play with all your friends even if you don’t own the same system.
  • To play “Among Us” across different platforms, each player will need to be logged into the same server region.
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Among Us” is one of the most popular multiplayer video games available right now. Although it was originally only available for iOS and Android mobile devices, the game has expanded to other platforms, allowing even more players to join the crew.

Yes, ‘Among Us’ is a cross-platform game

“Among Us” is a multiplayer game available for Android and iOS mobile devices, Windows computers, and the Nintendo Switch. And unlike some other games that can be played on multiple systems, “Among Us” is fully cross-platform.

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To say that a video game is “cross-platform” means that multiple people can play the game together regardless of what platform they’re using. Here, for example, it means that “Among Us” players on an iPhone can host or join games with PC or Switch players. As long as you are on the same server and the regional versions of the game don’t conflict with each other, you can play together online.

To play “Among Us” across different devices, all players will need to be logged into the same server, which is determined by geographical location: North America, Europe, or Asia. This means that players in North America won’t be able to play with friends in Asia or Europe unless they change their location in-game.

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How to tame a fox in ‘Minecraft’ and get the game’s cutest NPC to follow you

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Taming a fox in ‘Minecraft’ isn’t as easy as you might think.

  • You can tame a fox in “Minecraft” by breeding two wild foxes.
  • The baby fox they spawn will automatically be tamed, but will follow its parents until you lead it away.
  • To breed wild foxes in “Minecraft,” you’ll need to enclose them in a pen and then feed them sweet berries.
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Foxes have been part of Minecraft since 2018, and it’s one of the game’s cutest “mobs” – the game’s term for its NPCs.

Like most animal mobs, foxes can be tamed so they’ll follow and obey you. However, unlike those other animals, you can’t simply convince any random fox to like you. Instead, you’ll need to breed a new fox into existence.

Here’s how to tame foxes in “Minecraft,” whether playing in Survival mode or Creative mode.

How to tame a fox in ‘Minecraft’

To tame a fox, you’ll need to make two wild foxes have a child. Here’s how to do it.

Find and capture two foxes

First you’ll need to find your wild foxes.

Foxes can be found in the taiga biome and taiga biome only, with the small caveat that they might wander to adjacent biomes. The taiga biome is characterized by its tall, green spruce trees. There’s a few variations of the taiga biome, including snowy taigas that feature white foxes.

An untamed fox is a fickle, skittish creature. You’ll want to search for them during the day, when most of them will be asleep.

The moment you see a curled up, conked-out fox, make sure you start crouching right away. You’ll use the shift key to crouch on a computer, or your controller-specific crouch button if playing on a console.

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Foxes sleep during the day, and hunt at night.

Now, still crouching, build a pen around the fox to trap it. You can use any block to make your pen, but you’ll want to make the walls tall – at least three blocks. This will make sure it can’t escape. You can’t stop crouching until the fox is cordoned in its pen. The moment you uncrouch, a fight-or-flight switch flips in the foxes and they’ll run away.

If you see two foxes near each other, that’s even better – trap them both in the same pen.

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Trap both foxes with fences or blocks.

This is rare, though, so you’ll probably need to find and trap the foxes separately. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to connect the two traps with a wall of blocks.

However, if the foxes you find are pretty far apart, and you don’t want to take on a large construction gig, you can use a boat. Place a boat in front of a fox, and when it walks into it, it’ll be trapped inside. You can then row the boat (even across land) to the other fox, and pen them both in.

Regardless which option you choose, you ultimately want to end up with a fairly tight enclosure to hold the two foxes.

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Get the foxes near each other.

Feed the foxes sweet berries

Whether you’ve spent the last hour wrangling foxes, or simply threw down a few Fox Spawn Eggs, you should now have two adult foxes penned in. If you caught a baby fox, wait for it to age up.

Get close to the two adult foxes, and equip a sweet berry. These come from the green-and-red bushes you occasionally see which slow and hurt you when you walk through them. They’re fairly commonplace in the taiga, if you haven’t gathered any already.

Feed berries to both foxes by using it on them. If you’re struggling to get near enough to feed the foxes, make sure you’re crouching.

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Feed berries to both of your foxes.

Equip the sweet berries in your hotbar, and then approach the fox and use the berries on it to feed it a berry. If you’re struggling to get near enough to feed the foxes, make sure you’re crouching.

Upon feeding sweet berries to both foxes, they’ll immediately breed a baby fox.

This baby fox is your golden egg: They’ll be sweet and docile, unlike their parents, who will still go berserk when you release the crouch key. This is your tamed fox.

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Your baby fox will appear and stay near its parents.

However, you’re not done yet. Although the fox is docile, it’s still not under your control.

Get the baby fox to stop following its parents

While the new baby fox might fall far from the tree in terms of attitude, if you leave it be, it’ll always stay with its parents. This means that if they run from you, it’ll run too.

You can fix this by attaching a lead to the baby fox, and walking it away from its parents. You can craft a lead by combining string and a slime ball, or randomly find one in a chest throughout the world.

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The slime ball is what gives the lead its stickiness.

Attach the lead by equipping it and using it on the baby fox. From there, you can gently lead him away to begin a new life with you. Once you’re a few chunks away, it’ll forget about its parents and stop following them.

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Lead your fox away, and it’ll forget about its parents.

Congratulations on earning your first tamed fox. And once you’re there, rinse and repeat: By continuing the same breeding process, you’ll soon have a whole brood of obedient fox friends.

To keep track of your new tame foxes, it’s also a good idea to give the tame ones Name Tags. Learn the ins and outs of Minecraft’s Name Tags in our handy guide.

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