Posts Tagged ‘Minecraft’

DIY: Minecraft Adding World Generator Customization

By Alice O'Connor on April 24th, 2014.

New home ideal for first-time buyer

At what price progress? We level mountains and fill chasms to make journeys easier, drag down islands floating in the sky because they look weird, and fence off the boundaries of the world because we feel uncomfortable in places where geometry, geography, and physics break down. Life becomes easier but less interesting, and we all suffer for it. Keep Mineland weird.

Having ironed out some of the oddities of Minecraft‘s world generator over the years, Mojang is bringing them back in a way. Version 1.8 will expose a few of the generator’s inner workings, with sliders and buttons that’ll let players fiddle with such cryptic settings as “coordinate scale” and “biome scale offset.” Sure, you could simply use it to toss in a few more caverns, or you could go all out and re-enact Waterworld.

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Notch Cans Minecraft Oculus Version Over Facebook Buyout

By Nathan Grayson on March 26th, 2014.

Looks like All of Humanity wasn’t the only one surprised by Facebook’s $2 billion purchase of Oculus Rift. Minecraft creator Markus Persson was equally taken aback, and not in a good way. His solution? Cancel plans for an Oculus-Rift-specific version of Minecraft on the spot. He first made the announcement on Twitter, only explaining that he finds Facebook “creepy.” Now, though, he’s elaborated a fair bit.

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It Is Art: Tatecraft Wants To Bring The Tate Into Minecraft

By Craig Pearson on January 23rd, 2014.

This is my most artistic screenshot of Minecraft. I call it: Big Orange Wall.
The Tate gallery in London is a vast space where art lives and breathes. It’s big enough to hold the sun, as well as thousands of works of modern and classic art. It is one of the best things about London, and it’s worth a visit. If you can’t make it, there’s a chance you could wander the halls virtually: the Tate is currently running a competition “to realise a digitally innovative project that will enhance people’s enjoyment of art,” and one of the shortlisted entrants hopes to build the gallery and its artwork within Minecraft.
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World Of Cubecraft: Rift Dev Introduces Minecraft-Like Trove

By Nathan Grayson on November 16th, 2013.

Monocles and top hats in a fantasy setting? Zaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany

OK, upon second viewing, Rift and Defiance developer Trion’s Trove looks more like Cube World than it does Minecraft. A lot like Cube World. Kind of eerily so. But I suppose it can’t be avoided now that the MMO genre’s been bitten by the voxel bug and– actually, wait, yes it can. EverQuest Next is voxel-based too. Hmmmm. Oh well, enough making block mountains out of block molehills. The truest measure of any game – visual similarities to genre heavy hitters or not – is in how it plays, and while Trion has a framework in place for Trove, that part will largely be up to you.

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A 105 Minute Documentary About Minecraft For No-Pennies

By Alec Meer on November 12th, 2013.

who's that guy?

Minecraft: The Story Of Mojang was a 2011 crowd-funded documentary about Minecraft, featuring interviews with a host of big-name developers: Tim Schafer, Todd Howard, Chris Hecker, Peter Molyneux and some Swedish guy in a hat. Although he doesn’t wear the hat much in this.

General sentiment I heard was that, despite high production values and a fine roster of talking heads, it was perhaps too fluffy to yield much in the way of true insight. So it’s probably best if one approaches it as celebration rather than investigation of Mojang’s ubiquitous block-building/smashing game. The good news is that there is no longer any need to spend money in order to watch it, for its 1hr44 entirety is now free, free, and thrice free on the YouTubes. I’ve embedded it below for you, for fear you might hurt your fingers if you tried to visit a different webpage.
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Reworldening: Minecraft’s 1.7 Update

By Craig Pearson on October 24th, 2013.

2b2t, the scariest server of them all
“Creepers are stirrin’, child.”
“Ah ain’t seeing nothing, Paw.”
“Hmm. That’s because you need to earn those eyes. You ain’t never turned around and took a face full of green. But you will. Look yonder, the hill with the hole. See?”
“Ah see.”
“That used to be a Creeper. And yer maw. She’ll be mighty upset to lose her fineries, but ahm not going out there to get them. Come, ah expect she’s respawned back at the camp. Let’s go, and if you see a chuck, give it a punch. We can have a fine supper. Try and earn them eyes, okay? Something big’s on the way.”

What’s coming is the Minecraft 1.7 update, aka the Update That Changed The World. Oh, and a restraining order from the Wild West Society to stop me from writing more awesome frontier Minecraft fiction. Meanies.
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Diamond Roads: The UK Remade In Minecraft

By Craig Pearson on September 24th, 2013.

Land's End!
I think I’m hovering over Nempnett Thrubwell, a village near Bath that I went on a road trip to after discovering there was a place called Nempnett Thrubwell. I know it’s there, because I’m on a Minecraft map that was created by the Ordnance Survey people, and if your job is to make maps then you probably know where all places are. But all I can really see are blocks. Lots and lots of blocks. That is until I start to pull my character into the air. The higher I go, the more sense I can make of the world they’ve made: a Minecraft map of Great Britain, built from their mapping data. It’s yours to download below.
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Minecraft Has Sold 12 Million Copies, Which Is A Lot

By John Walker on September 3rd, 2013.

How many copies of Minecraft have you bought? I think I’ve bought it a couple of times on PC, and definitely once on mobile. Although this 12 million is just PC sales, it seems. Despite being four years old, in just the last 24 hours it’s sold 13,947 copies. At full price (€19.95) that’s £236,880 in the last day! Even accounting for discounts, when you guess at Xbox and mobile sales, it puts total revenue somewhere near the £200,000,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Notch is flying helicopters into Jaguars because he likes the scraping sound, before blowing up a castle and climbing his caviar-and-fois-gras mountain. Cheers, Kotaku.

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No Oceans? Minecraft’s Rebuilt World Generator

By Craig Pearson on August 30th, 2013.

My favourite Minecraft world is utterly and irrevocably broken, anyway.
The problem I have with Minecraft’s biomes is the word “biome” (which means “climate zone”, btw). It’s too close to “Boom”, which means I end up singing “Biome, biome, biome, biome, I want you in my room!” whenever I read it. Mojang’s problems with the biomes, however, are a bit less childish: the rules used to create variety in Minecraft’s world generation means there’s often unrealistic placement of zones. Desert and snow bump up against each other, there are uncrossable oceans separating continents, and there’s not enough variety between chunks. Version 1.7 seeks to change those rules.
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Sky Nations Takes Minecraft For A Balloon Ride

By Craig Pearson on August 23rd, 2013.

Nice floater.

Minecraft has the ground covered, and Starmade does the whole “Minecraft in space” thing that was inevitable. But what about that bit in between? Where the ground isn’t quite the ground, but it’s definitely not space because there are no tweeting astronauts? That part of the world needs a game, if only to bridge the gap. That’s where Sky Nations floats along: in it people will live and die and laugh and love and play a block-based multiplayer game in the sky. And how do they stay up there? Airships.
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DekkoScan Takes Pics And Builds Minecraft Worlds

By Craig Pearson on July 10th, 2013.

staring eye
Yes, I am reporting on an iPhone app, but one that has interesting implications for the PC version of Minecraft, as well as science-fiction. While drifting through the Reddit rapids this morning, I happened upon DekkoScan and did a double-take. It’s a phone app that allows you to take pictures of objects and turn them into Minecraft maps, which seems like something that should already exist. It’s currently awaiting Apple’s approval (aren’t we all), but soon you’ll be able to photograph anything and cram them into Minecraft. Great! Now I have to worry about a wizard taking my photo and turning me into a hill in Minecraft. The horror of being hollowed out, chipped away, or reformed into a penis statue is creeping me out.
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Putt-Putt Make Big Sillies Of Themselves Suing Minecraft

By John Walker on July 10th, 2013.

In the latest example of a pencil manufacturer being sued for the doodles of a pencil purchaser, the complete buffoons at Putt-Putt are attempting to sue Minecraft for the creations of players in the game. In other news, duuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhh.

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Horse And Craft: Minecraft Goes Equestrian

By Alec Meer on June 26th, 2013.

Mojang's Little Brony

My Little Pickaxe, My Little Pickaxe,
What is crafting all about?
My Little Pickaxe, My Little Pickaxe
Crafting is magic!
I used to wonder what crafting could be.
Until Mojang added horses to Minecraft.

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