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Dec 8, 2011I found a seed that works perfectly for a survival Island scenario, and thought I'd share.Posted in: Seeds
The island includes exactly 1 tree, 2 pumpkins, some sand and the rest is grass with a few tall grass.
May 13, 2011Albertpuding posted a message on Uncovery Minecraft (Survival, 24/7, Antigrief, Whitelist)I approve of this server. :smile.gif:Posted in: Minecraft Survival Servers (archive)
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Jan 13, 2012sonicether posted a message on Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders [compatible with Minecraft 1.12.2 via OptiFine]Posted in: Minecraft Mods
Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders [compatible with Minecraft 1.12.2 via OptiFine]
Please read this entire post before attempting an install or posting about a bug.
Development news is posted on my Facebook/Twitter page: http://www.facebook.com/SonicEther
If you would like to access beta and experimental versions of SEUS Renewed and support the development of SEUS, check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/sonicether
SEUS Renewed screenshots!
SEUS Renewed is an on-going project! Feel free to report any issues you encounter.
Setup (PLEASE READ)
OptiFine has taken over shader support for Minecraft. Go download and install OptiFine first! ALWAYS USE THE LATEST VERSION
You need to install this mod to use my shaderpack!
Once you've got OptiFine installed, to use a shaderpack, follow these instructions.
1. Navigate to your .minecraft folder (google is your friend if you don't know how to do this).2. Create a new folder called shaderpacks (without capital letters) if it isn't already there.3. Go download my shaderpack "Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders" from below and place the shaderpack in this directory.4. Valid shaderpacks include .fsh and .vsh files that the Shaders Mod reads to tell your GPU what to do during runtime. These files must be in a folder named shaders within any shaderpack. Shaderpacks may only be uncompressed folders or .zip files.
The following is an example of the file layout possibilities for the shaderpack Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders v10.1 Ultra.minecraft/shaderpacks/SEUS Renewed 1.0.0/shaders/[.fsh and .vsh shader files here]or.minecraft/shaderpacks/SEUS Renewed 1.0.0.zip/shaders/[.fsh and .vsh shader files here]
If this layout is not respected, your installed shaderpacks will not work. This is the first thing youshould check if your game looks like vanilla Minecraft.
5. In Minecraft, go to Options > Video Settings > Shaders. Here you will see a list of your currently installed shaderpacks. Select a shaderpack by clicking on it.
6. In Options > Video Settings > Shaders, make sure that "Old Lighting" is set to Default!
7. Click Shader Options in the bottom right corner of the Shaders selection screen (for v11.0 and Renewed) to setup SEUS-specific options. Here you can choose from Low, Medium, High, Ultra, and Extreme profiles, as well as tweak any individual option to suit your needs!
Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders
SEUS Renewed is a re-imagining of SEUS and is an ongoing project. Check the links at the very top of this post to follow its development!
Make sure to always use the latest version of OptiFine!
-Improved GI and SSAO
-Super smooth Temporal Anti-Aliasing
-Completely reworked system for day/night cycle based on atmospheric scattering
-Accurate sunlight color via atmospheric scattering
-Accurate ambient sky lighting from atmospheric scattering via Spherical Harmonics
-New atmospheric scattering on distand land for a natural sense-of-scale
-New underwater rendering
-Normal/bump mapping from torch/artificial light
-Screen-space shadow tracing for better contact shadows
-Vastly improved performance with long render distance settings
-Physically-based specular highlights from sunlight
-Improved 2D clouds
-Improved rendering of stained glass
-New rain/wet effects
-End and Nether shaders
-Improved POM and POM self-shadowing
-Many more, too many to list here!
-Tweak Shader Options to adjust SEUS v11.0 based on your hardware!-Variable Penumbra Soft Shadows-Proper rendering of transparent objects-Proper light absorption through stained glass-Stained glass colored shadows-New volumetric clouds-New water rendering-Water caustics-Crepuscular rays (volumetric light rays)-Improved GI-Vastly improved shadow and GI render distance-Automatic exposure adjustment based on average brightness-New tonemapping operator-More natural/realistic lighting values-Atmospheric scattering-New BRDF for diffuse and specular lighting-Spider/Enderman eyes no longer look glitched-Lots of other improvements!
SEUS v10.2 Preview 1
SEUS v10.2 Preview 1 Ultra (work in-progress)-Single bounce diffuse global illumination from sunlight!-SSAO-Fixed day/night cycle-Various other bug fixes
SEUS v10.1 Lite Coming Soon...
Some issues have been fixed from Preview 1. Some new features have been added.-Puddles form when it rains and create reflections. This effect is meant to be seen when using a resource pack with normal maps. Go download ChromaHills which has normal maps.
-New procedural clouds rendered directly in the sky and in reflections (transcending screen-space)-Cloud shadows. When clouds are covering the sun, direct sunlight dims.-Torchlight color is much more mellow and less orange.-Better specular highlights from sunlight when a texture pack with specular maps is used.-"Smooth lighting" reverted back to old rendering mode.-Tonemapping adjustments-Overall less harsh outdoor lighting
This preview version still has some issues but is overall faster and improved over v10.0. A full release of v10.1 will be released soon. It has not been tested for use with OptiFine.
LEGACY VERSIONS:SEUS v10 RC7 Ultra
SEUS v10 RC7 Ultra (1.6.2 compatible)
SEUS v10 RC6 Ultra
SEUS v10 RC5 Ultra
SEUS v10 RC4 Ultra
SEUS v10 RC3 Ultra
SEUS v08 Lite
SEUS v08 Standard
SEUS v08 Ultra
Once the mod is properly installed, there are a few things you can do to ensure maximum performance.
-Run the game in a smaller resolution in full-screen
-Lower your render distance
-When OptiFine is installed, try toggling "Options > Video Settings > Performance > Smooth FPS:". "ON" gives more responsive input and more steady fps, but likely lower maximum FPS.
Reporting an Issue
If this mod is giving you unusual results, please make sure that you installed everything correctly first.
If you are using this mod on a Mac, I'm sorry to say that I am powerless to provide Mac support. I apologize.
I can't help you if you don't provide these details:
-Describe your issue thoroughly. Provide a screenshot or video if you can.
-Describe your system specs. If you forget this step, I cannot help in any way.
-Include the output log along with your issue report.
-Describe the shaderpack, OptiFine mod version, and Minecraft version that you are running when encountering this issue.
Jul 18, 2012linkseyi posted a message on [Windows] [Forge] Linkseyi's ModMaker: Create Unique Blocks, Items, Recipes, Mobs (and Models), Structures and BiomesPosted in: Minecraft ToolsNotice: I will not be updating ModMaker any longer, at least for the time being. There are too many bugs and I do not have the time to fix them. Thanks to everyone that has supported the project.
Linkseyi's ModMakerfor Minecraft 1.7.2
v0.151 Windows - Here
(Direct Link Below)
v0.134 - Here (MC 1.5.2)
v0.121 - Here
v0.116 - Here (MC 1.4.7)
v0.113 - Here (MC 1.4.6)
v0.105 - Here
v0.092 - Here
v0.086 - Here
v0.085 - Here
Donate to help me keep ModMaker updated!
I have created an easy-to-use, very interactive program in Java which will generate and compile ModLoader compatible Minecraft mods without MCP setup or other installations. It currently contains features such as block creation, item/tool creation, recipes, furnace recipes, and simple mob creation (somewhat of a WIP). It is still in development, and feedback/bug reports are appreciated.
Sandwich01 and TheBigCreeper are trusted friends... listen to them.
I must credit the use of files from Minecraft Coder Pack in this ModMaker, http://mcp.ocean-labs.de/
Disclaimer: Feel free to share your mods with friends, but DO NOT post any mods made with this program under the "Mapping and Modding" forum OR on PlanetMinecraft.com, especially if the mod is being hosted for profit. Including mods with maps or other creations is fine and encouraged.
Disclamer #2: Any loss of data as a result of this program or a mod created with this program is not my responsibility (shouldn't be a problem).
Incomplete list of program properties and their descriptions. Some are missing.
Items/name/The name assigned to this element. This is used primarily in code. See displayName.
Items/displayName/Name to be shown in the inventory tooltip.
Items/texturePath/The path to the directory of the item texture.
Items/foodLevel/The amount of half-haunches replaced uponeating.
Items/toolType/The tool type that this item will have.
Items/toolMaterial/A custom tool material(See New Item > Tool Material).
Items/maxStackSize/The maximum amount of this item thatone stack can hold.
Items/creativeTab/This item's creative tab.
Items/armorType/The armor type that this item will have.
Items/armorMaterial/A custom armor material(See New Item > Armor Material).
Items/saturation/The saturation value of this item.Only applies if foodLevel > 0.
Recipes/upperRight/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/upperCenter/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/upperLeft/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/middleRight/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/middleCenter/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/middleLeft/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/lowerRight/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/lowerCenter/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/lowerLeft/The item or block in the corresponding inventory slot.
Recipes/outputNumber/Amount of result created by this recipe.
Recipes/output/The output block or item.
Recipes/shapeless/Whether this recipe requires a definite shape.
FurnaceRecipes/input/Input value for the furnace recipe.
FurnaceRecipes/output/Output value for the furnace recipe.
FurnaceRecipes/outputNumber/Amount of output created per smelt.
FurnaceRecipes/experience/Factor of experience generated from this recipe.
Mobs/spawnProbability/Likelihood of a group of mobs spawning.
Mobs/minPerChunk/Minimum amount of mobs spawning.
Mobs/maxPerChunk/Maximum amount of mobs spawning.
Mobs/creatureType/Creature spawn mechanic.
Mobs/modelType/Type of mob render model.
Mobs/texturePath/Texture to be rendered on mob.
Mobs/moveSpeed/Speed of the mob while walking.
Mobs/attackDamage/Amount of half-hearts dealt by monster.
Mobs/maxHealth/Amount of half-hearts in a monster's health.
Mobs/drop/Mob drop upon death.
Mobs/dropQuantity/Amount of drop dropped.
Mobs/despawn/Whether this mob will despawn when unloaded.
Mobs/biomes/Biomes to spawn this mob in. If none are selected, it will spawn in all.
Mobs/spawnNaturally/Speed of the mob while walking.
ToolMaterials/harvestLevel/The corresponding material this tool will harvest with.
ToolMaterials/maxUses/Amount of tool uses.
ToolMaterials/entityDamage/Amount of damage dealt to mobs.
ToolMaterials/enchantability/Likelihood of high enchantment.
ToolMaterials/repairMaterial/Block or item this tool will repair with in anvils.
Armor/renderPath1/The texture file used to render this armor on a player. (Find in game files).
Armor/renderPath2/The texture file used to render this armor on a player. (Find in game files).
Armor/enchantability/Likelihood of high enchantment.
Armor/resistance/Overall resistance top damage.
Armor/helmetReduction/Helmet resistance modifier.
Armor/plateReduction/Plate resistance modifier.
Armor/legsReduction/Legs resistance modifier.
Armor/bootsReduction/Boots resistance modifier.
Armor/repairMaterial/Block or item this armor will repair with in anvils.
Structures/schematic/The MCEdit .schematic file to use as a structure generation.
Structures/replacement1/Any blocks in the schematic with the given ID will be replaced with the given block.
Structures/replacement2/Any blocks in the schematic with the given ID will be replaced with the given block.
Structures/replacement3/Any blocks in the schematic with the given ID will be replaced with the given block.
Structures/replacement4/Any blocks in the schematic with the given ID will be replaced with the given block.
Structures/rarity/Rarity of this structure's generation.
Structures/maxHeight/Maximum height at which this structure will generate if not on surface.
Structures/genOnTop/Whether this block will generate on the first layer of air.
Structures/generateNaturally/Whether to generate on chunk gen.
Structures/biomes/Biomes which this structure can be generated in.
Biomes/color/Biome color (used in generation algorithm).
Biomes/biomeId/Identifier for this biome must be unique.
Biomes/topBlock/The top level block that this biome generates (such as grass).
Biomes/fillerBlock/The filler blocks that generate under the top block (such as dirt).
Biomes/minHeight/Minimum generation height.
Biomes/maxHeight/Maximum generation height.
Biomes/disableRain/Whether rain is diabled in this biome.
To install Linkseyi's ModMaker, download the zip file hosted on this forum thread, and extract it to a permanent location. To run the program, open Linkseyi's ModMaker.exe or ModMaker.jar.
Generating and Installing Mods
Once you have created your mod to your specifications, you can generate a mod jar by clicking the "Generate" button and selecting a destination.
To install your mod:
- Download the recommended FML installer from http://files.minecraftforge.net/
- Run it. It will create a new profile in your .minecraft/versions/ folder.
- Copy the output Jar file from the destination folder to the /mods/ folder within .minecraft.
- Run Minecraft with the Forge profile.
Changelog available in download.
Made by me.
Made by TheBigCreeper.
Direct Link: Here
Jun 6, 2012Insurrection posted a message on The "survival" part of the game is bad on a fundamental level.Posted in: Survival ModeI'm sure you've seen quite a few people mention that MC is crap. Maybe they've listed reasons why, maybe they haven't- but outside the MC community, there's a lot of hate towards this game. Specifically, the "main" game mode, survival. Why? Well, that's what this is for- to list precisely why this game is bad. More than just complaining, I'll list (happily) how it can (and probably should) be done better.
As a preface, if you're going to just post "well if u dont like it, dont play it!" or "they work hard on it! why dont U make ur OWN game and see how easy it is!!!", do yourself a favor and don't. For one, I know how hard it is to make a game. Especially one with as much potential as MC. That's what frustrates me- it has so much potential and work put into it, and had a lot going for it early on, but somewhere around alpha it just lost its focus. Anyway...
1a: The reliance on the wiki/community.
Survival mode relies HEAVILY on the wiki to know what to do. Short of a few easy-to-understand concepts (blocks break, right clicking places them, etc), you pretty much don't know what to do without loads of trial and error. Or rather, without the wiki/community videos. This is unacceptable.
It's ok for a game like Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario to not have a tutorial- they're generally easy to play games, and their basic mechanics are introduced within the first stage of their game. Past that, you typically don't need to know much more than moving and jumping. However, Minecraft relies heavily on the user knowing the recipe's for virtually everything- it also relies on them knowing a lot of things like what a lot of the items even do. Nether Warts, Eye of Ender, etc... they're all items you only know the purpose of because of the wiki or videos that highlight updates.
Now, I'm sure one of you will raise their hand and proclaim "But I didn't even USE the wiki! I learnt it ALLL by myself! Check and MATE!". Good for you- you're an exception. The fact is, most people use the wiki or youtube videos to understand what the hell to actually do in this game (again, for survival- creative is a moot point to this rant).
Again, this is unacceptable for any kind of game with complex mechanics. There's no books you can find through the game, no NPC's you can ask for help from, no tips you generally get... nothing. You have to either figure out through mindless trial and error, or consult the wiki. Ugh.
To explain why this is particularly crappy, it's been like this since this game was created. It was acceptable in indev, and even in alpha. But then beta came around... still no form of tutorial or teaching methods. And then 1.0 came out. STILL NOTHING. Sigh.
1b: How to fix it.
Give the player a book straight in their inventory. Something like a "recipe book", where you can place items in your inventory, and see what possible things you can make from it would be nice (similar to Terraria's guide).
This alone would solve a lot of problems honestly, but some more effort towards this would be nice. It doesn't need to be a straight up "Hello, and welcome to minecraft!" tutorial- I can see why that'd be dumb. But there's NO effort to even make it a sort of "Here is how it works, now you try" tutorial like a lot of classic games used to do.
What MC currently feels like is one of those random old NES games that had a lot of weird mechanics, and you needed to consult the manual on how to do basically anything. Actually, it's almost exactly like that. There's a reason games are either simple, have some form of a tutorial/teaching stage, or are terrible.
2a: The difficulty.
Difficulty in the current game is... silly. It's a step backwards in what difficulty should be. Instead of changing game mechanics a bit to actually enhance difficulty, it just artificially enhances difficulty by increasing/decreasing mob health and damage. This is silly, and frankly, lazy.
What's worse, is that you can change difficulty at any point of the game- this makes the entire idea moot. Yes, there are games that do this- that doesn't mean they're doing it right. I mean, why fight through a stronghold when you can set difficulty to peaceful? Oh, because it "gives you the option to"? No. It's a game about survival. Why give me options like this where I can make the journey easier? It's like giving a 12 year old kid the option to cheat in a math test, then hope they don't.
Now, allowing players to change difficulty upon starting a world is fine. It's changing it mid-game that is full-on stupid. Of course, this hasn't been changed since difficulty was even introduced- flat out stupid, lazy game design.
2b: How to fix it.
-Make health and mob damage the same across all difficulty levels.
-Remove the ability to change difficulty modes mid-game.
-Do more things like the "zombies can break down doors in hard". THIS actually makes for difficulty- mob intelligence. Preferably, make zombies able to break down doors in normal.
-Add more mechanics that are changed via difficulty.
-Make normal harder than the current game, and hard truly difficult. Easy should be about as easy as it currently is (which is actually very easy).
-Give mobs a lot more abilities. Zombies that can turn villagers into zombies, make zombies not de-spawn in hard, allow spiders to hang upside down, etc. Then adjust whether these abilities work or not depending on game-mode.
These types of things are acceptable. Bloated mobs that can kill you easier are not.
3a: The mobs.
Similar to the above bit about difficulty, but it's a problem in of itself. Mobs are not hard. They're just a nuisance. The most difficult time I've had with mobs is when I have 2 creepers closing in on me with a skeleton nearby, and I'm stuck in an abandoned mineshaft. Even then, I got out of it almost unscathed.
The thing is, they could still be much better- but right now, they're nothing more than- again- a nusiance. They spawn a distance that's further than their sight range, and they despawn after a short enough distance, too. Also, all of them are insanely easy to escape. The hardest mob to escape is Endermen, and even then all you need to do is go into a proper shelter and you're fine. Or just... hit them until they die, like all the other mobs. All the rest are insanely easy to escape, and even coming face-to-face with them is easy.
The only time they can kill you is if you're in an insanely inconvenient place (above lava, etc), and by some cosmic chance the worst possible thing happens. Even then, it's due to YOU messing up- not the mobs being difficult. For a gamemode that's supposed to be about survival- for a gamemode that the community pegs as "OMG SO SCARY AND DIFFICULT"- it's really not that hard. At all.
Also, mobs always spawning anywhere during the night is- again- not hard. It's just annoying, and kills the ambiance and feel of the game outright. Anyone who says "omg but if they didn't spawn during the night it'd be 2 EASY" is an idiot. It's forced difficulty. Imagine if, during Half Life, headcrabs were just everywhere. And they kept spawning. All the time. But all you needed to do to keep them away was continually swing your crowbar. That's not difficulty, it's annoying.
Now, the Nether I will admit is pretty well done- it's got tension. Zombie pigmen don't attack you unless you attack them, which adds a layer of tension just right there ("oh god ffff don't hit them don't hit them"). Ghasts are a threat, but not an annoying one. The ability to bounce back their fireballs makes them feel like- *gasp*- a video game challenge. Instead of a mindless set of blocks to walk into your sword solely to annoy you. Blazes and Magma cubes are "eh", but they're not bad, either. They add a little bit to the ambiance of the Nether, and that it's not all safe. So, kudos to Mojang for that.
I'd also like to say that there really isn't much mob variety- sure, each mob should have a purpose (rather than just being there because they can be), but there are tons of uses you can find for new mobs. There's only 5 regular mobs in the overworld (Creeper, Spider, Zombie, Skeleton, Enderman). The rest are either variations of existing mobs, a (terrible) boss, in the nether, or very rarely spawned to the point that they're not considered a threat anyway (silverfish and slimes).
3b: How to fix it.
-Give mobs a longer sight range. WAY longer. If I can see them, they should be able to see me. Like, 128 blocks long. Automatically, they become more of a threat with this- besides, it's just a stupid generic MMORPG thing where mobs only see you within X distance. KILLS the idea of them being threatening.
-Make zombies- at the very least- faster. They're such a joke right now. And I don't mean on "hard" difficulty, I mean for ALL difficulty modes. They should be as fast as the player.
-Make creepers only spawn underground. Having them spawn aboveground is just... it kills tension, and ruins the image they have of "scary" even more. They're only remotely threatening underground- keep them this way.
-Make it so mobs only spawn in a light level of 4 or less, rather than 8 or less. This makes it so they only spawn in dense areas of forests, jungles, or underground. I've personally played around with this myself, and holy crap it feels great.
-Make spiders able to crawl upside down, and also make them actually change their image when they're doing this (as well as crawling upside down). Seriously, they look upright when crawling up walls... that's just silly, and lazy.
-Put in those planned mob prefixes- as in, mobs that randomly spawn with special effects/abilities. Things like being faster, able to light the player on fire, able to jump higher, able to be 3x as big, able to bounce projectiles back at the player, etc... there's tons of ideas for this. They shouldn't spawn ALL the time, but maybe a 1-in-10 chance to have a prefix (where the prefix itself is random). In of itself, this makes the world more dynamic.
-Make more biome-specific mobs. As in, enemy mobs- not more pets. They should have a use, but then it's not like zombies have any real use. I'd suggest that new mobs be able to drop items used for new potions, or something. This'd make biomes waaay nicer to go to, and is in line with the next section.
-Make slimes spawn above-ground, holy crap. They're important mobs, but tediously searching for them underground is INSANELY ANNOYING. I'd suggest making them spawn in swamps- the "only spawns in certain chunks" thing is alright, but still. They should spawn aboveground.
-Make new mobs drop items useful for the general game- again, ingredients for unique potions is a fantastic idea. Or just... other things that are truly unique (instead of more variations of the same crap).
In general, there's just so many things you can do with mobs to make them feel better within the flow of the game. But adding just those things alone would make mobs way more interesting, threatening, and actually add to the world rather than simply being there. And that's what they need to be- not just a mindlessly spawned thing here and there that you sorta gotta pay attention to and then LOL SSS CREEPER BOOM (: because no that's not scary. It's annoying.
4a: The biomes and terrain in general.
The terrain in MC is... heavily lacking. It used to be alright, then it was cool, then it was crazy, and now it's just boring. The main reason for this is that all biomes feel the same, just with a different mustache. Deserts are just plains with sand and cactus. Taigas are just forests with snow. Sure, they look different, but outside of a few minor "features", biomes all feel the same. The only ones that really feel different are ocean and jungle. Even then, they don't offer anything different- there's no real reason to go to them (aside from maybe "lol cats! (:" in jungles).
Now, I'm not one of those who is all "WAHH GO BACK TO ALPHA GENERATION". I'm ok with the current system- that's not the problem. The problem is that the current system is HEAVILY under-uitilized, and could be greatly improved. The idea of technical biomes that use all the same things as another biome (IE: desert hills, etc) is pretty good, but again, is under-uitilized.
There's also the fact that generation is capped to 127 still, despite there being an increased world height. The official explanation? "We wanted to give players breathing room". Holy crap, are you serious? You're going to do something we've been asking for over the past several years, then not use it? AGHDSGHSD.
And of course, there's no point to different biomes. Sure, in the upcoming update, deserts and jungles will have temples- neat. But they don't offer anything ultra special- they just make diamonds easier to get. Uugh... you might as well let players get diamonds just by combining dirt. Besides, why go to a jungle then when I can go to a desert? Or vice-versa. This crap alone makes me really feel that Mojang doesn't get what it means to make a good game, and instead are content with pandering to idiots who lap up anything they give them.
4b: How to fix it.
-Have more unique, biome-only rewards. Things like ingredients for new potions- USEFUL new potions. Hell, lilypads could be used for a "Potion of Water Walking". Things like this make biomes useful to travel to.
-As per above, more biome-specific mobs. Not "SssSand creeper (:", or mummies that are zombies with a different skin, or something equally dumb. I mean a mob that's really different from the other ones still, and give unique item drops. Snakes that are the size of silverfish, but can poison you, and only attack you if you get pretty close to them. Sharks that only spawn in ocean biomes, and drop shark fins used for... some water-based potion. Things like this. I could go on for hours, but I'd rather make a mod to show how it can be done.
-Make trees taller. Seriously, they look like crap. I've already doubled the height of oaks and birch, and they look great (like they always should have looked). Pine/spruce look alright, though.
-Make use of the extra space you now have. This just infuriates me. First off, make the earth deeper- make it ~90 blocks instead of 63. This means, yes, making everything generate higher to match this, but this is fine. Then, make mountains (extreme hills) generate higher than just 64 blocks from the sea level (127 - 63 = 64). With the average sea level of 90, the average mountain should go up to ~200 (110 rather than 64 blocks from sea level). This still gives 56 blocks for players to build on top of the mountains. This is plenty to build a multi-level mansion with roof space. From the peak.
-Make a proper pre-requisite system to biome generation- right now, it's pretty much entirely random where biomes spawn, so you have taigas next to deserts, etc. They should use a flowchart of sorts- getting which biome is there, then deciding which biome(s) to generate around it depending on whether or not it would be appropriate to place it there. This wouldn't be too hard to implement, and would make things look a lot better. This also relies upon more biomes being put in (for more "transitional" biomes, like savanna between plains and desert), but that's kind've a given.
-As mentioned above, more biomes. Not just for the sake of having them, of course- but by now, that should also be a given. Things like Savanna's, Bogs, Marshlands, Hills (Just hills, not extreme hills... which should be renamed to mountains, anyway), Badlands, and plenty more. All of which have some use, and all of which should look different.
-Variations of existing biomes. Things like spruce forests (not just in taiga's anymore), rocky mountains (all stone instead of grass/dirt), forest mountain (think eastern United States) and so on would be nice. Variations of stone types would help, as well- brown, dark grey, etc. Similar to the variations in wood.
-Make plains more flat. Right now, they're basically hills, and that's a little silly. Make a hills biome, splitting it from the plains biome.
-Deserts shouldn't have pools of water in them. This is just stupid. Players should have to use desert wells for water here.
-Make dirt/grass slabs (again), then use it for generating hills. It's silly that I have to jump up just to go over a hill. Just have the slabs generate every other block on hills, or something, and it'd work fine.
In general, the terrain should always feel enjoyable to be around. It also shouldn't feel so... "squished" as it does. Playing vanilla a lot, and I always feel like I'm tightly squished into certain areas. I just don't get this feeling of "endless landscape".
5a: Lack of equipment choice.
I really hate this. There hasn't been a real new weapon since swords. That's... I just don't even have a word for this. Disappointed? Something like this. The last update to combat was Beta 1.8. That's... unbelievable. In the course of this game, only one weapon? COME ON.
Yes, I know- pistons, dispensers, blah blah. Those are mechanical things, not direct weapons. I'm talking spears, axes, maces, flails- anything. There's so many ideas, so many ways to go about it- but nope. Just... nothing. Just swords. UUGH.
There isn't even an excuse for this. It wouldn't make things "too complicated". ALL it does is give the player more of a choice of weaponry. And choice is good. Not "this is harder 2 get than sord, but its STRONGAR" choice, I mean actually balanced choice.
This can all be applied to equipment, too- there's just... the armor. Why use leather when I can use iron? Or why use iron when I can use diamond? They should come in different weight values, where heavier armor gives more defense, but reduces your abilities the more of it you have (more on this later on).
And of course, the materials- why use leather or wood? Or hell, why use stone? There's absolutely no point to, since after a very short period of time, iron becomes so readily available. Diamond is understandable to not want to use, but it's still better than iron in every single way.
There's also no more stats than just... damage. Sure, enchantments blahblah... but no, I mean actual stats for weapons. Not "str, dex, int" kind of stats. SENSIBLE things- knockback, attack speed, etc. Hell, those two alone would be enough for good variation in weapons. You could have a weapon with high knockback, but low damage and speed. Or one with high speed, but low knockback and damage. SO MANY OPTIONS. YET NONE OF THEM EXPLORED.
And I think this is what it comes down to, when people rant about MC- there's so many things that could be done. SO. MANY. So many GOOD THINGS. Yet they choose to add... cats. And... cocoa plants. And... more decorative blocks.
Don't get me wrong, those are ok things. It's that they choose them over much better things. And it's been like this for several years now. This is infuriating, knowing they COULD add things that would objectively add more to gameplay, but they don't. And at this point, it feels like they won't.
Or no, that's not entirely accurate- it feels like when they do add things they should, they do a half-assed job, take months to add it in, then call it a day and never re-visit it. If they added new equipment, they'd add one new weapon, and it'd be the same as a sword but have a different secondary. Or, it'd be harder to get than swords, and better in every way. And that'd be it. That's all we'd get.
5b: How to fix it.
-Add in "Knockback" as a weapon stat. At the same time, add "knockback resistance" to armor, with heavier armor having more knockback resistance. Mobs should also have varying levels of knockback resistance- skeletons could be easy to knock back, but zombies would be harder. Generally speaking, it should be harder to knock things back than it is right now.
-Add an attack speed stat for weapons. The fastest should be the default attack speed (which is 3 per second IIRC). Pretty straightforward-
-Make new weapons. Battle axes, maces, spears, crossbows- all of that, and preferably more. Give them unique levels of of those 3 stats (Damage, knockback, and attack speed). Then, give them unique secondary abilities (right click)- spears can be thrown, maces can stun, and so on. Maybe even make different weapons have another ability- spears could hit 1 block farther than regular weapons, etc. Tons of ideas, and as long as they're balanced, they'd be fantastic.
-Increase default sprint speed. Then, divide armor into different "armor classes", or assign them different "weight" levels. The better the armor, the heavier it is- heavy armor would make you sprint slower, and after a certain point, you'd be unable to sprint with really heavy armor. It should also disable certain other abilities (again, more on this later) after certain points. This would make going without armor fairly viable- just the same, going in full armor would mean you'd not be knocked back nearly as easily (and plus still be a juggernaut).
-Add more material types. Not just "dragon ore! better than diamond, but is really hard to get (:", because mods that do this are stupid as hell. I mean things within the bounds of iron or diamond- with unique uses. A "fire" ore that makes your weapons able to set things on fire with a set chance. Or tools that allows you to cook ores/etc you mine with a certain chance. And the armor can reduce fire damage, and with the full set can make you immune to it. But it'd be slightly worse than iron- better than stone/leather, but still a bit worse than iron. And that's just one new material type- there's so many more ideas. GOOD ideas, not just ideas that add more to "hurr tier 6 elite ultra dragon equipment!1".
Right now, equipment isn't even really a thing- you just have sword, bow, and armor. Diamond is the best for all of those. Hurrrr HAV FUN. No, there needs to be variation. Both in the weapon types, and in material.
6a: Lack of player abilities
You can jump. Yay! You can "sneak". Yay! You can sprint. Yay!
And that's it.
6b: How to fix it.
Add Smart Moving. This is all this needs. Literally, that's it. Smart moving is great on so many levels. The armor thing I mentioned earlier- about how heavier armor could disable certain abilities- would be applied here. IE: Wearing heavy armor wouldn't let you "charge jump".
Also, sprinting shouldn't require double tapping, because that's stupid. Smart moving adds a sprint key anyway, so... yeah. It should be, by default:
WASD: Movement.Shift: Sprint.Ctrl: Sneak.E: Grab.Q: Inventory.Z: Drop item.
I've been using this layout, and it's basically perfect. It just feels great. I don't care if people need to re-adjust to it- the types of people who would complain about new controls aren't the types of people you should listen to anyway. Speaking of...
7a: The community is terrible.
Anyone who has the slightest amount of intelligence would realize that the MC community is absolute rubbish. They complain any time something new is added, yet at the same time, are ok with anything Mojang adds. You get an outcry of mindless complaints, and an outcry of mindless support against said complaints. There's little to no intelligence to be found here. No real discussion, just "YA I LIKE THAT" "NO DATS STUPID". No objective discussion, little to no intelligence criticism of ideas. And it's depressing. It doesn't need to be this way- it can be stopped.
But it isn't. Instead, Mojang laps it up. ****ing minecraftchick got hired onto Mojang. They feed the utterly stupid crap they fell into, and continue to make money off of it. It feels like they would sooner make a Minecraft spinoff game where you play as a creeper, filled with stupid "now u ARE the creeper! SsSSSs (:" nonsense and idiotic fan pandering that makes them millions of dollars, than they would actually add any good content that might get complained about.
This is what angers people the most. Redditors, "bronies", and so on are more listened to than any form of objective criticism. Complete cesspools are more of a priority to consider than anyone with the slightest amount of intelligence.
Why? Because they're not hard to deal with. Mojang can make "super TNT" that is just a bigger TNT explosion, and people would lap it up. Oh sure, some people would complain, but they wouldn't have to deal with people railing on them for making bad decisions. Because it's what people want. It's the kind of mindless crap you expect a 12 year old to suggest, and then it gets put in. It's why we have wolves, cats, "the end", and so on. Pretty much all of the terrible choices of gameplay- and lack of initiative to fix anything- can be traced back to Mojang's consistent fan-pandering. Because the people they pander to let them be lazy as hell. They're the kinds of people who gladly pay hundreds of dollars to go to an ill-planned out "convention" all about an unfinished game.
They're the kinds of people who, when they add something that's remotely challenging, complain about it ENDLESSLY until it's made easier, yet somehow are ok with artificially difficult ******** like the "Ender Dragon". Or when anything is added that goes contrary to what they're used to, they whine and cry and throw a temper tantrum. And not in the "This is absolute CRAP, and here is why..." way, in a well thought out forum post. No, they just WHINE. They don't ever give any GOOD reasons, they just whine, cry, and complain. Because they're used to Mojang never changing the things they're used to.
It's like a kid who's constantly given candy his whole life- and after 10 years, the parents realize he's an obese, unhealthy mess. Finally, the parents take away the candy, and then they IMMEDIATELY scream and cry. Endlessly. Until the parents give him back his candy.
AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT MOJANG DOES NOW. They give the fat kid their candy back. And it's utterly infuriating. They won't listen to the intellectual, well-thought out posts given by people who insult them for being so ****ing lazy, because it might hurt their feelings. No, they listen to to types of people who have goddamn ponies from a TV show directed at little girls, and people who use years old "memes" that have been beaten to death as their avatars with SOME mention of the ****ing creeper in their signature.
7b: How to fix it.
STOP. JUST STOP. Stop the pandering. Start changing things that need to be changed. Steve looks like ****. There, I said it. He's the ****ing TEST MODEL you used when the game first started! I DON'T CARE IF IT'S "ICONIC". I don't care if there are millions of youtube videos with steve's shitty looking head for the thumbnail. If you- the community, Mojang, Zeus, whoever the **** is reading this- ever want this game to change for the better, REALIZE THAT THIS KIND OF THING NEEDS TO CHANGE. If this keeps up, we will never be able to have Minecraft reach its potential.
Start being properly criticial of yourself- and start taking CRITICISM. Yes, from places like /v/- ESPECIALLY places like /v/. No, not the stupid posts- the ones that are well thought out and make ****ing sense. Stop pandering to the "MINECRAFT IS ABOUT BUILDING!!1" crowd, too- they have creative mode, for ****'s sake! STOP SHITTING UP SURVIVAL MODE BECAUSE OF THIS CROWD.
If it means you need to alienate the stupid people who would complain about things like removing the ability to swim up falling water, do so. ABSOLUTELY do so. They'll get over it, grow up, and realize how much better the game would be. Or they'll leave.
Yes, people might leave. OH ****ING NO. It's not like this game is subscription based anyway, you've already made your money. But it comes down to this- who do you want to play your game? A million stupid people who would prefer instant gratification and have NO sense of what makes a proper game and would stop playing once they grow up, or 250,000 people who genuinely enjoy a good video game? And it's not a matter of "making a lot of money vs making no money", because Minecraft is already making MILLIONS just by EXISTING. You don't need to "market" anymore or anything- people will keep buying it.
If anything, at this rate, it will turn into World of Warcraft- where the continuous pandering will alienate your core userbase, and replace it with 12 year olds who have no ****ing sense of what's good. While it'll EXPLODE for a few years, it won't have NEAR the staying power it will- and eventually, something better will come out to dethrone it. Because there CAN be something better. BECAUSE YOU NEVER LET THE GAME REACH ITS FULL POTENTIAL.
And if you think "lol, mojang wont read this... you're wasting your time", the sad thing is, you're right. They WON'T. They won't listen to why their precious CREEPER SSSSsSSS DIAMONDS STEVE (: isn't liked by the rest of the gaming community. They'll only listen to mindless compliments and kudos by people who have no idea what they're talking about.
I can go on for hours- HOURS- on what they could add. I've already given plenty of suggestions- suggestions that many intelligent people agree with on some degree or another. The thing is, I don't need to. If this last bit- about not pandering to idiots- were to be considered and executed, everything else would fall into place. But at this point, I realize it's futile. The ideas won't get spread around. Even if my mod that I'm working on gets to be insanely successful, it won't be implemented. If it did, it'd get stripped of any and all good content, and put in as a zombified, watered-down, buggy mess. Because they would rather listen to ****ING REDDIT than any REMOTELY well thought-out idea that would upset 12 year old children with ADHD.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the core problem of what's wrong with Minecraft.
Some FAT's (Frequently Answered Things). If you want more detailed responses, read through the thread instead of being an ignorant shithead.
This rant/discussion is not about mods. This is about the vanilla game. More specifically, the vanilla survival mode, and how it could be better. If you want a more detailed answer, read through the thread.
"Minecraft is not an RPG."
The changes I'm proposing are not intended to turn it into an RPG in the slightest. If anything, they would turn it from a boring, tedious, grindy game (a signature of RPG's) into a unique, dynamic, and enjoyable game.
"Players should be given the choice to play the game exactly as they want to."
If you don't want to die, go play creative mode. If you want to build, go to creative mode. The option to "play as you want to" is there- why have a magical button that can make the game easier for you with a simple click? It's not necessary.
"The game is about building, not fighting."
Creative mode is for building. Just because survival mode lacks content doesn't mean it's "not about fighting". That just means it lacks content.
"The game is fine."
It isn't. If it were "fine", they wouldn't still be adding updates and fixing things. Even if it WERE fine, why can't it be better?
"Your changes are crap. They wouldn't make the game better."
Suggest better ones then! I highly encourage this.
Jun 6, 2012R3creat3 posted a message on The "survival" part of the game is bad on a fundamental level.Thanks for pointing this out. Rep up for you.Posted in: Survival Mode
PS: If your going to post a hate post read the whole thing.
PSS: Were trying to make the game better, you players just sit on your arses with no respect in trying to make it better. Allot of hard work is put into making this a great game whether people like or nor they don't. keep your opinions to yourself.
Jun 6, 2012MarshallRA posted a message on The "survival" part of the game is bad on a fundamental level.I agree with this almost 100%. Well thought out post, if only there were more like you in the minecraft community.Posted in: Survival Mode
Jan 4, 2012After about an hour of digging around, I found your answer. And it is no.Posted in: MCPE: Discussion
I managed to decompile the Android .apk and convert the .dex bytecode file to a .jar and the then decompile the .jar into workable .java files. There was really not much that you can do with them because the main source is in the .so library file which when disassembled only yields the assembly language file, which is basically useless.
Unless they release the source (highly unlikely), then the answer is no.
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