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Jun 28, 2017Jetra posted a message on So there's good news, and then REALLY concerning news...Posted in: Discussion
(BTW, eventually you'll have to upgrade to the Windows 10 OS).
I said a year and a half ago that Win10 will become the flagship MC. People poo-pooed me and called me crazy. Whatever. Here's another prediction of mine: virtually everyone will move on to Win10 and quit playing the java version. Not because they have to, but because they want to.
Pretty sure it's having to as want means you have some choice in the matter. Sure, you can still play with friends on Java, but eventually MS will stop support of Win7 and 8. When the time comes, "oh look, java no longer works. But hey, you can get this new version for only $59.99 because we already know the value of the game."
Though I may just be a doomsayer. I always advise caution and am not one to really jump ship or run with the masses when it comes to news. From history though, be prepared to buy the game again.
Jun 17, 2017Posted in: Discussion
Here's the thing, Minecraft is going on about 7 years old which is almost a generation in terms of its lifespan. For a game of its genre, there's nothing really holding it up other than the people who play it. Eventually, they will get bored no matter how great of an update they get, everything goes in cycles.
In the past two years alone, we got things like OverWatch, Paladins, and Fallout 4, Nier, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Nioh. Minecraft is a lego box with no real story to the game or any real goals to achieve. In a sense, those playing and creating content are what keep the game from going truly under, not the people making the updates.
What they would have to do to bring in a majority, though, would be to finally give in and release a modding API as well as shoving in the popular mods that many have been crying for for years such as Treecapitator, IndustrialCraft/BuildCraft, and something like Biomes o' Plenty/ExtraBiomesXL. This wouldn't be so bad, but not everyone wants to do technology stuff, hence why there were not added. It's up to the person that wants to customize their experience.
If that isn't the biggest reason, then another I could think of is terrain generation. If you've ever played the older versions, such as the Alphas or anything before Beta 1.7.9, then you would remember the random floating islands, oceans that were only a few blocks deep instead of tens of blocks, and the next continent being within sight of shore.
Clay used to be found above water on beaches, now you have to dig into the water to get them. I could list off a number of ways to improve the game, but sadly it will only be a temporary fix. If you want to keep the game from dying, then you would need to get people to play and create. How do you do that? Simple answer is that you must be the first to the party and last to leave. This means when you get an interest in something, it will spread outward in a domino fashion.
Jun 13, 2017Jetra posted a message on So there's good news, and then REALLY concerning news...Posted in: Discussion
Not to say I expected this, but at the same time I didn't think it would actually happen. Microsoft dropped a lot of money into the game. What's the best way to make it back? Force out the old and replace it with the new. The marketplace is fine by me, but what has me bothered is why I should buy the game again when I already own it?
Assuming they are "retiring/pushing out" the Java edition, it would be a complete loss for them because those who are still with the game at this point having to pay for it again would sooner keep their old edition or just stop playing. Not only are they going to lose the bundle of sales which they can't possibly make back until a couple generations after, they'll also lose potential sales from Marketplace purchases.
Minecraft is already on the quiet side along with World of Warcraft and Dota, the last thing they want to do is completely axe such an investment. 2 billion may not seem like much, but that is still a VERY heavy investment which would hurt even the richest person's wallet. Are they cruel? Probably, but so far I have given them the benefit of the doubt these past two years that they haven't touched a thing up until this point.
Basically, they must play careful or they will find themselves on a pike while other, much profitable avenues make more money such as Overwatch.
May 15, 2017Posted in: Discussion
It's not addiction moreso as it's an obsession. Both have the same response, just different causes. With an addiction, your body craves a certain substance that causes dopamine to rush into your body. Obsession attempts the same thing through an external source.
Back to the original topic, I don't think I ever was obsessed with the game. Content I really enjoyed and couldn't find enough of, but the game got dull for me after about a year of it. At 4 years, it was so boring I moved on to other things (friends kept pulling me in, I got absolutely sick of playing).
May 10, 2017Jetra posted a message on Is there a /give command for bark blocks (wood blocks (not wooden planks), with the bark texture on all 6 sides, not 4 sides)
This should explain everything for you.
May 9, 2017Posted in: Discussion
What do you think Minecraft's true purpose is?
Could it be an escape from reality, a place to truly have your own way, and to form the world that you've always imagined?
Or could it be a form of art, bringing a vision to life for others to behold?
Why do you play Minecraft? Could it possibly be just another mindless video game that you use to kill time?
Or... Could it be something more? Something life changing? Something so powerful, it could influence the lives of many others?
What do you think?
The plain and simple answer is the there is no true purpose to the game other than to provide the tools for the player to create their own world. What started off as a simple game of legos became a universe of possibilities that can still amaze to this day. The stories we tell, the worlds we create, the people we meet are what best define this unique game whose limit is in the imagination of the user.
As for the why I play, it is because I can get lost and find something interesting to see or an idea to create. I adore seeing people create maps while others play through them. In addition, it provided me a way to open up to new things. While I'm not the most creative nor the greatest of redstoners, I found enjoyment in digging through caves.
I had taken a long hiatus before now and am only slowly returning to the game, seeing a community that is not the same as when I left. The new blocks and features give me reasons to build and explore and maybe even create a junky cave home instead of the 5x5x5 wooden boxes I usually built.
Apr 18, 2017Posted in: Discussion
Most YTers use Faithful with SonicEther shaders. Not sure what specific shaders, but I'm sure there's a few realistic ones that you can get. Either that or you can try R3Dcraft which is super realistic with 512x textures.
Apr 17, 2017Jetra posted a message on Anyone feel like Spruce Forests are WAY more common?Posted in: Discussion
I think I've gotten more Birch Forests than that. I'll get quite a few, but more often I'll get that or extreme hills which annoy the everliving out of me.
Feb 15, 2016Posted in: Discussion
I honestly think it's more of a plea from the people who still play the game and enjoy what it offers as well as the community creations of it. Like any game, there are downtrends and uptrends, however Minecraft is probably one of the few games that won't completely die out, there's simply too much content for it.
People don't want to lose things they love, Minecraft is still a game enjoyed by many even if it might not be played by all of us, especially those who have been here since Alpha or even earlier. Many would feel the same about World of Warcraft or Runescape, it honestly doesn't hurt to see how the state of the game is. Right now a lot of people are heavily divided on the 1.9 update which is sparking interest again and may be one of the bigger factors of why they're popping up again.
Feb 13, 2016Posted in: Discussion
Worst you're going to maybe find in the older versions, especially before they introduced Anvil world generation, are "world holes," giant chunks that haven't been loaded in. More common in Alpha than it was in Beta though you'll still find them. Other than that, there's really not many bugs unless you're specifically looking to trigger a couple of obvious ones (like if you hold a movement key while opening a chest in Alpha, your character will retain the movement, can be fixed by opening inventory again)
Oct 1, 2014Jetra posted a message on Magical Crops - Farm your resources! [3.2.0] Who stole my tiger? [Magical Crops 4 BETA download available]There's a small trick I found out how you can get platinum, assuming you can make Shiny ingots. Make shiny seeds, turn it into a block, break down the block and it becomes platinum. Not sure if just not implemented or what, but it works.Posted in: Minecraft Mods
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Jun 7, 2017Posted in: News
This is by far my most favorite update regardless of how I feel about the combat and general terrain changes. Minecraft has always been this colorful game from when I played the original classic. The bright grass was quickly replaced with darker ground, wool went from vibrant neons to dull flat tones. Even hardened clay didn't really add much, just more lackluster design.
New concrete and changes to wool has reminded me of the olden days of Nintendo 64 with all the bright colors and retro gaming. Throughout the years, companies have adapted a much darker palette for the sake of "realism." While I know there are exceptions, for the most part, all the popular games were apocalyptic dystopias of various shades of blacks and browns.
As well as that, advancements feel a lot better than "achievements" which I've always found to be an unnecessary addition to the game. The terracotta blocks are an amazing addition along with all of the other changes that come with this update.
In short, let me grab my paint bucket and get creative!
May 31, 2017Posted in: News
As a returning player and one who's never crafted things like a banner, enderchest, or beacon, it'll be extremely helpful. Plus, I don't even need to slot the items in, I just need them on me which is extremely handy. I'm more excited by what map makers do with it.
Apr 13, 2017Posted in: News
Going to guess Fable and/or Gears of War, they were a pretty big studio from what I remember. Only thing I know is the Rare fiasco and what they did to BK and PD which has me mad.Even Windows 10 has micro transactions now for things that used to be included in the OS going back to its beginning.
For every rose I pick, there are thorns...It's sad that we live in a time where it's all about the money now. Maybe it will go back to the old ways, people just need to stop falling into the traps.
Apr 13, 2017Posted in: News
Alright, so figured I'll share my thoughts before there's a burning of a town over a minor thing. Think about this from Microsoft's point of view, they invested about $2B on Minecraft. Now, for a company of their size, it's not that much yet it is a big enough mark to warrant getting their money back at the very least. Imagine buying a warehouse and leaving it to rot, pretty much. This is one small way to get a return on that purchase, in economic terms.
So far they have kept their promise of leaving java alone and I believe they will hold up to it. However, it would be in their best interest to drop support for it to push the Win10 version. I don't know if people who bought the PC version get it for free or you have to buy it, but I guarantee you that if they were to make you pay for the game a second time a lot of people would just stick with the old version.
From what I'm understanding, though, is that this is a good thing for MCPE users as it removes a lot of the hassle of installing maps and skins. Personally, I would not mind if they brought the feature to java as long as it's a one time purchase (buy the map, download whenever as many times as I want) as people have put a lot of work into them and, hey, $5 to the people that did Terra Swoop Force instead of relying on donations which aren't static prices would encourage people to continue the hobby with a sustained income.
So long as I'm not forced to buy a Server Membership package, I don't see the harm in this.
Nov 21, 2016Posted in: News
Many moons ago, I used to be an avant garde in trying to make the country better. When you really look at things, you can see how much there could be improvement. An example of this was how I learned the same stretch of history for five straight years. It went as follows: Revolutionary war for a couple weeks, skip to the colonies for a couple of months, then Civil War for a month. Talk about World War 2 for 4 months and then discuss the Presidents for the last part.
When I got into Central American Studies in High School, I was like "Why wasn't this offered!?" There's a lot of other issues I could name, but that's for another topic/pm.
Nov 21, 2016Posted in: News
Removing these gimmicky aspects of education is one of the biggest tasks facing us as teachers.
Honestly, they should just remove homework as that is the most gimmicky part of education. You spend 12 years being forced to relearn a set curriculum to not really go outside of the box. When I graduated from elementary (Grade 5 into Grade 6), I remember having a box the size of me in just handed assignments which only doubled through the other half of schooling.
Everyone learns things differently, forcing kids into one archaic system doesn't require rote memorization. Kids need to learn to think critically, not how many apples you have when your jerk of a friend takes three. I can say that, at least in the US, our education system does not prepare you for the real world until you are done with college.
Jun 6, 2014I've said this before and I'll repeat it here cause it's buried elsewhere, Mojang, while they shouldn't really be concerning themselves over what goes on servers, are now aware of the problem. Okay, before anyone makes the joke of "hurr hurr, I'm from PMC, givez me OP," my suggestion would be for a small team of volunteer members that hop on the servers to see if they are one of the many rotten ones and send a report to the host to shut it down at which point the owner of the server gets their account suspended temporarily or even permanently...Posted in: News
Okay, it sounded a lot better in my head and was just my suggestion. Mojang can't necessarily go around and check every server for breach of the rules while also still trying to work on the game. As for the EULA, they should just clarify what is okay and if those that really put the time, effort, and dedication to running a server (ie Hypixel or Mineplex) then a small deal could be worked out that satisfies the needs of both sides.
Just my two cents...don't hurt me.
May 10, 2013Posted in: NewsQuote from zennyrpg
Horses + dyed clay = this is going to be the best minecraft release ever. I almost hope they don't add too much for stuff, because I'm dying for the official release.
Well, if 1.5 is any indication of what's coming in 1.6, there is probably going to be massive overhauls in the game mechanics.
May 10, 2013Posted in: News
I think it is pretty obvious. They are going to implement every Mojangsta as a mob.
I can't seem to edit, but apparently it's one of the Mojang Staff. I was thinking maybe another hidden mob like silverfish?
EDIT: Annnnd now I can....
May 10, 2013Posted in: NewsQuote from flanigomik
this is also a valid point although the glass would not need to be transparent... just let light... but then they would complain about that too...
I've actually learned to shut up about my complaints and deal with it. Look, we got horses, I'm happy. Kind of impartial to hardened clay, though, but I guess that's cool?
May 10, 2013Posted in: News
The problem with tinted glass is that partial transparency is not very well supported by Minecraft at the moment. Just go back to 2.0 and look at the graphical glitches. I'm pretty Mojang simply don't want to add a feature which doesn't even work currently.
I'm not to particularly caring as for it's transparency. Make it act like a block, I end up using a ton of torches to light up my house anyway.
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