It's rough to battle Pokemon when you are massively out of practice...
It's rough to battle Pokemon when you are massively out of practice...
Even today, there remain a large number of semi- or even undiscovered gems inside Minecraft. It was years after being included that anyone realized the "Minceraft" easter egg existed, as one example.
MagmaMusen walks us through 5 similar anomalies - some secret, some not - that many players may not have seen yet. Have you seen these in-game yet?
Minecraft has always carried a curious legacy of interesting glitches, and few places are as apparent with that as redstone. Everything from cardinal-direction placement to spawning obsidian straight out of redstone have been found over the years, and are usually patched out. One glitch in particular has always remained, however: a state known as "quasi-connectivity.
In the picture above are two setups for a redstone block, and some lamps. In the left setup, only the lamp directly contacting the redstone block is powered. There is no transmission of power beyond the first block. However, the right setup powers all of the lamps due to the placement of one line of redstone, which allows the signal to transmit both to blocks in contact with it, and a number of adjacent ones as well.
MCPE/Win10 developers seem enamored with this particular glitch; based as it is in Java, Pocket Edition players cannot use it. So, the developers are planning to include an actual block in Pocket Edition that would allow for similar setups, without depending on semi-reliable bugs to do so. Enter, the Observer block: it checks for changes in the environment and, if triggered, switches between emitting a strong signal and an unpowered state, but without relying on a bug to do so. Neat!
Redstone aficionado Mumbo Jumbo doesn't waste any time jumping straight into the explanation for building this rather unique underground Minecraft bunker, but if you can keep up, it's a pretty amazing guide! He leaps right into a clever entrance-building walkthrough, following up with all the basics for bunker survival - food dispensary, water management, and more besides.
Whether you're looking to build a post-apocalyptic shelter, or just want a home away from prying monster (and player) eyes, this guide is sure to inspire. Enjoy!
0.15.6 comes with VR-specific adjustments, fixes, and improvements to make the Minecraft Oculus experience even better! As with all new things, players may still have questions or concerns about how it works, and many of those are addressed below, in an FAQ provided by Mojang.
Alright, let's jump in and see what we have!
Q: I don’t have Windows 10- I’m running Windows 7/Windows 8/Linux/OSX. Can I use Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with Oculus Rift support?
A: You will need to have the Windows 10 operating system running in order to use Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.
Note: you also need to be running version 1511 (aka TH2) – there is an in-game message that will direct you to update.
Q: The Oculus Minecraft app is crashing with the error 0x80070422. What do I do?
A: Make sure you have Windows Update enabled.
1. Press the Windows key
2. Type in Services
3. Scroll down to Windows Update and right-click.
4. Select Start from the menu.
Q: My Oculus Minecraft app is crashing but it is giving me an exception in ucrtbase.dll.
OR My Oculus Minecraft app is saying that Windows 10, Update 1511 is required. What do I do?
A: First, try restarting the Oculus store and seeing if the Oculus Minecraft app update fixes this. If not, this is may be due to a Windows Update either failing or not being applied.
1. Download & run the official Windows Update Troubleshooter here: Press the Windows key.http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/E/7/FE74974A-9029-41A0-9EB2-9CCE3FC20B99/WindowsUpdateDiagnostic.diagcab
2. Press the Windows key.
3. Type in Check for Updates
4. Check for and then install any missing Windows Updates
5. Restart your computer using the Restart option on the Power menu.
Q: The Oculus Minecraft app is telling me that launching Minecraft “failed”?
A: Check to make sure you aren’t already running Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. If you are, make sure you close the app first before trying to play it from the Oculus Minecraft app. If you continue to have problems, try running Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta by playing it from the Xbox app. This may give you more insight into why the game won’t play. If you continue to have issues, you can always contact http://support.xbox.com or click on Contact Us on our feedback site at http://feedback.minecraft.net
Q: The Oculus Minecraft app is reporting a signature issue with the 2015.3 x86 redist DLLs.
OR The Oculus Minecraft app is crashing and my primary language files aren’t English.
A: Good news! We pushed out a fix that should resolve both of these issues. Just restart your Oculus store and accept the Minecraft app update that you should see waiting in your library.
Q: I am seeing strange graphics issues when I try to play the game.
A: Make certain your graphics drivers are up-to-date. If you have an Nvidia graphics card, you may need to manually visit the Nvidia website to get the most up-to-date drivers for your graphics card. Download, install the new drivers, and then restart your computer using the restart option from the power menu.
Q: I have dual graphics cards and multiple monitors. I can hear the Minecraft music but Minecraft is stuck on a white screen with ‘Please wait’.
A: This may be due to some confusion between your graphics cards regarding HDMI input and the Rift. If you have HDMI inputs going into both cards, unplug the HDMI input that is not associated with the Oculus Rift.
That's right, it's snapshot time again! As before, major upcoming changes are being carefully guarded, in anticipation of Minecon 2016, in Anaheim, California. Even so, there are a number of neat additions today, as well as a litany of bugfixes! Let's dive in.
Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, it could turn into a silverfish! (Wait, those are already bugs...)
To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog). Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.
Cross-platform server jar: Minecraft server jar
Spotlight video by CaptainSparklez
Is Minecraft too easy? Do you feel the dangerous residents of the world are not so dangerous? What if they were scarier? There is one way to find out!
IJAMinecraft has put together a command block script that does some pretty scary things to the monsters of Minecraft - even more terrifying witches, stubbornly challenging zombies (well, blood-ghosts), and so much more. Even better, you do not need to install anything to try it out! Simply place the command block code in a command block, activate it, and prepare for a surprisingly scary experience!
The command was written for game version 1.10 and above. You can get it right here!
Minecrafter Onnowhere has done something startlingly impressive with redstone and command blocks - recreated Minecraft: Story Mode's Redstonia inside Minecraft itself!
Redstonia, a city inside the ongoing Story Mode narrative, is founded by Ellegaard the Redstone Engineer, and largely populated by people who love to create redstone contraptions and inventions. In what can only be described as Inception-esque irony, that fantastical setting was recreated inside Minecraft proper, using (you guessed it) redstone and command blocks.
Of course, if it were merely a facsimile of the city, this would just be a build map. It is quite a bit more than that - in tandem with a custom resource pack, this creation lets players go through some (though not all) of Story Mode's Episode 2, outside of Story Mode. Crazy stuff!
If you're itching to give this a go, head on over to the Redstonia thread! This creation was made for versions 1.9.4, and 1.10.2.
Minecraft and VR - a pairing longed for by many. It already exists in a few mediums, but today's announcement touches on something built explicitly for Minecraft VR, more than just a port of the game into a virtual environment: Minecraft is coming to Oculus Rift, with some version-specific features that will make the game even better to play in VR!
What sort of features are on the table?
This is in tandem with the major VR-specific features Mojang already had working, if which there are many. One neat thing in the Oculus version is the "Virtual Livingroom," which allows players to step back from the fully-immersive experience and into a virtual armchair - a nice break if you're starting to get dizzy or strained, but want to keep mining and crafting.
In addition, Mojang has added all kinds of tweaks to player movement. As an example, there is a special turning mode which breaks up the smooth rotation of your camera into short, abrupt jumps. It looks strange in videos, but the improvement to players' comfort cannot be overstated, and is readily apparent while playing.
Minecraft livestreams are nearly as old as livestreaming itself. Over the years, modders and streamers have found more and more creative ways to make the experience for viewers more interactive than simply viewing the gameplay. Beam.pro, a livestreaming site recently acquired by Minecraft owner Microsoft, has recently added even more functionality with their already impressive interactive streaming features - integration with the Hypixel Network's game modes!
On the Hypixel Network, one of the game modes is called Build Battle, where players have to build based on a theme given at the beginning of the match. They playfield is limited, time is short, and everyone gets to judge everyone else's build at the end of the countdown. With Beam integration, playing Build Battle on livestream gets even more crazy, as viewers can do things like drop TNT, spawn zombies, and quite a bit more, right in the middle of the game, literally at the press of a button! That isn't an exaggeration - on the livestream window, there are buttons labeled with various awful calamities that viewers can inflict on the streamer, and with integration, will affect gameplay on demand with a simple click of the button. Crazy stuff!
There are quite a few interactive streams up at any given time, both on servers and private games. Give it a look, and see what you think!
Beam was recently acquired by software juggernaut Microsoft, who also scooped up Mojang (and by extension, Minecraft) in 2014. It was already impressive and ambitious as a livestreaming service, and the acquisition likely means even more features and quality going forward. Congrats, guys!