Christmas might be over, but that hasn't stopped map makers from coming up with clever maps for the holidays! David and Toby run through Christmas: An Awakening, a voiced, custom adventure map by DoubleUpGaming that you can check out as well. Hope you're having a great weekend!
People unfamiliar with Minecraft might be surprised, but no one here is - Minecraft: Pocket Edition set itself as the top grossing app on December 25th, beating out titles like Clash of Clans, Game of War, and Candy Crush Saga, to name a few. App game enthusiasts might be surprised at this, since free-to-play games (which usually come with some form of micro-transactions) generally gross much higher than "premium" games, that have a single upfront cost. Such is the power of Minecraft!
It's been a pretty hectic week, with a number of different holidays overlapping. What have you been up to on your winter break?
This pic hails from 2011, Pocket Edition, by Wisty!
No matter what you're celebrating this month, we here at the Minecraft Forums want to wish you a happy everything! Merry winter! Happy Festivus! Cheerful non-specific day in December! The Minecraft community is still the best gaming community in the world, and we are glad to have you guys with us!
"Aimbot": it's a word that makes many players cringe, and/or seethe in rage. Why would anyone aimbot? "It's cheating!" "But it's not cheating!" So the discussion goes, on and on, about the ups and downs of using an aimbot.
Fortunately, SethBling's recent creation isn't that sort of aimbot - this redstone-driven bow is designed to home in on zombies, as long as you shoot in their general vicinity! It's a remarkable creation, especially for being made entirely in the game. Enjoy!
This week, Bebopvox takes a look at Notch's mansion, plus some news about Mine-O-Rama would-be attendees, and a class-action lawsuit over the tickets sold for the event that never happened. If you bought a ticket, be sure to check this out!
I know it sounds impossible, but I've tried it myself, and this is real - a christmas tree - in i _makes_stuff's home - that has controls for the lights, inside Minecraft! How it works is pretty simple: log into theserver.fluctis.com, and start playing with switches. An in-game tree gives you some visual feedback, but the real treat seeing the real-life tree change colors!
At the top of this webpage, you will see an image of a tree with an LED rope around it. Play with some of the switches in-game, and you can see the tree in the image change almost instantly, depending on your geographical location. I've been playing with this tree for a little over 20 minutes now, and I still don't get how it works. The creator explains it in the video above, but it almost seems to defy belief. Give it a try yourself, and see!
Notch recently purchased a new home in Los Angeles, and while a good bit of buzz surrounds the price, reasoning, and so on, what I was waiting for finally came to pass - a Minecraft re-creation of the new home! Whipped together by Dan Bovey, this model home follows the original pretty well, with very few game-limiting exceptions. What do you think about the house?
David and Toby recap a rather exciting week in Minecraft news, with info on game updates, a brief look at Minecraft: Story Mode, a shiny new Windows launcher, and more. Have a great weekend!
Mojang is heading off for the winter holidays soon, but before they do, the 1.8.2 pre-release 1 was sent off on its way, right into your hands! This pre-release mainly focuses on fixes, squashing bugs, and some performance enhancements. Among the bugs fixed include mobs following players (as though hostile) in Spectator Mode, explosion force with directional bias, and some revisions to explosion physics that will, among other things, reduce how far explosions can send objects.
To get pre-releases, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “pre-releases” 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). Easy!
Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.8.2-pre1/minecraft_server.1.8.2-pre1.jar
Report bugs here: Minecraft issue tracker
WAIT WHAT, STORY MODE?
- Minecraft: Story Mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
- Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
- The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
- Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
The stories are not meant to be Minecraft "canon" - sorry, no secret official history for Steve! - and are meant to be for entertainment only. Still, Telltale Games has a history of strong storytelling games, so it will be very exciting to see what they come up with!
Minecraft: Story Mode will be a stand-alone game, not integrated into Minecraft proper.
XBox Minecraft isn't far from an update now, and 4J Studios released a trailer teasing some of the new features! Horses are a welcome addition to the console fold, but what else awaits in the new update? Take a look!