Alexander Diochon has a pretty entertaining Minecraft webcomic that follows the adventures and mishaps of one never-named character, as he wanders through the world collecting, crafting, and combating monsters. While the activities themselves are nothing new to veteran Minecrafters, the comic is cleverly drawn, and tells the story in an entertaining way. A number of people have said that the comic inspired them, evoking feelings about the game they had all but forgotten.
This specific comic, and many others, can be found right here. Enjoy!
Minecraft on consoles are unquestionably popular. What is also popular on consoles? Skin Packs. So, what if Mojang were to combine the two, what would you get? Minecraft: XBOX One Edition Favorites Pack, of course! The bundle includes Minecraft: XBOX One Edition itself, as well as the following packs:
Battle and Beasts Skin Pack
Battle and Beasts 2 Skin Pack
Natural Texture Pack
City Texture Pack
Fantasy Texture Pack
All of these come with the game, and require no separate purchase. Neat! The entire bundle runs $29.99 (and equivalent, in each region's respective currency), and contains 120 skins and 5 texture packs total. That's crazy! If you were looking into getting Minecraft on XBOX One, this is a great package to start off with.
Favorites Pack is expected to go live on June 7th in New Zealand and Australia, and June 21st everywhere else.
Have you seen The X-Files? Even if you haven't, there's a very good chance you have heard the show's theme song (lovingly called "The Illuminati Song" on the internet in many places). Following the fine tradition of re-creating songs using Minecraft blocks, grande1899 has reconstructed this piece using spoons! Just kidding, it's note blocks. Nonetheless, it is a very solid rendition of the song. Enjoy!
Physics in Minecraft have always been limited. Other than sand, gravel, water, and lava, gravity largely has no effect on blocks, and never has. In some ways, this can be frustrating, and amusing in others (such as with floating structures). What would happen if all blocks respected basic physics and gravity? Animator ultek gives us a look right here! Enjoy.
Parkour challenges are nothing new in the world of Minecraft. (As a personal note, they are one of my favorite things!) Still, keeping them fresh is a challenging prospect. Other than making a course harder to navigate, how much more can you really do to a parkour course to change it up? As it turns out, quite a lot.
Pathfinder 2 adds an entirely new direction to the usual "hop blocks" approach to parkour, by turning it into a surprisingly challenging memory game. Study the floor in the room you start in, then navigate the following room using the same pattern. Step on the wrong plate, and you get sent all the way back to the beginning! While aggravating at times, it is strangely satisfying to complete rooms in this puzzler.
Downloads for the map can be found in the video description. Enjoy!
Have you been itching to try Minecraft in VR? You can now play Minecraft on Gear VR-compatible Samsung phones: the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, Note5, S6 and S6 edge. Essentially, you just have to slot your Samsung phone into the Gear VR headset, and you get one whole Minecraft world, all 3D-virtual-reality-like! Sweet.
Minecraft for the Oculus Rift is still coming, but to make things simple, Mojang has released another version on the Oculus Store, just for use with the Gear VR. It is, for all intents and purposes, identical to Pocket Edition; it costs the same, and has cross-platform play with regular Pocket and Windows 10 editions. Having a Bluetooth-compatible controller is a must.
If you have the Samsung S6 or S7, the screen resolution is evidently pretty good, so you won’t be easily distracted by the pixels. Older phone models might not run the game quite as well in true stereo or with as high a draw distance, but the ability to experience VR with just your phone might override that completely. It's a pretty crazy experience.
As with all new technology, read up on the safety information to make sure it's up your alley. You should always take regular breaks, as longer sessions can make some players feel nauseous or get eye fatigue. Mojang has made loads of tiny tweaks to bring Minecraft to VR, like letting you turn the camera in snappy increments. It is definitely unusual, but quickly feels normal and is a lot easier on the brain. It makes sense when you actually do it, promise!
Need more info on Minecraft VR? Be sure to check out Mojang's page on it, right here!
It was recently reported by Troy Hunt, security expert at HaveIBeenPwned, that a little over 7 million Pocket Edition players who use Lifeboat to play on multiplayer servers together had their login information compromised. While unfortunate, the surprising part is when the breach took place: in January 2016.
Shortly after the breach, Lifeboat forced a password reset across their network, causing players to generate new passwords. Despite this, reports suggest many players never received a password reset request. Despite the breach, Lifeboat chose not to inform any of their players, which poses serious security risks to anyone using the service who may be using that same password elsewhere, including primary emails, Facebook, and more.
The passwords were encrypted using an MD5 hash, which is evidently very easy to crack with a cursory Google search.
Lifeboat runs servers for custom, multiplayer environments of Minecraft Pocket Edition, which allows players to participate in different game modes, such as capture the flag or survival. To join the community, players download the normal Pocket Edition app, connect to a Lifeboat server, and register a username with an email address and password.
Pocket Edition players resetting their passwords should choose short, but difficult-to-guess passwords, and ideally have a unique password.
Does anyone else think that mountain looks somewhat like a sideways face wearing a hat, with long hair? Maybe it's a mountain that has been bitten in half. Either way, it's time for 1.9.3, pre-release #2!
The server is now more stable
The client is now more stable
Introduced a new bug
Made sure the new bug “should never happen”
Everything is now more stable
Unfortunately, there is no stable, so the horse will have to stay hitched to other things
[Bug MC-87907] - Endermen don’t become aggressive when players look at their head/feet
[Bug MC-101155] - game crashes when opening my redstone world or joining the server
[Bug MC-101282] - Crash after playing for 1 or 2 hours
Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, it becomes a bird, which is the "word" (or so I hear).
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.
Betweenlands: a strange name for a strange place. This mod adds an entirely new dimension to the game - in a similar vein to old mods like Aether - but this place is not peaceful, pleasant, or for the faint of heart. Loads of things are out to kill you, including the environment itself. The air is so foul that any creature breathing it slowly decays. The realm has no day/night cycle. Clocks, maps, redstone, flint and steel, and compasses are useless here. Due to the warm and wet environment of The Betweenlands, food from other dimensions rots when traveling through the portal to this dimension, becoming Rotten Food.
As Flint and Steel cannot operate in the dimension, there is an alternative way to creating a fire. Simply hold right-click Moss, Cave Moss, or Thorns (either placed or dropped, both block and item forms work) with an Octine Ingot to light it on fire. The ingot will cause the plant to slowly build up flame until it turns into a fire block, without consuming the ingot in the process. This is essential for getting an Infuser started.
Torches will not work here, and you will require Sulfur Torches instead. Along with that, tools from other dimensions will be diminished in effectiveness in the Betweenlands, prompting the player to use the Betweenlands tools. However, Betweenlands tools in your inventory will undergo Corrosion.
If you think a bigger challenge is needed in Minecraft, Betweenlands will definitely scratch that itch, while providing some interesting new lore and content.
Betweenlands is for version 1.7.10. You can download it right here. Enjoy!
The guys over at Noxcrew are well-known for their crazy map-making skills, having developed a strong reputation for quality with the game-show maps of the Noxcrew Gameshow series. Terra Swoop Force takes all their creative energy and packs it tightly into this crazy adventure map!
The concept is fairly simple: you are a member of a special task force that has been hired by Geo Descent Labs. Your mission is to to discover what happened to the Terra Scooper bore-drill and it's crew when it mysteriously vanished once it hit the core of the earth! You'll have to glide down to the center of the earth using the lab's new technology: The Thermal Flight Armor 1541 (Attached with the Minecraft 1.9 Elytras!) Of course, gliding downwards at insanely fast speeds isn't as easy as it sounds. Are you tough enough? Can you handle the speed?
If you think you can handle this intense adventure, head on over to the Terra Swoop Force thread, and grab it now! It has TONS of custom resources, including great new textures and models, and original music scores which won't trip YouTube's ContentID system, as they are royalty-free (in case you want to make YouTube videos with it). Again, it will only work in version 1.9.2, so be sure to play the map in that game version!