The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack is now live, and rolling out slowly to XBLA for download/purchase! It includes:
Mass Effect texture set
Mass Effect themed UI
36 Mass Effect Skins
22 music tracks from Mass Effect 3
Pre-built Mars Facility world
Pretty awesome! Keep in mind, the roll-out is not instantaneous, and it will continue to roll-out worldwide over the course of the day. The new packs are free to try, but you will need to purchase if you want to save any creations that you have made with it. Not sure where to get it? The Mash-Up is right in the Marketplace, alongside all the other awesome Minecraft goodies XBLA has on offer!
While the first pack is Mass Effect 3 themed, it is likely the first of many mash-up packs for Minecraft that bring different themes to the game. Keep an ear to the ground, and we will keep you updated on the latest packs!
Do you like game-shows? Trick question, of COURSE you like game-shows! Everyone loves game-shows! Everyone also loves Minecraft, and that is what makes today's Community Creations spotlight a particular treat: the Noxcrew Gameshow! Spearheaded by Noxite, this amazing game-show takes notable Minecraft personalities from Youtube/the community, puts them on teams, and makes them compete in grueling, competitive games! The entire affair is overseen (and commentated on) by the highly talented Johnny Smooth (xILubez) and Scotty Love (iBuze)!
This particular episode features a list of Minecraft heavy-hitters as contestants, including InTheLittleWood, SoTotallyToby, and Pedro6285 as "Team Heros", and Vareide, Slamacow, and At_God as "Fighting Spirit"! Watch these heavy-hitters grind their way through some of the toughest challenges ever devised! Plenty of bodily harm awaits!
The Noxcrew Gameshow is a huge undertaking as a show, including Epic Landlord (and the Noxcrew Builders) for the games and sets, xILubez and iBuze with a distinctive commentary style, and the tireless organizational efforts of Noxite. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have!
It isn't too often that I'm left speechless by a rollercoaster in Minecraft; there are a ton of good ones, to be sure, but rare and few are the ones that just leave my jaw on the floor, making odd little guttural noises in place of words while I point stupidly at the screen.
This is the second one of those.
nuropsych brought us the incredible Beetlejuice rollercoaster - built 100% inside MCX360 with no WorldEdit, MCEdit, or similar tools - and is now back with another mind-blowing roller-coaster, "The Night Rail Before Christmas"!
Enjoy, and be sure to pick up your jaw from the floor on the way out!
One of the trickiest parts of texture packs in the past was mixing and matching. Doing so usually required you to edit them together (or get someone else to do it), but those days are gone! Not only do resource packs let us include more than just texture assets (sound, mods, etc), we will now be able to select more than one resource pack at a time in the 1.7 update! What if you have packs with conflicting assets (the same texture file)? Easy! The topmost resource pack will override all packs underneath it on the "selected" list!
Still not clear how resource packs will be ordered? It's easy! All that's required is to drag any packs you want to use into the "Selected Resource Packs" column on the right, and once there, you can drag the selected pack up or down the list, to change its load priority. Even better, server-side resource packs will ALWAYS take priority, regardless of player pack order!
YEA...I STILL DON'T GET IT...WAT
The picture above gives a brief demonstration on how resource packs can be selected, and have their order changed. With one click, you can add or remove packs. Additionally, changing the load order of the pack is as easy as click-dragging the pack up or down the list. The higher on the list the mod is, the higher the priority of that pack, in cases where packs have conflicting modifications.
Packs will load like this:
Server-loaded resource packs
player-loaded resource packs (from top to bottom, on the list)
Vanilla resources, where none are modified
The possibilities for mixing and matching resources - to say nothing of server-side customization - is definitely going in exciting directions with these changes. Sweet!
WAIT, WHY WOULD I EVEN LOAD MORE THAN ONE RESOURCE PACK?
Let's say you're using your favorite texture pack, and someone comes out with a sound pack you want to use. Right now, the only way to use both of those assets at once is to manually combine them, because selecting more than one pack isn't currently possible. Alternately, maybe someone came up with a couple new textures for some objects and creatures that you like better than your current texture pack, but you don't want to replace the entire pack. This lets you have both! Or, in the case of the sound pack, all three! Or more!
The ability to mix and match your favorite packs of ALL types - texture, sound, mod, and so on - is a huge step forward in Minecraft customization, and this will become more and more apparent as content creators start coming up with packs specifically designed to compliment other packs.
A huge "thank you" to Dinnerbone for the information regarding 1.7 resource packs, as well as his helpful gif showing how it works!
One of the curiosities of Minecraft has always been compass directions. The in-game compass has not ever pointed north, but rather at the player's spawn point. Most people generally assumed that east and west was easily determined by the sun and moon rising and setting, but other things - like cloud movement - always added to the confusion. So, who has the answer?
The humble sunflower!
While many of the upcoming developments of 1.7 have been kept under wraps, Jeb revealed this delightful addition to the game, which is confirmed to always face east! Very nice!
Dinnerbone also gave us a brief look into an upcoming feature which will help with immersion - impact particles! Basically, if you fall more than a certain distance, then you will generate particles from the impact of whatever block you land on. Sweet!
Keep an ear to the ground, because there is a lot more coming up, and you don't want to miss it!