This week's texture pack is called "Last Days", currently maintained by dereksmith! It is a post-apocalyptic pack, where very little in the Minecraft world is left untouched by the ravages of conflict, definitely worth a look if you want something far removed from standard Minecraft default.
Into The Rabbit's Hold, Ep2
Not long ago, we took a look at the first episode of "Into the Rabbit's Hold" - produced by PrettyAwesomeStudio - and it drew quite a crowd! Today, we take a look at their second episode: Rick and Borin continue their curious trip through the manor, only to realize that not all is as it seems. Take a look!
Yesterday saw the release of the 12w21a Snapshot, which included a number of neat features - unfortunately, it also included a few bugs that made playing SSP nearly impossible for some. Now, in a move not common with Snapshots, a quick-fix has been released for those having trouble playing Single-Player. There's also some other goodies inside - most notably, a surprise with the Creative Mode inventory menu (Thanks Dinnerbone!). Get the latest Snapshot downloads below!
MCX360 has been climbing the charts since launch, breaking records and drawing in more players every day. Recently, it broke another unprecedented record - pushing COD: Black Ops out of the #2 Top LIVE Games spot! Since the launch of Modern Warfare 3, COD: Black Ops has held the #2 Top Game spot for XBox Live constantly.
MW3 and COD:BO have been staples of the XBOX library since launch, and despite some criticisms have maintained their hold as top titles nearly since they launched. Minecraft is the first game to disrupt these titles' seemingly endless reign on the Top XBox Live Games chart. Congrats, Minecraft!
This Week's News Video - Pyramids, Villager Trading & More
This week, David & Toby take an in-depth look at our recent Snapshots, and more - take a look!
Minecraft has hit over 6,000,000 (six million) sales, and just shy of 30 million registered users! The game continues growing, and so does the player-base; MCX360 has definitively sold over a million copies, and the Pocket Edition easily doubles those numbers.
It's almost impossible to really grasp the totality of how far Minecraft has come, and how much Mojang has grown. What will the next major landmark be for the smash-hit sandbox game, and the blockbusting team behind it?
All told, it is believed that Minecraft has sold over 9 million copies on every platform for which it is currently available. In the last 24 hours, 83,284 people have registered at minecraft.net, and 8,994 people bought the game, just on the PC platform, in that time. Minecraft also celebrated its third birthday almost two weeks ago today.
Not long ago, Microsoft was slammed with complaints about the split-screen functionality of MCX360 - it was only available to players with an HD TV and a proper HDMI connection to the console - and in recent days, they have addressed those complaints. Microsoft has revised its listing for the game, and has been offering a refund to customers who paid for a game that didn't work as advertised (or not advertised, as the case is here).
The split-screen feature of the game was a huge draw to newcomers, especially those that believed they could just have a few friends over for a romp through the sandbox world. The initially ambiguous wording of guest passes and complete lack of forewarning regarding split-screen requirements made many buyers upset that they had been misled. The HD requirement wasn't listed in on the game's Xbox marketplace page, although this has been rectified in recent days to avoid confusion.
The guest passes, while initially confusing, have not changed meaningfully since launch, and continue to work as intended.
MCX360 1.7.3? Soon!
In more positive news, MCX360 will soon be seeing its first major update, to what most PC players knew as Beta 1.7.3! Even better, Microsoft's Roger Carpenter says he will likely discuss the update in his Thursday Minecraft Stream! You can see the stream's channel by clicking right here - be sure to check in tomorrow for all the details!
I will reveal at least one tidbit - pistons are included.
Plugman is an interesting plugin manager for any server admins who might be struggling with plugin management, particularly in real-time. For those not especially savvy in the back-end of servers, but would still like to host one for their friends and/or community, Plugman will seem like a gift from the Aether. What does it do, you ask? In short, it is a simple, easy to use Bukkit plugin that lets server admins enable, disable and reload plugins on the fly from either in-game or console. It has separate permissions for users to be able to get command usages and plugin info. Want to know more about this amazing plugin? Check out a full review (and interview with the current author) by clicking here!
Mob Farming - The Basics
Many Minecraft veterans will hear the term "mob farm" and have an immediate reaction - some love them, some hate them, others spend considerable amounts of time engineering complex and alarmingly high-yield mob farms. For anyone intimately familiar with the process, this video might seem redundant - but what about the everyday player who wants to learn more about them, and perhaps learn some easy tricks to build some? If this is you, look no further! Youtuber KaspersMC has drawn up a comprehensive video tutorial detailing, step-by-step, how to build a relatively simple and effective mob farm. Check it out!
Jeb has been working hard on Testificates as of late, no doubt implementing some of the long-awaited features players have eagerly anticipated from them - including trading! The image above shows an example of the system he is currently working on, indicating that a barter system involving a form of currency is on the horizon. Finally, Testificates will do more than meander into your towns, panicking at the sight of creepers! Although that can be humorous in and of itself.
Showing a more humorous side, Jeb demonstrates his own personal method of something many players engage in with the often aimless villagers - experimentation!
Make of that what you will - no doubt they are being sized up for new shoes and fabulous prizes!
"You Are Minecraft" Finishes Off With Approximately 90,000 Player Models!
The massive player-driven You Are Minecraft project recently came to a close, with approximately ninety thousand player models, all constructed by players themselves! A number of notable personalities took part, including team members from Mojang (Jeb's model in particular is quite a looker). All said, the project was an incredible success, bringing in players from across the globe and uniting them in a single goal - make your player avatar in Minecraft! While model building is now closed, the "You Are Minecraft" team are not done - they wish to deliver this incredible project to Mojang in person! Want to help them do so? Click this link to see how you can help them bring this amazing project directly to Mojang themselves!
Custom Skins on MCX360?
While the XBLA version of Minecraft is, in many respects, very similar to Beta 1.6.5, a number of features were brought forth a little ahead of schedule, just to make the game that much better. Of course, more updates are on the way as they bring it up to speed with the PC version, and likely some gems designed specifically for the console. One thing that has come up a lot since launch is custom skins, and players will be pleased to know that they are not far off! Currently it is believed that the skins will be DLC for the game, although the specifics are not currently known at this time. Bear in mind, this can change between now and the release of skin customization, so keep an eye out here as we gather more information!
Been keeping tabs on the HungerCraft Weekly Hunger Games? If so, tomorrow's event may interest you - a team-based event, with HungerCraft participants going up against the best and brightest of the Reddit Minecraft Tournament players! In other words, teams will be formed from Reddit's player-base, and pitted against the strongest participants of HungerCraft's team!
The match will begin at 7 PM EDT on Friday, May 18th. It will consist of a Hungercraft match with players from both Hungercraft's community and RMCT. 4 teams from HungerCraft and RMCT will be entered into the Hungercraft match, a 4-team versus 4-team competition, with HC's team comprised of past Hungercraft victors - teams, rather than individuals, will claim victory in the event. Don't miss out!
HungerCraft also has two official games on Saturday, May 19th. One at 4 PM EDT and one at 7 PM EDT.
Digital Diamond: Shrinkinator Adventure
Ever wonder what it would be like to be tiny, shrunk to the size of a pet food bowl? MinecraftUniverse has a couple of players that certainly did, and tackled an adventure map centered around the very idea! Watch as they attempt to navigate through a gigantic world that, even on Peaceful, isn't as friendly as it seems!
A lot of exciting things have been happening in the world of Minecraft lately, and Mojang wants to share their good fortune with everyone! To begin, they are starting a weekly celebration of the community. This will happen in various forms – videos, tweets, and a weekly blog post every Wednesday. This week, they want to start off the celebration strong, with a free MCX360 code giveaway! How does it work? Easy - first, be sure to follow them on Twitter. Once you have done so, do one of the following:
Help them come up with a great name for the weekly blog/community event! The best name gets a free code. OR,
Create something cool with the theme of “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.” It can be a photo, sculpture, drawing, photoshop artwork, or anything fun you can think up. Tweet a picture of it and use the hashtag #MinecraftXBLA. Some winners will be chosen at random and others based on awesomeness and originality. Some of them will be featured on a first community YouTube video next week!
Don’t worry if you aren’t a twitter user, there will be lots of fun activities happening on Mojang's blog, YouTube, and also on Facebook. Check back every Wednesday for fun challenges and featured community members!