These games are not comparable. I play them both, and I like them both. It seems silly to compare them... like a poll as to which is better, Fish or Bicycles.
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Feb 22, 2017Posted in: Discussion
I am sure that at first the plug-in API on the Win 10/PE version of MC will probably be fairly restrictive, but I suspect eventually it will blossom into something that allows for greater complexity, if there is interest.
Feb 17, 2017Posted in: Discussion
Restaurant (Many Types)
City Park / Garden / Arboretum
Harbor & Piers
Apartments / Condos
Feb 16, 2017Oyster_Boy posted a message on Is there a way to import a world from Minecraft PC (1.10.2) to Minecraft:Windows 10 Beta?Posted in: MCWIN10: Discussion
I don't think it's as simple as some are making it out to be. For instance, some think a "converter program" would simply change "Item ID number X to Item ID number Y". But what if there is no "Y"? What if Win10 doesn't have that Item yet (like command blocks, shulker boxes or stained glass), or the PC doesn't have a (newer, but different) Item that Win10 does? Then what's a poor converter program to do?
We're just talking about converting the "data" from one world file to another. But what about mob behavior? For instance, currently villagers can plant crops in the PC version, but not in Win10. That's in the actual programming, which a "data converter" won't get involved with.
Until the two programs are "just alike" (which won't happen), I don't think you'll be happy with the results from any "conversion" program. Personally, I wouldn't hold your breath.
Having written database migrations for years, I can say the concerns you are raising are irrelevant. If the java version has a block X that the Win10 version doesn't have, you simply choose a new ID or don't bring that block over. Say "cracked brick" doesn't exist in Win10... fine bring it over as regular brick -- these are not hard problems. All data migrations have these sorts of issues, the developers just have to agree on what the conversions will be. No conversion is perfect, but any conversion is better than nothing at all.
Who cares about mob behavior? That's an aspect of the code, not the data. If the villagers don't farm in Win10, it doesn't mean you can't convert the data files, you just end up with a farm that the villagers ignore (just like they used to in older versions of MC.)
EDIT: BTW a quick google search reveals there are already converters out there.
Feb 16, 2017Posted in: Survival Mode
I'm 52 and have been playing Minecraft since April 2011. I've loved games all my life and have played a variety of video and computer games, but Minecraft is the game I always return to. I can get extremely frustrated with different restraints when playing other games these days (ie can't go everywhere, can't interact with everything, forced down a storyline you don't want to follow in that exact order and so forth).
Before I started my own snapshot server back in 2013, I played on a few multiplayer servers. Oftentimes I just met people being amazed at an adult actually gaming and thinking it pretty cool or at least just fine. But I did also encounter some ageism, which left me a bit chocked and saddened. Some of the kids were extremely upset that not only an older person but on top of everything a MOTHER would play games. They'd say it was disgusting and that I should know better and have better things to do than play games. It left me mostly sad for the kids and their mothers to be honest.
Our community now consists of people of various ages, some my age, some in their twenties and two young teens (my daughter and her friend). I feel that the game lends itself well to establishing long term friendships in small communities online and I'll never regret the day my daughter talked me into buying our first account .
That was a heartwarming testament. :-)
Feb 16, 2017Oyster_Boy posted a message on Should I start a YouTube series playing single player or on desired craft survival ?Posted in: Discussion
Thank you so much! I have invested in a new recording headset, but the hiss is still with me. I record with OBS and edit in Blender, but maybe I can wash the audio with Audacity between recording and editing. I will look into that.
Feb 15, 2017Posted in: Suggestions
Allow me to build a platform (say, from 2x1 up to 5x5) that has two redstone inputs "up" and "down". The 'input' block can be a single block type which is directionally placed. Platform cannot be made of anything a piston cannot move.
When the platform is stationary, if the up input receives a signal, the platform begins to rise at a rate of 1 block per second. Any players, chests, or shulker boxes on it are carried up with it. The platform stops moving when it (a) receives a redstone signal on any input, (b) makes contact with the bottom of any block, or (c) a chest or shulker box on it makes contact with the bottom of any block.
Mirror this behavior for the down input.
Feb 15, 2017Posted in: Survival Mode
At the risk of being called out for repeating myself. Let your world tell a story. Okay you built a small farm, house, and mine... but who lives there? Who is that person? Do they have family? Are there rooms for everything a typical family would need? (Kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining area, reading/art/study/living room, pantry/storage, wine cellar/root cellar? Attic?) Does the farm have livestock? So is there a barn? Do you have hay stored up? Silos to store wheat and other crops?
Is this family part of a community? Have you built the community? Who are the people in it? What are their stories? What's special about this community, what would make it interesting? (There are vampires living among the citizens, or they recently came through a horrible plague, or everyone in the village is blind, or is a super genius, or gearing up for a war with some neighboring community that you need to build...)
If you focus on the story, the story will tell you what to build. When the story doesn't tell you anything more, then maybe it's time to pick a new character in the community and start telling their story, the next door neighbor is a nuclear physicist? Awesome... time to build a nuclear power plant...
And so forth. Grab a notebook as you introduce characters and story elements and write them down, so you have a growing list of things to return to for more inspiration.
Feb 15, 2017Oyster_Boy posted a message on Should I use dark oak or spruce wood for my castle?Posted in: Survival Mode
Dark oak can be a little too dark sometimes, you might be better off with spruce and use dark oak for accents around the structure.
Watch out for lightning man...
Feb 15, 2017Posted in: Survival Mode
If you are willing to widen it, you could turn it into a real quarry, with heavy equipment and offices, and perhaps fill the bottom in with water. You'd need spiral ramps or switchbacks to get to the lower levels.
Or go all "Umbrella Corporation" and build a secret research lab in it like "The Hive", put a mansion on top with a secret entrance.
Or round it off and build a giant meteor at the bottom.
Or just cover it over and forget about it.
Man, minecraft needs real elevator blocks.
Feb 15, 2017Posted in: Survival Mode
I'm 49, be 50 this year... here's hoping my wife doesn't trade me in for two 25's.
I play unmodded vanilla minecraft survival, very little multiplayer. Big believer that a minecraft world should tell a story.
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