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Should Minecraft Win the BAFTA Game Award for 2011?

The British Academy Video Games Awards have listed a number of hot 2011 titles (including LA Noire, Skyrim, Portal 2 and others) - included on this list is, of course, our favorite sandbox building game! Do you think Minecraft should beat out other, larger triple-A titles? If so, head on over here and make your voice heard - vote for Minecraft today! BAFTA will have a livestream of the awards ceremony on March 16th, so regardless of what title you vote for, feel free to give the ceremony a watch.

Pocket Edition Updates

Recently, Minecraft - Pocket Edition saw a major update, which included Survival elements, new blocks, monsters and more! While the Android version of the game is already updated (simply by starting up your game, if you haven't already), the iOS version update is still pending. It is expected to arrive in the very near future. In the meantime, you can check out the full list of updates, or view a list of the added features below:

  • New Game Modes
  • Creative (All worlds created before alpha 0.2.0 will be in creative)
  • You can fly. (Press the jump button twice) Press up or down arrows twice to ascend/descend.
  • Survival
  • There is no crafting yet
  • Caves have been worked on a little. (zombies get stuck in caves)
  • Some materials (Tools and anything that can not be naturally acquired) are in infinite stacks which is indicated by ∞ (infinity) symbols.
  • When an item you have 0 of is selected your fist is shown.
  • Added Hitpoints Bar same as computer version (health will slowly regenerate, similar to peaceful difficulty in the computer version).
  • Added Air Bar when under water (you can now drown and die)
  • Added Death with options to respawn or go to main menu.
  • Sand and Gravel still aren't affected by gravity.
  • Mobs
  • Sheep
  • Zombie
  • New items
  • Stone Shovel
  • Stone Pickaxe
  • Stone Axe
  • Stone Sword
  • Shears
  • Doors
  • Fences
  • Fence Gates
  • Cactus
  • Gravel

Bukkit Site Changes

Have you ever wished that the Bukkit site was a bit more user-friendly for downloads? Was the old interface counter-intuitive and difficult to understand? The Bukkit team seems to feel the same way, and has now updated their site to a more streamlined, user-friendly layout! Bukkit developer EvilSeph summarized the changes:

EvilSeph, Bukkit said:

On the surface, dl.bukkit.org, presents you with a landing page that gives you precisely what the average user of our product or prospective users of our product want: a link to the latest download and some helpful links in an attractive design. When designing the landing page, we wanted to appeal to the consumer, rather than the developer. We wanted to provide consumers with a clear indication of where they need to go to get the latest download link and feel we have achieved that with inspiration from Mozilla's Get Firefox page. On top of this, we wanted to provide users with obvious links to answer their most pressing questions so that no one feels lost when trying to get started with Bukkit.
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    Tree Puncher

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:19 PM

cause graphics is obviously the only thing that matters in a game...



    Coal Miner

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:00 PM

On the Bukkit site change, compare http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ with http://dl.bukkit.org/ .



    Redstone Miner

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:15 PM

ROFL at modern shitefare 3 on it.



    Zombie Killer

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:44 PM

Lol, as soon as I saw the new bukkit page, I knew it was a rip off of mozillas page!

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    Stone Miner

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:55 PM

I dunno what the other choices are but Minecraft is the ONLY good non-FIFA game released since Star Wars: Battlefront II for the PS2 way back when...



    Tree Puncher

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:06 PM

I couldn't decide between Minecraft, Portal 2, and Skyrim.

Oh well, I just hope it's not COD. *shudders*



Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:18 PM

As much as I love Minecraft, Portal 2 got the vote. Its just so good.



Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:26 AM

I think Minecraft has had the honour of winning so many other game awards, that it's time it lost on at least something. There are a lot of great games in the list to win the BAFTA, such as BF3, Skyrim and Portal 2, and a lot more effort and development has gone into them, so in the end Skyrim got my vote. If Minecraft had a bigger development team from the start with better organisation, it could have produced a solid game when it was released.



Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:40 PM

Not sure what the big deal is with Call of Duty 3, seems fine to me. But I have only owned Call of Duty 4 MW so that might be why, I am not the type that will buy a FPS every year. However I do agree that it should not win an award, there are plenty of other games that deserve it.

I just wish the less known games like Dark Soul was on there, this list is way too small. The only games I have played from that small list is Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim, Minecraft and Batman AC.



Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:18 AM

Minecraft should no longer be on lists and win awards. It truly is THE best game. With the use of mods and texture packs, minecraft can be whatever the higglemz you want it to be, even skyrim.

PS: I think skyrim is only on there because it was so highly anticipated and loved by elder scroll fans. The final product looks really borring and easy to me.