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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!
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#1

MinecraftianVillager

Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:54 PM

:o exciting news
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:55 PM

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Go home minecraft, you are turning into another game...
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:56 PM

wut...
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SteveCraftwood

Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:57 PM

I like both of these features, I hope they release some adventure/mob themed news soon :D
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:59 PM

impact particles?!  That'll be interesting to see.  Someone please link an image or video when something is available to view.

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SteveCraftwood

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:06 PM

View PostMarko413, on 16 August 2013 - 02:59 PM, said:

impact particles?!  That'll be interesting to see.  Someone please link an image or video when something is available to view.

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halesyboy123

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:08 PM

I hope they release some biome news soon
so far looking forward to the next update

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MasterNorman

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:10 PM

Sunflowers. I mean, without sunflowers, Minecraft just couldn't be considered a game. Finally! We have the mighty sunflower! This game changing mechanic will make my life so much easier! Think of all the possibilities!.... yup.
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Mary97574

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:17 PM

Dinnerbone has ruined this game, can I get a refund?
EDIT: And Jeb, but Dinnerbone was the one who had the horrible idea to add horses, right?
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Barry_Burton

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:19 PM

please let this mean there will be, fields of sunflowers!

that would look really nice in a suitable biome.
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:21 PM

I guess this addition is okay, I'll have to see for myself in the next snapshot assuming they'll release one.
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ristiton

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:26 PM

Sunflowers need to be something useful like you could make sunflower oil and you it as fuel maybe? Animal food?

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:26 PM

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View Postvalepro, on 16 August 2013 - 02:55 PM, said:

Go home minecraft, you are turning into another game...

View PostMasterNorman, on 16 August 2013 - 03:10 PM, said:

Sunflowers. I mean, without sunflowers, Minecraft just couldn't be considered a game. Finally! We have the mighty sunflower! This game changing mechanic will make my life so much easier! Think of all the possibilities!.... yup.

View PostMary97574, on 16 August 2013 - 03:17 PM, said:

Dinnerbone has ruined this game, can I get a refund?
EDIT: And Jeb, but Dinnerbone was the one who had the horrible idea to add horses, right?
Stop hating on Jeb and Dinnerbone for adding sunflowers. You don't even have to use them.  Nobody hated on Notch like this. I am certain if Notch was on minecraft, he would have added these things as well. As for the horses, they aren't that bad really. If you don't want any of that stuff in your game just switch back to an earlier update using the new launcher that Jeb made. You people have no excuse to hate now.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:27 PM

I think the sunflower is useless, as f3 shows your direction?

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:29 PM

View PostMary97574, on 16 August 2013 - 03:17 PM, said:

Dinnerbone has ruined this game, can I get a refund?
EDIT: And Jeb, but Dinnerbone was the one who had the horrible idea to add horses, right?
How exactly have they ruined the game? They've added some really brilliant features, horses are definitely one of the best things they've added (although, honestly I would have preferred to expand on pig riding).

View Postmgblue90, on 16 August 2013 - 03:21 PM, said:

I guess this addition is okay, I'll have to see for myself in the next snapshot assuming they'll release one.
According to Twitter they're working on it, but the new biomes aren't nearly ready to release in a snapshot.

View PostMasterNorman, on 16 August 2013 - 03:10 PM, said:

Sunflowers. I mean, without sunflowers, Minecraft just couldn't be considered a game. Finally! We have the mighty sunflower! This game changing mechanic will make my life so much easier! Think of all the possibilities!.... yup.

View Postristiton, on 16 August 2013 - 03:26 PM, said:

Sunflowers need to be something useful like you could make sunflower oil and you it as fuel maybe? Animal food?

View PostxXRiseAboveAllXx, on 16 August 2013 - 03:27 PM, said:

I think the sunflower is useless, as f3 shows your direction?
It'd be nice for them to add some features surrounding it, like seeds as a food but for now they're very nice aesthetics
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:30 PM

heard of the sun flower (Posted Image Posted Image bah out loud) but never heard of falling sand particals. thats gona be AMAZING
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DaveTheWave

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:32 PM

Awesome! I love it! :D

According to this there will be more flowers, like Tulips.
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:33 PM

View Postminecraftbb2, on 16 August 2013 - 03:26 PM, said:

Stop hating on Jeb and Dinnerbone for adding sunflowers. You don't even have to use them.  Nobody hated on Notch like this. I am certain if Notch was on minecraft, he would have added these things as well. As for the horses, they aren't that bad really. If you don't want any of that stuff in your game just switch back to an earlier update using the new launcher that Jeb made. You people have no excuse to hate now.

View Postminecraftbb2, on 16 August 2013 - 03:26 PM, said:

Stop hating on Jeb and Dinnerbone for adding sunflowers. You don't even have to use them.  Nobody hated on Notch like this. I am certain if Notch was on minecraft, he would have added these things as well. As for the horses, they aren't that bad really. If you don't want any of that stuff in your game just switch back to an earlier update using the new launcher that Jeb made. You people have no excuse to hate now.
its their game! let them do what they want!
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:33 PM

View PostMary97574, on 16 August 2013 - 03:17 PM, said:

Dinnerbone has ruined this game, can I get a refund?
EDIT: And Jeb, but Dinnerbone was the one who had the horrible idea to add horses, right?

Horses have changed the single and multi-player experience forever by adding a new mode of transportation. Do you really want to keep riding saddled pigs for the rest of your life? Horses are much better. Stop hating on Jeb and Dinnerbone
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As for the sunflower, F3 shows your direction anyway, so whats the point? Surly its only purpose won't be to show direction, so Dinnerbone must have a surprise in store. Did anyone notice that it is planted at the intersection of 4 blocks? Strange...

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JustOneJump

Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:34 PM

1.7 is looking out to be amazing :D
I remember the alpha days...

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