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Yea, yea, I know it's not Saturday.

Minecraft - it's a word that immediately brings a number of images to mind. Dirt houses to massive scale structures of real (or imagined) places, small groups of friends to huge multi-event servers, building, destroying, helping, griefing. Creepers. Myriad mods. Videos, livestream shows, and series that are almost beyond counting.

Many talented people have made (and continue to make) incredible things within, and around, the game: complex mods which can add every conceivable customization, videos that range from hilarious musical parodies to in-depth play sessions and tutorials, adventure maps and texture packs which demonstrate mind-blowing levels of creativity, and so much more. Recently, this got me to thinking - what is Minecraft to different people? Is it just an open-ended sandbox? A tool to express an idea? A game engine itself, that lets the builder decide what the rules are?

Rather than ponder over this alone, I thought I'd ask you guys the question directly: What is Minecraft to you? What do you do in it? What are some of the best parts of it, or parts you think could be different?


Of course, this is a broad question, and one without a wrong answer. In a game without clear objectives, I'm not sure anyone can say with certainty that a specific way of playing isn't right. Even among people who play the game in a similar fashion, there are countless variations in what each person considers "fun".


In addition to the above question, I had an idea that could use your input: How would you feel about interviews with notable community members? I'd like to ask Youtubers, modders, livestreamers, artists - nearly any creative person - questions about what it's like doing what they do. Over the years, I've heard some pretty crazy speculations from players about what Youtubers do, or how "easy" modding is (it isn't), or things to that effect. Would you guys like to hear from these people first-hand, what it's like to do what they do? Let me know below! Back to Top

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Let's start off the new week with a clever Minecraft-themed parody animation of Batman Rises, by MinMinecraftParodies. Enjoy! Back to Top

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Do you like to build contraptions with redstone? Most players at least experiment with this highly versatile mechanic of Minecraft, but it does come with some frustrating downsides. "Wouldn't it be easier if you could just stick redstone lines to walls and ceilings?" is a question I often hear (both from others, and myself). Lucky for us, that question has been answered!

Redstone Paste Mod, by FyberOptic, adds a new form of redstone dust into the game, allowing you to transmit redstone signals across a variety of surfaces, including ceilings and walls.  Also included are sticky repeaters and sticky comparators, to keep your redstone current strong, or do complex logic no matter where you decide to run your paste.

The placement of the paste is uniquely different than normal redstone, however.  It can be applied to any of the four directions of a block face (top, bottom, left, right), allowing you to create compact redstone paths, and only direct current in the directions you desire.  Individual segments can be removed as well, so you don't have to tear down the entire wiring system just to fix, update, or improve one small section! There is much, much more, but I'll let you discover that for yourself.

One of the biggest complaints about redstone wiring has been limited space - you can only place one wire per block, and even then, only on top of blocks. With Redstone Paste, you can place it anywhere, and create much more complex devices without taking up quite so much space. Neat!


You can check out Redstone Paste Mod right here, in this thread! Back to Top

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With David and Toby away for Insomnia #51, Minecraft News is a day early. Enjoy! Back to Top

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Today's spotlight focuses on a Minecraft-based version of Bejeweled, made by Sethbling! Played entirely in your inventory, the only thing this particular version of the game is missing is a scoreboard. It is still every bit as addicting as the original, and a good bit of fun! You can get download links right here. Enjoy! Back to Top

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Bebopvox serves up another week of Minecraft goodies, enjoy! Back to Top

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The (Minecraft) world has ended, and there is nothing left. Well, ALMOST nothing; Code Wizards meddled in the balance of nature, and released hordes of monsters from other dimensions on an unsuspecting world. Not satisfied with just destroying human life, the monsters rampaged across the world eating everything they could find, and leaving nothing in their wake but empty void.

Now, it is up to you to rebuild an entire world from nearly nothing.

Agrarian Skies is a popular modpack made by Jadedcat, which takes the classic idea of a skyblock game, and cranks it up many, many notches. You start with a quest book, which guides you on your journey. Numerous spells, tools, and machines are at your disposal to complete your arduous task. However, be warned: this is not a modpack for the faint of heart! Loads of challenges, monsters, and more await you on your journey. Do you have what it takes to build an entire world?

One final note - you have a limited number of lives. That's right, you can only die so much before reality has had enough, and leaves you dead forever!

The quest book's introductory quest has a full voice-over as well, done by your favorite MCF news writer!


If you have the FTB Launcher, you can play simply by downloading the Agrarian Skies modpack, and starting up your game! Back to Top

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David and Toby touch on Blockholm, various updates, and more. Enjoy! Back to Top

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Next Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 CET, most of the Minecraft team, parts of the Scrolls team, and a bunch of other Mojang peeps will head over to the Blockholm exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Design here in Stockholm. They plan to stay until 12:30 or so.

Ask them questions! Take pictures with your favorite team members! Hang out! Maybe check out Blockholm too! Back to Top

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This Monday, Minecraft: Pocket Edition developers Johan, Tommaso and Jens will star in a panel broadcast, live from the Mojang office. What will they be discussing? That’s up to you!

They are hoping to harness the collective power of the Pocket Edition players to submit questions to this reddit thread. Then, they will pick the best ones and put them to the team live on air. While the exact time of the show isn't currently known, the archived footage will be uploaded later on, just in case you do miss it.

This is all in celebration of hitting over 20 million sales of Pocket Edition just a few days ago. As mentioned in the Xbox 360 Edition post, Mojang is extremely grateful to all players for their dedication and creativity. Without that, Minecraft wouldn’t be anywhere near as significant as it is today.

Head to the reddit thread and submit your questions! Then check back on Monday for the live stream/archived footage! Back to Top

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