i have a neurodegenerative disease and i am getting overwhelmed with all the information i am finding. i have read some articles/ threads and watched a couple videos, and i think i am getting conflicting information.
first of all, this is for my kid. i can't really game anymore because it's overwhelming for me. please, if someone is willing to help me with babysteps, i would appreciate it so much.
we already have minecraft. he's been playing it on my laptop since november. it is the pay version from mojang. he's wanted mods now for a while, and today he said he'd pay for it because he thinks the one he wants is $2. he first asked for Crazy Craft, but that one requires java, which we have, but i tried to check it and chrome doesn't support it. firefox is giving me some weird message, so i can't check to see if what we have is up to date. i was worried about this because i know that java is being edged out because of safety issues.
my kid now says he's happy to get the NeverMine mod, but i was reading the forum just now, and some guy said that Forge is needed (for all mods). i am getting overwhelmed thinking that there is so much that is needed to do, but then when i read other threads, nothing is mentioned about forge.
can someone please help me know what exactly i need to do? if you send me to other threads, then i'd want to know why that one thread is different from the others. i hope that makes sense.
i want to be able to do this for my kid, and i know this is simple but frustration and confusion have now taken over. many thanks to anyone who is willing to help
The ATL launcher can set your son up with lots of different modpacks that have all the complicated configuration stuff figured out for you. Simply installing one mod (take Nevermine, for example) can be a little daunting if you're not familiar with the file framework and stuff (where the game files are saved, how to install Forge, how to troubleshoot incompatibilities etc.). I can go into detail on that if you want but the ATL launcher has loads and loads of great options for modded Minecraft. They might not be the most updated versions of certain mods (likely your son watches lots of youtube videos and such and gets inspired to play with mods).
I'm also not really sure how powerful your laptop is, performance-wise. Playing with mods can severely affect game performance depending on how many mods are in use. I'd give ATL a try, however, and see if your son finds anything he likes. Most of the modpacks (ATL provides you with lots of custom-made collections of mods which are called modpacks.) on there can enable/disable features to help keep performance up, if needed.
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I know exactly how you feel. For your first issue. Don't worry about the issues with java. Those issues are there but those issues only apply to different programs made using java. Minecraft is perfectly safe. Download and install java. Here is the link.
After installing java I would sugest to use a different thing then Leqesai said to use. The AT launcher is a bit buggy and I personally have never gotten a single pack to work correctly on it. I would suggest starting with the Technic launcher or the Feed The Beast launcher. Here are those links.
AWESOME!!! thank you both so much. i'll work on this later this afternoon and will post back and let yall know how it's going. i can't express enough how much i appreciate the help.
fyi, i think my system is pretty good. i don't remember all the specs, but it's i7 4720hq 16gb ram, gtx 970m, i got this laptop a few months ago so i could try to play games with my son. it hasn't worked out to well for me, but it's run games rather smoothly for the kid.