I use fast, because the old laptop I first played minecraft on got 20-30 FPS on a good day, single-digits when dealing with the nether or an XP grinder full of 300 zombies or a farm with a few hundred sheep or elaborate redstone devices with lots of piston updates or anything else even mildly lag-producing. My new laptop gets 120 FPS pretty reliably, but by now I'm used to fast graphics. Not sure what the heck actual difference there is except the opaque/semi-transparent tree leaves thing, and I'm so used to tree leaves appearing opaque that they seem odd otherwise. My current lag bottleneck is poor ping from my crappy DSL service and being too far away from my home wifi router most of the time.
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"I think I'm starting to like this `programming' thing. It's about four times as fun as shaving." -- Notch, June 12, 2011
I use fast. I can run fancy at a reasonable FPS, but when it tries to render a lot of stuff at once it starts to hang up or even momentarily freeze. So I stick with Fast to help mitigate that. Along with Optifine if I can get the bloody thing to work (which is starting to get more annoying with the new launcher).
Now, I'm going to go die now that I've read every lie and misinformed post here:
All trolls or misinformed posts.
Nice work, achieving the most useless post of the year award, even without having reached the age of nine! When you do reach nine years of age, you could always rejoin the thread and consider helping the people you've insulted. Perhaps they could use a little help tuning their computers.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
-The Gods Of The Copybook Headings, by Rudyard Kipling.