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    posted a message on 1.3.1 Lagging, server type lag on Singleplayer.. What?!
    I have a pretty decent PC that I built over a year ago for less than $800 (I'm not bragging; what I have is pretty average for a gaming rig). I run Minecraft on max settings with an HD texture pack, and I get NO LAG.

    If you're lagging like crazy, maybe it's time to upgrade your computer.

    If you don't have the means to upgrade your computer, you need to accept that as Minecraft gains features, it will require more power to run. Stop blaming Minecraft and start blaming your PC.

    In the mean time, run on low settings and wait for Optifine to update.
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    posted a message on What makes an LP unique? What gets you to watch new LPs?
    Quote from Staonopao

    Most important of all: "Writers write". If you want to do LP's, do LP's. The more you do them, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you'll become.
    Looking forward to your LPs!

    Very true! And I'm happy to say that I recorded almost two hours of test videos earlier today! After going through it, I'm feeling much more confident (though I was a little surprised by how my voice actually sounds). I'm all set up to record my first episode in a new world tomorrow. I'm very excited, which is a great sign.

    Thanks for the encouragement. :)
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    posted a message on How do you find your way back to your house?
    Coordinates! I'll usually take a screenshot of F3 at my base, which is a nice way to reference coordinates with a seed and a visual reminder of what makes the coordinates important. Plus it's quick, and I rarely have to reference it.
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    posted a message on What makes an LP unique? What gets you to watch new LPs?
    Thank you everyone for such bounteous advice! I promise I'm taking the time to read all of it! There's just too much good to reply to all of it individually. So again, thank you. So many of your great tips are swirling around my head!

    Today, I'm going to grab some recording software (I've already got a nice headset) and start recording some test videos. After recording them, I think I'll let them sit for a day or two, so I can watch them with fresh eyes and ears later. That will also give me a chance to check out the most recent snapshot and maybe find a good seed.

    So thanks to you guys, my plan is much more real than it was yesterday. :)
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    posted a message on What makes an LP unique? What gets you to watch new LPs?
    Quote from Laskeri

    Or building an aesthetically pleasing base.

    Other than that, I agree with the person who said to have fun. If you feel like you're forcing yourself to do it for whatever reason, take a break.

    To be honest looking at the vanilla Texture pack gets boring after a while. Find a Texture pack you like.

    I understand not wanting to use mods, though. I personally want to do a let's play, it's just that I'm waiting on a bunch of in-progress mods to make my own sort of mod set-up.

    Humor is nice, but don't force it. There are very few legitimately funny LPers out there.

    Multiplayer is a good idea. Two heads (or more) are better than one in some cases, and can bemore fun sometimes if you have a friend you want to play with.

    More great advice, thanks!

    I'm more of a builder than a "goal-oriented" Minecrafter. The objectives I would set for myself would be things like making additions to a base, improving a village or conquering a stronghold. Not "kill 100 skeletons."

    I'll consider using a texture pack, but I think I'll stick with Faithful for a while. A month or two ago I actually started making my own 128x texture pack, but I only got about half way through. Maybe I can share it in an episode to get feedback (I always got the impression that people prefer LPs that use the default texture pack).

    I'm really looking forward to multiplayer, actually. Before 1.3, SSP LPs and SMP had to be kept separate, but now I can introduce a guest every few episodes to keep things fresh.
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    posted a message on What makes an LP unique? What gets you to watch new LPs?
    Quote from TheEndermanCheif

    To be honest, I'd love to make my own Let's Play. So much, in fact, I end up talking to myself while playing Minecraft. (XD)

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one that does that! Hopefully that counts as useful practice for the real thing... 'cause I feel really silly talking to my monitor sometimes.
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    posted a message on What makes an LP unique? What gets you to watch new LPs?
    Wow, I disappeared for a few hours and came back to a lot of great advice! Thank you all for taking the time to comment. I'll definitely take it all into consideration and practice several times before I jump into it. Thank you. :)
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    posted a message on Minecraft is always improving!
    Quote from GaiaCow

    When people say that Minecraft is becoming more and more of an RPG, they are usually referring to the 3rd definition, a bastardized term for a game with a level-up system.

    Oh man, that's one of my pet peeves right there.

    Anyway, I completely agree with your post! The forums would be much better off if people actually discussed their arguments in-depth instead of spouting nonsense or hype.
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    posted a message on What makes an LP unique? What gets you to watch new LPs?
    Quote from GaiaCow

    One thing that separates Minecraft LPs from others is the fact that every single person's adventure is different. Whereas a majora's mask LP is pretty much the same for every LPer, each Minecraft LPer is pretty much playing a different game with the same general rules.

    The main things I look for in an LP are this:


    If an Lper is relatively funny, doesn't make immature comments, does things that other LPers don't do (like multiplayer content or awesome builds), and is overall just...into the LP, I guess...then it's a good Minecraft LP for me!

    I feel like I've got maturity and attitude pretty well covered, but I guess I'll have to turn up the quirkiness for humor and originality! I'll definitely keep your list in mind if I record.

    "Whereas a majora's mask LP is pretty much the same for every LPer..."
    That's a really good point, and one I'll have to remember if I want to record GW2. And thanks for taking the time to comment!

    Quote from Smithite

    Mostly when watching LP's I look for things such as:
    - A sense of humor
    - How comfortable they are when speaking to a camera.
    - I prefer not to watch LP's by younger people such as some of the newer LP makers that've been coming out lately because it seems as if they have to make obnoxious noises to keep the talking going.
    - I watch LPs that are made in multiplayer by older guys, girls are okay, like Cupquake. But I prefer a male commentator, as the community is the majority male.

    I'll have to work on being comfortable with a mic. Honestly, that's my biggest concern with starting an LP. But I figure practice will help. Not to mention, I think I'll subconsciously emulate the LPers I watch when it comes to speech.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)
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    posted a message on What makes an LP unique? What gets you to watch new LPs?
    So I've been toying with the idea of recording my Minecraft (and maybe certain parts of GW2) gameplay. I figured a good time to start would be with the release of 1.3 sometime next week. That said, there are already tons of MC LPs. By creating this topic, I was hoping to get a feel for what percentage of Minecrafters actually watch LPs, and how many would even bother checking out a new LP channel.

    Some quick info about me:
    I'm a female artist in my early 20's with a ton of free time. I've been gaming since 1997 when I got my first console (N64). I'm moderately tech savvy with experience in image and video editing. Put simply, my gaming rig and internet connection can easily handle this sort of thing.

    What I'd record in Minecraft:
    Building in a new, mostly vanilla world! The only mod I'd use would be Optifine for slightly better FPS, the ability to turn down (but not disable) rain for clearer videos, and the ability to maybe use the Faithful 32x texture pack.

    What really drew me to MC is the building side of things. I really enjoy combining aesthetics with architecture and space planning, so my videos would focus on indefinitely expanding my base(s) with really practical builds in cool-looking ways. And with the SSP/SMP merge in 1.3, I'll probably record some multiplayer on my LP world.

    What I'd record in Guild Wars 2:
    So I know this is the MC forums, but I figured there would be no harm in including this, just in case someone was interested. And yes, I know GW2 isn't even out yet. But what better place to start than the beginning?

    It's a little early to say, but I'd probably record my story quests, dungeons, WvW, and a few high level events. I'm not usually into PvP, but if I get into it with a group, I'll probably record a few games.

    Why I want to give this a try:
    I've been playing MC since the week beta 1.4 came out. I'm not looking to gain internet popularity or anything like that. I just thought it would be a neat way to keep enjoying MC in general.

    Mods: Sorry if this belongs in the Let's Play section. I got the impression that videos belong there, and I don't have a video or channel to promote. I just want to gauge interest and discuss LPs in general.

    Do you like watching Minecraft videos? Would you watch a new LP by a 22-year old girl? (I'm a real gamer, and I promise I'm not trying to milk the gender thing... nor am I particularly "girly").

    Please tell me what you'd like to see in an LP, what you like about the LPs you watch, and any advice or opinions you have about starting an LP!
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    posted a message on Now that trading has been introduced, should villages become more common?
    I wouldn't mind if they were a little more common. I'd just really like to see them potentially generate in all biomes.

    Edit: Maybe not oceans. XD
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    posted a message on Can the Ender Chest be picked back up? If so...it's far overpowered.
    Quote from Locklear308

    You don't see an issue with a item than removes all the limitations of what you bring with you?

    Most shooter games only let you carry a few weapons, which makes you choose what you want to use. If you could just carrying unlimited stuff, then all of that challenge is removed.

    That is my issue :[

    Nope, I see no problems with it. First off, you can't turn it into a double chest (according to the wiki). Second, you'd need to collect diamonds to get the obsidian. I know that can be done fairly quickly, but I think it's a fair requirement. Third, I would guess that you'd need to use a diamond pickaxe to pick up the chest again (correct me if I'm wrong; I haven't played the snapshot yet).

    Just think of it like an extension to your inventory.
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    posted a message on Can the Ender Chest be picked back up? If so...it's far overpowered.
    I don't see any problems with being able to pick up the chest again, especially if it requires a diamond pick.
    Posted in: Recent Updates and Snapshots
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    posted a message on I Need help for my Minecraft homework! Please!
    1) In an average week, how many hours do you spend playing Minecraft?
    Six hours a week is my best guess, but it drastically varies.

    2) What is your motivation to continue playing in an game such as Minecraft?
    I enjoy the creative aspect and the micro-goals I set for myself as I play.

    3) What attracted you to begin playing the game in the first place?
    I love sandbox games in general.

    4) Do you know other players in the game?
    Yes, several.

    5) Have you made new friends in the game, or do you usually play with people you already knew?
    I play with people I knew beforehand, but they've also introduced me to more players. So, both.

    6) What do you spend most of your time on in the game?
    Building and exploring.
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    posted a message on Mojang "Heavily Considering" Adopting Subscription Fees
    Quote from TacozRule

    Trusting Google Translate over a professional translator is absolutely stupid, and instantly throws out all credibility.

    You kind of missed his point. The article you linked to didn't show the full interview, which lead you to misconstrue what Mojang said. Mojang didn't say anything about charging a subscription fee to play Minecraft. However, they are considering creating a new "hosting solution" that may come with a monthly fee. "Hosting solution" probably means "official multiplayer servers" or something like that. In either case, it's not an addition to the actual game, nor is it mandatory to enjoy the game you already own.

    Quote from TacozRule

    Elaborate on why I have to pay for an iOS or Android version then.

    The iOS, Android and 360 versions of the game are different games. They are not an addition or update to the original Minecraft game, which you've already purchased. Not to mention it costs Mojang time and money to port Minecraft to other languages.
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