The 1.7.3 Pre-Release is here! YAY!
- Added integrated Twitch broadcasting! See below for details.
- Fixed render distances above 8 (may not work in multiplayer, servers have their own view distance they limit you to)
- Many bug fixes and optimizations!
Mojang's very own Dinnerbone had the following to say about 1.7.3:
Quote fromAt Minecon we announced our new partnership with Twitch to bring one-click broadcasting to Minecraft. It has been in the recent snapshots, and proven to be very stable and ready to go live.
Before you can start streaming, you will need to visit your Mojang account settings and link a Twitch account to your Mojang account. Then in the game you may check the quality settings in Options -> Broadcast Options, or just go ahead and start broadcasting at any time by hitting F6. This key can be configured in the Controls options.
This is only supported on Windows (Vista and higher) and Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and higher. If you cannot start broadcasting ingame for any reason, the game will tell you why and possibly how to fix it.
To get pre-releases, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher.
One-button livestreaming? Bugfixes? Awesome!
Multi-Platform Server JAR:
I'm pretty sure their intention is to skip 1.7.2 altogether (see here).
Possibly Mojang itself and some $$$ in return of promoting the Twitch Media Group. See here.
I agree. But livestreaming will be fun to watch, at least!
But YAY Twitch and stuff that is so important to playing MC :twirlhair:
Twitch has a similar ads mechanics to most other community driven services, like Google or Facebook. The Twitch Media Group, through its partnership programs live of ad placement and trading revenues. Mojang simply became a Twitch partner and is probably going to get its cut.
I'm not happy with this relationship between Mojang and what has essentially become an ad company. But fortunately Mojang did the right thing and isn't forcing it down our throats. You don't have to use it if you don't want to. So its not compulsory you create a twitch account to play minecraft. It will be only if you want to create or view twitch-based content. Which, frankly I don't advise anyone to do.
It's a interesting novelty to watch a live stream from within minecraft, but it will get old soon because YouTube has become the traditional Minecraft video source and I don't see Twitch ever being able to replace it or come near.
That, is where you're wrong, kinda.
If you usually go to Twitch to watch some livestreams, Minecraft is the #3 or #4 most watched game there (Depends on various timezones)
Pretty much the only thing I'm excited about in this update. The only problem with them is that the probability of them spawning is too small.
And the texture bugfix is good.
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My only speculation for this is, I kinda hope mojang slows the updates down a tad. Even though 1.7.3 fixed that horrible render issue, forge still hasn't even updated to 1.7 yet (which I'm extremely excited about). 1.7.3 seems pretty stable for gameplay, no lag, no stutters, no chunk errors and no crashes so far. Let's just hope for a modders perspective, it's also stable.
Either way, should be good. Can't wait to test that livestream function. =D