Texture packs are a pretty big thing in Minecraft. They make all your blocks look super lovely. Today’s snapshot - 12w24a - is killing them. For good. They’re never coming back. Thankfully Mojang are merciful gods, and already have a fancy tool ready to transform your texture packs into the newly supported format.
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Great Britain, for all its nomenclatural immodesty, doesn't have a Vegas or a Disneyland. I guess that's why Minecon, the annual festival of all-things-Mojang, has managed to give Blighty the slip for the last two years. Fortunately, Minecon organisers Multiplay are bringing a slice of the party to our shores with their Minecraft Expo, part of August’s Insomnia 49 festival.
Minecraft is almost perfect. Minecraft with mods: well, it’s even better. Nearly four years since Minecraft’s first public release, it might be starting to feel a little built same-y. If you feel that way, it’s time to fall head over heels in love all over again. Here's a list of the twenty most creative, time-saving and useful mods for Minecraft.
There’s a hay-bale full of bug fixes in todays Minecraft snapshot, and if you’re a lover of horses you will be pleased to hear that those pesky glitches that affect your neighing friends are being ironed out. No longer will the hooved citizens of Minecraft attempt to climb ladders, eat blocks that are not grass, nor break their leads. I think we can all agree that this will be a better world for everyone, equine-minded or not.
The latest Minecraft snapshot doesn’t bring anything huge to the table but it does make the game’s horses better, so, treat it as you will. I’m going to consider it the best thing since Hawaiian seeds.
As well as the improvements to horses there are bug fixes and a new internal chat system to play with.
If you’re one of the nearly 334,000,000 to have watched South Korean pop culture subversionist PSY’s new video, you’ll have seen him being very rude indeed - pulling chairs from beneath unexpecting ladies and laughing uproariously at the inevitable results. I’ve half a mind to claim that he’s no gentleman at all. In fact, he seems to have been recognised as a kindred spirit by what we might delicately call the deconstructive class of Minecraft - the griefers.
Thanks to Mojang’s latest mini-patch, it’s now possible to access donkey and mule inventories by creeping up behind them and interacting with their soft, grey manes. To what end? I’m not really sure. Perhaps we’ll plant live grenades in their feed bags, Fallout 3-style. Perhaps we’ll simply steal their suppers.
What’s in a name? In this case, everything you need to know. Minecrift isn’t the localised Kiwi version of Mojang’s world-beater I first suspected it to be, but rather a portmanteau of ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Rift’, the VR headset which has been astounding us daily since Oculus began shipping out dev kits 42 days ago. Even in its infancy, the mod’s basic stereoscopics add tangible depth to a game already adept at providing moments of acute vertigo. Take a look.
Today, the furnaces of Minecraft burn brighter and longer than ever before. New solid coal blocks can be carved from the landscape and popped straight into the fire, and Minecraft Redditors have already asked how much iron would a coal block smelt if a coal block could smelt iron (71 ingots, apparently). But it’s not all fun and fossil fuels.
After the volcanic eruption that was The Redstone Update, the bubblings to emerge from Mojang since have inevitably been a tad underwhelming. Even so, there’s a good chance you’ll notice at least a couple of the changes wrought by Minecraft 1.5.2 once you boot up the game today.
I think it’s a safe bet on what could be appearing on over ten million christmas lists this year: Minecraft toys. Aiming to have products in stores by the end of the year, Mojang have announced a partnership with American toy company, Jazwares, to produce a line of action figures, plush and papercraft items based on the world of Minecraft. Jazwares are enthusiastic about the deal, stating “Minecraft is one of the hottest brands on the planet right now".
After putting their noses to the grindstone yesterday, Minecraft developers Mojang have released their first new development snapshot in quite some time. It introduces the new, long-awaited horses and the first publicly released version of the game's new launcher.
I spent about 10 minutes just now trying to work out precisely how Most Influential Markus Persson and Jens Bergensten are, but it seems Time have de-numbered their list. Instead, according to Will Wright and a magazine who have been doing this for a very long time, the two men of Minecraft are ‘Titans’.