Ever heard of Minecraft?

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Post » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:15 pm

A friend pointed me towards a video of a game thats been in development for about a year and a half now called Minecraft ([url:160cont7]http://www.minecraft.net[/url:160cont7]), it's a VERY addicting 3D survival/creative game thats getting better all the time.

I was wondering if anyone here knew about it already? If not, I can't recommened checking out this video enough: [url:160cont7]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylVtj-1Ccgg[/url:160cont7]

Edit: Also forgot to mention, the game is currently on a sale of %50 off until the next main version comes out. Although its only going from Alpha to Beta, the creator has said that a one-time purchase entitles you to all future updates and expansions which is nice :)
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Post » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:17 pm

Well, I THOUGHT I knew what is was, but now I've actually looked at the website I realise I had completely the wrong idea about it. I think I'll check it out.
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Post » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:58 pm

Am I missing something?

Although I admire the 3D engine he's built, I don't think much of the graphics or the gameplay.
And it's not a free game!?

Like I said, maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see much of a game here, let alone a commercial one.

EDIT: Actually, the more videos I see about this, the more I realise that gameplay-wise, it's got something interesting going on.

I'm still not convinced that the graphics are good enough.
I'm not talking about the block size of the landscape, but the low-res textures used for each block.

I wouldn't mind spending a couple of quid on this, but I wouldn't spend more than that in it's current condition.

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Post » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:04 pm

[quote="KrushBrother":28ekd2sh]I'm still not convinced that the graphics are good enough.
I'm not talking about the block size of the landscape, but the low-res textures used for each block.[/quote:28ekd2sh]

I think that he did this art style because he wanted to make it similar to the game that inspired him called Infiniminer ([url:28ekd2sh]http://www.zachtronicsindustries.com/?p=713[/url:28ekd2sh]). Also, you can try/there are people working on texture packs to make it look better if you don't like the style (like this: [url:28ekd2sh]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh1-Ek4lpEA[/url:28ekd2sh]).

The game looks to be pretty modable in ways other than textures too [url:28ekd2sh]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PBIqoBP_y4[/url:28ekd2sh]

And it doesn't seem like it's worth buying right now at first, but once you start playing it you realise where its headed and find yourself itching to get it while its still half price (sale ends when beta comes out within the next month or two).

Take a look at this video the guy making it posted of one fully generated world: [url:28ekd2sh]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NszGurDUlHc[/url:28ekd2sh] (supposedly 8 times the surface of the Earth)
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Post » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:52 pm

I've played this before and it is surprisingly addicting. You need to play it to appreciate it. The paid version is actually the latest release (I think they call it the Alpha build. Can't remember). You can play the previous version for free, both Single Player and Multiplayer.

Multiplayer is cool because you can collaborate with other people on building other stuff. ^_^
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Post » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:31 pm

Regarding the low resolution graphics, there are some high resolution texture packs available for the game. It obviously does nothing for the chunky look overall, but adds some quality without ruining the retro look.

It's an interesting game. If he continues to add features and make improvements, the graphics will matter less and less.
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Post » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:24 pm

Yeah, I'm probably being over-critical with the textures, as this sort of game is more about exploring, resource collecting, etc.

In the space of a few hours, I've been turned around on this game.
The series of videos by X are great, and really show you what the game is about.
I was just watching the second video where he says he going to build an entrance to his cave, and while he's collecting resources for it, he notices a cave disappearing into the ground.

So he decides to explore it, even though he doesn't really have enough coal for torches.
It's really creepy lighting up the different parts of the cavern, while he's hoping nothing spawns in the dark.
My phone rang just as he said something about hearing a skeleton, and he's jumped down a ledge too steep to get back up, so that's where it's paused right now.

You got to love the procedural generation of the world.
Very impressive.

I think I'll end up investing in this very soon.
Problem is, games like this take away my programming time, and I don't have a lot of time for that at the moment. :)

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Post » Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:02 am

the game is really nice, but sadly there is no survival mode in the free version and the sandbox style in the free version is not very addicting to me.
When I saw the videos by X, the game reminded me of the Discovery show Man Vs. Wild :)

kind of offtopic but does anyone know any similar survival game ??
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Post » Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:11 am

It is pretty much like Dwarf Fortress in 3D.
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Post » Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:28 am

I really like the graphic style the game uses, the hi res textures in that video look awful in comparison.

I bought the game a few weeks ago. Love taking a stack of torches, jumping into a natural cave and seeing where it takes me.
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