Fishing in Minecraft

I’ve always quite liked fishing mini-games. They’re often peaceful and relaxing and something you can do as and when you please. Normally there’s something you need from fishing, some sort of recourse required to build something else. But fishing is just a… a thing to do. Nothing special, just a little mini-game. In Minecraft though? It’s probably one of the most broken things in the game. Originally, fishing was a pain in the ass with pretty much no real reward. You could use the fishing rod either catch one type of fish or to hook onto mobs and move them… [Continue Reading]

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Minecraft and the Power of the F3 Key

Fun fact: If you press the F3 key while playing Minecraft, you get to see the Minecraft Debug Overlay or Menu. You might need to press the FN key as well if you’re on the laptop, buy by pressing the mighty F3 key, you are given this all-powerful, horrifically messy bunch of numbers and letters that cover the top of the screen. Well, it may seem like a horrible mess, but this overlay gives you critical information that you can take advantage of. The most important information on the Debug Menu are your exact coordinates. You can see exactly where… [Continue Reading]

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Pixelmon, also known as WTF DO ALL THESE BERRIES DO?

Minecraft modding these days is so easy. You just install your mod manager and mod extender of choice (e.g. Forge) then drop your mods inside the Mods folder. It’s honestly just as easy as installing old versions of Minecraft. Gone are the days where you had to delete the META-INF folder and mess around with other things. Between this and the fact that I kinda actually do like Pokemon these days, I couldn’t help but say yes when my sister invited me to play Pixelmon with her. Pixelmon is basically a Minecraft version of Pokemon, spanning generations 1 through 6.… [Continue Reading]

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Custom Worlds in Minecraft 1.12 and Below

I genuinely haven’t played Minecraft in quite a long time, so when aabicus asked me about a Minecraft world I’d made a video and an article on, I loaded up Minecraft, got the latest update (1.13) and… realised that custom worlds weren’t a thing any more. There were some custom presets that you can use in Minecraft 1.13, alongside some minor alterations. But Minecraft 1.12 (and I think a couple of versions before) have the ability to alter very… delicate parts of the terrain generation process. You get four pages of things to fill out. The very first page is… [Continue Reading]

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On Building and IKEAframe

IKEAframe is the joke name given to creating things inside your ship or in clan dojos in Warframe. For a game built around creepy bio-mechanical space ninjas roaming the solar system killing armies of evil clones and profit-driven madmen, there’s actually a lot of effort that has been put into making your own custom spaces. It wasn’t until this year though that we got better decorating tools. It used to be that you could only place things while in your Warframe, being unable to move the camera any way your Warframe couldn’t. This meant that building things on top of… [Continue Reading]

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Minecraft – Island Life

A long time ago in a Minecraft server far far away, there were two little people, a Steve and an Alex. They spawned on a little island, with nothing more than grass and a couple of trees. But Steve and Alex worked hard and created a small island paradise, complete with a full armory, multiple farms, a field filled with animals and chests full of diamonds… Normally, an island spawn in a Minecraft world isn’t great, especially if you’re playing anything above Normal. There’s rarely any food, there’s often only a handful of trees and rarely is there any coal… [Continue Reading]

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Minecraft – A Balancing Act Between Too Much and Too Little

There’s something about Minecraft these days that I can’t just put my finger on. Something annoying. Something slightly tedious. This little something raised its ugly head while I was playing Minecraft with a buddy of mine. He was roaming around a field after a hard night fighting creepers and zombies, he ran into a zombie wearing a helmet. That helmet had the magical ability to stop that zombie from catching fire and keeling over. I later discovered that there are random zombies exclusive to deserts that can survive during the day. Great, I thought, yet more reasons to never bother… [Continue Reading]

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On Digging Holes and Trenches

I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority when I say that I’d rather dig a trench than go spelunking in Minecraft. The whole point of Minecraft is going into deep caves, exploring, discovering dungeons and strongholds, fighting off monsters and finding diamonds. Then most likely going round in circles as you wander through caverns and try to remember which way the exit is. Me though? I’m not into that. It’s mainly two things. Firstly, skeletons are bastards. Every other mob in the game is fine, but I hate skeletons and their dumb sounds and their stupid aim. The only good… [Continue Reading]

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Tricky Survival Worlds in Minecraft

While most people see Minecraft as a place to build amazing creations and pretty buildings, many people also play Minecraft as a survival game. Prior to Minecraft Beta 1.8, there wasn’t much actual survival to do. You used food to heal, you fought enemies, you mined things and that was it. After 1.8 Beta, the Hunger Bar was added to the game (along with tons of other stuff, such as better Zombie AI) to make the game harder. On top of that, we now have Hardcore Mode, which locks a world to the hardest difficulty and either locks the world… [Continue Reading]

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Going the Distance

“I can go the distance, I don’t care how far! Some day I’ll be strong! I know every mile, will be worth my while. I will go most anywhere to find where I belong!” That song from Disney’s Hercules has been going through my head all day and now it’s probably stuck in your head too. The way my brain works though, it has a habit of creating visuals for music. And the visuals that this particular song creates are odd. They’re Minecraft visuals. Exploration. Traveling. Things like that. Which neatly brings me onto the subject of playing Minecraft and… [Continue Reading]

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