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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Some Ideas for New Minecraft Biomes

While Minecraft has come a long way when it comes to terrain and the variety of biomes it has, there could always be more. As you spawn into a new world and wander around, it takes time to find anything interesting. There’s trees, hills, grass, mountains. Sometimes those trees, hills, grass and mountains will have snow on them. Sometimes you’ll see a desert. But most of the time it’s all the same. The genuinely interesting biome variants, things like Bryce Mesas, Mushroom Islands and Ice Spike Plains, are often so rare that you could go for weeks without seeing anything… [Continue Reading]

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Basic Minecraft Survival Tips

Minecraft is a pretty old game, but even though I’ve been playing since alpha, I don’t remember everything. Then again, I am the sort of person who doesn’t really play to end game, I play just to survive. Really, the end game doesn’t have much in it anyway. In doing so, I’ve developed a few tricks that I use to do just that. Of course I always eventually settle down and build a shitty house, I’d like to find some diamonds eventually, but for me, it’s the journey that counts. Your First Days First things first, you need to get… [Continue Reading]

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Rambling on about Minecraft – My way of playing

I’m genuinely surprised that I haven’t written more Minecraft articles in the past. I used to be an avid Minecraft player, especially back when I started writing for the Daily SPUF, but it’s never really come up. I suppose it’s because everyone has pretty much covered Minecraft elsewhere, plus I wasn’t really doing anything new or innovative like building complex redstone mechanisms or recreating world icons or things like that. I just did what most people were doing, which was survive. That being said, I HAVE recreated CTF_Turbine in Minecraft, on an old creative mode server that no longer exists,… [Continue Reading]

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Are constant updates for the best in Minecraft?

Minecraft as a has been around for quite a long time, with me alone having been playing it since December 2010, the same time when I joined SPUF. It’s a slow burner of a game, both in the way you play and how the game gets semi-frequent updates. Each update might not try to be bigger than the last, but they always try to add more stuff. You don’t often see things getting nerfed though, it’s mostly bug fixes and new features. The updates do add more to an otherwise very sparse and often repetitive-looking world. The very early InDev… [Continue Reading]

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‘Corrupted’ Minecraft World

Ages ago, I created a world and put too much TNT in it, which caused Minecraft to crash. I deleted it and made a new world, but parts of the TNT world ended up appearing in this newly generated flatland, causing more crashes. I didn’t delete this world, but I forgot about it. Now I have a better computer, I decided to visit this world and see what was going on. This is what happened. For your sake, I’ve removed the hour long. one frame a second slide show, caused by such a vast amount of TNT. Seriously, this world… [Continue Reading]

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Minecraft is becoming increasingly deadly…

There’s a trend I’ve noticed with every Minecraft update. Every time a new patch comes along, it gets harder and harder to just live. The game has been slowly getting various difficulty spikes and all sorts. It’s not a significant change, because pre-1.8 Beta Minecraft was pretty easy once you had a place to live and a bed, but I feel this is something worth discussing. I’ve always been a peaceful player in Minecraft. I mind my own business, I leave all the zombies alone, I explore and observe rather than explore and loot everything for what it’s worth. I… [Continue Reading]

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A Quick Minecraft Thing

Hi everyone, Phovos here. I’ve recently gotten back into playing Minecraft. I normally play in multiplayer servers, but I’ve been messing around with the Custom Map type, which allows you to create all sorts of craziness. This video is taken from a freshly created world and I thought you’d all like to see it. Of course, being a freshly made world, a lot of it is being generated on the fly. On my cheap laptop, it’s somewhat laggy, but a half-decent computer could probably run this world no problem. This world is pretty weird, even when we ignore the vast… [Continue Reading]

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I know I was supposed to make an article about yesterday’s update but…

I know, I know. I’m supposed to keep up with updates and things like that. Yesterday’s update was actually quite a big one in terms of number of things changed. Some for the better, some for the worse. Everyone’s all excited because it was an update in the early months of the year that wasn’t a couple of small lines and updating the localization files and all that, and because there’s matchmaking stuff hidden away in it all. The changes I do like? The map fixes are always good and the ability to trade the Steam Treasure Hunt hats is… [Continue Reading]

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