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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Minecraft 1.0.0

With minecraft 1.0.0 out there hasn't been many changes to the game except enchanting and breeding animals it seems. I was really hoping for more from the game but it seems like mojang just wanted to get the game over quickly so they could work on their other project scrolls. Mojang has stated that they plan to continue working on minecraft, but whether they will add new content or not has yet to be confirmed. On the upside of things, because of the official release modders can now work on their mods without worrying about updates all the time so we can finally have some good updated mods for the new version. unfortunately mojang has yet to implement the modding api they promised earlier this year. This makes it hard for modders to make content that could potentially work with the server version of minecraft and instead modders must force the minecraft user to download the mod to use it on a server assuming the server is running the mod. Although there are many useful and fun plugins for bukkit, a modded server version of minecraft, plugin creators are still very limited in what they can make for the game. If a proper api was in-place there would be unlimited potential for minecraft as a sandbox game.

What I always loved about minecraft was the building aspect, when I first tried the game I knew this was the game I would play for a long time, I am a big fan of sandbox games and especially when you can build the content for the game, that is even better. Minecraft started out very simple, a square limited level with small mounds of grass, then it got caves and lakes, then oceans and new items and weapons and tools. then new animals and monsters and new worlds and finally dragons. As fun as minecraft has been to me, it has started to dull very quickly and I feel that minecraft has gone in a bad direction it trys to be an rpg game but it's really just suppose to be a building game. It always was, I don't know what changed it but minecraft is a shadow of what it was before.

Here is what I think of the released version of minecraft:
Gameplay: 7/10
Story: 4/10
Graphics: 3/10
Replay Value: 10/10

Overall: 6/10
Minecraft has quite a way to go before I can consider it a finished game. At least we can play some mods while mojang gets it's act together.

Monday, July 11, 2011


I recently came across a mod in the forums while looking for some new mods to try out and I stumbled upon a true gem. Buildcraft is a mod that adds pipes, mining wells, quarry's and fillers. You construct the machines using gears and tools to create machines that will dig materials for you! not only that but you can set up pipes to lead materials from the machines directly to a chest which can them be transferred and filtered into furnaces and crafting templates to make any item automated!

The mod adds a lot of fun to the game and its easy to install!

Source - Minecraft Forums

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Updates, Minecraft, and Computers.

I haven't done any blogging about minecraft in 4 months ( a long time ) I have pretty much abandoned asian-craft. ( It wasn't that great anyway. ) So instead of blogging or modding I've pretty much just been playing video games and attending college. Now that it is summer break I have so much free time that I wish I didn't. I will most likely be doing some minecraft or video game related stuff on this blog, not sure what exactly I will do... maybe some videos or lets play or even live streams... Oh which reminds me. I got a new computer last month... It's very nice.

hexacore processor @ 3.30GHz
8gb random access memory
Ati 6950 Graphics card
1.5 Terabyte HDD

It's quite enjoyable. the only thing I don't like is how it performs with direct x11. I downloaded the heaven benchmark tool and ran it at highest settings.. it only got 22 fps average the worst was 7fps best was 52
I can't really complain though, that's damn good for a single video card. I imagine my results would double if I got another card. I think it might be a while longer before we see direct x11 used in retail games. I know there are a few games that use it already but they don't use it for every object just sparingly. most games wouldn't be nearly as detailed as the benchmark tool. I'm sure in a few years they will though and it will be really amazing to see that. ( here is a shot of tessellation comparisons )

anyway, on to some of the things I've been doing with my new computer. I downloaded dolphin emultaor ( it allows you to play wii and gamecube games on your pc ) I then got a copy of wind waker, and twilight princess ( both of which I own for my real gamecube ) and tried it out on the emulator. except for the occasional crash, both games run perfectly! so if you're looking to buy a computer to emulate wii / gamecube my computer would be the perfect choice it seems. of course that's not the reason I bought it of course.
( Here is a picture of twilight princess running at enhanced settings )

Aside from video games I've just been attending college being very busy and making rl friends whom are pretty cool guys. I will be doing more blogging ( hopefully ) a bit later when I figure out what I want to work on. until then see ya.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A small tutorial on redstone wires.

There are some people out there that want to make things with redstone and they just don't get it.
I made a video a while back about how to make your redstone wires power further than 15 blocks. But now with the new update there a new way to do so.

New way:

Old way:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

AsianCraft update for ver 1.3_01

Just spent a few minutes updating the mod to the latest version, and it was super-easy!
Still has the same stuff as last time, but now it works on the latest version! also the betterlight makes everything pretty!

Heres some screenshots.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Official Minecraft Update one tuesday.

     It may be old news to some, but On Tuesday Notch and Team will be rolling out a new Minecraft update that will add tons of new content to the game This time they are going to be adding a feature many people have been requesting. Beds; you can now craft a bed to sleep in and skip night time (possibly even day time) so that you can get more things done, and you feel less likely to quit the game during night time. There has also been rumor that new water mobs, such as sharks and jelly fish may be added. There will also be new half-step blocks such as wood, cobble stone and others. Finally there will be lots of secret stuff not yet mentioned. for a full list of confirmed updates you should check out the Minecraft forum thread here:
Minecraft 1.3 Update Confirmed

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Asiancraft 1.0

It's here! A new update that adds some new blocks, items and even a ninja outfit!!

Fixed Recipes, you can now craft walls with paper and sticks
Paper Windows
Paper Lanterns
Ninja armor

More info:
Katana is as strong as a Diamond sword and last just as long
Glass has an alpha value (it can be tinted)
Ninja Armor is crafted the same way all armor is crafted, (just use wool)
Crafting Recipes are in the Readme

Rake: you can make straight lines in the gravel to form a Japanese garden (picture related)
More types of lighting
Decortication blocks

Please give me suggestions and comments on what you'd like to see in the future!
I will also be making more things for the upcoming update!


Newer version out here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Update delayed

Who am I? Notch? Why is the update delayed? Well much like notch I am a poor coder. (not really)
I have implemented KATANAH in the game! problem is that I made armor that doesn't render! I also changed the recipe for the blocks, they now require paper and sticks for the walls, and for the roofs 3 clay balls, which I figure is fair, and makes use of the items that have limited uses. in the mean time enjoy this katana.

And yes, that's bridget.
Suggestions are always welcome.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Asian Blocks Early Release

I'm releasing these early since they are working perfectly and I wanted to get them out asap.
I plan on adding katana, ninja clothes, and other asian things into the mod, but I don't have much time to work on it now so this will be it for this week.

Not sure if anyone noticed, but I changed the texture of the roof a bit to look like it repeats up and down.


New version out.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Asian Block Mod

This is a Work in progress of my Asian block mod for Minecraft.

so far I have only two blocks, but they serve multiple purposes. Here are some screenshots: