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2013-04-04 12:38:05 PM
Minecraft is pretty fantastic
 
2013-04-04 12:42:42 PM

Voiceofreason01: Minecraft is pretty fantastic


I still don't understand it.

I get that it's open world and you build sh*t, but it doesn't play at all like what I would expect.

Keep in mind, I only know about Minecraft what I learned from Christopher Walken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRMyz2IiOSM
 
2013-04-04 12:44:33 PM

Voiceofreason01: Minecraft is pretty fantastic


Pretty much... it's a great little simulator for all sorts of crazy things its creator never imagined, including a graphing calculator.
 
2013-04-04 12:49:26 PM
It would've been 20 million if it weren't for those damn pirates!

/Update 9 on Xbox this Friday!
 
2013-04-04 12:51:03 PM
I bought it a long time ago. Played it pretty solidly for a few weeks, then just sort of ran out of stuff to do.  That was before they started adding pistons and crap.  I understand that there are a lot of cool features that have been added, I just ran out of project ideas.

No project ideas = no desire to play.  That said, I have nothing but good things to say about the game, mahjong, and notch.

Now I'm all up in KSP.
 
2013-04-04 12:51:03 PM
The one game my 6 year old daughter and I play and both thoroughly enjoy.

/she's a cold hearted creeper killer.
 
2013-04-04 12:54:29 PM
Good for him.  I wonder what else they're going to be up to, now that they have quite a bit of money.
 
2013-04-04 02:58:08 PM
I really got a blast out of that headline, subby.

And so did my little cobblestone house.

:(

/ssssssssss...
 
2013-04-04 02:59:23 PM

Honest Bender: I bought it a long time ago. Played it pretty solidly for a few weeks, then just sort of ran out of stuff to do.  That was before they started adding pistons and crap.  I understand that there are a lot of cool features that have been added, I just ran out of project ideas.

No project ideas = no desire to play.  That said, I have nothing but good things to say about the game, mahjong, and notch.

Now I'm all up in KSP.


The mods add a lot of content, as well. Some of them are pretty ridiculous.

/also their april fools thing was amusing
//exploding animals!
 
2013-04-04 03:00:08 PM

nekom: The one game my 6 year old daughter and I play and both thoroughly enjoy.

/she's a cold hearted creeper killer.


Yeah, my 9 year old son is all about the Minecraft.  Mostly, he likes the mods you can have with it.  I just have a handful of mods myself...enough to give the game a little more variety:  Millenaire, Railcraft and SPC.

Honest Bender: No project ideas = no desire to play


True enough.  My world is just (kind of) sitting, collecting dust right now until I think of something else to add to it.
 
2013-04-04 03:09:32 PM
Just think how much real life stuff could have been made/invented/learned/improved with all the time people waste on minecraft.
 
2013-04-04 03:11:44 PM
Minecraft isn't a game. It's virtual Lego. And that might be fun, but it's not a game.
 
2013-04-04 03:11:47 PM
Most of my Minecraft time these days is on XBox, and involve murdering or being murdered by my friend within five minutes of starting a new world.

We've started five or six new worlds in half as many days, and it's always the same result.
 
2013-04-04 03:12:30 PM

Rev.K: Voiceofreason01: Minecraft is pretty fantastic

I still don't understand it.

I get that it's open world and you build sh*t, but it doesn't play at all like what I would expect.

Keep in mind, I only know about Minecraft what I learned from Christopher Walken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRMyz2IiOSM


Minecraft is digital Legos.  If you liked Legos, you'll like Minecraft.
 
2013-04-04 03:12:35 PM

Gnaglor: Just think how much real life stuff could have been made/invented/learned/improved with all the time people waste on minecraft.


or posting in Fark threads.
 
2013-04-04 03:14:23 PM

Gnaglor: Just think how much real life stuff could have been made/invented/learned/improved with all the time people waste on minecraft FARK.


I don't see you out curing cancer, so don't rag on others for their hobbies.
 
2013-04-04 03:14:23 PM
I have to admit, I have not played this.  It looks like I might have to give it a try.

/late to this party just like every other party
 
2013-04-04 03:16:54 PM
I tried it once on XBox.  Turned some rocks into dirt or something and then stood there for a few minutes staring at a blocky tree.  I guess I suck at it.

/crappy story bro
 
2013-04-04 03:18:33 PM

Honest Bender: No project ideas = no desire to play.

  No imagination.

FTFY
 
2013-04-04 03:20:53 PM

RevRaven: Minecraft isn't a game. It's virtual Lego. And that might be fun, but it's not a game.


Haven't tried it, I see...

Or you haven't been to any of the survival servers.
 
2013-04-04 03:23:23 PM

Gnaglor: Just think how much real life stuff could have been made/invented/learned/improved with all the time people waste on minecraft.


You do realize that "real life stuff" costs money right? I am sure that if Minecraft was turned off, people wouldn't just start picking up hammers and nails. Or curing cancer as someone else said. Like in the other thread where someone said the same thing about if people spent as much time working on real improvements to their house as they did playing with the game. Well a new roof in minecraft costs about $0. The one on my house will be close to $10k.

/Watched my adult kids playing minecraft last week. Was running around just filling the place with tnt. Can't do that IRL either.
 
2013-04-04 03:41:36 PM
Nekon: I don't usually post in Fark threads.  This is my third post in easily as many or more months.  The time I wasted isn't measurable compared to the hours/days/years that have been collectively put into Minecraft so far.  Not to mentioned, a real world discussion with other real live people is a constructive use of time, taking place during breaks from doing homework while there's no work to be done at my job...

26 minutes to the gym etc...

Do the needful: See my post  http://www.fark.com/comments/7682807/The-most-beautiful-libraries-eve r -builtin-Minecraft-Yep in this forum for greater detail about what I mean.
 
2013-04-04 03:41:48 PM

Do the needful: Gnaglor: Just think how much real life stuff could have been made/invented/learned/improved with all the time people waste on minecraft.

You do realize that "real life stuff" costs money right? I am sure that if Minecraft was turned off, people wouldn't just start picking up hammers and nails. Or curing cancer as someone else said. Like in the other thread where someone said the same thing about if people spent as much time working on real improvements to their house as they did playing with the game. Well a new roof in minecraft costs about $0. The one on my house will be close to $10k.

/Watched my adult kids playing minecraft last week. Was running around just filling the place with tnt. Can't do that IRL either.


my son and i devoted a great deal of time to building some outrageous TNT bombs back when TNT was handled differently by the software. nowadays it feels like big piles are way less destructive than they used to be. we were up to 3-4000 block spheres that were scooping out blocks down to bedrock and annihalating everything for hundreds to thousands of blocks in every direction. turns out dropping a primed TNT charge into the center led to a way more destructive bomb. rigging for 10-15 primer blocks to trigger at once led to even MORE destructive results because the reaction happened that much faster. tended to crash the game faster too.. that's a LOT harder to do now.
 
2013-04-04 03:51:27 PM

IC Stars: Haven't tried it, I see...


Ace of Spades (the "classic" version, not the Jagex or late-beta versions) is Minecraft done right.  Construction mechanics are only satisfying if the game world actually bites back, and Minecraft's survival mode does not count.
 
2013-04-04 03:52:49 PM

Superjew: Honest Bender: No project ideas = no desire to play.  No imagination.

FTFY


Maybe.  I really think it's more a lack of inspiration.  I'm an engineer at heart, so my inspiration generally comes from necessity.
 
2013-04-04 03:59:28 PM

Gnaglor: Nekon: I don't usually post in Fark threads.  This is my third post in easily as many or more months.  The time I wasted isn't measurable compared to the hours/days/years that have been collectively put into Minecraft so far.  Not to mentioned, a real world discussion with other real live people is a constructive use of time, taking place during breaks from doing homework while there's no work to be done at my job...

26 minutes to the gym etc...

Do the needful: See my post  http://www.fark.com/comments/7682807/The-most-beautiful-libraries-eve r -builtin-Minecraft-Yep in this forum for greater detail about what I mean.


So I read your rant, and all I got out of it was you live with a fat slob that you utterly disdain, yet you haven't done anything productive enough to actually, I don't know, move out.

I also play Minecraft, but I do other productive stuff that allows me to not have to room with a 320+lb slob.
 
2013-04-04 04:13:54 PM
you need to play on a pvp server.   minecraft really REALLY changes when you start building bases and traps and airships and bombs and guns

http://minesworn.com
 
2013-04-04 04:15:12 PM

Honest Bender:  Now I'm all up in KSP.

I still play Minecraft, and I freaking love KSP.  Both are awesome games, provided you have ideas.

scottydoesntknow: It would've been 20 million if it weren't for those damn pirates!


I will admit I pirated the game... at first.  I bought a legit copy as soon as I could afford it, and also bought a gift code for a friend that rage-quit the X-Box version because of both a game-breaking bug, and the lack of custom skins.

My small handful of mods really adds nothing to the game, save maybe Rei's Minimap.  Optifine Ultra MC allows my new laptop to push 200FPS (with everything turned down to minimum, and putting my nose in a corner), and it averages about 45 FPS loading a new world on Far render distance.
 
2013-04-04 04:19:04 PM
scottydoesntknow: You've more or less got me there.  My roommate was my friend when I wasn't aware of his living habits or had to see them every single day.  But now that I see what type of person he is, I don't consider him to be a friend, just a roommate.  I am actually doing all I can to get out of the situation (back in school for second degree, looking for better job, might move back with family, etc).  People who play Minecraft is one thing.  I don't expect anybody to be constantly doing something productive at all possible times.  What I'm referring to is examples like my roommate, or the people who spend countless hours building computers in Minecraft, or replicas of real life stuff.  That amount of effort, planning, and talent could be put to so much better use on real world issues...
 
2013-04-04 04:20:33 PM

Saberus Terras: I still play Minecraft, and I freaking love KSP.  Both are awesome games, provided you have ideas.


Last night, I ran my first Apollo style mission.  Ended up shorting myself on fuel.  I managed to land on the moon successfully, but the lander didn't have enough fuel to get back into Mun orbit and rendezvous with the return craft.

Back in LKO, I've almost finished my first mothership, the Sulaco.  It's a beast meant to shuttle other craft around the solar system.  Though, now that I've assembled it all in orbit, I've already got about a dozen ways to make it better.

So, tonight after work I'm either going to go for another apollo mission (with more fuel this time) or start construction of mothership 2.0: Manifest Destiny.
 
2013-04-04 04:29:21 PM

valar_morghulis: Most of my Minecraft time these days is on XBox, and involve murdering or being murdered by my friend within five minutes of starting a new world.

We've started five or six new worlds in half as many days, and it's always the same result.


1. Lava Bucket
2. Spawn point
3. problem solved
 
2013-04-04 04:34:09 PM
I don't have the kind of time I would need for Minecraft. How about getting Mindrover: The Europa Project working on iOS?
 
2013-04-04 04:40:43 PM

Saberus Terras: scottydoesntknow: It would've been 20 million if it weren't for those damn pirates!

I will admit I pirated the game... at first. I bought a legit copy as soon as I could afford it, and also bought a gift code for a friend that rage-quit the X-Box version because of both a game-breaking bug, and the lack of custom skins.


Notch himself weighed in piracy:

www.indiegamemag.com

He also wrote a badass post on his blog regarding it: How Piracy Works
 
2013-04-04 04:45:18 PM

Gnaglor: scottydoesntknow: You've more or less got me there.  My roommate was my friend when I wasn't aware of his living habits or had to see them every single day.  But now that I see what type of person he is, I don't consider him to be a friend, just a roommate.  I am actually doing all I can to get out of the situation (back in school for second degree, looking for better job, might move back with family, etc).  People who play Minecraft is one thing.  I don't expect anybody to be constantly doing something productive at all possible times.  What I'm referring to is examples like my roommate, or the people who spend countless hours building computers in Minecraft, or replicas of real life stuff.  That amount of effort, planning, and talent could be put to so much better use on real world issues...


Go fark yourself, seriously.
 
2013-04-04 04:46:46 PM
I have still never played Minecraft. Not even for a second.

I don't have anything against it. I don't really know much about it, except that it seems to be a LEGO world on the PC. Since I haven't had even the slightest interest in LEGO blocks for about 30 years now, I've just been skipping it.

But I might try it someday.
 
2013-04-04 04:47:55 PM

Honest Bender: Saberus Terras: I still play Minecraft, and I freaking love KSP.  Both are awesome games, provided you have ideas.

Last night, I ran my first Apollo style mission.  Ended up shorting myself on fuel.  I managed to land on the moon successfully, but the lander didn't have enough fuel to get back into Mun orbit and rendezvous with the return craft.

Back in LKO, I've almost finished my first mothership, the Sulaco.  It's a beast meant to shuttle other craft around the solar system.  Though, now that I've assembled it all in orbit, I've already got about a dozen ways to make it better.

So, tonight after work I'm either going to go for another apollo mission (with more fuel this time) or start construction of mothership 2.0: Manifest Destiny.


If you're on the KSP forums, you can try taking a look at my crazy jet boosters, flown right they make solid and liquid rocket booster stages seem terribly inadequate.

As far as Minecraft, try poking about with the new updates at least, you might get some inspiration just futzing about.
 
2013-04-04 04:53:10 PM

Saberus Terras: If you're on the KSP forums, you can try taking a look at my crazy jet boosters, flown right they make solid and liquid rocket booster stages seem terribly inadequate.


I lurk their forums.  Thanks for the suggestion, but I try and avoid over-powered parts.
 
2013-04-04 04:54:36 PM
Speaking of survival building games, anyone else playing Don't Starve?

It's a fun little game. I like the game, it has lots of character. Good atmosphere, and love the exploration/difficulty. Plus, any game where you can run around picking berries, hunt down epic creatures, or just slowly go insane and succumb to your own hallucinations is pretty cool.
 
2013-04-04 05:17:25 PM

Gnaglor: That amount of effort, planning, and talent could be put to so much better use on real world issues...


Yes, because clearly, the rate of technological innovation and progress in the world has tailed off since Pong hit the market in 1972.
 
2013-04-04 05:21:28 PM
Mike_LowELL: You live in a world of 'eh, that's good enough.'
 
2013-04-04 05:37:31 PM
Who?
 
2013-04-04 05:43:33 PM

Gnaglor: Mike_LowELL: You live in a world of 'eh, that's good enough.'


I can't tell if you are a troll or not.  If not, again, go fark yourself.  The productive people will be productive regardless of the distractions of the world.  The people who are going to spend their time pursuing personal hobbies are going to do that, regardless of the hobby or century in which they do it.  It is a wash.
 
2013-04-04 05:49:54 PM
I play and tend to get a board. When this happens small mountains tend to suffer.

I started a server so I could mess around with large spheres of tnt and not have the game crash on me. I was surprised by the lack of destruction a sphere of 100 radius caused. I was rather more annoyed by the time it took the server to processes 93 million blocks.Better destruction occurs when you uses a flat cylinder of tnt. The reaction spreads out rather than spending most of the energy consuming the sphere.
 
2013-04-04 05:56:21 PM

Barry McCackiner: Gnaglor: Mike_LowELL: You live in a world of 'eh, that's good enough.'

I can't tell if you are a troll or not.  If not, again, go fark yourself.  The productive people will be productive regardless of the distractions of the world.  The people who are going to spend their time pursuing personal hobbies are going to do that, regardless of the hobby or century in which they do it.  It is a wash.


Easy there, his sample size of one lazy roommate conclusively and scientifically proves that minecraft is a waste of time for anyone and everyone under all circumstances.
 
2013-04-04 06:06:32 PM

Gnaglor: Mike_LowELL: You live in a world of 'eh, that's good enough.'


Well, I hate to disappoint you, but the endgame for society as a whole is to do one of two things: One, conquer what we perceive to be the known physical universe.  But since that's difficult, we choose the easier path: Two, we conquer our senses and build virtual worlds around it.  So basically, the immense amount of time spent escaping into video games is delaying the human race's effort to live in them.  Either way, your worldview is kinda screwed.
 
2013-04-04 06:10:24 PM

Honest Bender: Saberus Terras: I still play Minecraft, and I freaking love KSP.  Both are awesome games, provided you have ideas.

Last night, I ran my first Apollo style mission.  Ended up shorting myself on fuel.  I managed to land on the moon successfully, but the lander didn't have enough fuel to get back into Mun orbit and rendezvous with the return craft.

Back in LKO, I've almost finished my first mothership, the Sulaco.  It's a beast meant to shuttle other craft around the solar system.  Though, now that I've assembled it all in orbit, I've already got about a dozen ways to make it better.

So, tonight after work I'm either going to go for another apollo mission (with more fuel this time) or start construction of mothership 2.0: Manifest Destiny.


That makes me feel incredibly inadequate, I'm still trying to figure out how to use the tools to properly rendevouz and dock....the forum posts are not entirely...clear.
 
2013-04-04 06:11:22 PM

Honest Bender: Now I'm all up in KSP.


KSP is the awesome.  I know it's really early build, and no story mode, but I can't wait for story mode.  I want more than self-imposed limitations (and physics, damn physics) for what I can build.

With all the tools in the Sandbox, and extra old school NASA bits from a mod, building rockets is more about how biglargehuge I can make something without causing a disaster on the launch pad. I can't wait until I have a budget.

Treygreen13: Speaking of survival building games, anyone else playing Don't Starve?


I'm all over Don't Starve right now, having put KSP aside for the moment.

I love the permadeath.  The graphics work for me in an "almost annoyed by the quirk" kind of way. The laughably emo characters also almost annoy me (the girl with the dead twin sister? o k thx), but it works just well enough.

I hate berries because turkeys. F*** them.  Turkeys annoy the shiat out of me.

I just discovered farming & why it's great, so now I'm all about manure. Piles and piles of manure.

Can't get into the Strongman guy. Don't really like Wilson because the beard is cheating.  I like the girl with the dead sister, but it spooks my kids to no end ("Why is her sister a ghost?!"). So I think I'll use the Automaton next.
 
2013-04-04 06:26:05 PM

Voiceofreason01: Minecraft is pretty fantastic


OK, then maybe you can answer this.

What do you DO in Minecraft? I don't get it, what's it all about, Alfie?

/Also don't really get World of Warcraft
//Or Everquest
 
2013-04-04 06:34:00 PM
Rev.K:

Keep in mind, I only know about Minecraft what I learned from Christopher Walken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRMyz2IiOSM
 
2013-04-04 06:35:00 PM

Rev.K: Voiceofreason01: Minecraft is pretty fantastic

I still don't understand it.

I get that it's open world and you build sh*t, but it doesn't play at all like what I would expect.

Keep in mind, I only know about Minecraft what I learned from Christopher Walken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRMyz2IiOSM


WTF, let's try this again...

You are NEVER, EVER , EVER allowed to post a link like that during work hours. I was almost crying at my desk, that shiat was so funny...
 
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