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(MIT Technology Review)   The reason Minecraft is such a global hit is because there are lots of crafty kids wanting to mine, mine, mine   (technologyreview.com) divider line 43
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2013-06-14 07:53:54 PM
I like it
 
2013-06-14 07:55:24 PM
Minecrack is as good a game, or as bad of a game, as you make it... it's wonderful for creative people who want to make interesting things... terrible for morons who would rather be playing whatever iteration of the rail mission is newest in BF3 or COD.
 
2013-06-14 07:57:08 PM
I'm building a flying island on my other screen right now.


/Creative mode fun times
 
2013-06-14 08:09:49 PM
FTA: "Coded in Java, a general-purpose programming language that emphasizes speed and lightness over the grand capabilities of more powerful tools ....."

Is this guy serious? I program in Java but nothing I have ever heard about it says "speed". Back on topic, Minecraft is just fun, but then again so is getting a couple of people together on GTA IV and just goofing around. Speaking of fun, I demand a Just Cause 3 with multiplayer!
 
2013-06-14 08:14:08 PM
I was never into minecraft. I prefer using physical legos. Just something more satisfying about holding what you just built in your hands.
 
2013-06-14 08:15:11 PM
My husband started playing it really early on and introduced my (then) 11&14 yr old kids to it. Now my three year old twins play it (pretty well, amazingly enough) and I'm sure they'll keep playing it for years, too.

It's a great game, scalable to your creativity and ability. There's not much that can match that, aside from real Legos. But I can't afford that many real Legos (nor do I want them in my house!)
 
2013-06-14 08:17:14 PM
I prefer Mayacraft or Minema4D.
 
2013-06-14 08:18:45 PM

Do the needful: FTA: "Coded in Java, a general-purpose programming language that emphasizes speed and lightness over the grand capabilities of more powerful tools ....."

Is this guy serious? I program in Java but nothing I have ever heard about it says "speed". Back on topic, Minecraft is just fun, but then again so is getting a couple of people together on GTA IV and just goofing around. Speaking of fun, I demand a Just Cause 3 with multiplayer!


I laughed at this too. I'm also trying to think what grand capabilities other languages have that Java doesn't.
 
2013-06-14 08:20:30 PM
www.mobilechilli.com
Mine?
 
2013-06-14 08:49:11 PM

Psychopusher: [www.mobilechilli.com image 200x200]
Mine?


Came to post this.

/I shake my tiny fist in your general direction
 
2013-06-14 08:53:33 PM

blipponaut: Do the needful: FTA: "Coded in Java, a general-purpose programming language that emphasizes speed and lightness over the grand capabilities of more powerful tools ....."

Is this guy serious? I program in Java but nothing I have ever heard about it says "speed". Back on topic, Minecraft is just fun, but then again so is getting a couple of people together on GTA IV and just goofing around. Speaking of fun, I demand a Just Cause 3 with multiplayer!

I laughed at this too. I'm also trying to think what grand capabilities other languages have that Java doesn't.


Well, it does have a grand amount of memory usage...
 
2013-06-14 09:04:42 PM
I'm currently playing the Minecraft mutlti-addon "Feed The Beast" so I'm getting a kick out of thesssssssssss...
 
2013-06-14 09:09:56 PM
biatches don't know about Kerbal Space Program
 
2013-06-14 09:21:08 PM
I used to build in Alpha World. How does it compare?
 
2013-06-14 10:01:25 PM
I though it was because Minecraft is basically LEGO without having to invest thousands of dollars for buckets of them.
 
2013-06-14 10:10:25 PM
Yogscast. That is all.
 
2013-06-14 10:25:59 PM

cretinbob: biatches don't know about Kerbal Space Program


Word. Trying my first interplanetary mission to Jool. I keep getting set back by weird crashes. Loading to another planet and back to my ship seems to send it hurtling out of the solar system/existence.

Still love Minecraft, too.
 
2013-06-14 10:29:48 PM
The Dwarf Fortress charges at the Minecraft!
The Dwarf Fortress collides with the Minecraft!
The Minecraft is knocked over and tumbles backward!
The Dwarf Fortress bites the Minecraft in the left foot, tearing apart the fat through the (blocky gold boots)!
The Dwarf Fortress shakes the Minecraft around by the left foot and the severed part sails off in an arc!
The left foot is ripped away and remains in the Dwarf Fortress's grip!
The Minecraft attacks the Dwarf Fortress but he jumps away!
The Minecraft gives in to pain.
The Minecraft falls over.
The Dwarf Fortress bites the Minecraft in the head, tearing apart the skin through the (blocky gold helm)!
The Minecraft's head takes the full force of the impact, bruising the muscle, jamming the skull through the brain and tearing apart the brain!
The Minecraft has been struck down.

/cut and paste from previous thread, still relevant
 
2013-06-14 10:45:44 PM

Cpl.D: The Dwarf Fortress charges at the Minecraft!
The Dwarf Fortress collides with the Minecraft!
The Minecraft is knocked over and tumbles backward!
The Dwarf Fortress bites the Minecraft in the left foot, tearing apart the fat through the (blocky gold boots)!
The Dwarf Fortress shakes the Minecraft around by the left foot and the severed part sails off in an arc!
The left foot is ripped away and remains in the Dwarf Fortress's grip!
The Minecraft attacks the Dwarf Fortress but he jumps away!
The Minecraft gives in to pain.
The Minecraft falls over.
The Dwarf Fortress bites the Minecraft in the head, tearing apart the skin through the (blocky gold helm)!
The Minecraft's head takes the full force of the impact, bruising the muscle, jamming the skull through the brain and tearing apart the brain!
The Minecraft has been struck down.

/cut and paste from previous thread, still relevant




Lol..l yeah, I came in here with the usual sad that comes with realizing minecraft is actually a horrible clone of Dwarf Fortress that just happened to randomly go viral thanks to hipsters.

God that guy fell into a lot of money for what was essentially crap.

/Jealous
 
2013-06-14 10:50:18 PM
I fell out of love with Minecraft after it came out of beta and I thought, "So this is it then?" I could only do extremely monotonous things with no challenge and no reward for so long.
 
2013-06-14 10:52:14 PM

Alonjar: Lol..l yeah, I came in here with the usual sad that comes with realizing minecraft is actually a horrible clone of Dwarf Fortress that just happened to randomly go viral thanks to hipsters.

God that guy fell into a lot of money for what was essentially crap.

/Jealous


I think you meant "Infiniminer" clone.
 
2013-06-14 11:12:34 PM
Vanilla Minecraft was a lot fun but FTB has made the game much more exiting. Anymore though unless you play on a server it seem to get kinda dull quite quick.
 
2013-06-15 01:15:37 AM

Alonjar: just happened to randomly go viral thanks to hipsters.


If there is anymore proof that you assclowns have no idea what that word means, I have found some more right here.
 
2013-06-15 02:25:27 AM

Psychopusher: [www.mobilechilli.com image 200x200]
Mine?


Ooh, nice.
 
2013-06-15 02:36:07 AM

Psychopusher: [www.mobilechilli.com image 200x200]
Mine?


damnit!
/really didn't think i would be the first
 
2013-06-15 05:26:59 AM
I played it a lot for a few months, but then I discovered the tedium involved with doing anything significant. For instance, you really can't go anywhere without some type of rail system, which you can't have without gold, which is ridiculously rare. If you want to create a rail system without cheating, you're going to spend weeks (real time, not game time) just mining block after block, and trying to fight off mobs as you go. I eventually started editing my save files, so I could get something - anything - done.

My kids, on the other hand, haven't lost interest, though they spend more time watching minecraft videos on
YouTube, now, than they do actually playing the game.
 
2013-06-15 06:01:24 AM

AppleOptionEsc: Alonjar: just happened to randomly go viral thanks to hipsters.

If there is anymore proof that you assclowns have no idea what that word means, I have found some more right here.




Minecrafts original audience were not gamers, but retro hipsters who went oooooo blocky graphics and i can be artistic! Sign me up! Is there an iPhone port yet?!

/Psh. I played minecraft before it was cool
 
2013-06-15 06:04:14 AM
//You've probably never heard of it.  it's still in alpha. I went ahead and bought it already anyhow, cause you know, I support indie devs like that.
 
2013-06-15 06:08:45 AM
Or as I call it "Aspies Delight"
 
2013-06-15 07:17:51 AM

QT_3.14159: It's a great game, scalable to your creativity and ability. There's not much that can match that, aside from real Legos. But I can't afford that many real Legos (nor do I want them in my house!)


But it's more than legos. The whole object + object = new object, for starters.

I'm currently running a server on EC2 for my kids and some friends. That's one thing everyone is missing in this. Minecraft has a real sense of "community" that a lot of games don't have. Notch is still updating it with stuff now. People are writing mods, running servers. You can download the Minecraft server for free from his site and host it yourself, and mod it with various features. There's at least 2 other 3rd party MC servers out there.

And it's great that something fresh can come out and still get this big. I'm not knocking current genres - since space invaders there has been massive cloning of game types, and the popular game types are popular for a reason. But occassionally it's good that something can go against the grain.

/ if you like Minecraft, give Terraria a look. Similar sort of thing, but 2D. And looks much nicer IMO.
 
2013-06-15 08:26:36 AM

Mentalpatient87: cretinbob: biatches don't know about Kerbal Space Program

Word. Trying my first interplanetary mission to Jool. I keep getting set back by weird crashes. Loading to another planet and back to my ship seems to send it hurtling out of the solar system/existence.

Still love Minecraft, too.


The latest build can get weird. If you are using mechjeb2 I find that stacking manuever nodes can be a problem, as there are inherent errors in timing.

Minecraft has horses now
 
2013-06-15 10:18:29 AM

cretinbob: biatches don't know about Kerbal Space Program


Whilst Kerbal Submersible Program is an awesome game and very good quality for an alpha/beta product... I'd kinda settle for a couple of updates that were nothing more than "So yeah, we heard about this multi-core thing and thought we'd try that" as opposed to some flavour of new content.

It gets rather annoying when your stations or bases hit some seemingly arbitrary part limit and your frame rate tanks and most of your computer is sat there at idle.
 
2013-06-15 12:04:26 PM
I'd like to see this happen in minecraft
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-15 12:29:48 PM

Dadoo: I played it a lot for a few months, but then I discovered the tedium involved with doing anything significant. For instance, you really can't go anywhere without some type of rail system, which you can't have without gold, which is ridiculously rare. If you want to create a rail system without cheating, you're going to spend weeks (real time, not game time) just mining block after block, and trying to fight off mobs as you go. I eventually started editing my save files, so I could get something - anything - done.

My kids, on the other hand, haven't lost interest, though they spend more time watching minecraft videos on
YouTube, now, than they do actually playing the game.


I'm glad it's not just my kid that watches those things.

All of the excitement of watching bowling.
 
2013-06-15 02:17:50 PM

ArmoksHolyBeard: I'd like to see this happen in minecraft


God damn it I need to play some more DF, too. These building/creating games are so much fun.
 
2013-06-15 04:08:51 PM

dstanley: All of the excitement of watching bowling.


I dunno. I've never seen in bowling a guy call a giant green penis a motherfarker right before getting blown up.
 
2013-06-15 08:30:48 PM
I was ready to come in here berating both pro- and anti- Minecrafters, but then I realized I was way too cool to say anything in this thread.
 
2013-06-15 09:38:06 PM

Shakin_Haitian: I was never into minecraft. I prefer using physical legos. Just something more satisfying about holding what you just built in your hands.


I do not have the millions of dollars necessary to construct with legos what I would in minecraft, nor do I have the constitution to not kill everyone around me when I step barefooted on an errant lego.
 
2013-06-15 09:38:57 PM

Dadoo: I played it a lot for a few months, but then I discovered the tedium involved with doing anything significant. For instance, you really can't go anywhere without some type of rail system, which you can't have without gold, which is ridiculously rare. If you want to create a rail system without cheating, you're going to spend weeks (real time, not game time) just mining block after block, and trying to fight off mobs as you go. I eventually started editing my save files, so I could get something - anything - done.

My kids, on the other hand, haven't lost interest, though they spend more time watching minecraft videos on
YouTube, now, than they do actually playing the game.


you should discover creative mode.... then you don't spend weeks mining.
 
2013-06-15 10:03:29 PM
Vaneshi: It gets rather annoying when your stations or bases hit some seemingly arbitrary part limit and your frame rate tanks and most of your computer is sat there at idle.

yes.
And jesus it's a memory hog.


//Combining Minecraft and KSP would just...would just be.....
 
2013-06-16 03:22:16 AM

Foxxinnia: I fell out of love with Minecraft after it came out of beta and I thought, "So this is it then?" I could only do extremely monotonous things with no challenge and no reward for so long.


It's only as challenging and rewarding as you make it to be.  That's the whole point - it's the ultimate sandbox, and if sandbox doesn't suit your gaming style then this isn't the game for you.
 
2013-06-16 03:26:56 AM

Dadoo: I played it a lot for a few months, but then I discovered the tedium involved with doing anything significant. For instance, you really can't go anywhere without some type of rail system, which you can't have without gold, which is ridiculously rare. If you want to create a rail system without cheating, you're going to spend weeks (real time, not game time) just mining block after block, and trying to fight off mobs as you go. I eventually started editing my save files, so I could get something - anything - done.


???  Sounds like you were playing in Survival Mode, but what you wanted was Creative Mode.  Or do like me - Survival Mode, but with Cheats on, so you can switch back and forth at will.
 
2013-06-16 03:29:27 AM

Shakin_Haitian: I was never into minecraft. I prefer using physical legos. Just something more satisfying about holding what you just built in your hands.


Legos are awesome of course, and work great for their intended purpose.  But I think you're missing the point of Minecraft if all you think of it is, "Computer Legos".  It's Legos on steroids - legos laid out in landscape across a whole, infinite, living and breathing world that you can explore in first-person, and each block contains its own unique physical properties, all stuff that's impossible in physical Legos.
 
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