Preview: Minecraft

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YOU FEATURED JAMESTOWN. <3 <3

Gawd, I haven't been on the server in about a week.

It's awesome.

RejjeN:

AC10:
Hey some of these clips are from the escapist server <3

And SO close to my floating "pyramid" too :(

Though I'm even more sad he didn't include a clip of the "Tomb of Russ Pitts" just for the sake of it ;D

I was working fast, and some of the stuff I got didn't turn out quite right. It was pretty much a case of "make Kross fix the Op commands, then warp around and capture something quick."

There's a lot of really awesome stuff on there though. It's a shame we couldn't show more of what the Escapist users are making.
minecraft.escapistmagazine.com (use it in the client - not a web address)

I realy want to try this game but my computer is shit :(

Apparently I need to look up the escapist server (name on minecraft is the same if I ever get around to it btw), but I'll probably be playing this game for a good long while. Definitely not a game for people who hate sandboxs though, like every one of my friends.

"The game will never be more then what you put into it."

TRUER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN SPOKEN!

Daemascus:
Pretty good for a game still in Alpha.

This is what people have to remember: It's in Alpha.
Notch has already said, numerous times, how he's planning on adding:
- Quests
- NPC Villages
- Flying monsters
- Water creatures
- Biome specific monsters

And more!

Right now, the game is extremely playable, and is a complete blast.
But it is really just a foreshadowing of what is to come.
And I, for one, can't wait to see it in it's entirety.

I cried a little. Beautiful.

Baby Tea:

Daemascus:
Pretty good for a game still in Alpha.

This is what people have to remember: It's in Alpha.
Notch has already said, numerous times, how he's planning on adding:
- Quests
- NPC Villages
- Flying monsters
- Water creatures
- Biome specific monsters

And more!

Right now, the game is extremely playable, and is a complete blast.
But it is really just a foreshadowing of what is to come.
And I, for one, can't wait to see it in it's entirety.

Exactly what I was going to say. I think saying that Minecraft 'won't ever be more than what you're willing to put in to it' is a little bit short-sighted.

At the very least, the 99% of people who can't or won't create something amazing will always be able to enjoy what others of created. But while I think that the modes we currently have will always be available, and that they will always be a staple part of the game, it's more likelt there will eventually be a whole slew of game modes - fan made ones if nothing else. Just look at infiniminer if you want to see how this could work.

Man, Notch needs to start on the server script soon. I want to go to the nether, or having some sort of zombie hunt :D

Badwolf14:
it seems like a pass time more than anything to me....i played it (i dont know if i was playing a demo version because i could only build with certain blocks....didn't have the freedom that showed in the video) and got hooked in it pretty quickly (i started to build a castle >.>)....but i havent gone back to it be because i didn't have time to but also because i am not that motivated to go to it....now im not saying it is a bad game...i think its a great idea which gives plenty of freedom but doesn't seem like it's that engaging of a game to have somebody come back to it often

You played the free version, you have to pay for the real game. You can pre-purchase the game now for 50% off, and he gives you free entry into the alpha testing (current game).

The amount of potential in this game makes my pants tight.

Imagine redstone+iron to make magnets. Now make magnet blocks that metal objects are attracted to and you have a minecart linear accelerator.

Or an actual cannon that you load with gunpowder and cannonballs, then aim it to blow things up at range.

Or skeletons that shoot flaming or explosive arrows.

Or acid that slowly dissolves the blocks underneath it as it flows.

Or redstone powered jump assist boots that need to be recharged after X power jumps (watch out for that landing!)

Or walking minecarts with spider legs that go up walls or over land.

The possibilities are nearly endless and that is what really captures your imagination, even in the primitive state this game is now.

They showed my floating island. Wohoo hours of hard work.

Explorator Vimes:
I'm so very much on the fence about this. I do love me some Lego building, but I dunno, it just doesn't seem like it'd be more than a diversion rather than a real game. I know that it's because it is in beta still, but something tells me it isn't planning on getting much more complex because that would dilute the point of it all.

It's in Alpha, not Beta. Creator, Notch, plans to bring up his production company, Mahjong Specifications, to a good size, then start working on a single-player campaign for the damn thing, with quests 'n stuff; as well as competitive multiplayer modes.

This game is going to off the hook when it's finished.

rembrandtqeinstein:
The amount of potential in this game makes my pants tight.

Imagine redstone+iron to make magnets. Now make magnet blocks that metal objects are attracted to and you have a minecart linear accelerator.

Or an actual cannon that you load with gunpowder and cannonballs, then aim it to blow things up at range.

Or skeletons that shoot flaming or explosive arrows.

Or acid that slowly dissolves the blocks underneath it as it flows.

Or redstone powered jump assist boots that need to be recharged after X power jumps (watch out for that landing!)

Or walking minecarts with spider legs that go up walls or over land.

The possibilities are nearly endless and that is what really captures your imagination, even in the primitive state this game is now.

Or a CPU:

I love how people here complain that there is no point to this game when all games are essentially timesinks. Have we really grown so ashamed of our gaming pastime that we aren't willing to call all games what they really are?

I have avoided Minecraft. My reason is because I see it as an incredibly addictive time-sapper. I know that if I truly got into it I'd be hooked and the thing is - building a scale model of the Starship Enterprise may be "cool" but it's essentially nothing. To spend so much time on a creative outlet such as Minecraft to no end whatsoever is pretty disheartening.

It's why I'm pretty wary of the notion of "creative" games. Sure it maybe creative but you're still creating in the confines of a game.

I don't think I'm getting across exactly what my concern is and it's probably nothing really. But I'm watching you Minecraft, oh yes. I'm watching you.

This game sounds like it could have a lot of fun hanging out with a certain sackboy.

ZodiacBraves:

Badwolf14:
it seems like a pass time more than anything to me....i played it (i dont know if i was playing a demo version because i could only build with certain blocks....didn't have the freedom that showed in the video) and got hooked in it pretty quickly (i started to build a castle >.>)....but i havent gone back to it be because i didn't have time to but also because i am not that motivated to go to it....now im not saying it is a bad game...i think its a great idea which gives plenty of freedom but doesn't seem like it's that engaging of a game to have somebody come back to it often

You played the free version, you have to pay for the real game. You can pre-purchase the game now for 50% off, and he gives you free entry into the alpha testing (current game).

kk thx

I take issue with phrases like "undeniably fun and addictive." I would never deny your ability to have fun with it, but I can certainly deny this effect on me.

I tried the free online version and got bored. I was later convinced by a friend to purchase the full version anyhow, with assurances that there is more "game" here. I tried that, and got bored and disappointed. For me, the monsters are not scary. They're not interesting to defeat, or fun to avoid. They're just nuisances.

All that said, I do see potential in Minecraft. But the version for sale now did not hook me in the slightest.

I would suggest this game to anyone that needs a "side game" to play. I'll play differnet games (Like currently playing TF2 and Kingdom Hearts: BBS) but I keep returning to Minecraft to cool down and recharge.

Personally, I love playing alone with the lights off in this world. I've been trying to build a quick Minecart station from my Spawn point to my Home/Fort (It's currently at least three stories, along with a sky platform for a Minecart station as well. I've been a bit bored lately with all of the world that I've conquered, and began starting to expand outwards, traveling for days with limited supplies to create a new home. With the update and the biomes, a new life has surged from the game. It's been an experience to climb a digital mountain top to find a thick Forrest on the other side or a desert that can spawn for miles.

I can't wait to see what the finish game will be like, but as it is, it reminds me so much of the stories I would experience with old school RPG games. Just exploring aimlessly, but knowing that survival is the reason why I exist.

It should be noted that Game Saves are sharable, and there are tools people use to create and edit worlds. It's still a budding community, but lately, there are people building "pre-built" worlds with a aim and story to look for in the ruins.

Wow.

Not only am I watching this, but the Escapist minecraft server is running in the background.

I think I need help.

Explorator Vimes:
I'm so very much on the fence about this. I do love me some Lego building, but I dunno, it just doesn't seem like it'd be more than a diversion rather than a real game. I know that it's because it is in beta still, but something tells me it isn't planning on getting much more complex because that would dilute the point of it all. I've read the articles posted, and looked at the pretty and awe inspiring things people have built, and I know I lack both the talent and drive to do any of that stuff. I mean, I'm the kid who builds what's on the box of Legos using the instructions and then leaves it together, I've never really been the inventive type I suppose. Guess I can just continue to observe from a far and hope that Notch and his new company continue to be successful in what they do.

Don't be so sure it won't get more complex. Notch has mentioned that he wants to add in things like NPC settlements and even the occasional quest, so I have a feeling it's going to get pretty expansive before it's fully "done". I love games with open and ongoing development like Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress, because you can expect new features for years to come.

Yokai:

Explorator Vimes:
I'm so very much on the fence about this. I do love me some Lego building, but I dunno, it just doesn't seem like it'd be more than a diversion rather than a real game. I know that it's because it is in beta still, but something tells me it isn't planning on getting much more complex because that would dilute the point of it all. I've read the articles posted, and looked at the pretty and awe inspiring things people have built, and I know I lack both the talent and drive to do any of that stuff. I mean, I'm the kid who builds what's on the box of Legos using the instructions and then leaves it together, I've never really been the inventive type I suppose. Guess I can just continue to observe from a far and hope that Notch and his new company continue to be successful in what they do.

Don't be so sure it won't get more complex. Notch has mentioned that he wants to add in things like NPC settlements and even the occasional quest, so I have a feeling it's going to get pretty expansive before it's fully "done". I love games with open and ongoing development like Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress, because you can expect new features for years to come.

Exactly, Minecraft is still in the Alpha stage, it hasn't even hit beta yet. We have a long time before this game stops improving.

I like the idea where you can build under pressure, hoping to have something protective done before nightfall. That's something I aim to exploit when I get this.

Considering the textures involved, when you start to see a noticeable framerate drop, you know it has got to be FRIKKIN HUGE.

matrix3509:
I love how people here complain that there is no point to this game when all games are essentially timesinks. Have we really grown so ashamed of our gaming pastime that we aren't willing to call all games what they really are?

I think that what a lot of folks are trying to say is that they prefer games with more clearly defined goals. With that said, I personally love Minecraft. Some folks I do believe go into every game with with preconception that it needs these defined goals, and they really need to let that go. Love the idea of games that simply facilitate creativity.

I'll play mine craft when it has friendlies.

archvile93:
How does the combat work in Minecraft exactly?

you point at the thing you want dead and click until they fall over and explode...<.<

Generic Gamer:
I love Minecraft. I was recently made single and two months ago I had my account locked by choice. For those two months I have been playing Minecraft.

Now it's still an alpha, no real NPCs, no quests or anything because an alpha is for testing the stability of the game world. That's why it's so slim at the moment, Notch is literally getting the world working.

I recently came up with the idea of wooden scaffolding, I'm building a sky castle and when I'm done I'm going to burn away the scaffolding and use a tree plantation on the roof to access the surface world. Literally burning my bridges should stop creepers!

try cloth or wool, i thought of trying that too but wood has a habit of not burning completely and will sometimes sit there on fire seemingly forever.

Dan Adams:
Preview: Minecraft

The game, the phenomenon, the blocks.

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Dan,

The video review was pure poetry, for which I am grateful.

Minecraft is a great game at first, but its entirely about being creative. Once you finish sometihng you were trying to do you always find yourself asking, well what's next? So I built a sky aquaduct made of glass to connect my two castles safely... well I suppose I could deccorate it with lava flows off the sides. My problem with the game was that there was never any doubt I could do what I wanted to do. It just would take time, and so I got halfway through a big project, and lost interest.

The survival mode is fun, but it needs more complexity. Once you build a house with a fence around it, you're pretty much never gonna die unless you go spelunking into caves, or get caught our of your house at night.

A fair few of my roleplaying friends on the Escapist play Minecraft - or Minecrack as they jokingly call it - but I haven't seen that... je ne sais quoi that draws me into games. Sure, they all say it's fun, but I'm just not seeing it. I have nothing against the game; my problem is that I'm put off by it for some reason. Either that or it's just not appealing to me.

timeadept:

try cloth or wool, i thought of trying that too but wood has a habit of not burning completely and will sometimes sit there on fire seemingly forever.

Oh cheers, it's not too late to change so time to punch a few sheep.

I picked it up a month or so ago (I think), and I've been pretty much hooked.

Singleplayer does wear down on you after a while, but if you can find a Multiplayer server that you like, you're golden. I joined a server a week or two after getting the game, and haven't touched singleplayer since.

And there are mods for SMP (survival multiplayer) that add a little more depth to the world. Our server uses an economy system (iConomy plugin), gives server admins lots of ways to deal with griefers, and probably some other ones I'm not aware of. Also, we have a guy working on getting a quest system working.

Also, SMP lets you get inspiration from (and collaborate with) people who are amazing builders.

Damn good game.

But Im confused why this is a preview? Minecraft has been out for a good long while now.

I find it fun, survival mode appeals to a primal instinct, thats why I played. Survive is enough of an objective for me.

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