What Minecraft Is Missing

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yahtzee, you forgot to say:

!!! It needs a furniture patch to decorate properly all those huge empty rooms that you build !!!

My Walkthrough for fighting creepers:
You will Need:

A sword, preferably Iron or Diamond
A large open area.

The trick to killing creepers is timing. Since they can 'see' you through obstacles, stuff like getting them caught on a corner and wailing away, like with Skeletons or Zombies, doesn't work.

First, get acquainted with the 'range' of the sword on animals. Since Minecraft handles blocks and animals with a different range of effectiveness, you have to find out where your comfort zone is. To test this, find your average unsuspecting pig, and slowly move towards him, finding out just how far your sword can go. I find that the max range for me is a block and a half away, though I haven't conclusively tested this.

Now that you have range, you need a place where you can not only circle-strafe, but back away beforehand without running into obstacles. Beaches work well, since Sand is easy to clear and a duel on the beach is always awesome. If you can't find that place, then make sure you get some idea for the terrain so you don't back yourself into a wall you can't jump.

After that, it's simple. Hit the creeper at max range, then back away from him. A second or two seconds after he STOPS HISSING [very important], repeat the process.

This is good for until you get the bow, or get some pressure plates, red ore and TNT. Then again, there's pit traps, burning traps, water holes, hitting him when he's on a ledge below you...

Final note: Though they can 'see' past corners, making a corner trap impossible, they can't see diagonally or vertically. So if you're above one, look down and hack away.

jeremypeel:
I actually don't share your thoughts on the tedium of digging at all. I mean, I'd agree on paper - it sounds altogether like too much digging forwards then down the forwards then down for any sane person - but in practice the pixelated design, the cleanness of the block-collecting and placing system and the repeated 'scratchscratchscratchpop!' of mining is endlessly satisfying.

I don't know. I kind of agree with you, but when you start exploring a big cave system and you start getting lost when Creepers are chasing you from all directions, I think having an ore detector and the Redstone Beacon thing mentioned above would be really nice to have.

On the subject of dye blocks, I hear you can dye sheep and use that as a source of coloured wool (see http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Sheep). If that works it might be a better way of farming blue wool.

Also historically I think that the materials for blue paints/pigments were always very rare and expensive (hence why renaissance and other portrayals have the Virgin Mary wear blue, it was a symbol of the client's wealth) which may be why blue is so much harder to get here than other dyes.

Yahtzee Croshaw:
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You are so on the ball with what would be awesome I want to have sex with your mind.

I like all these ideas. Modding Minecraft has become something of an obsession of mine, it's amazing to see what this game can become and STILL be solid as a rock stability wise.

They're good suggestions but they might be a bit redundant. Remember the game is still in rapid development, and Notch has had a huge community throwing the same suggestions at him for ages.

Your all a bunch of easily lead sheep here on this forum.

"O NO! don't disagree with the great Yathzee! His opinions are teh perfection!"

I don't think Mr.Croshaw gets much helpful feedback if you don't give him some constructive critasism. SO here is mine. I find it a bit odd that his same reasons for liking Minecraft are the same reasons he hates WOW. Lots of grind that you lets you show off your big golden cock/Epic gear drops.

Grind is boring to me. I might like this game if it were sand box in a pure form. As I recall you don't need to go digging in a sand box to find the sand.

thethingthatlurks:
I'd also love to have a world map, even if it is one that can only be crated and will only fill in the areas you've already explored. All it has to show is the spawn point, the player's location and some areas you can enter manually (ie your fortress atop Mt. Doom).

there's a program called cartograph, google it and find the post on minecraft forums. basicly you select a level and it creates a map of it. you can also make it at an angle. you can also make it do the normal map, then a map with only diamond and use gimp or paint.net and layer them. bit of a cheat but still feels like you're working for it and mapping it out rather than mine editing it.

People really hate creepers, don't they? Even when they explode, it's entertaining (if not deadly) to see a big hole when it stood. Their sulfur drop rate (or that of the firespitting ghasts) should be higher, though. I don't want to spend nine hours killing those things just to blow up a pile of dirt.

shimyia:
yahtzee, you forgot to say:

!!! It needs a furniture patch to decorate properly all those huge empty rooms that you build !!!

here's a tip, wooden stairs with two blank signs, one eitehr side, it looks like a cair.

I don't like the metal detector idea because that's part if the charm and I also think that blue dye is a kind of status symbol and you should feel damn good for managing to make your megaman sculpture.

I liked the other ideas, especially the water idea.

Also, I want my trap door! I want to be able to lure a creeper into a corridor and drop them into a room of cacti and arrow dispensers.

I cracked up at Minesweepercraft.

I might be playing this game if it had a better learning curve. Was easier to get into.

And blue is not an obscure colour, that shit is primary.

Don't let the ancient Phoenicians hear you say that. Their fortune was made with Tyrian Purple. Just be glad you didn't have to fish for hundreds of pounds of snails to get a few blue blocks.

I got myself Minecraft (finally..) after last ZP, and yeah, Creepers are terrible. My first encounter of them was quite surprising for me - i was starting a game, survived first night, and then went out to look for moar coal. I found it, in few blocks wide cave in the mountain, started mining it, when suddenly - i heard a new sound! The Dickhead sneaked up to my back, and exploded there - killing me outright. Also, my first day of playing Minecraft was quite traumatic and dramatic - on the next day i noticed that i accidentally set the difficulty on "Hard".

This game's dev needs some help from a few more people to finish the game and later release things as DLC - it would make things much smoother.

Alternatively they could split the game like the Linux distro - you know , Fedora/Red Hat dichotomy ?
The core is open-source and proprietary stuff gets sold as DLC , and the modding community will probably go nuts.

Just my two cents.

Great article - didn't know Yahtzee could be so funny in text.

LWS666:

shimyia:
yahtzee, you forgot to say:

!!! It needs a furniture patch to decorate properly all those huge empty rooms that you build !!!

here's a tip, wooden stairs with two blank signs, one eitehr side, it looks like a cair.

is looks like one but it isn't...
i want real furniture with actual usefulness ...
like sleeping on a bed to add health or smth. else
desks... and to have their use
etc.

Speaking from somebody who is actually in the gold exploration business, i truly agree that some intellectual basis for the discovery of the gold in minecraft would probably put it over the top in my books of great games.

I like a lot of these ideas, but I'd rather not see ore detectors. Rather I'd like to see honest Ore veins so that if you were to find a block of say, iron, then you know there is more iron to be had in the area. As it is now while there are sometimes small pockets of blocks of the same material, they are not necessarily in the same geographic location as another lone group and so on.

I like the idea of random pockets of ore and other mine-able materials, but I'd like to see veins of it as well.

I would also like to see something like a list feature implemented. If I discover how to build axes for example then when I want to build one I should just be able to select it from the tools list and so long as I have the materials on hand it gets built without me needed to place the blocks.

I agree with some others on the blue dye thing. It could be Notch's Wyrm Online past showing through. From memory blue and purple dyes were some of the hardest to extract and fix in any usuable form (regardless of how common it is in nature). That's why they're the colours often assocated with royalty.
Having different colours be valued differetly is kinda interesting.
Then again true white pigment was made from lead oxide and tended to poison the people who extracted it. I guess fighting skeletons could be a good aproximation.

"Bursts of coloured confetti and sounds of fanfares and rounds of applause playing whenever you successfully kill an exploding bush monster before it gets to you.

That would be nice."

sounds like someone played a Halo game with Grunt Birthday Party on

Ashoten:
Your all a bunch of easily lead sheep here on this forum.

"O NO! don't disagree with the great Yathzee! His opinions are teh perfection!"

I don't think Mr.Croshaw gets much helpful feedback if you don't give him some constructive critasism. SO here is mine. I find it a bit odd that his same reasons for liking Minecraft are the same reasons he hates WOW. Lots of grind that you lets you show off your big golden cock/Epic gear drops.

Grind is boring to me. I might like this game if it were sand box in a pure form. As I recall you don't need to go digging in a sand box to find the sand.

I didn't get the impression that Yahtzee dislikes WoW. Didn't he say he stopped playing because it was consuming his soul? Your constructive criticism is really just a result of inattentiveness.

Keep in mind that Minecraft is in early Betaphase! By the time it actually comes out, we will all be flying around in airships or dragons :)

Apparently, Yahtzee has taken a hit of Prozac here... He's so calm! ;-)

That said--mostly good points, though a bit redundant if you bother to read the Minecraft forums and Notch's own blog. The Tutorial and Sluice Gate (or at the very least water and lava being able to pass through the existing doors) are being worked on.
Ore detectors...I'm kinda mixed on--on the one hand, as someone who spent waaaay too much time dodging Sudden Lava Pools down in the deep levels to find a bare 5 diamonds, I wouldn't mind a detector. On the other hand, it could easily make things *too* easy.

As for Lapis...I had not quite the opposite problem as I was finding a bunch of the stuff when I wanted to find diamonds (find where sea level is, dig a shaft about 50-54 floors down, and then work out horizontally from there...keeping in mind that while this is where diamonds, Lapis, and redstone appear, so does the Hot Fun aka Lava). Granted, not as much as I did of the redstone, but still..

Elevators...I get decent use out of the ladders, so far. Granted, while a proper ladder shaft will allow a decent descent, going up needs holding a key rather than being automatic.

I like the drawbridge idea...but more in keeping with the style, I wonder how well you could implement the classic Megaman nemesis, the Disappearing Block?

manic_depressive13:

Ashoten:
Your all a bunch of easily lead sheep here on this forum.

"O NO! don't disagree with the great Yathzee! His opinions are teh perfection!"

I don't think Mr.Croshaw gets much helpful feedback if you don't give him some constructive critasism. SO here is mine. I find it a bit odd that his same reasons for liking Minecraft are the same reasons he hates WOW. Lots of grind that you lets you show off your big golden cock/Epic gear drops.

Grind is boring to me. I might like this game if it were sand box in a pure form. As I recall you don't need to go digging in a sand box to find the sand.

I didn't get the impression that Yahtzee dislikes WoW. Didn't he say he stopped playing was because it was consuming his soul? Your constructive criticism is really just a result of inattentiveness.

Your right I should have phrased it differently. Yahtzee likes the soul consuming grinding of Minecraft but not the soul consuming grinding of WOW?

Tutorial and metal detector i disagree with, you say the fun in the game is finding all the materials, knowing exactly where everything is takes the fun out of it. As for the tutorial, being told what or how to do something automatically limits your creativity imo. Minecraft isn't that type of game, you don't even need to be told how to play, because you can play the game however you like.

Odd thing I expected him to mention but he didnt.
The spawn point, its fixed.
so minecraft generates this MASSIVE world, yet without map hacking, you cant stray to far from a single point for fear of losing all your shit...
It seemed odd since the funnest part of minecraft is before the "I'm going to mine antil I have enough iron to make something to help me mine iron strage"
It's the, shit, How am I going to survive this?
the parts that end with you franticly trying to build a door, because you swore it didnt get dark that quick...
and those points are most common when your exploring.

GrizzlerBorno:

-flying/swimming mobs that grab you and try and drown you/drop you from a great height. that would scare the fuck out of me (smacking the mob with enough damage would make it drop you)

I can see so many ways this could go wrong... Imagine hitting them when you're too high? It'd be like a self-generated "Oh goddamnit" moment.

I'd like a "Stack all" button. There's already a TON of click drag. A little less would be nice. ;_;

I say add uranium,build a nuke and blow up the other island.then you would be worshiped by all
the green shrubs and send them out to go blow people to hell :D.NEWS Flash:Minecraft holocaust! hmm TNT looks pixly cant imagine what a nuke would look like or do....Kind of ironic now i think about it creation game gone wrong if there were nukes.I agree with all the things he suggested ores difficult to find,how ever after you have tons and tons of ore what will you do with all of it? Dimond armore tools...Build a massive train track?

Bloody mother SHART i delted my exxesivly long comment by hitting the back button whitch is a damn bad idea of makeing it also go back a page...

Minecraft needs to keep you interested at all time,they alredy have done so by makeing you work for you assesets.but there are only aprox 100crafts whitch can be memorrized fairly easily.if there were say a million crafts it would be very difficult to impossible to memmorize them.A better combat system would do wounders when i have a sword i should be able to bitch slap that zombie befor it touches me whitch i always get hit when i try to do so.There are the bow n arrows whitch i have grown to love :D with there macine gun like firing rate.Cannons would be very nice to add the explosions keep just about anyone interested
and having simmilar effects like TNT.A moarter like shape with iron as the craft.
I like the metal detector idea but you would have tons and tons of ores what would you do with all of them?only way to keep balence is make a mind-boggling amount of crafts.A mode whitch i read about for minecraft a ind of zombie survival thing have a pre-built castle
the zombies can break blocks(and balls) keep the sunsa-bitches out cannons and arrows,it would have to be multiplayer to make it possible you would be swarmed and forced to bend over if you didnt.
INtelegent NPC's pigmen seem to be a good choice they can harvest materials and build villages make them mad they hunt you down and gut you like a pig (haha).But if they had millions of crafts programed in them i would fear them that or have a nuke on hand>
There would be multipul vilalges all over the world each a diffrent color diffrent color makes them enemmys and when spoted they have a little fight,whitch i would find it ammusing seeing pigs fight to the death.And you could aliy with a village and have world domination
if a other colored pigmen kills the other village they capture it,whitch geares them all for worl-I mean minecraft domination.Yahtzee would prefer to nuke them all i imagine.Maybe even human NPCs whitch are loyal to you and fight to the death.Whitch would make it more like first shooter world domination strategy game.
My ideas may seem a bit beyond current tech nology conisdering i never seen a intellgent NPC.However they seem possible and excusse me for leaving a long comment*
eat your waffles grandmas,if you dont yo guna get a spankin.

So... Ben Croshaw wants a "A Buggering Tutorial"? I mean I wouldn't know but the concept doesn't seem particularly complicated to me.

I want to be able to build NPCs and give them paths.
My city townships are so empty...

I love the sluice gate idea, but the blue dye does have its rarity grounded in history. Blue and purple were seen as extraordinarily rare and royal colors, simply due to the near-impossible chances of acquiring enough base material to make that color.
However, as the concept of "royalty" is based on being BETTER than somebody else, I admit that having a rare color is somewhat lost in a game populated by you and only you.

If he gets overconfident enough, maybe we'll see a multiplayer aspect in a far-spread world separated by oceans and hazardous terrain, where different starting areas have different materials available to them. Then, all of a sudden, we have a trade system, local greed, and post 11th century worldwide economy in our minecraft!!....not the best idea, but a possibility of where things could go.

Alexnader:
So... Ben Croshaw wants a "A Buggering Tutorial"? I mean I wouldn't know but the concept doesn't seem particularly complicated to me.

If you haven't investigated the methods and madness of minecraft prior to purchasing the game, you literally have no way of knowing that putting two blocks of wood together makes a workbench, from which you can craft other much-needed items. Trial and error is one way of learning about a game, but the sheer number of possible combinations is rather staggering and intimidating, especially since you only have a limited amount of time before green cock-monsters blow you the hell up.

It can be quite frustrating to wander about a world, simply punching dirt and getting blown up. I'm sure that more than one new Minecraft player has gotten sick of the game, just because they couldn't see why so many people liked dicking around a sandbox world until you inevitably die.

I agree on the sluice gate, that would be a novel addition for controlling water. Notch has noted more than once about the lack of tutorial or beginner tips, and has stated that there is something in the works. Given that this is beta I can easily forgive for the absence. And then there is the large community of people eager to help new players in discovering how to survive the first night.
Not sure I have ever seen such a wide support of noobs in any other game before.

I think finding ore can be as easy as adding a quirk to the compass where it is diverted by nearby iron ore. Leave it up to the player to go from there. I'd just as soon not have something be too specific.

MaxwellEdison:
I want to be able to build NPCs and give them paths.
My city townships are so empty...

THAT would be awesome. Being able to make your own robot drones would be quite the goal to reach for. Logical enough to make sure they are complex enough to not get to too easily as to keep the challenge in.

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