Minecraft Getting Scarier After Halloween Update

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Minecraft Getting Scarier After Halloween Update

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Minecraft is celebrating Halloween by making the game ever scarier, not that the cute pumpkins being added have anything to do with it.

Minecraft developer Markus Persson has announced that a fairly significant update will be hitting later this month on October 31, i.e. Halloween. While the addition of pumpkin cubes is a no-brainer, he'll also be adding a whole bunch of other new features and implementing gameplay alterations.

But first: the pumpkins. Players will be able to carve Jack-o-Lantern cubes that can also be worn as helmets. Persson says the fashion statement is "useless," but I couldn't disagree more. Wearing a pumpkin on your head should be a feature of every game.

If you don't have a pumpkin obsession like me, the Halloween update will still be something you'll want to download. It'll add a brand new "hell world" used for fast travel, which will apparently translate any movement within it to a much longer trip in the game's normal world. Portal in and move 10 meters, and see yourself hundreds of meters away once you portal out.

New monsters dubbed "actually difficult" will be released, and players will face even more dangerous underground depths. With the update, the deeper players go, the brighter the surroundings have to be for them to stay safe. Even tougher, torches will now die, though they can be reignited with flint. Thankfully, lanterns are a permanent light source.

Players will also be able to use the game's fishing rod to actually catch some fish come Halloween. A craftable watch is another new addition that will let players know when they can emerge from their hiding spots. Further, October 31 will bring with it the repair of certain bugs, the biome feature, better music, better sound effects, and possibly even more. I guess that all that money is really going to good use already.

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Well this looks to be exciting, kinda worried about the Torches going out, but that does add to the environment a lot. On whole this Minecraft Addict approves

Actually difficult? Oh boy.

Dumb new-guy question, if I've been playing the offline Alpha mode do I have to download the new version manually? Or does it update itself?

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I wonder what could be SSSSSSSSSo SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSScary in Mincraft. It'SSSSSSSSSSSSS not like the game haSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS anything really SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSStartling in it now.

Yay! I'm excited for this :)

Something more difficult then legions of the hissing beasts!?!?!?

Hoooooooboy. Anyone else need a new pair of underwear?

Sneaky-Pie:
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From the Escapist Server we have going.

I'd have to come along and change the stone for proper stone and add glass/wool in the middle if I joined that.

I don't really get what Minecraft is. Is there a whole objective to it or do you just go around and dig stuff? And how do you dig? Whatever, I might get it but probably not, but jack-o-lanterns are awesome.

but i like that the torches last forever, i have about a hundred of them and most of them are in impossible to reach places, i cant run up from my underground city of the lost every so often to light the torches, that patch better add robots too that will do these mundane tasks for you so i, the hero, can focus on building and killing.

thats like adding a timer to sandbox zombie killing game that makes it so that you can never go too far away or have too much fun before having to track down a magical item and give it to your daughter in yet another horrible and awkward cut scene.

Last Bullet:
Actually difficult? Oh boy.

Dumb new-guy question, if I've been playing the offline Alpha mode do I have to download the new version manually? Or does it update itself?

Offline, you mean as in "not registered, play offline" mode? Then yes, you'll have to pirate the newer version when it comes out :P (Updates are automatically downloaded when you log into the game with your registered account)

Also, huzzah for minecraft, may it live long and prosper!

Sweet, actually looking forward to this next update!

Sneaky-Pie:
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From the Escapist Server we have going.

That is the most awesome thing I have ever seen!!

Hopefully he will fix the multiplayer 'invincible everything' damage model. Then I'll have a reason to get my multiplayer server running again.

Teleporting through hell? Is that a 40k reference, or an event horizon reference?

Either way, VERY cool. Slipspace ftw!

Jumplion:
I don't really get what Minecraft is. Is there a whole objective to it or do you just go around and dig stuff? And how do you dig? Whatever, I might get it but probably not, but jack-o-lanterns are awesome.

Not to sound snide, but it is a game about mining and crafting. It happens to also have a survival / adventure element to it. The real fun, though, is utilizing the resources in your environment to shape it. And running from creepers.

Fast Transportation?

Biomes actually fucken working? YESSSSSSSS!!

I'm worried about the torches dying out too. He should at least let players keep a lit torch in their hand then. Minecraft might have a lot of grinding, digging and digging, but going to light up hundreds of torches again and again doesn't sound fun at all.
At least there's a reward in digging.

Swaki:
but i like that the torches last forever, i have about a hundred of them and most of them are in impossible to reach places, i cant run up from my underground city of the lost every so often to light the torches, that patch better add robots too that will do these mundane tasks for you so i, the hero, can focus on building and killing.

thats like adding a timer to sandbox zombie killing game that makes it so that you can never go too far away or have too much fun before having to track down a magical item and give it to your daughter in yet another horrible and awkward cut scene.

I heard that already placed torches will change into lanterns, while the easier to make torches (the ones placed post-update) will be on a limited source.

also, I place this game next to majora's mask and System Shock 2

and they are making it worse... oohh boy...

I'm a little worried about torches going out over time... I may have to redesign my methods of cavern exploration if that's the case. In the end this update just has me even more excited then before!

Hands down one of the best indie games I've ever played. :)

Supposedly all torches currently in place in the game will get converted to lanters, to keep player bases from being overrun when the update hits. So an easy way to bypass the lantern issue is to just place a ton of torches all over the place, and then go about and collect 'em when they turn into lanterns. That way you'll have a surplus.

I'm tempted to play this game, and it's 50% off at the moment. Still... I really need people to play it with. It's like Second Life you can have loads of fun exploring and creating on your own, but you really need some people to mess about with.

Danzaivar:
Teleporting through hell? Is that a 40k reference

We'll have to find a way to craft Gellar Fields from stone and wood.

Danzaivar:
Teleporting through hell? Is that a 40k reference, or an event horizon reference?

Either way, VERY cool. Slipspace ftw!

Actually it's a Wheel of Time reference, he said so on Twitter, I think.

SirBryghtside:
NO! STOP TEMPTING ME! WILL... NOT... PLAY... MINECRAFT... :P

I tried that, I failed.

Thought it was just another Facebook type game and that it would pass eventually.

After watching a few Youtube vids by SSoHPKC I just had to try it.

Best $15 I ever spent, keep the updates coming...

Tom Goldman:
Even tougher, torches will now die, though they can be reignited with flint. Thankfully, lanterns are a permanent light source.

Allow me to use that red dust to make infinite torches then!! There's not enough uses for that powder, I ain't making any switches or whatever...

Z(ombie)fan:
I heard that already placed torches will change into lanterns, while the easier to make torches (the ones placed post-update) will be on a limited source.

Oh, well that's good.

Well, all the updates sound good to me.

So when the final game is finished (after many months), did I hear that the price will increase and people who have already payed will have to pay the difference? Kinda unfortunate, I'm pretty sure he's already covered the extra development cost a few weeks ago... >.>

It's probably gonna get the price hike then. I'd better buy it soon!

The funny (or depressing) thing is that if you check out Notch's blog people are still pissed off about this because it means that there will be no major weekly updates between now and then.

Last Bullet:
Dumb new-guy question, if I've been playing the offline Alpha mode do I have to download the new version manually? Or does it update itself?

Yes, the game downloads new updates automatically as soon as you start the executable and log in with your account.
Well, actually...

I had to manually re-download the update before last, but the official forum explained that.
Also the last update didn't happen either, and now it says "Outdated launcher".
In other words, the updating is a bit messier than it should be right now, but I'm expecting things to happen automatically again in the future.

thenumberthirteen:
I'm tempted to play this game, and it's 50% off at the moment. Still... I really need people to play it with. It's like Second Life you can have loads of fun exploring and creating on your own, but you really need some people to mess about with.

Danzaivar:
Teleporting through hell? Is that a 40k reference

We'll have to find a way to craft Gellar Fields from stone and wood.

Wait what? Where do you see it 50% off?

(Edit: wait never mind, you mean 50% off the eventual full version price.)

The addition of a watch/clock is welcome news and the whole torch thing is fine as long as lanterns are permanent. What's this biome feature though? I've only been playing for about a week, and have yet to hear about it.

Good to see he's not having money baths in everything he's making (like I would) and putting that awesome noodle to work with some great new content. What an awesome guy this minecraft dude is.

/respect

Danzaivar:
Teleporting through hell? Is that a 40k reference, or an event horizon reference?

Either way, VERY cool. Slipspace ftw!

Apparently, it's an "actually teleporting through hell" reference.

Dirty Apple:
The addition of a watch/clock is welcome news and the whole torch thing is fine as long as lanterns are permanent. What's this biome feature though? I've only been playing for about a week, and have yet to hear about it.

Biomes are usually different mini-ecosystems found within a larger ecosystem.

Tom Goldman:
torches will now die, though they can be reignited with flint.

I just died a little inside.
IMO flint is much more valuable than a cheap torch, not worth the cost of re-lighting it.

Wolf Devastator:

Z(ombie)fan:
I heard that already placed torches will change into lanterns, while the easier to make torches (the ones placed post-update) will be on a limited source.

Oh, well that's good.

Well, all the updates sound good to me.

So when the final game is finished (after many months), did I hear that the price will increase and people who have already payed will have to pay the difference? Kinda unfortunate, I'm pretty sure he's already covered the extra development cost a few weeks ago... >.>

once again, incorrect. :p

its "50% off" in the unfinished state, but you won't need to pay again if You bought it now.
Unless the creator himself has been lying this whole time.

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