Thursday, February 10, 2011

Minecraft


Minecraft, a game with no victory condition that you can pick of for about 20$. So why is this interesting? Well the trick is to make it interesting. This game is really hot among a lot of people because of the creativity you can show through building an infinite amount of designs through various blocks in the game world. But this requires work. You can't just summon up the blocks required to build the thing you want to build, you have to mine it out of the ground just as if you were really trying to find the resources to build something, and if you want to make something with a rare material get ready for a grind, because some of those materials are very difficult to find. The rarest of these materials being Diamond. Only found 20 or so blocks above the bedrock (the deepest you can go so to speak) in very rare patches, that can take hours to find if not done in an efficient manner. But this might seem to easy for you. So it gets harder. The day cycles just in the real world...

Zombie, Creeper, Skeleton - Left to right. Note: This is an alternate art picture, this representation does not reflect in-game graphics. Image is the property of its respective owner. I do not claim this as my own. Not included in this picture are spiders. Another monster that was recently given the ability to climb over walls.

Meet the Zombie, Creeper, and Skeleton. These monsters spawn only at night, or in dark places such as deep caves. The Zombie is your basic melee monster, it will seek to hurt you by eating your brains. The Skeleton uses a bow to try and kill you, probably the most likely to kill you of these monsters. Next, the Creeper. The creeper is what can readily be described as a suicide bomber as it will try to kill you by blowing itself up, and anything around it. Finally, what I consider to be the least likely to kill you, are spiders. They're jumpy little buggers that have the pesky ability to climb up and over walls. Seek shelter at night, and have a roof, and you'll be fine against these creeps. Build by day, mine by night. Whatever works for you, and if you have the time and the patience, great things can be achieved. From building towers, to castles, to ships, and roller coasters the only limit to what you can build is your imagination and the work you're willing to put into it. But be warned though. This game is an amazing time sink, and you won't realize how much time you've spent on it until seven hours have passed. I know that's the case with me. My flying lava encased castle of doom.

This is a screen shot of an in-game object that someone built. If your a Trekie, you might recognize this as the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, because that's what it is on a to-scale representation of itself in the Minecraft game world. The screen shot doesn't really give it justice, but this thing is ridiculously huge.

8 comments:

  1. I saw the youtube vid of the guy who built the enterprise simply crazy. I only briefly tried minecraft a few days ago might give it more of a whirl if i find the time.

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  2. I never understood why people find this game so entertaining. I loved lego as a kid, but I doubt I'll ever get into e-Lego.

    But that enterprise, my god, props to that guy!

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  3. i hear minecraft in alot of blogs...maybe i will pick it up later o.o

    http://skybluetrading.blogspot.com/

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  4. Enterprise in 1:1 scale... Amazing

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  5. i just put a post up on my blog about minecraft. it's the first of a series by machinima choosing the top 5 creations and each week is a different theme. the video on my blog is rollercoasters.

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  6. Eww! The creatures except the skeleton look gross

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