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#1 Diamond Smurf

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 08:48 AM

http://www.minecraft.net

If you don't know what this game is, I feel sorry for you. A quick YouTube should set you up. It looks like a lame game at first glance, so give it a chance. Some links to YouTubers who play Minecraft if you wanna check it out.

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An article from the Toronto Sun:

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‘Minecraft’ retro funRight now, there are two groups of gamers in the world: Those who haven't yet heard of Minecraft, and those who are hopelessly, helplessly addicted to it.

An indie, downloadable PC game by Swedish programmer Markus Persson, Minecraft has gone from an obscure title circulating among diehard gaming fans to a global phenomenon that's redefining what makes great games great. And earning its creator staggering amounts of money in the process.

Minecraft is difficult to describe. At its most basic level, it's a first-person world-building game with an almost shockingly retro look. At the beginning of the game, you're dropped empty-handed onto a giant, randomly generated island, and your goal is to, well, survive.

Survival isn't all that difficult in Minecraft. You don't need to eat or drink, and the only threats to your safety are the zombies, spiders and other extremely lethal critters that come out at night. You do need some kind of shelter for protection, but that could literally be a hole you dig in the ground and then seal up behind you, until the sun rises again and the monsters drift away.

But there's no fun in that. The fun in Minecraft comes with the realization that you can transform this world into something of your own design, one block at a time. Chop down trees, dig through rock, create tools, forge weapons, lay down mine cart tracks, build a towering castle or a subterranean fortress ... the sprawling, physics-defying landscape of each Minecraft world is your personal sandbox, and what you do with it is limited only by your imagination.

I first heard about the game a few weeks ago during a visit to the Epic Games studio in North Carolina. Lee Perry, one of the senior designers on the Gears of War series, asked if I was playing Minecraft, and I said no. With the fervour of someone who has recently found religion, he described the game to me as best as it can be verbally explained, then whipped out his iPad to show me some of the many, many fan-made YouTube videos of elaborate Minecraft creations. I promised I would check it out.

I didn't get it at first -- what the hell is this, some kind of old-school 3D Zelda game with no storyline or characters or anything else in the world? Then I started exploring. And chopping, digging, crafting and building. I started to understand.

And then the monsters came, and I was genuinely scared. Silly, blocky, 8-bit zombies growling somewhere outside the door of my hastily dug cave were making me quiver in fear. I waited and waited in the dark -- I hadn't yet figured out how to craft a torch -- willing the sun to come back up. And then I resumed exploring, digging, building...

Yep, addicted. Hopelessly.

I'm a big believer that better graphics don't necessarily make a better game. The closer something looks to reality, the harder it is to be fooled into thinking it's real -- the uncanny valley syndrome applies to digital landscapes as well as digital humans. But because the Lego-like Minecraft world looks so basic, it's easier to become immersed in it. There's no illusion of reality to be disrupted.

As I trundle around the world of Minecraft, I find myself gazing in awe at these randomly generated virtual rock formations, terraced hillsides, dark caves and towering cliffs, wondering what I can build there. It's simultaneously liberating yet lonely, a digital last-man-on-Earth scenario that tickles some deep part of players' brains. I've spent literally hours at a time simply digging elaborate fortresses of solitude into rock faces, trying to turn this hostile world into a comfortable home.

And I'm not alone. Minecraft has a free trial version, with the full game selling for about $14 at www.minecraft.net. And man, is it selling. In one recent 24-hour period, the game logged 25,936 paid registrations, grossing Persson more than $360,000 in a SINGLE DAY. And that's for a game that's still technically in pre-release, with no publisher and no advertising other than word of mouth on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and gaming forums.

And now that you too know about Minecraft, prepare to join that second group. And get digging.






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Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:21 AM

I have an MP server with a friend, tons of fun. It's a nightly battle between Minecraft and TF2. Nice house!
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 08:40 PM

Does this game cost money!?

I've been wanting to join for a long time now, but I heard I would have to pay, therefore; I stayed far away from it lol.
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 08:46 PM

Does this game cost money!?

I've been wanting to join for a long time now, but I heard I would have to pay, therefore; I stayed far away from it lol.

why play minecraft when you got starcraft
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:17 PM

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:20 PM

why play minecraft when you got starcraft



Cuzz with starcraft your huge awesome elaborate bases all go poof when you win. In Minecraft they just get bigger and more elaborate every time you play. MMOs have taught me that persistant worlds, where my achievements are permanent, are very addictive.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 10:23 PM

why play minecraft when you got starcraft


Starcraft is so stressing, I play minecraft for 30 min.. just to lolz around.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 10:30 PM

This game would be nothing without my /v/idya brethren
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 10:38 PM

those are some mind blowing graphics
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 11:15 PM

just played the free version. seems so much fun if i had the real version
imagine having a sweet house with a normal entrance...then underground tunnels n stuff leading out to diff places
that'd be sick
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 03:17 PM

Lol I've been thinking about making a thread on this for a few days. Glad somebody did.

This game is freakin' awesome.

Survival mode is great...

Although it sucks, it's pretty sweet how I had all diamond armor, and drowned because I was digging underground and hit water above me. Lost all of my stuff and had to start from scratch. Lol.
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 01:52 PM

LOVE THIS GAME <3
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 02:07 PM

I love this game too, cant wait for full launch.
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:50 PM

I love this game too, cant wait for full launch.


What's going to be on the full launch?

So I made my house on the sea and behind it is the mountains.

It looks like a castle and I made a tunnel in the floor going straight into the mountains at one point I turned left on the tunnel and broke into a hole straight in (about 50 blocks deep) with magma at the bottom so I went down found a spawn point for spiders and hit the jackpot! So many minerals and the caves are huge and they all go different directions!

Its full of enemies but I'm defs going to keep mining in there.

Love this game so much. At first I just thought you had to survive and live in a house but you can have a giant mining system! So fun and addictive yet so simple.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:44 AM

minecraft: welcome to 1995?
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 10:18 PM

Kind of fun, until you get to the point where you have to look for iron and everything just goes downhill form there.

I prefer games like LoL.
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 11:01 PM

minecraft: welcome to 1995?

It's a style/homage thing. I think you have to play it to understand.
Anyway, gameplay >>>>>> graphics.
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 11:13 PM

It's a style/homage thing. I think you have to play it to understand.
Anyway, gameplay >>>>>> graphics.


Exactly. Once you start playing it you barely notice the graphics.
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 10:04 AM

Kind of fun, until you get to the point where you have to look for iron and everything just goes downhill form there.

I prefer games like LoL.

Whaaaaaaat? Mining is the greatest part! When you find Dungeons and giant caverns and the enemy spawn points.

Also now he added that you can create a portal to the Nether(Hell). Hell has some pretty freaky noises and the enemies are awesome.
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 04:07 AM

Anyone else enjoying the new Beta?

A lot of people are saying there's a lot of lagging but I haven't noticed any difference.

The only 2 new features I've noticed so far are:

-Decaying leafs (They don't stay there anymore)
-Throwing eggs (Causing damage to enemy)

Apparently there's a "secret"

On a side note I've finally really got into the game I started building a city with castle walls around which will connect to 3 more locations. Love my location! The terrain is amazing!
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 12:44 AM

Anyone else enjoying the new Beta?

A lot of people are saying there's a lot of lagging but I haven't noticed any difference.

The only 2 new features I've noticed so far are:

-Decaying leafs (They don't stay there anymore)
-Throwing eggs (Causing damage to enemy)

Apparently there's a "secret"

On a side note I've finally really got into the game I started building a city with castle walls around which will connect to 3 more locations. Love my location! The terrain is amazing!


I haven't even tried the Beta yet. I guess I'll do that right now. I read that it was out a few days ago but I forgot to go on when I had time. I am really going to love the leaf decay. I hate when the leaves just stayed there without the tree trunk.
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 12:53 AM

Hey I have my own server and i've made quite a bunch of stuff with friends. My town looks like vegas from above!

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roads and tunnel- a tunnel we made that leads to another part of the city
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our jail
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some scenery, and the CN tower!
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stairs that lead to our water canal passage.. it's basically a skytrain where you can drive boats
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a boat lol
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 02:38 AM

Very Nice! ^^^^

I'm still in the process of making mine. Its going to be a really small town with a castle wall around it but I'm going to make a train line going to 2 other locations in the mountains. Its going to look great once its done.

Here's some images.

My lighthouse (I made it and then somehow didn't realized I was on a lake until I was done :picard: On the other side where those torches are will be location #1 and through the mountains will be location #2 in a huge valley.

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My docks and boathouse. (Will be used as a ferry to get to other side of lake to "location #1"

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This is my "village" that I'm working on. I'm actually working hard right now taking down the sides of the two hills so I can actually expand the walls to get it a big bigger. I plan on building small homes and buildings for restaurants and mining homes since I plan on going straight down under the town.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 03:44 AM

Hey, thanks for the compliment and not too bad yourself!

Also, is it possible for me to update my server from Alpha to Beta? Or can I atleast upgrade to the latest version of Alpha while keeping my server intact?
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 01:06 PM

Hey, thanks for the compliment and not too bad yourself!

Also, is it possible for me to update my server from Alpha to Beta? Or can I atleast upgrade to the latest version of Alpha while keeping my server intact?


I have no idea? sorry.

Try the minecraft forum

http://www.minecraftforum.net/
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:49 PM

This game is so much fun, I didn't actually buy it but I have a pirated version...I'm thinking of paying for it.
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:57 PM

This game is so much fun, I didn't actually buy it but I have a pirated version...I'm thinking of paying for it.


Pay for it.

On a side note.

I suggest everyone add this mod. Its amazingly helpful.

You can set way points and look at the mini map

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWFI3F8zsts

Here's the download and site:

http://www.minecraft...hp?f=25&t=77497
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:58 PM

I saw this on Reviews on the Run a while back. It looks sweet but it's too bad the graphics are so 1990.
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 08:13 PM

I saw this on Reviews on the Run a while back. It looks sweet but it's too bad the graphics are so 1990.

This game shows you that graphics don't mean much if the gameplay is superb. This game is very addicting.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:14 PM

Can you download the Classic mode or do you have to play it in your browser?
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