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post #1 of 61
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Is anyone else playing this game? It's not finished but it's amazing. It's a huge sandbox using ugly blocks, kinda like Lego: The Videogame. Some Swedish indie game designer is making hundreds of thousands of dollars off of it and a whole support community has sprung up.

Besides harvesting resources and building shit, you have to dive for cover and make sure you have one or more established shelters during the night. At night, zombies, skeletons, and exploding green penii come hunting for you.

Some crazy kids have done some outlandish things with it. I watched a video on youtube where someone is building a 1:1 scale model of the USS Enterprise from the original (I think) Star Trek series. They've got most of the skeleton there and it's truly an awe-inspiring video.

LINK!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn2-d5a3r94

For good measure, here's a model of NYC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgZFy...eature=related

It's more a game for the creative types with lots of time and patience, but it's so easy and user-friendly that it seems like anyone could get something out of it. The sense of scale is kind of unprecedented. The way people are creating whole worlds reminds me of Inception.
post #2 of 61
Fuck yes, I'm playing it. In fact lately I've been unsuccessfully trying to find a way to set up a CHUD server. Is there any one with available hardware?
post #3 of 61
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What is involved in setting up a CHUD server? I'd be very interested in that. Been giving a lot of thought to group play lately.
post #4 of 61
I've had an interest in it because it seems like something I could get lost in. What's the price?
post #5 of 61
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It's in Euros, $9.95 or $14+ Canadian, probably the same for Americans. You could always play the free classic version, but it only has the creator and is lacking several updates and extra content.

It seems like a server would be really easy to make and maintain, Stelios.
post #6 of 61
Yeah it's $10 American for the alpha, which is half off the eventual final release price. Although at this rate there won't be anyone left to buy it by then.

Dude made $350K in a day last week.
post #7 of 61
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What is involved in setting up a CHUD server? I'd be very interested in that. Been giving a lot of thought to group play lately.
A spare PC available all day with a static IP address would be the ideal solution. You basically need to run a program 24/7 (or as close as possible) with a way for everyone to easily connect to it.

Or I can look for a service that rents servers even Amazon does it. They usually cost something but not much. A few people can easily pool it together via Paypal. Plus we could use it as a server for other games afterwards. An unofficial Team Fortress 2 or Left For Dead or Battlefield or anything actually CHUD server.
post #8 of 61
Thread Starter 
Having a general CHUD PCgaming server would be an excellent idea. I wonder if Nick would go for something like that. As I understand it, he's a bit of a gamer himself.
post #9 of 61
When using Minecraft, because on making a file place.

FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
post #10 of 61
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Hahaha. That's hilarious.
post #11 of 61
OK I found a pretty good server rental service that comes to about a euro per player per month. If anyone is up to it let me know and I can set it up, first month on me.

Or maybe I can make a thread for sign-ups.
post #12 of 61
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I'd be willing to try it out, especially if the first month is on you haha. If more people don't join up, then I guess we can call it a failed experiment and you'll lose a couple of bucks. If there aren't very many people (say 4 at least) I dunno if it'll be worth it. What do you think?
post #13 of 61
I just bought this. Like a dumb-ass I got all excited because these type of building games satisfy a very primal part of my psyche and now after trying it on my Mac G5 power PC (buggy as hell) and my dell Netbook (9fps is not for me), I have no way to play it.

The system requirements are not that demanding so now I'm debating if its worth picking up an old laptop off of craigslist, wiping the system, do some hardware updates, and using that as an extra gaming pc.

On a side note that enterprise video is f*cking massive.
post #14 of 61
Have you tried paying it in a browser?

But Minecraft can be deceptively demanding. It may not look it but there's a lot of simulation and procedural generation of terrain going on.
post #15 of 61
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Have you tried paying it in a browser?

But Minecraft can be deceptively demanding. It may not look it but there's a lot of simulation and procedural generation of terrain going on.
In browser or out it just doesn't want to run smoothly.

was planning to get a Macbook Pro soon because my last one died after four years of near perfect running. Maybe I can work out something on boot camp. Or perhaps I can save some money and hacintosh a laptop.
post #16 of 61
Can you do survival mulitplayer or is it single player only?
post #17 of 61
The Minecraft beta is starting on the 20th, when it will go up in price.
post #18 of 61
I just got back into this game and have been losing hours to it.

Anyway I bumped this thread because two HUGE updates are going to be released for this game, 1.8 and 1.9, in an effort to turn the survival mode into an adventure game with a beginning and end.

What are people's thoughts on this?

Personally I think it'll turn this game into an even greater time sink for me.

The 1.8 update is going to come out on the 12th and with it it'll add swamplands, villages, ravines, abandoned mines, fortresses and a bunch of new items, two new enemies and graphical enhancements (better lighting and explosions no longer drag down the framerate). I assume the story elements and the NPCs which drive them forward will be apart of the 1.9 update.

Here is a preview of 1.8



And a few pictures from my maps to show how much the randomly generated worlds have improved.

One of the new random villages in the rain
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Sea Cliffs
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An unusual mountain with a spring.
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The sun setting over a massive desert.
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post #19 of 61

I kinda dont get what is so great about this game. I've played it a couple times and am just confused.

post #20 of 61

I don't mean to sound like a douche by spouting a cliche but, with Minecraft more than most games, you either get it or you don't. It's really hard to write something down. GTA: Lego? Whether by accident or by design Notch really nailed the 'get stuff to make more stuff to get more stuff' feedback loop. And once you get really into it, it's actually the scariest game I've played in years next to Amnesia.

post #21 of 61

Being a Minecraft virgin, I decided to take advantage of this insane celebration sale the Android Marketplace is doing and snagged MC pocket Edition for 10c. So far... It's cool. It's only the creative mode which, frankly, I can see getting old fairly soon but they're apparently updating it with Survival Mode and crafting in the near future. Right now it's mildly fun, but it sounds like that stuff's gonna make a world of difference so am holding judgement for now. Looks nice on my Samsung Galaxy, though.

post #22 of 61

My son is so addicted to this.  He's actually the one that introduced it to me.  I don't play, but I help him out with stuff and he shows me all the things he builds.

post #23 of 61

I wont  play this game, not because I believe it looks stupid.  I'm worried that I'll become addicted.

post #24 of 61

I don't think I get this game either, or at least my brain isn't wired so I can get the endless enjoyment other people seem to get.

 

For me survival mode outright sucks. I don't want to have to constantly be locking myself away or stop what I'm doing to get into godawful battles, or die and have to go on a hunt for all the stuff I dropped. It just seems like a chore.

 

Peaceful mode I did enjoy for a while. I love exploring the landscapes and hunting around cave networks to find rare minerals. I built a tall beacon tower and a charming little house in a nice spot under an overhanging cliff, with a garden pond and a nice view of a nearby lava waterfall.

 

But after that I was like: now what? Build another house? The lego comparisons only go so far. With lego you can build whatever you want and do whatever you want with it. In minecraft you can build houses and static objects that just sit there, and that's about it.

post #25 of 61
There is a community out there which actually builds machines within the Minecraft universe. Personally I have little knowledge of how circuitry works, especially when it comes to making a rudimentary computer from scratch, but people are doing just that.


Anyway people, people with a ton of time on their hands I might add, have used the computing capabilities to do stuff with Minecraft's music note blocks. Here's an in-game programmable piano.


Here is a crazy complicated Random Number Generator created in-game


So saying that you can only create stuff that just sits there and looks pretty is not true. Really the only thing that limits you is your imagination and tech knowledge.

Though, I have to say I'm quite happy just building stuff that sits there. I was always that kid you could put in a room filled with building blocks and leave alone, I never got bored fooling with legos & K*nex, the only time I would take a break is when blisters formed on my finger tips (that's not an exaggeration).
post #26 of 61

So, late to the party, but Minecraft did something I never expected - diverted my attention away from mass Effect 3 the weekend of its release. My god, what a ridiculously addictive time sink.

 

Did that chud server idea ever eventuate? Is there anyone still hooked on this or am I the last man standing?

post #27 of 61

It didn't raise any interest. I could try once again if a bunch of people want to.

post #28 of 61
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It didn't raise any interest. I could try once again if a bunch of people want to.



 

Well I'm definitely keen.

post #29 of 61
Thread Starter 

I'd love to play on a CHUD server but it doesn't seem like anyone organized/savvy enough is interested.

post #30 of 61

OK, that's three. I'll give it a couple of days for anyone else to join up and then I'll set something up.

post #31 of 61
I wouldn't be opposed to joining up.

I'm playing it on a mac, but some desultory research seems to indicate that this doesn't matter.

What kind of sever is it going to be? Survival or Creative?

Also do you think we should use a seed to start the world or keep it random?
post #32 of 61

I have the pocket edition of Minecraft on my iphone (horrific draw distance, inability to save) and I'm addicted to it. I just have no idea why.

 

I must say, I can see how easy it must be to become a super villain. I built an enormous tower and had to, just had to, put a giant 'M' on top just so any zombies knew who they were fucking with.

 

Also I built a big fuck off wall and I like to fly over it humming the Game of Thrones theme tune. I literally do this. Sometimes at my desk.   

post #33 of 61
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What kind of sever is it going to be? Survival or Creative?
Also do you think we should use a seed to start the world or keep it random?


I always play Survival but for multiplayer I'm guessing Creative would be better.

 

As for the seed, definitely random.

 

post #34 of 61
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Survival is fun in multiplayer. You can set up economies. Some people like to veg out and dig, dig, dig. Others like to build. Anyone who ends up with more materials than they need can trade them for tools or whatnot. I've seen that done in interesting ways, usually in larger servers.

 

I've never, ever played Minecraft in Creative. Dunno why. I guess I kinda like having to work for my giant Obsidian monoliths but then the tedium of getting materials can easily make certain you never finish that statue of one of the Watchers on the river from The Lord of the Rings. :(

post #35 of 61
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Survival is fun in multiplayer. You can set up economies. Some people like to veg out and dig, dig, dig. Others like to build. Anyone who ends up with more materials than they need can trade them for tools or whatnot. I've seen that done in interesting ways, usually in larger servers.

 

I've never, ever played Minecraft in Creative. Dunno why. I guess I kinda like having to work for my giant Obsidian monoliths but then the tedium of getting materials can easily make certain you never finish that statue of one of the Watchers on the river from The Lord of the Rings. :(


Yeah I'm really enjoying playing on Survival, it just makes things a little more game like and interesting. Right now, I've built a massive complex inside the little hill by the sea I started with, then built up above for two stories, then built a moat and now I'm building a giant wizards tower out of the top of it all and see how high I can go. Thing is, I keep forgetting to illuminate these huge cavernous spaces so the moment the sun goes down suddenly my palace is crawling with nasties. I like that. I like being punished for forgetting things and having to take day and night cycles into consideration.

 

I reckon multiplayer in that context would be a blast because we'd all build our own Passage-like compound and expand it into our own little city, protecting us from the nights denizens. Someone could make armour and be the town protector...

 

...okay I'm getting a little carried away, but I just see this being a heap of fun.

 


Edited by The Rain Dog - 3/15/12 at 4:35pm
post #36 of 61
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Yes, Rain Dog. Yes.

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Yes, Rain Dog. Yes.



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post #38 of 61

Ohmygodohmygod you guys - Minecraft is getting an XBLA release that will be compatible with PC multiplayer!!!!

 

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post #39 of 61

 

Out next week, 1600 points.

post #40 of 61

And Asperger's sufferers everywhere cheered!

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Out next week, 1600 points.

 

Damn it, I have to hold off on this. I just have to.

post #42 of 61


Fuck it, I'm picking this up tonight. Wound up playing the demo till the end last night, and found myself engrossed in it in a way I never was with previous versions (I played a little of one of the early betas, and have the Pocket Edition). Have had a shit day at work, and a nice relaxed evening spent building in Mojangland sounds just what I'm needing.

post #43 of 61
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Fuck it, I'm picking this up tonight. Wound up playing the demo till the end last night, and found myself engrossed in it in a way I never was with previous versions (I played a little of one of the early betas, and have the Pocket Edition). Have had a shit day at work, and a nice relaxed evening spent building in Mojangland sounds just what I'm needing.

 

Now I am goning have to send you a request.

 

 

 

Just spent a few hours help someone build a house and made delightful gravel pathway with steps. Then add in some kick ass paintings to the interior wall.

post #44 of 61
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Now I am goning have to send you a request.

 

 

 

Just spent a few hours help someone build a house and made delightful gravel pathway with steps. Then add in some kick ass paintings to the interior wall.

 

 

Go for it: Workyticket75.

 

It's really interesting, actually: have been tinkering with this throughout the evening, and for some reason it really is clicking with me in a way the other versions haven't. I went exploring and took a wrong turn in search of porkchops (Having realized the importance of food in staying alive). I wind up in a hilly area, suddenly lost, and the sky starts to darken. Suddenly, I realize that I'm legitimately stressed not about what cool thing I can construct, but my own survival: I manage to make my way back to the village near my home and commandeer a bed just as the sky's turning black. Huge relief, and with it a newfound appreciation of how this game works. It's... Surprisingly tense.

 

Also, genius sound work:

 

BLECCH!

 

"Okay what the fuck is that?!? Is it near me? Can I fight it? Have I got space to run? Oh, hang on - I'm in my home, I'm safe. Thank god for- "

 

BLECCH!

 

Hold me.

post #45 of 61

I cracked. This bitch has split screen local multiplayer as well as online, my brother, nephew and I will be busy.

 

The Rain Dog 76 for anyone wanting to play lego.

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And yeah, hit the start button to bring up the menu and press (Y) to take a screenshot that you can upload to Facebook, if you have it linked to xbl.

post #47 of 61

I'm rapidly learning that Creepers are the most despicable villains in videogame history. Scuttling bastards got me twice in the space of five minutes earlier. This is war.

 

(In my best Tom Araya) WAAAAAAAAAAAAR!

post #48 of 61
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I'm rapidly learning that Creepers are the most despicable villains in videogame history. Scuttling bastards got me twice in the space of five minutes earlier. This is war.

 

(In my best Tom Araya) WAAAAAAAAAAAAR!


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post #49 of 61

My name is Polygon Wizard, and I am addicted to Minecraft. I bought it on XBox at the end of the summer to play with some friends, and it was only downhill from there. I started watching a ton of Minecraft vids on Youtube. I started several projects and finished only a few. I played by myself. I played with friends. I stayed up way too late on many occasions without even realizing it.

 

And now I also own Minecraft on PC. I bought it as a present to myself for my birthday last week. I've started a single player world, and I've joined my buddy's small multiplayer server. I've done several things that aren't in the XBox version yet, and I can't wait to build some crazy stuff.

 

Minecraft owns me, and I love it.

 

 

post #50 of 61

A few more pics of stuff I've done in Minecraft lately.

 

 

 

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