This week, Minecraft announced that their latest feature – the ability to change your in-game name – has reached the second stage of its development process. For a while, Mojang has been hinting at this release and now it’s finally here. The third and final stage in this feature’s development process will be its implementation into the game (which is set to occur on February 4th). Some players are suggesting that this feature will ruin the game while others are excited to have the ability to change a name they may have picked a long time ago.
Minecraft is more than just a game that kids enjoy playing – it can also be a great creative outlet for them! Minecraft allows your children to build anything they can imagine and explore a seemingly infinite series of worlds. To many parents, their children’s fascination with Minecraft can be awfully perplexing but a deeper look at the game can help to resolve this and even elucidate the educational value of the game.
Minecraft has an 8-bit look, making it look like a simple game, but there’s actually a lot more to it than first meets the eye. When you start, you’ll begin by carrying out simple tasks such as building an elementary structure for safety, chopping down trees, digging tunnels, and harvesting food. You’ll learn to craft tools, weapons, stockpile supplies, and create very intricate structures as you progress through the game. Of course, some elements of gravity and physics don’t necessarily apply in the Minecraft universe, giving players a bit more flexibility than they might otherwise have.
This week’s poll asks, “Which of these Minecraft beds would you choose?” We first shared this poll on Facebook and it got a ton of responses! We’ve decided to open up an official poll to see what the most popular bed is. Vote for your favorite and leave a comment letting us know which one you picked and why!
Minecraft has a way of making your computer lag but, fortunately, there are some quick things you can do to improve performance.
Lighten the Load
Be sure to close any applications that you aren’t using while you’re playing Minecraft so that the maximal level of your computer’s resources can be allocated to playing the game. You would be surprised by how much memory your computer uses to run Skype, Facebook Messenger, etc. If you’re using a laptop, be sure to plug in it so that your computer doesn’t switch to ‘power saver’ mode, sacrificing GPU and CPU performance.
Allocate More Memory to Minecraft
This is a quick and easy way to make Minecraft run faster. While in the game, you should continue to watch your computer’s performance so that you can see what tweaks and in-game events adversely impact your experience. To launch Minecraft’s debug mode, simply press F3 on your keyboard. When you do this, you’ll see a line on the top, left-hand side of your screen that shows your FPS (frames per second) and a number of recent chunk updates. Since Minecraft maps are infinite, your computer cannot create all of it at once. Therefore, it renders chunks instead. The game renders more 16x16x256 chunks as you move around. Fast computers allow this process to happen more quickly while slower computers may encounter lag – especially while flying.
There are a lot of people who seem to think that just because Minecraft is a game, it isn’t educational. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! You would be surprised by the many ways in which Minecraft is educational. Players can learn basic programming skills, acquire knowledge of electrical circuitry, build situational awareness and problem solving skills, and much more!
Minecraft is an open world game without any specific goals. As a result, it’s easy to find yourself not knowing what to do! Of course, you can explore, build a house, and make new friends, but what about some outside-the-box activities to spice up your Minecraft life? Let’s take a look!
Defeat The Ender Dragon
In Minecraft’s survival mode there is the Ender Dragon. As the game’s main antagonist (and the first boss monster introduced in this game) it’s quite an achievement to defeat him. In fact, a lot of people still haven’t been able to do this, especially in hardcore mode.
First introduced on April 19, 2011, achievements are a way for Minecraft to gently guide players by giving them challenges to complete. While you don’t have to complete them, there is a wide array available for those who choose to do so. These range from simple tasks like getting wood to more complex ones like discovering all the biomes and flying a pig off the side of a cliff.
Today we’re sharing a build for a Wizard’s Tower that’s situated on a 256×256 desert patch surrounded by water. A corner of the island also has a really cool pyramid to check out! While the first three floors are a bit tight on space, the upper floor of the tower has a solid amount of space for storage. The basement has 12 furnaces, 2 double chests, and a crafting table. There’s also an Ender Chest on the ground floor with a few goodies inside.
Think your Minecraft house is really cool? Want to show it off to the world? You’ve come to the right place! You put a lot of work into making your house and it’s time for everyone to see your base. We’ll be looking at all submissions and featuring some of the best right here at MinecraftBlog.com! All you have to do is fill out the form in this post.
One of the most important items in Minecraft is the crafting table, otherwise known as a workbench. When you first start, you’ll have a small 2×2 crafting grid for constructing simple items. To produce anything more complex, like most tools, weapons, and armor, you’ll need a workbench. Learn how to create one with this post!
Are you looking to light up your humble Minecraft abode? A torch is the perfect tool! Torches are essential pieces of equipment for survival in the Minecraft universe. They help keep mobs away, provide illumination in your home, and keep you safe by lighting up your path. A torch is able to melt snow and ice within a two block radius and emits a level fourteen light. Read more to learn how to craft an ore torch, a redstone torch, and a jack-o-latern.