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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Under New Management

You'll be seeing some posts soon, stay tuned.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Minecraft Documentary

I recently stumbled upon this video (courtesy of wired.com) and found it to be an insightful look at how Notch and his developers work and what exactly goes into an average day at Mojang.

Life, man.

I'm sorry that I haven't been around to post any recent updates, but that will hopefully change soon :D

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Monday evenings...

All summed up in one picture.

MCMap Live

MCMao Live is hands down the best mapping program that one can get for Minecraft (if you have a Mac, though).  It has many of the same features as Cartographer and other mapping programs, such as night/day rendering, viewing texture packs, and layer slicing.  This program is by far one of the most straightforward and simple mapping programs you can download and is very useful for someone who just simply wants an aerial view of their map!
Notes: Zooming out and rendering large maps will also demand more RAM and CPU, so watch out if you're trying to render your world on your GameBoy Pocket.
Link: http://bit.ly/hX1PCR
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Cartograph

Cartograph is a mapping program for Minecraft that allows you to view your entire world in various ways, including a cubic mode, a google maps-esque view or even a (if you like it) dirt view.  This program seems to show the texture packs that you used in your world and not just show the default texture pack (if someone finds out otherwise, post a comment!) and you can choose to view your world in either a nighttime view with illumination effects from lava and torches, or you can view it in the regular daytime manner which will show full color and essentially the regular look of your world.  This program would be ideal for showing off your metropolis-like city without having to take a scrapbook full of screenshots.  I'm also assuming that this program isn't Mac compatible seeing as there is no link or reference to an OS X version, so I will also link an OS X map viewer shortly.
Notes: Large maps may suck up a lot of CPU when being processed by this program, so if you've got a continent-sized map, don't try this on your 1998 Compaq laptop.
Linkhttp://cartograph.room101.no/Cartograph.zip
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Moderncraft

Moderncraft is a texture pack for Minecraft with probably one of the best presentations and ideas I've seen in a texture pack so far.  The premise of the texture pack is to change what certain blocks look like to make them more "modern".  Just one example is how the creator changed glowstone into fluorescent light squares.  His argument for this change is that glowstone is "something out of that film about the naked blue people".  Good point, sir.  This is a texture pack for anyone who is into creating modern office buildings, skyscrapers or cities.
Notes: When downloading a texture pack, do not unzip it.  Go into your Minecraft program, go under "Mods and Texture Packs", click on "Open texture pack folder" and drag the zip texture pack file into there.
Forum Link: (you seriously have to read this thread, it is full of win.) http://www.minecraftforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=1021&t=121354
Direct Linkhttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/17740750/moderncraftalpha3.zip
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