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Bill Loguidice
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I'm with you there, Rob, but

I'm with you there, Rob, but based on the people, from everyday net goers to top game devs, I think I've heard enough good about Minecraft (hell, enough over the top praise) to risk the $$$ and see what all the fuss is about, even though I'm not 100% sure what it is. I think its lack of easy categorization is one of its strengths. I suppose the best description is perhaps "strategy sandbox". It might be a nice way to try out my new PC laptop, though it's obviously not a title to push any technical barriers.

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Rowdy Rob
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I don't get it.

I've followed this Minecraft thread, read all the messages, went to the website for more info, watched Youtube videos, and... I still don't get it. I suppose I could download it and see for myself, but based on some of the posts here (like Matt's), you don't get the real game without purchasing it.

From everything I've read, it sounds like a computer-fied version of Legos. I suppose that's fine, but I'm reading stuff about chickens, monsters, and other apparently-game-oriented stuff, and the descriptions I've read here make them sound like incidental occurrences in the game, and don't really figure into the experience. Are there battles in the game, or another opponent to conquer? Is it really even a game, technically, or is it some sort of construction kit? From what it seems from my perspective, Minecraft looks more like a level editor than a game. And if it is a game, it seems that I have to buy it to find that out.

Nothing I've read here, or even on the Minecraft website, seems to be able to effectively tell me what it IS! Still, I'm glad to see that an obscure programmer(s) has a successful hit that has connected with so many people (and apparently made a fortune).

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Minecraft

I bought it. It's consuming most of my free time now. I find myself wanting to place blocks occasionally out in the real world, and when I'm half-asleep I'm still hitting the alarm clock like a block. :)

I got a nice map going on in single player survival with several structures I've built, with connecting roads and bridges. I just built a mine cart transport system to get more quickly from one island to another. Nice, but I need more iron to run another track... and I need to figure out a good way to return the carts reliably. I feel like Atrius in Myst, building stuff on islands. :)

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very cool
Gandalf42 wrote:

Here is a rather nice Imperial Star Destroyer crafted in the world of Minecraft.
-Gandalf42

Imperial Star Destroyer
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I dont know how you guys do that.. Its impressive. I'm far to much an explorer to build anything to big. I keep carving out the world, digging to find monsters (to cage um and farm um fro arrows and such), building roads (so I can find my way back) to find the next cool mountain (to digg into! MUST have the goodies). I cannot wait for the Helloween update with more mobs... right now I find it a tad to easy, my fear of the dark has deminished alot .. right now I only FEAR the CREEPERs.. they still sneak up on me, pretty rare, but it still happens, wish they had a larger agro radius (make um more feared!) How this game remains so addicting I have no idea, but play it I must...

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Imperial Star Destroyer

Here is a rather nice Imperial Star Destroyer crafted in the world of Minecraft.
-Gandalf42

Imperial Star Destroyer
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Rob Daviau
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oH GOD..

Must....resist....temptation..........I cannot afford another time sucking game at this point in my life.

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Chip Hageman
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The game is an implementation

The game is an implementation of a very simple concept... In fact, it's really more of a sandbox than a proper game.

I love the way that gravity is, for the most part, only partially obeyed.  While certain blocks will fall if unsupported and you can throw an object through a parabolic arc, you can still build a massive platform that rises above the clouds supported upon a thin strip of dirt. yes

-Gandalf42

Minecraft Useless Exercise

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Matt Barton
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It appears you are correct.

It appears you are correct. The free version has none of the good stuff.

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clok1966
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minecraft explained?
Matt Barton wrote:

How long does it take before it gets dark and things start happening? I haven't seen any skeletons or anything like that.

I have never measured the time, but I believe the day night cycles are aprox 15 minutes. Monsters can only spawn in the dark to start with. And sometimes you actually wont see any for a night or two. You can slow the spawn rate around your base with torchs, light is the key to stalling and stopping them. And of course sunlight destoys Zombies and skelletons, but not CREEPERS (these spawn in daylight and stalk you if they see you.. and EXPLODE if they touch you (bad news if you are building)) and spiders. The game will actually start out kinda slow (mob wise). If you do not like creating stuff I dont think you will care to much for the game. I myslef, will generate a world and if there are no mountians close witll just delete and try again. I then tunnel into the mountian so I have a base I can block in at night. Then you slowly build a base up (doors, chests for storage, tools, etc..)OF COURSE all that is a learning process ( i dont use cheats) so had to figure out how to craft what.. frinds are making tnt blocks, etc.. and I still havent figured out several recipes. LADDERS took forever to figure out. Once i have a base I start mining (I'm a straight down guy) and will stop when I hear monsters and try find them as it almost always means minerals. Once I get some minerals for shovels and picks I then start making my base into a Castle/keep of some kind and clearing hte land out around it so I can see CREEPERS from a distance. I then make a area to plant trees, and in the future farm (havent farmed yet, and cant make a fence yet). Once I mine ALOT in my area I then start building roads and braning out to explore my world. The game creator said the game world limitation is about 4X larger then the earth (if I read it correctly).. actually to big really IMHO.. but makes for lots and lots of exploring. I still find the game (land creation) generation engine is pretty facinating with what it can build.

My biggest problem with the game is I get hooked on landscaping around my KEEP and quit mining for required minerals or do the exact oppsite, to much mineral collecting, and not enouhg building. And I tend to explore out to much, so much of my time is running back and forth for rare resources.

I think the game is more about you, how creative you are, if building a huge catle with moats and digging for minerals and exploring a only "slightly" dangerous world dont interest you this game wont be for you. its quite truthfully a Set of LEGO's for adults (well maybe not adults). I'm very hooked on it so forgive my excitement I maybe made it sound alot better then it was. :)

If you are playing the free version I'm not sure if there are mobs or anything in it. I looked at the free version for a couple minutes and bought the paid version, so my knowledge of the free is very limited.I believe it has no mobs and is more a creation thing. GOOGLE minecraft Musuem and look at all the stuff people have built. Or hit YouTUBE and look at some of the creative people.

I do not believe you can create water, you have to make a bucket and carry it

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I played the free version

I played with the free version. I guess it's just basic as I couldn't find anything to do but build and destroy. I tried a couple of things: Built a row of block as high as I can ( to try and touch the sky), dig to the very bottom, built a building and also tried to build a couple of lakes. I guess in the free version you can only get water from an existing source and can't create it......never tried the pay version which I assume has more features.

I found it interesting though.

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