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This month's late night opening at the V&A (tonight) is all about minecraft:

koogs, Friday, 30 August 2013 07:14 (six years ago) link

Oh cool, I'll probably head down to that.

JimD, Friday, 30 August 2013 10:25 (six years ago) link

thanks for that - dream end-of-the-summer-holiday evening for my girlfriend's son.

woof, Friday, 30 August 2013 12:35 (six years ago) link

it's nice being able to wander around the v&a in the evening, the atmosphere's very informal. but the quality of the additional bits varies and they can fall short of expectations (sometimes because, y'know, londoners). the kids might help here, usually it's over 18s (because of the alcohol?), but i guess this is a summer holiday special.

(i've more experience of the science museum lates, where you can get people demoing things to themselves most of the evening and talks being drowned out by the brass band doing sci-fi theme music on the floor below. still, drunken discovery lab was fun)

koogs, Friday, 30 August 2013 16:13 (six years ago) link

Didn't think much of this to be honest. The content was slight and thinly spread (except maybe for one room at the back which looked like it might have some interesting workshops in there but which also had an enormous queue outside, so I didn't go in). But that wasn't such a big deal. The main problem was that the curatorship felt very simplistic and very detached from what's actually great about minecraft. I'm sure someone working in the visual arts might think the visual style of minecraft was distinctive and interesting, and it is, but that's such a small part of what's important about the game. This event didn't get beyond that pure superficial level though. So they were projecting a few ghasts on the ceiling, having some oversized soil blocks lying around, and (worst of all) sticking in a few cardboard cutouts of clothing "inspired by" the mobs or characters of the game, and it all felt like it was missing the point. At best that was just ignorance of gaming as a medium but maybe it was actually a cynical "hey, i hear kids like games and not museums, lets stick some game stuff in our museum to bring the kids in" thing.

JimD, Saturday, 31 August 2013 13:01 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Come October I'll have been playing the same world for three years.

came the time he flipped his lid came the time he flipped his lid (snoball), Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:03 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Started playing this on a closed serve with a friend and my girlfriend. Realized how much I missed a nice game with a creative element.

I don't think I can really stand the "Minecraft community" though.

Evan, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 18:43 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Could someone tell me about Stampy Longnose. My son is addicted to his Let's Play Minecraft for Xbox series on youtube, which really functions almost like a kid's show. I'm a little fascinated myself. Is he a worldwide thing or mostly just England? He has star quality beyond the confines of video game stuff, I think.

dlp9001, Monday, 23 December 2013 02:25 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Last week, the Danish government put a 1:1 scale replica of its country online at Minecraft and invited players to politely explore the land of Lego and Carlsberg. Gamers being what they are, you can guess what happened next.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Thursday, 8 May 2014 19:12 (five years ago) link

I wouldn't leave my kids alone with stampy longnose, I'll say that. I get the vibe that he might be part of the grand British tradition of children's entertainers, if you follow me. That "love garden" thing gave me the creeps.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 8 May 2014 20:43 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

my god this game has been around for what, like 4 years? and it JUST occurred to me, 2 minutes ago, that it's called minecraft because you mine and you craft. not "it's like warcraft but with mines" as i thought it was for four years.

Neckbread (Will M.), Thursday, 21 August 2014 01:45 (five years ago) link


Jeff, Thursday, 21 August 2014 05:41 (five years ago) link


Neckbread (Will M.), Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:24 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Lots of drama with Mojang regarding EULA, DMCA takedowns, and now talks that Microsoft may buy all for 2 billion from Notch. Been kind of interesting to follow.

Evan, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:14 (five years ago) link

I wonder how all this would play out for the modding community?

To me, vanilla Minecraft is a game that *hints* at a much better game, one which modders in turn try—but fail—to deliver.

I have found myself really bored with Minecraft on my recent revisit. There are few experiences in gaming that match your first night in Minecraft, few that manage the actual uneasiness you feel exploring a cave and getting lost for the first time, but it's really it doesn't sustain my interest now. There isn't enough variety or sense of escalating intrigue (yes I know that's not the point exactly) to keep me going once I've played with all the limited blocks. Can't be bothered exploring the world because it all looks like shit, frankly, and there's nothing really surprising even if it is procedurally generated.

Modding attempts to answer that, but if Microsoft is involved, you can be sure they'll look askance at people enjoying the game how they want to.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:00 (five years ago) link

Modding is the reason people still give one shit about this game. Microsoft would have to be stupid to ah wait a minute..

wackness unlimited (snoball), Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:31 (five years ago) link

xp I have to agree that Minecraft doesn't sustain my interest any more either. I recently started a new world on Hard and found the first few nights a cakewalk since I knew what to do so well. Actually one time I spawned on a small island with one tree and still didn't find it a challenge.

Basically I knew I was hooked when I was digging directly underneath me (never do this BTW) and fell down the hole into a huge cavern. From there I explored a huge underground cave network, not really knowing where the hell I was, until I came across a vertical shaft. I looked up and saw... daylight! Building a staircase up the shaft, I reached the surface and managed to navigate my way back to my base. It was one of those "wow awesome" moments that games often strive for but rarely deliver.

― did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Monday, March 28, 2011 11:16 AM (3 years ago)

^^^ I haven't had an experience like this playing Minecraft more or less since I posted that.

wackness unlimited (snoball), Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:35 (five years ago) link

There's the purely creative aspect as well, too. Recreate something from reality or in another game- or design a building on a whim. Those kind of projects I always found fun. When one approach goes stale, another approach becomes interesting again.

Evan, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 18:14 (five years ago) link

the other song about butts in the top 5 (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:03 (five years ago) link

Does anyone else think Minecraft has peaked and that $2B is an astonishing overvaluation? Minecraft was mentioned on Coronation Street the other night FFS.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:05 (five years ago) link

Sale confirmed.

Minecraft has kind of peaked- I'm expecting it to be Angry Birds'd in whatever way it already is not.

Evan, Monday, 15 September 2014 15:05 (five years ago) link

It's possible there's more growth top - it's still pretty amazing how far this game has gotten with like zero paid promotion (at least before it hit Xbox)

Nhex, Monday, 15 September 2014 15:52 (five years ago) link

Microsoft clearly read the same article I did, which argued that Minecraft isn't a game it's an "entertainment platform." Browsing through YouTube you can certainly see how this argument could be made.

Personally, I suspect the underlying codebase is far too rickety to become much more of a slick, DLC crossplatform in-app purchase multimedia streaming entertainment platform than it already is—I'm paraphrasing someone else—"Notch's main achievement wasn't Minecraft itself, it was getting the Java programming language to do that."

The degree of success Minecraft has achieved may have as much to do with rise of the YouTube gaming video as an "art form."

I wonder how much money Microsoft already made on Xbox Arcade copies of Minecraft?

fields of salmon, Monday, 15 September 2014 21:04 (five years ago) link

The common line I've heard is that Microsoft have paid the money to purchase a 'generation of gamers' IE everyone sub-teen.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:14 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

It's too cold to do anything this weekend so I downloaded this again after having not played it for over six months. WTF is this all this diorite etc. everywhere?

You are swimming in spaghetti. Without a paddle. (snoball), Sunday, 1 February 2015 00:18 (five years ago) link

Not familiar with that one, not played vanilla mc for a long time

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Sunday, 1 February 2015 00:24 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Just swung my sword at a rabbit and it made an "eeeep!" noise, then it fell off a mountain and died with "eeeeeetthhhhhrrrp!" sound. I felt like Hitler. Sometimes I wonder if this game was secretly designed by Morrissey. In my defence, I was on top of a snow covered mountain and really hungry. Elsewhere, I was digging in an abandoned mine when a skeleton fell through a hole in the ceiling and I nearly shat myself.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Saturday, 4 April 2015 17:26 (four years ago) link

I've been messing around with the Fossils and Archeology mod. So far I've grown a tiny dino and have a baby Brachiosaurus which has now started to eat my hedges.

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Saturday, 4 April 2015 17:29 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

so playing with my godson today, we built a tree house out of Jukeboxes. It had a gold floor and four poster bed. In the back there was a christmas tree, grand piano, ironing board, and some barrels.

Green juice flowed down from the house to the ground, where an enclosure was created to house the dozens of baby dinosaurs we'd hatched.

And we had a scattering of pirate wives spawned in for good measure.

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Sunday, 19 April 2015 18:42 (four years ago) link

Neat resource pack, though are those custom trees off to the left?

Evan, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:42 (four years ago) link

They're part of either Forestry, Bibliowoods, or Biomes O Plenty mods. Not sure, there's hundreds of mods in this pack (Resonant Rise)

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:52 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

Does anyone itt still minecraft?

Evan, Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:47 (four years ago) link


Jeff, Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:12 (four years ago) link

now i am imagining that itt means "in their tweens"

but srsly, i haven't in a while but i keep thinking about picking it up again. it was always fun to goof aorund w/ while doing other stuff on my pc. i wonder if a lot has changed?

nerd shit (Will M.), Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:36 (four years ago) link

They've added a whole ton of content continuously. The game is still a pretty great mapmaking tool. Shame the young demographic association overshadows everything else!

Evan, Friday, 20 November 2015 02:00 (four years ago) link

if i had nothing else to do, this would own me I'm sure.

i made a scope for my laser musket out of some (forksclovetofu), Friday, 20 November 2015 02:41 (four years ago) link

I get the (rather lovely I must say) ambient tunes from this stuck in my head all the time, thanks to the stepkids and bf constantly playing the darn thing. Their latest project is making a replica JurassicWorld.

I checked Snoops , and it is for real (Trayce), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:12 (four years ago) link

Yeah I still minecraft.

My godson recently obtained it for his xbox, and its the first time I've ever played it 'multiplayer' (just the two of us anyway), and really enjoyed the share-building aspect of it. Good fun.

By myself I still jump into pc version using the ATI launcher yogpack mods, very easy to set up, because y'know - tons of extra blocks.

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Friday, 20 November 2015 11:59 (four years ago) link

I still play vanilla minecraft from time to time. Normally I spend most of my time digging out tunnels for an elaborate underground minecart network. It's just very relaxing way to spend time. When a new release comes out I go on little adventures to acquire all the new blocks. There's a new release due soon I believe.
I tried online multiplayer but it wasn't cooperative enough for my liking - just a bunch of strangers doing their own thing. I suppose it would be different if you were playing among friends.

treefell, Friday, 20 November 2015 13:10 (four years ago) link

the share-building part is the best part! the last time i played a bunch was when some coworkers set up a server on the work network and we could build stuff together/more specifically build our own cool things near each other and then see the other person's stuff and kinda get jealous of it.

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 23 November 2015 15:34 (four years ago) link

two years pass...


Evan, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:39 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 24 August 2019 10:23 (five months ago) link

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