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May 3, 2013

Minecraft Xbox 360 edition Terrain Generation B0rked!

Filed under: Minecraft — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:46 pm

Since the last update of MCXE that introduced the End (which I’ve not seen yet) I’ve been having some serious problems with creating new worlds. Since old maps I’ve made in the past don’t have Strongholds, there is no way to reach to the END. So I I have to generate new maps and start from scratch.  Sure sounds like fun, no?

Not really. I end up getting maps with MASSIVE biomes that take up 80% of the map (and as you know XBox edition has rather small maps compared to the PC) no villages, and the other 20% is just some other biome that may or may not have trees. Twice I’ve had maps come up was nearly all mushroom biome, which is largely water, and NO TREES were on the fucking map!  Other times I get on maps that 80% snowland, and one small field of grassland.  Nearly all of these worlds generated NO structures on the surface, at least no villages. In versions past some maps would generate like 4-6 villages! Now I’m getting nothing.  And i can only assume that abandon mines and strongholds aren’t being created either.  But most of the time i can’t do anything due to the lack of wood.

Just recently i made a new map, using the seed “END” since I was gonna work on going to the END, and i ended up smack in the middle of a massive OCEAN that was about 75-80% of the entire fucking map! There were two large mountain mushroom bomes areas, one long desert island that resembled Japan, and the rest was all water with LITTLE TINY grass islands dotted around that had a single tree on them. and yet again NO villages even though i DO have structure generation enabled. Can strongholds and Abandon mine shafts exist on a world that mostly water?

I know on the PC version you have the choice of “large biomes” for world generation, but the XBox version obviously doesn’t since the maps are so small, but it SEEMS like it’s enabled which is why I’m getting such large 4:1 ratios of just two biomes. It really is making the game unplayable. And the fact they’ve added so much to this version with no new Achievements sure doesn’t give me much incentive to play anymore. Seems more fun to watch others play MC on Youtube, which is what got me into minecraft in the first place. Because of this problem, if i use any seeds i find online they just don’t work and end up creating a totally different worlds.

March 21, 2013

Minecraft Madness!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Hugsie @ 8:14 am

So I finally dove into the PC side of Minecraft and bought the game. I can now join multiplayer servers rather than playing single player on the Xbox, since there are no dedicated servers to play on XBL and none of my friends are playing it anymore since it didn’t take long to get all of it’s achievements. Also Minecraft Pocket Ed is a joke and has ZERO internet multiplayer.

Skyblock is a mod in Minecraft I’ve been rather fond of. Rather than playing strait “vanilla” you’re giving a tiny tiny little sky-island “block” mostly made of dirt, a few sand blocks, a chest with limited supplies, and one grown tree on the edge. The trick is to expand your little “island” around, create a cobble stone generator so you can expand it, build a farm, and whatever else.  Since there is no proper “overworld” there is no coal to mine, no iron, gold, diamond, redstone, none of that.

Depending on the server you play on, monsters will still spawn at night however monster spawning isn’t an issue much until you start expanding so there are areas that are far enough away from you for them to spawn (something like 25-30 blocks away).

One trick i learned is to place water on the edges for emergency purposes. If you fall off the edge, you are still able to “move” while falling, so all you need to do is get over towards your waterfall and you’ll be able to swim back up.  When you fall into the void, you’re dead and you can’t recover what you dropped. You mainly need to use a waterfall so you can swim under the island and build a platform under it. This will catch anything that falls down there like sand blocks, apples, and saplings from trees as the leaves decay.

Dirt blocks are in limited supply, and grass dirt blocks is even more rare. If you dig out all your grass blocks then any more dirt you place down will remain dirt. If you don’t have a proper grass field (say 3×3) you can’t use bonemeal to grow tall grass which in turn gives you seed so you can grow wheat.

There’s also one block of bedrock that basically marks your /home spawn point. I like to use that as part of my cobble stone generator as a backing so that the cobble i break down doesn’t get lost falling out into the void, and whatever pickaxe I’m using won’t break it away accidentally. This way i can just keep my left mouse button down as i harvest more cobble. But that isn’t really an option to do that when you first start out.

Infinite water is easy to make, and once you have that made you can make a trough of water (about 2×12) that you can use to go fishing in. Oh and by the way you’re only given one bucket, which has lava in it when you first get it. The water you get is usually given to you as 2 block of ice you have to place and then break (with your fists or it shaders and you get nothing) to have flowing water.

December 23, 2012

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:43 am

They silently updated the XBL Edition with little fan fare it seems.  This update adds a lot but still it’s not quite the same content as the PC version.

There still isn’t:

Maps are still very small and limited (not as bad as pocket edition)

September 30, 2012

Minecraft for PC.. should I bother?

Filed under: Gaming!, Xbox 360 — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 5:24 am

I’m really wanting to do more in minecraft but the PC version just doesn’t seem worth buying,  It costs much more than the 360 and android pocket versions combined but those ports are lacking in so many ways. The PC version isn’t playable. When playing in offline mode the game just starts to freeze up on me every 30 minuets forcing me to save and quit, which that it self is a pain in the ass since the menus lag too. I’m playing this in offline mode so I don’t understand why performance goes to shit on a regular basis on the PC; must be some kind of memory leak. The $27 price for such a shitty performing game (even in local single player) just isn’t worth it.

1.8.2 is about to hit the Xbox edition any moment now adding the basic things the PC version has had for a long while. So again should I pony up more money for a lagtastic local game or wait for the Xbox update?

September 13, 2012

Dupe Minecraft items

Filed under: Gaming!, Xbox 360 — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 3:35 am

As of October 16th, Minecraft XBL edition has been updated to 1.8.2, and the item dupe exploit has been patched.  If you have a save game already with duped items, it will still load and your duped items will still be there. But you wont be able to duplicate any more items. This is moot now since this version of Minecraft now has Creative mode which lets you create things with out having to craft, with all item blocks available in unlimited quantities. Keep in mind however achievements are disabled on maps originally made in creative mode.  No new achievements have been added to this update 😦

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Today my friend told me while in conversation that you can duplicate items in Minecraft on the Xbox 360. I looked up on the net and found some videos that were posted 4-5 months ago (april/may 2012) and when duplicating what they did in the videos did not work at all. I just assumed it was an old exploit that’s already been patched up.

After speaking with my friend again while in Minecraft, I figured out what the exact steps are. But keep in mind this will likely be fixed in another update. I used the split-screen mode using a “guest” login on a second controller, but it also works online with a friend.

This only works on STACKABLE items. It will NOT work on tools, armor, weapons, food, buckets (empty or otherwise), bowls, and for some reason I could not get it to work on sticks, but it does work on wood and wooden planks.  And yes it does work on obsidian. You could do this with dirt, sand, cobblestone, and stone, but those are already plentiful in Minrcraft so don’t waste your time.

If you want to make a mass amount of iron, gold, or diamond, it’s better to make a BLOCK of that item and just duplicate the block. Since each block is worth nine ingots, you’ll make 9x more in the same amount of time, plus using less storage space.

Here is what you do…

  • Clear your inventory for both players, so you have room make copies.
  • Get one small chest, and only have one set of the item(s) you wish to copy, no stacks of them. The other player shouldn’t have any extra copies of the items being copied either.
  • There is a likelihood of losing the item you’re attempting to copy. So keep some backup copies in another chest. Do not keep them in your player’s inventory. If only one copy exists in your game, manually save your game so if you lose the item just reload and try again.
  • Place the chest on the floor, and position both players facing the chest.
  • You (or player 1) opens the chest holding the item in the chest in an empty spot, do not drop it into chest yet! Just let it “hover” there.
  • Have your friend (or player 2) start breaking down the chest by holding right trigger.
  • Then when you see the chest breaking up, hold down the (A) button on your controller so that you’re repeatedly putting in and taking out the item in rapid succession. If you’re doing this split-screen and do this in reverse order, holding (A) will stop when the other player presses the trigger. Kina odd.
  • When the chest breaks, the chest and the item you’re trying to copy will drop on the floor.

At this point there are three possibilities as what will happen.

  1. The item and chest drop on the floor and either player picks the items off the floor in the usual manor.  Failed… Try again
  2. The item you’re trying to copy vanishes, and in rare cases the chest may be gone too. Reload if need be, and try again.
  3. One or more of the item you’re copying drops on the floor, but it doesn’t come off the ground. Both players should be near the dropped item, and have a copy of the item in their quick inventory. Congratulations you did it!!

If your attempts keep failing, try switching up which player is breaking the chest, and who is holding (A) inside the chest. Eventually the trick will work after about 4-6 attempts. Often after the 1st try it will work.

The behavior of this “phantom” drop that dosen’t seem to be picked up, as well as the item you manipulate in your inventory is very glitchy, and you could lose every copy you’ve made if you do it wrong. You may want to experiment on how this behaves before you take the time to make copies in mass quantities.

The following is what seems to work but even days after making your copies and opening a chest where I’ve made thousands of copes, the all nearly vanished when moving them between my chest and inventory, or vice versa.  So save your games!

  • Walk over and stand near the “Phantom” item, and it should appear in your quick-inventory as non-stack. Your second player as well as any friends in your game can pickup a copy of the copyable phantom drop and make their own copies if they wish.
  • Sometimes you may see more than copy of the item drop. One will be pickup-able, the other will be the phantom one.
  • Open your inventory (or open a chest near by) and press (A) on the item you picked up. You’ll notice right under it will appear instantly a 64 stack of the item you’re copying. Place the item in your cursor elsewhere, and then pickup the stack in your cursor.
  • Move your cursor into your inventory (or chest) and hold down (X) to start dropping single copies and build a stack up. This stack you’re holding is your “mother stack” as when you fill a stack, your cursor’s stack instantly fills back to 64, so you can move it to another empty spot and create another stack. You can do this forever in your own inventory, or other chests. You can also press (B) while outside of inventory, and spam copies all over the floor.
  • For the duplication to work you MUST be standing near the “phantom” item that’s on the floor. It acts as a source item as it keeps refilling your “mother stack” as you place copies in your inventory. The phantom drop does eventually disappear but you’ll still be able to keep making copies. You can “drop” a new phantom stack by pressing (X) or moving your mother stack out of your inventory window.

It takes about 6 seconds to build a fill 64 stack while holding (X) like this. To fill an entire large chest will take about 6.5 minutes to fill up.

Sometimes that 64 stack may not copy and replenish back to 64 you may have moved away from the “phantom” drop or it may have timed out and disappeared. You can drop a new phantom drop pressing (B) or moving it outside your inventory. There are times when you don’t need to be near the phantom drop to make copies.

If you do this trick with Coal or Charcoal and place the “mother stack” into a furnace by pressing (A) instead of (X) so the whole thing drops. It will end up having an endless supply of fuel and never run out always showing a full 64 stack. BETTER THAN A BUCKET OF LAVA! Be sure to go back to the phantom drop to make another mother-stack to drop if you have more furnaces.

You will notice some other weirdness as you experiment with this trick. If you drop your “mother” stack and pick it up, you’ll often see a stack over 64 in your lower “quick” inventory. You’ll also notice if the “mother” stack is in your quick inventory, it dosen’t show a stack count when you’re not looking in your inventory screen. This is a good way to keep track of the “mother” stack if you get it mixed with your other stacks.

As you craft items you’ve used with your duplicated items, the crafting window (or table) may show you don’t have any copies to craft. This is likely due to having the mother stack still in your inventory, so try to drop it somewhere so you don’t pick it up again.

Also often you’ll see stacks vanish as you move some of them around. As long as you held down (X) to make the stack they should be permanent. Also I’ve noticed that duplicated coal can’t be made into torches, but you can make them into torches on a crafting table.

Enjoy making massive builds in Minecraft!

September 1, 2012

More Minecraft

Filed under: Gaming! — Tags: — Hugsie @ 1:11 am

Been playing the 360 Edition for the past week and I’ve already gotten all the achievements for it! The tutorial map helps you get the majority of them, even the one where you create the Neither Portal since there’s already one built. So all i had to do was mine for diamond, make a diamond pickaxe (or find the hidden stash of Diamond tools and armor) break off a chunk of Obsidian off the portal, put it back and fire it up again. Bingo.

The most difficult one was the 500m minecart track. You need at least one other friend with you to help build it, so the game dosen’t get so tedious mining for iron and gold. I did this on a friends game, but not in the “Tutorial” map. Though the Tutorial map has a short track already made you can easily break down and use.

The PC version has a lot more content than the 360 Edition. However it just dosen’t run proper on my PC at all, and i can’t figure out how to get it to work on my Mac.  On my windows machine it runs fine for about an hour, or about 2-3 day cycles but the game starts to bog down and freeze up over and over to the point it’s just not playable. I have no idea why it keeps bogging up like this, my guess is maybe a memory leak since if i save the game and exit out of it completely and run it again it’s okay for another 30mins to an hour. Rince repeat.

I really hope they add more to the 360 version as they have the PC version. As well as more achievements like the Endermen, Ender Dragon, Stongholds, opening the portal to the End.  So far it’s just the basic stuff and Nether world.

The guys at “Achievement Hunter” (Jack, Geoff, Ray, Micheal and Gavin) have been doing “lets play minecraft” videos for a few months, with 14 episodes (as well as “things to do in Minecraft” videos), and all of them have been epicly entertaining and I blame them for my new game addiction.

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