So, remember Drazile12?  Well – he has crafted yet another skin that makes me proud to be a fan.  This Totoro skin is the greatest thing in the universe since sliced cheese (because, really, is sliced bread that great?).

 

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It would be blasphemy for you to have not seen Totoro, but in case you haven’t, here is a reference image:

 

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There is sadly no way a player skin could capture the completeness of Totoro’s fat, fluffy adorable magic, but Drazile did a pretty great job with the resources available.  I immediately stopped scrolling when I saw this skin and got excited (if you couldn’t tell yet, I love Totoro).  The character is immediately recognizable – so mission accomplished.

 

Now I’m going to attempt to somehow subdue my double bias of loving Totoro and Drazile’s skins.  In terms of technical execution, this skin is pretty decent; the shading is clear in most parts and distinctly illustrates the roundness of the character.  The only area of concern for me is the knees and lower legs – it gets a little confusing.  I also feel that the stomach could be a little more rounded.

 

I award Drazile eight out of ten adorably undersized umbrellas.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

This post is going to be all about Totoro.  Post in the comments below and share your favorite moment in the animation – and if you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading this and go watch it!  The subtitled original Japanese voiceover version is the best, in my opinion, but if you don’t want to read text there is an English dub from Disney.

Strike a pose for a Selfie with MrDragon1202’s new mod!  Even if you are anti-selfie to the extreme, this mod will at least be amusing for you.  If you appreciate a good selfie, however, you’re going to absolutely love it!

Let me start off by saying that I generally find a distaste for “selfies” or more accurately the typical selfie pose.  It just annoys me – hard to explain why.  Despite this, I instantly found this mod to be quite charming.  I think in a way it unifies the game – which is excellent, considering the fact that it is naturally a game in which players cannot easily interact outside of the specific server they are playing on.

 

There’s not much to it – simply equip the new Camera item (found only in creative mode), hold right click to get into selfie mode, and left click to snap the shot.  You can change the angle that the camera is facing (i.e. how much of yourself to include in the selfie) in the options menu.

 

Taking a photo uploads it to the wonderful Minecraft Selfies website in a live updated stream of images and shows the link in the Minecraft chat.

 

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of my favorite selfies from http://minecraftselfies.net:

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How to install the Minecraft Selfies Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Minecraft Selfies.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

What’s your stance on selfies?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and while you’re at it, snap some selfies and paste the link!

Let us take a moment to appreciate the glory that is Minecraft 1.8.  Without this update, we wouldn’t have fantastic resource packs with new 3D models, such as Wonderfully3D by TheAwesomeKielbasa.  This pack is great because it essentially just updates the models, not the textures – one might call it a Model Pack!

 

Since no textures are changed, this resource pack can pretty much work with any other texture pack.  It merely provides some dimensionality to the blocks and items in-game.  Some packs may not work properly, of course.  Note that it is still in its early phases, so the number of models are limited.

 

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In this screenshot you can clearly see the updated models for a few blocks.  Nothing here strikes me as particularly interesting other than the hay (I don’t believe I’ve seen a pack with 3D hay before).  That is what I like about this pack, though: it is simple, doesn’t really change the Minecraft look, and adds just enough to make the game a little less flat.

 

Take a look at this crafting table and furnace, for example:

 

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You would miss the differences if you just quickly glanced at it, but upon further inspection you will notice that the crafting table has a slight raised portion on the top, and the furnace actually recedes inward where it should.  Though to be fair the furnace should also possibly have a raised top.

 

This pack is off to a good start.  As the creator states, it is not meant to be a groundbreaking new resource pack, but rather another option in an already established vein.  I would like to see it differ specifically from Default 3D, and of course be as unique as possible.

 

Installing Wonderfully3D Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.7.8

 

  1. Download the latest version of the resource pack here.

  2. Press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\resourcepacks

  3. Unzip the file if it was zipped.

  4. Place the resource pack in this folder.

  5. In Minecraft, go to Options > Resource Packs and select your pack.

 

What do you think could make this pack stand out from the rest of its kind?  Leave your ideas in the comments!

The Circus contest strikes again with a… Surprisingly creepy skin, albeit a well done one.  Why is it that so many people interpret the circus theme to be something dark and/or creepy?  Not saying it’s a bad thing – I love it – but Puppit the Puppet by legoskeleton01 both looks a little creepy and has an unsettling backstory.

 

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Puppit’s story is that he only comes to life at nightfall, after most people have left the circus.  Those who are unfortunate enough to stick around typically face certain doom.  No child has ever met Puppit and lived to tell the tale.

 

Now that you are acquainted, let us take a look at Puppit’s interesting shading.  I would first like to point out that this seems to be one of the only skins ever to actually account for the finer details of body shape.  I understand that he is a puppet, but his shoulders, pelvis, and chest are all very well defined.  I would appreciate seeing more of this in human skins, though of course not to an extent that makes them look like a puppet.

 

Otherwise, his shading certainly gives him the appearance of a puppet.  It compliments his detail well, which is sparing but efficient.  My favorite touches are his cheeks (EXCELLENT use of layering!) and his archetypal circus puppet hat.

 

This skin would definitely land among my top five picks for the Circus contest.  It is creative, more unique than most entries thus far, has a great backstory, and exhibits wonderful technical skill.  I award Puppit ten out of ten innocent items from childhood turned creepy.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

Which of the entries to the circus contest do you find to be the creepiest?  We had an angry clown just recently, but I definitely think Puppit trumps that.  Leave a link to yours in the comments!

Farming is one of the easiest ways to sustain a player in Minecraft.  It generates food without much interaction, providing a wealth of produce after a long mining trip or escapade in the Nether.  But it is a system not often addressed by modders, nor by Mojang in the past (now Microsoft).  End3rb0rn of PlanetMinecraft decided to buff up the farming system a bit with the Extra Seeds mod.

 

Just as the name implies, this mod adds more plantable seeds to the game.  It is true that their logical integrity is a bit… questionable, but it is nonetheless a useful mod.

 

To acquire new seeds, players must only break grass objects throughout the world as they normally would to find seeds.  Each seed has a certain percentage chance to drop.  The following seeds are available, ranked according to their rarity from most to least common:

 

  1. Grass Seeds

  2. Cactus Seeds

  3. Potato Seeds

  4. Carrot Seeds

  5. Mycelium Seeds

 

Yes, I know, potatoes and carrots don’t have seeds.  For that matter, I don’t think mycelium really should either, as it is just fungal growth.  Use your imagination!

 

Planting each of these seeds except for the grass seed will grow the specified object.  Bone meal can be used to speed them up like usual.  Grass seeds will turn a dirt block into a grassy block – it will not spawn grass objects (pro tip: use bonemeal on grass blocks to create a bunch of grass!).

 

There is one other block in this mod -the Seed Machine.

 

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This machine can be used to swap out seeds you don’t want for others.  It is currently still in its early phases, as is the mod in general, so expect to see more content soon.

 

What I think of this mod: I love the idea of fleshing out the farming system.  I hope this mod grows big enough to outshine mods like Witchery, which already has a quite robust list of new plants.  It is off to a good start, but is starving for more content.  Maybe more plants like tomatoes, squash, green beans, and cucumbers?

How to install Extra Seeds for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Extra Seeds.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

If this mod began including new plants (rather than seeds for existing objects), what would you like to see most?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

First of all – I’m going to drop some computer wisdom at the end of this post, so if you feel like learning something, be sure to read to the end.  Anyway: continuing briefly with the candy theme from yesterday, I present to you Crafty’s Subscriber Landmark Skin named Candy!  Rumor has it that her clothes are made of melted and resolidified gummy bears, but I can’t really be sure.

 

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Crafty crafted Candy in celebration of reaching 1,000 subscribers.  This number may not seem like much to frequenters of YouTube, DeviantArt, and the like, but for PlanetMinecraft it is a pretty significant number.  Every one of those thousand subscribers are well deserved, too; Crafty is one of my favorite skinners.

 

Moving on, let us take a look at this great skin.  First off, Candy is wearing a pretty interesting outfit – tall striped socks, a long T-shirt, elbow-length gloves, a pretty short skirt (or shorts?), and an adorable bow in her hair.  All of the colors in this outfit match well – some other skinners I’ve seen recently could take a cue or two from Crafty about color theory.

 

The shading is interesting and develops a nice texture.  The way that the highlights are placed make Candy look more like plastic in some areas, especially because the highlights that cross over clothes to skin stay in the same path with the same intensity.  This gives the feeling of either candy-like texture or some really shiny clothing.

 

Candy is awarded ten out of ten magically healthy sugary treats!

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

There are a decent number of candy and food themed skins on PMC.  Which is your favorite?  Post a link in the comments below!

Promised computer wisdom: check the URL for this skin.  Candy’s name isn’t mentioned anywhere else but here.  You can often see some minor extra details about a link by carefully examining its URL.  Also a great way to stay safe on the net.  Check it out!