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.

 

grass_mach

 

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!

Who doesn’t at least *like* candy?  I can understand growing to prefer salty food over the sweet sugary goodness that makes Halloween and Christmas the best holidays of the year, but I do not think I have ever met a person who simply disliked candy.  Shizaku of PlanetMinecraft certainly enjoys candy, and is the creator of the wonderful Multicandy mod!

 

candy_inline

 

Whether you are preparing your game for Halloween or gearing up for Christmas (or simply love candy…!), this mod is sure to deliver a variety of treats you can appreciate.  There are a total of 40 different candies added with this mod.  To name a few:

 

  • Candycanes

  • Candy corn

  • Easter bunny

  • Taffy

  • Lollipops

  • Rock candy

  • Gummy bears

  • Candy bars

  • Sweethearts

  • Jellybeans

  • Smores

  • M&Ms

  • Candy apples

  • Jawbreakers

  • Hershey Kisses

  • Rice Crispy Treats

  • Rainbow Cookies

 

As you can see, many holidays are covered in the list of festive candies, along with some holiday-neutral items.  There was a handy infographic of every recipe, but to be honest, it is poorly designed and makes my eyes bleed a little.  So instead for reference I will simply tell you that, for example, candycanes are made with sugar and a bucket of water.  Many recipes combine the candy found within the mod.

 

candy_wall

 

Aside from simply eating the candy, it can be used for decorative purposes.  Candy frames are absolutely adorable and are perfect for holidays.  Anyone up for making a gingerbread house?

 

candy_house

 

My opinion on this mod: it is a simple mod that adds items as content.  Nothing more, nothing less.  As you may know, I am a fan of these mods, as they help add some diversity to the game without risking changing something fundamental.

 

What I would like to see in the future: more candy, some useful effects from candy, and possibly candy-related blocks.  Possibly also some recipe reworking to make all candy have a common base (in order to separate the mod’s recipes as a whole from vanilla Minecraft).

 

How to install the Multicandy Mod for Minecraft 1.7.2

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Multicandy.

  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 candy would you like to see in this mod?  Leave your ideas in the comments below!

Today I bring to you another resource pack that is nothing incredibly out of the ordinary, yet still quite charming and awesome.  It is my pleasure to introduce Sibogy’s Zaroxite Craft resource pack!

 

There is no overarching theme behind this pack.  Rather, it is another “general improvement” pack for Minecraft.  Many of the iconic textures have been slightly changed and revamped to look a little more realistic (or at least interesting):

 

zaro_pickaxe

 

Notice how these ores look like they have actual depth and texture, while the cobblestone looks…  Well, like actual stone!

 

Interior design is a little more refreshing, with some redone wooden planks, more attractive carpets, and of course, extra paintings:

 

zaro_painting

 

Many of the items (such as the pickaxe you saw earlier) have been redesigned or improved as well:

 

zaro_items

 

For those of you who have made the plunge to 1.8, fret not; this pack does in fact change the 1.8 textures as well.

 

There are three interesting things about this pack that you cannot really see from these screenshots.  The first is that textures are randomized in many instances.  This means that the appearance of one block may look completely different the second time you place it.  The textures fit well together nonetheless, so that is no concern.  Optifine or MCPatcher must be used for randomized textures.

 

The second interesting point is that many of the textures and objects in the pack are animated.  This adds some life to the game beyond simply changing up the textures.

 

Third and finally is that there are new sounds.  Finding a pack with good sounds can be tough, but Sibogy has done pretty well with this one.

 

As with all packs, you cannot fully experience its awesomeness without downloading it – so head on over to its page and give it a try!

 

Installing Sibogy’s ZAROXITE Craft Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.8

 

  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.

 

Resource packs with custom sounds are always interesting as they touch on an aspect that not many do.  What pack with sounds is your favorite, and why?  Post a link to it in the comments below!

As of the time of this post, the Circus contest is up to 223 entries.  This is the latest entry, and if you ask me, it is going to either win or be in the top three.  Allow me to introduce Jerry the Angry Clown, a skin most definitely not stolen by michalkutac.

 

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First off, let me get a couple of obvious things out of the way.

 

  1. The submission does not entirely meet the contest guidelines.  There is no text in the post describing how or why the character fits the theme, any backstory, etc.  Of course, this was optional, but may hurt the skin’s chances.

  2. The contest is not even half over, so when I say this skin is likely to win, understand that there are still 9 full days for someone else to top it!

 

Moving on…

 

Angry clowns.  They are just scary, no matter how you look at them.  It’s like an adorable little puppy who happens to be rabid.  Taking something meant to be happy and gleeful and turning it into something that will probably hurt and/or kill you is just disturbing.

 

Nonetheless, the shading on this skin is incredible.  Its great technical execution is part of what makes it such a menacing skin.  Through layering and shading, the clown’s face looks quite three dimensional.  The shading on the pants is a little bland compared to everywhere else, but still not bad.

 

There is not an incredible amount of detail either, but it gets the point across.  We understand that this is a clown, and form his expression, we understand that he’s probably murderous.

 

I award this clown five out of five acetone face cleaners for being creepy, and nine out of ten scared children for being a great skin.

 

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.

 

Many people are terrified of clowns, regardless of how scary they look.  Do you have an interesting fear, or know of someone who is afraid of something unusual?  Post it in the comments below!

Wondering where Microsoft will take Minecraft?  Well – one person’s guess is as good as another’s, unless that other person works for Microsoft.  Today I will be discussing some of the varying vantage points of what direction our beloved game will head in now that its purchase is official.

 

First off: Microsoft has released a statement saying that they expect to make at least $25,000,000 off of Minecraft over the next year.  $25 million may not seem like much in the face of this $2.5 billion acquisition, but this is only their first year and that number is sure to snowball into something larger.  This figure came based on Microsoft’s calculation that their original $2.5b would generate $25m in interest over the course of a year.

 

So how long would it take Microsoft to make back their money at a rate of $25m per year?  Well – that’s exactly one percent of their spending cost, so roughly 100 years.  Ouch.  But Microsoft is officially planning a release for the game to the Windows phone, which will undoubtedly boost their numbers in future years.  Expect to see some significant changes otherwise to bring about further income.

 

That $25 million has another facet to it, though – essentially, by making this much money per-year minimum, Microsoft has spent a flat $2.5 billion for a game that they can now officially brand as their own.  Simply having their name tied to this game is an enormous PR boost.  I would not be surprised to see Minecraft making the rounds in many of Microsoft’s other productions as well – advertisements, TV spots, possibly even on their website.

 

Another interesting point should be raised here.  Now that they own the game, it could feasibly come preinstalled on new computers.  Microsoft has a long history of doing this.  I wouldn’t go so far as to see a price hike on new PCs for the inclusion of Minecraft, but it certainly helps boost sales and customer satisfaction to know that one’s new computer will be ready to play their favorite game right out of the box.

 

As Jonathan Salem Baskin of Forbes magazine brings to light, Minecraft is a very social game.  It is in fact more of a social phenomenon than anything – as a sandbox game, there is no definitive goal, and much of the experience relies on players interacting with each other.  I fully and absolutely expect Microsoft to capitalize on this.  More achievements, friend lists, mail systems, dedicated servers for community interaction – I expect to see all of this and more.

 

Finally, something that I mentioned in a previous post about this very subject is that Minecraft is a huge educational tool.  People are using it to teach children and adults alike various concepts, ranging from programming to art and even science.  Microsoft would be foolish not to capitalize on this aspect of the game.  Whether it be selling educational Minecraft mods to schools or simply hosting dedicated educational servers, it is definitely something plausible for the future.

 

While this is not something I expect to happen, I would also like to add one note of something I would appreciate from Microsoft: official mods.  I know half of the fun of Minecraft is that players can be creative with the game, but I am itching for someone to release a truly professional mod.  In fact, I think something like a purchase and takeover of Forge to formally incorporate it into the game would be fantastic.

 

What are your thoughts on my idea?  Leave them in the comments below.  I would love to hear what you all have to think about Minecraft’s future with Microsoft!