This week, Mojang announced the 4th pre-release for Minecraft version 1.8.1.

Since Minecraft 1.8 had been released, people were turned off because of the number of bugs present and a lot of performance issues, but Mojang quickly followed it with the promise of Minecraft 1.8.1.

Pre-releases are like early beta access to the new version. By trying a pre-release snapshot you are expected to report bugs to the official bug tracker – and not complain about it. The more the community helps, the faster the next official update will be for everyone.

The first pre-release was, as expected, filled with bugs. the following pre-release updates squashed a number of bugs.


This particular update fixed the following:

  • -  Villagers trading mismatch
  • - Air blocks floating in Water (!!)
  • - Anvil messing up long item names.
  • - Item duplication glitch in multiplayer
  • - Ghost/ dummy  player in multiplayer
  • - Funny chunk render in third person mode
  • - and many more.


MC 1.8.1


Playing with SNAPSHOTs or Pre-release Versions

In order to try the latest Snapshot, you have to do the following steps with your Minecraft launcher.

  1.  Open up your Minecraft Launcher
  2. Once the launcher UI is opened, choose to create a new profile
  3. Input the profile name (preferably something with “SNAPSHOT” to avoid confusion)
  4. On the version selection, click “Enable experimental development versions (“snapshots”)”
  5. A new window will open with written warning and notice – asking you if you want to continue. Press “Yes”
  6. Hit Save Profile. Use the recently-created profile and try to play the game normally – bugs will be expected.


Mojang is Now Officially a Microsoft Property

On the same day, Microsoft formally announced their ownership of our beloved game. The announcement marked and finalized the deal between two companies. What will happen to Minecraft and all other Mojang games? Nobody really knows, but hopefully it’s for the best. The official announcement can be found here. And yes, there is a lot of “Don’t Screw This Up” comments… but that goes to show how concerned the Mojang community is.


minecraft forge logo

Mods are game modifications that can alter the game completely or improve gameplay and replay-ability.

Minecraft is one of the many games that support community modifications. Back when Minecraft was still in the Beta stage, Minecraft mods played a great role in gathering support and players. Today, Minecraft has countless of mods ranging from small improvements all the way to space travel and giant robots.

Minecraft Forge

Minecraft Forge is a community based API that allows mods to work together seamlessly for maximum compatibility. In itself, Minecraft Forge is also a game modification that creates a GUI that allows players to view the mods that are currently installed in the client. Most mods require Minecraft Forge in order to run properly – making Minecraft Forge all the more important.

Installing Minecraft Forge

In order to run most mods, you need to install Minecraft Forge to your client first. Installing Minecraft Forge is very easy, all you need to do is download the Forge version relevant to the Minecraft version you want to modify. The Forge download archive can be found here.


Choose the “Installer” to start the download.

forge API

Once complete, just run the installer and choose “Install client”. Then press “OK” and let the installer do its job.

forge minecraft

After the installation, open your Minecraft launcher and choose the new profile named “Forge” and hit play. Forge will then download the required libraries. When it’s done, you will now notice a new option in Minecraft’s Menu along with some foot notes.

Installing a Mod


Once the steps above are done, open your explorer and type in %appdata% then press enter.

minecraft directory

Find the folder .minecraft and open it (most of the time, it will be on top of the alphabetical folder list). This folder contains all Minecraft files, where you should see the folder “mods”.

The next step would be to find a mod you want to install and download its .zip or .jar file. Copy that file and put it inside your Minecraft “mods” folder (the one you navigated above), restart Minecraft, and BAM! Congratulations!

Did you find this guide helpful? Share some tip by leaving a comment below!

better foliage

Add more lush and green to your Minecraft world without breaking immersion or adding new things with Better Foliage mod.

Created by username OctarineNoise, The Better Foliage mod features aesthetic improvements such as reefs, corals, grass, leaves, and more. Most of these features are re-implementation of the mod Better Grass & Leaves that was not updated since Minecraft 1.6.4.

This client-only mod only improves the game visually and does not add anything that affects the vanilla gameplay – this makes it compatible to be played on a server without the need of installing additional server files.


better foliage lilies


Aside from the extra lush of the grass and tree leaves, this mod also adds a lot of little things. Two of my favorites are the extra lily pads and reeds which in my opinion are really needed in Minecraft.

Better Foliage also features falling leaf particles, better cactus, Netherrack vines, souls rising from soul sand(!!), and connected grass textures.


better foliage GUI


What I love most about this mod is the fact that it is very modular and highly configurable. It features its very own GUI (graphical user interface) to allow users to adjust many aspects of the mod, such as; size of the leaves and grass, off-set of the leaves, height of the grass, flower chance of the lily pads, and chance of reeds and algae to spawn in the water.


better foliage shader


The mod looks even better with shader packs installed, although you may need to configure the shader setting a bit for maximum compatibility.


better foliage textured


You’ll be happy to know that the mod can also use textures provided by other resource packs for better integration.

All in all, Better Foliage is a must-have mod that dramatically improves Minecraft’s visuals and immersion with only slight to no performance loss. The mod is currently updated to Minecraft 1.7.10, but hopefully the author will continue to update this wonderful mod to Minecraft 1.8 and onward.

How to install Better Foliage for Minecraft 1.7.10


  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Better Foliage.

  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.


Like this awesome mod as well? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


This week we’re going to feature the Isabella II resource pack. Originally created by Bonemouse, the Isabella texture pack features a sad and a little bit gloomy theme. The Isabella pack is known for its melancholic appeal and well detailed textures especially for a low 16x resolution. Sadly, the original creator (Bonemouse) retired as a texture maker back when Minecraft was still on version 1.5.


Fortunately, Bonemouse gave the community permission to continue the project, and someone thankfully did – thus, Isabella II was born.


At first glance, this texturepack might strike some as depressing and moody, especially if your the type of person who loves vibrant colors and joyous characters, but if you get pass its dark appeal, you’ll find a wonderful resource pack that’s both calming and beautifully detailed.




OttosonicSrugs, the talented individual who supervised the project, not only updated the texture pack to include the new blocks and mobs of Minecraft 1.8, but he also added some nice sounds from clay blocks to rain drops – which fits the resource pack quite well.


Isabella 2 Rain


What I like most about this resource pack is its attention to detail. Even with the default Minecraft resolution (16x), Isabella II seems to have more pixels packed into one item. This can be noticed more when wearing armor and with the tools.


isabella avatar and armor


Maybe the only thing about this resource pack that many people would criticize, is the skin of your default character Steve. The young brown fella that we all know is replaced by a semi-bald man  Although many young players would hate it, I honestly think that it fits the mood perfectly – especially if you like creating log cabins in the woods.


Isabella II modded


As you may also notice in the picture above, Isabella II works even better on a fully modded Minecraft client. Overall, this resource pack is not for everyone, but as for many of us who have come to love it, it had become our new default.


Installing Isabella II Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.8


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

  2. Load Minecraft.

  3. Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).

  4. Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks

  5. Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.

  6. Select the texture pack and click done.


Do you like the gloomy theme of Isabella II? Have a screenshot to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Amazing Seed for Minecraft 1.8 (5)

It all started in a windy Thursday, with the beach behind you, cows mooing in front, and a scenic view of a mountain that reaches the sky not far away. And you think to yourself “My, what a good seed!”

The featured seed for this week is:


and it has “paradise” written all over it.

Your character will spawn near a beach write next to a small pond where you can see a couple of tiny lava pools up ahead. There will be a small patch of forest nearby (big enough to supply players with couple stacks of wood) right across a small cave for the pirates to hide their treasure chests on or for you to camp in on your first night.

Amazing Seed for Minecraft 1.8 (1)

Moving forward will be some cloud level mountains with natural water falls and a sweet ravine next to it for your stone and mining needs – summing it all up for an almost perfect location to spawn to.

Amazing Seed for Minecraft 1.8 (4)

In case you get a lonely, there is an NPC village on the coordinates x: 236, y: 71, z: 659 where you can move your residence or mingle with the locals.

Amazing Seed for Minecraft 1.8 (7)

The highlight of this seed is the Ocean Monument that you can find not far from the spawn. In the coordinates x: 40, y: 39, z: -735, you will find three lovely islands, and between them is a rare Ocean Monument that hosts the deadly (yet cute) guardians and their humongous mother – the elder guardian. The Monument would only be visible in the surface if you use a night vision potion.

Overall, I think this seed would be great for those who love to see the new features of Minecraft 1.8 while playing in survival. The new Ocean Monument isn’t far from spawn and the spawn point itself has all the needed resources to survive. If you like this seed or found some other interesting landmarks that I’ve missed, let me know in the comment section below!

Ready for something bizarre?  It’s time to meet the Mewza Frieztwo skin from taterman88.  Toting a Bob Ross avatar and a healthy meme knowledge, this skinner is a force to be reckoned with.




This skin is a fusion between Mewtwo from Pokemon and Frieza from Dragonball Z.  Thematically, it actually fits together nicely – both are sociopathic overpowered murderers.  Apparently, this cross-series fusion is not new to the skinning landscape, which is as awesome as it is scary.


Aside from being a great idea in general, this skin is quite well done.  Its shading gives a very rounded feel to the model, which is entirely appropriate for both of the characters it draws from.


mf01 mf02


It is quite detailed as well, and does not lose the feel of Mewtwo or Frieza in melding the two.  However, I do have one gripe (and if you have been following this site for any period of time, you probably saw this coming): the tail.


I understand taterman88 was probably trying to capture Mewtwo’s essence by using its characteristic tail, but honestly it just isn’t working.  Visually, due to the shape of the model, it looks nothing like Mewtwo’s unique tail.  Maybe with more layering and creative use of shading, the tail portion could at least look more dimensional.


Other than that, this skin is great.  I award Mewza Frieztwo eight out of ten Gokmews (see what I did there?).


What other interesting fusions would you like to see?  Post your ideas in the comments, or show us some fusions that have already been done!