On this week, Extra Life started a huge charity live-streaming event featuring our favorite game, Minecraft!
What is Extra Life?
Extra life is a charity-based fundraiser that donates 100% of the raised money to hospitals treating sick children across United States and Canada. Money is raised through 24-hour video game marathons – and this week, the chosen game is Minecraft.
The Extra Life Organization began way back in 2008 to honor a young lady in the name of Victoria Enmon (a.k.a. Tori) and cheer her on her battle against acute lymphoblastic luekemia. It all started as video game community members sent video games and other gifts to the lady to cheer her up and keep her spirit fighting despite her battle with the deadly disease.
Sadly, Tori passed away early in 2008, but the thought, the act, and the gesture carried on, and so the movement began. Now, Extra Life have raised more than 5,600,000 of good US dollars to be donated to hospitals with kids like Tori.
Extra Life utilizes the Twitch streaming and gather support to kind-hearted players across the globe.
On that day, many of the popular Minecraft Youtubers took part in streaming – and most of them played on platforms they are not familiar with… for fun of course.
If you want to do what you are good at while helping others, consider joining Extra Life by going to their official website.
New Awesome Parody
Pedro, a talented minecraft parody maker, created another hit. Together with LaRaisha Burnette for the vocals, they created “Mine It All” – A parody of the song “Shake It Off”.
The new parody can be viewed here. Enjoy!
Tired of being the only intellectual being in your single player survival world? Ever wished to explore great cities and learn their culture? With the Millénaire mod you can!
Millénaire is a single-player mod (a multiplayer version is also available) that aims to fill the “emptiness” of Minecraft by adding smart NPCs that build, attack, defend, and supports each other.
These NPCs are divided by their faction and culture and create villages corresponding to it. The currently available cultures are: 11th-century Norman, Japanese, and Mayan, with more cultures planned in the later updates.
These villages are filled with women, men, and children that grows up to become adults themselves. They can also interact with other villages and to the player by means of trading.
Players can also help with the construction of buildings by giving the villages the materials they need. Once you are well known in one village, you can adapt their culture allowing you to use their items, plant their specific crops (rice for Japanese), and have your own house built for you. Once your reputation is high enough, you may also found your own city and become the mayor of your very own town.
With this mod installed, lone buildings will also spawn in the world. These buildings ranges from abandoned houses to bandit hide outs. Thus making role playing more fun.
Bandits (or factionless NPCs) may also attempt to raid villages. During a raid, the village’s men will fight against the raiders, while the children and women will hide in the corner. When the raid is successful, the village will be looted – hindering its growth.
With the latest update, NPC villagers can now live on player-built structures and even cities.
Overall this mod well-made, well-coded, and well-thought of. This is probably one of the best mods in Minecraft that have successfully reached its goals. I highly recommend this mod to players who love to play singleplayer but find it boring and life-less, or to those who want to play multiplayer but is stuck in playing singleplayer. The Mod also has a server file for those who want to play with friends.
How to install Millénaire Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Millenaire Installer.
Run the Installer and follow the process.
How far did you progress in the village? Have you completed many quests? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Stating your faction, nationality, group, or your personality have never been this vivid – and banners made it all possible.
Introduced on Minecraft 1.8, banners are tall decorative blocks that can be customized using dyes. They are non-solid entities as they have no collision mask – allowing players to pass right through them.
Crafting A Banner
Banners can be crafted by using 6 wool and a stick on a pattern similar to the sign item. Banners maintain the color of the wool used to make it – resulting in 16 different base banners.
You may dye a banner using a crafting table. You may also add items on the crafting table to create a specific patterns.
There is a total of 38 patterns that you can use. These patterns come in all 16 colors.
A single banner can hold up to 6 patterns simultaneously – allowing for a more customized look.
Pattern placement will be done by layers, so the first pattern you used will placed at the bottom, and the last one will be placed on top.
Making A Complex Pattern – Dragon Head Sample
There are many things to consider when creating a complex pattern; the outcome of the image, the number of layers, the colors to be used, and many more. The steps below will guide you in creating a dragon head banner.
1. Before jumping to the patterns you have to choose the right color for your banner. Sometimes the banner color is the dominant color, and sometimes it would be the outline of the other patterns. On our sample use a black banner.
2. Dragons are associated with fire, so we will be choosing the color red. For the first layer, use the red-vine pattern.
3. For the next layer, use a red cross pattern.
4. For the third layer, use the item oxeye daisy to create a sun-flower pattern. (don’t ask me why they didn’t use sun-flower)
5. Next, fill the bottom part with red.
6. Using ink sac, create a diamond pattern on the banner. This will create the dragon’s head.
7. As final touch, create an orange gradient pattern to indicate a fire.
Found this tutorial helpful? Do you have any questions or clarifications? Let us know by leaving a comment.
If you want realistic textures but your computer isn’t beefy enough to handle 64 x and above resolutions, Pixel Reality might be the resource pack for you.
Pixel Reality is a 16 x resource pack that is aimed to realism. Currently, this resource pack is for Minecraft 1.7.10 and is not 100% compatible with Minecraft version 1.8.
Even though it has the same resolution as the vanilla textures, Pixel Reality looks way beyond the default textures as every detail is squeezed on the limited pixels – making it one of the most amazing 16 x resource pack.
Most items and blocks are based on items found on real life; but some things that don’t exist in real-life are still given a touch of reality. These things include the zombies, the wither, Redstone, and creepers among many others.
The Steve skin is also replaced with a semi-realistic version of Steve – and because of its limited resolution, it doesn’t really look good. But it may be the only downside of this resource pack.
Pixel Reality also features a realistic-lighting vanilla add-on called Pixel Luminance.
Pixel Luminance features a realistic shading, lighting, and colors but with darker shadows and weaker light sources than that of the vanilla. This add-on can be used along with the vanilla texture or with the Pixel Reality Resource Pack. Pixel Luminance is created to provide a shader-like experience to the players with weak PC.
Pixel Reality is a highly module resource pack and features many add-ons, making Pixel Luminance just one of its many customization options. Its add-ons include alternate brighter stone textures, alternate framed glass, and adobe stained clay.
In addition, Pixel Reality provides custom textures and mod support for the mods Underground Biome, and Underground Biome constructs.
I highly recommend this texture pack to people who like to have a more serious Minecraft look. Overall, I personally love this resource pack especially when combined to a realistic shader and aesthetic mods.
Installing Pixel Reality Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download the latest version of the texture pack here.
Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).
Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks
Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.
Select the texture pack and click done.
Do you like Pixel Reality? Share your realistic screenshots with us and let us know your thoughts by dropping a comment.
This week we’re going to feature another amazing seed for Minecraft 1.8, and this one is filled with girl’s best friend – diamonds!
This week’s seed is:
The highlight of this seed is the Desert temple located right near the spawn. The Temple, by itself, is special as it is quite rare. In addition, the Temple is in the edge of multiple biomes with its entrance just above the river.
Inside the Desert Temple are nine (yes nine!) diamonds and two iron ingots. With this, you can create an armor and a sword that would last for several Minecraft days.
The seed itself is quite unique as it features several weird generated terrain such as this almost perfect circle crater that looks like a shooting star located right across the Desert Temple.
For some reason, these circles/ craters are scattered across the map. So far I’ve found four – with the biggest near the spawn.
Survival-wise, the seed features a plain biome with many accessible resources and building potential. Trees are a little bit far from the spawn but re-planting them in the plain biome wouldn’t be a problem.
Across the river is an amazing mesa biome that is connected to a desert one. This biome is one of my favorite biomes because I feel like a western cowboy while moving around the red hills.
At a distance, you can find a swamp biome meshed to a roofed forest – thus making the area extra dangerous during both the night and the day. If you are desperate however, going down this road for food isn’t such a bad idea as the two “merged” biomes have all the resources you need to create a multitude of mushrooms soups.
Epic-looking mountains and hills can also be found not far away from the Temple. On these parts, there are variety of rocks including the new ones introduced on Minecraft 1.8 (i.e. granite).
Overall, this seems to be a very nice seed for survival. The Desert Temple can be considered as Notch’s gift that can also be used as a shelter in the middle of many useful biomes. If you are new in Minecraft, I suggest taking this seed for a spin.
Tired of the old Minecraft vanilla animation? Want your character to move like the ones you see on Youtube? Then check out this alternate animation and move like in movies by installing Mo’ Bends Mod on your Minecraft 1.7.10.
As of the moment, the mod is around 65% complete. Even so, it is totally usable and features a lot of cool animations for both the player and the zombie mobs.
The player animation is completely overhauled, and thus it features a new standing animation, walking animation, running animation and so much more.
Player animation is mostly covered and includes jumping and swimming. Although it does not feature a real swimming movement (i.e faster surface swimming or diving), seeing your character take a dive into the water really makes a difference when it comes to immersion.
The best part of the new player animation is the three hit sword combo inspired by many games video animations. The three hit sword combo can be unleashed when the player spams the attack button while using any weapon or tools.
Along that line, a new sword trail, custom hurt, death effects, and unarmed combat are also added to the game to further enhance fighting animation in Minecraft.
Currently, the only mob affected with the new animation is the zombie – and it is my favorite feature on this mod.
The new zombie animation features limping and creepy zombie-like behavior you can see on other video games – thus making minecraft zombies more spooky, and I love it.
Aside from the new animations, the mod also features its own graphical user interface (GUI), which allowsplayers to toggle certain animations or even all animations without the hassle of uninstalling the mod.
The mod author Gobbob_Antyvirus does not want to stop there. He also wants to create alternate animations for most mobs and to further enhance Minecraft making it closer to the Minecraft-inspired video animations found in Youtube.
Overall, I highly recommend this mod for the zombie animation. If you already have altered the player animation from other mods or have some incompatibilities with the player model, you can just turn off the player animation from this mod and you’ll be fine.
How to install Mo’ Bends Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Mo’ Bends.
Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.
Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.
Is there any particular part of this mod that you like or dislike? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.