Looks like I forgot to link this last Friday:
The article is about the reason I forgot to link it in the first place. It’s also the reason behind yesterday’s ridiculous mishap. I put up the Spoiler Warning video and then went and played Minecraft for five solid hours. When I came back I discovered that I’d neglected to set the video to public, so nobody could watch it. Normally I check on the site regularly and catch blunders like this within a few minutes, but I couldn’t even bring myself to alt-tab away from the game for a minute or two to do that.
Luckily, nobody was annoyed in the least and everything was fine. If people noticed at all, I’m sure they have forgotten all about it already. So that’s good.
It really it a crazy addictive game.
My house. This was a featureless hill when I began. A staggering number of hours went into building this monster.
When you mine stone, it turns into ugly rough cobblestone. You can build with it, but it looks… meh. But you can bake cobblestone to turn it into smooth stone, which is what 90% of this building is made of. Of course, you need to mine for coal to do the baking. And then you have to dig for clay to make the the red bricks you see in the middle section. Those also need to be baked.
As massive as this house seems to me, I know it’s actually a piddly little project compared to a lot of stuff you can find online.
Here I dug a massive 1-cube wide canyon, going from ground level to very near the bottom of the world. The canyon is so long that the entire length doesn’t quite fit into the clipping distance in the game. You can’t stand at one end and see the opposite end. You can dig a tunnel 6 blocks high, so it’s easy to just dig forward for several minutes, then dig straight down 6 blocks and dig in the other direction. This is a really fast way to get a ton of iron and coal, although it’s rubbish for getting diamond. (Diamond is crazy rare compared to the other resources and usually only appears near the impenetrable bedrock at the bottom of the world. if you want diamond, don’t waste time digging near the surface.) I like digging this way because daylight will reach all the way to the bottom, so you don’t need to stop to place a torch every 20 steps unless you’re digging at night.
The Game That Ruined Me
Be careful what you learn with your muscle-memory, because it will be very hard to un-learn it.
Two minutes of fun at the expense of a badly-run theme park.
There's a wonderful way to balance difficulty in RPGs, and designers try to prevent it. For some reason.
Let's ruin everyone's fun by listing all the ways in which zombies can't work, couldn't happen, and don't make sense.
Zenimax vs. Facebook
This series explores the troubled history of VR and the strange lawsuit between Zenimax publishing and Facebook.