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Minecraft Creator Announces Space Sandbox Game Mars Effect

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the go-hither-go-yon dept.

Space 117

An anonymous reader writes "Notch posted the official page of Mars Effect today, saying through Twitter, 'it's a completely different game! Our takes place in space, and focuses on characters, and lets you land on planets!!' He gives more detailed on the new website, noting the game will be based around hard science fiction (think Star Trek sci-fi) and puts characters in control of a character rather than just a ship. Similar to Minecraft, it will be a free-roaming game, but with a full economic system, different planets, customizable ships, space battles against AI, and other features. There will also be an in-game, 16-bit computer. Notch also took the chance to poke fun at Mass Effect, noting it will have 'A game ending that makes sense.'"

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Sigh (4, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | about 2 years ago | (#39536923)

© April 1 2012 Mojang

Re:Sigh (4, Informative)

alexgieg (948359) | about 2 years ago | (#39536969)

© April 1 2012 Mojang

Yep. I was believing it until this: "hard science fiction (think Star Trek sci-fi)". Very hard indeed.

Re:Sigh (2)

bonch (38532) | about 2 years ago | (#39537007)

Odd that it was the classification of Star Trek's science fiction that tipped you off and not the "Mars Effect" name and logo that are obviously based on Mass Effect, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Bethesda lawsuit.

Re:Sigh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537265)

Still harder than Star Wars.

I'm still 50-50. I don't think Notch has come up with a completely original game yet. This all sounds like his M.O. If it is a joke, at least Notch has a good sense of humor about himself.

Re:Sigh (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537665)

Of what relevance is it that Star Trek is harder than Star Wars? My best guess is you're just trolling Star Wars fans by saying it sucks, but the thing is, harder sci fi doesn't mean better sci fi, it just means harder sci fi. Although I disagree on your initial premise -- I think Star Trek and Star Wars are both about equally soft.

Star Trek does treknobabble to give the appearance of hard sci fi without the actuality. Star Wars dispenses with that (except the midichlorians fiasco, which was very Trek-ian), losing very little. Neither of them are hard sci fi. Both have actual magic (The Force, psychic powers).

If anything I'd give Star Wars a razor-thin edge for having:

1. Characters that understand multiple languages augmented by translator androids, instead of the magic universal translator (that somehow skips Klingon sometimes and occasionally Vulcan or others).
2. Somewhat more diverse aliens rather than limiting themselves to 5'10" bumpy forehead aliens (though it's still too humanoid).
3. More internal consistency (granted, this is subjective and it could be argued that's just because there's more authors writing canon Trek material).

That's not saying a lot though. Both are very soft. A bit harder than comic books or Doctor Who. Softer than almost any other moderately popular sci fi (not Farscape).

Re:Sigh (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#39538721)

I would just like to point out that not one person challenged Star Wars' scifi-ness until after the prequels came out. Face it, this whole topic is about geek chic.

Re:Sigh (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39538815)

I would just like to point out that not one person challenged Star Wars' scifi-ness until after the prequels came out.

Heh. You're too young to know about USENET, aren't you?

Re:Sigh (1)

toriver (11308) | about 2 years ago | (#39539329)

What, the translator droid is in their ears like a babel fish or something? Is there a scene where a droid is actually translating anything except for the Ewoks in the third movie? Luke/Jawas scene: No translating. Han/Greebo scene: No translating. etc.

Star Wars is just a war/samurai hybrid set in space. But then again, westerns was what fueled much of Star Trek.

Re:Sigh (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about 2 years ago | (#39537473)

Damn it. I was going to complain about the hard SF / Star Trek thing myself, and it only takes two posts to realise I'm an idiot. (Mind you, knowing the way Notch works, even if this is a gag it'll probably end up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.)

Logo gave it away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537885)

Logo gave it away immediately -- rip off of Mass Effect's logo.

Fuck you Slashdot (0)

ThurstonMoore (605470) | about 2 years ago | (#39538709)

Fuck you and April 1st and Notch. Why doesnt he change his name to tool?

Re:Fuck you Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39539839)

He's called Notch because he only has one notch on his bedpost. He's still with the girl he lost his virginity to.

True story.

Re:Sigh (3, Informative)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 2 years ago | (#39539125)

According to wiki,

Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both

Mass effect was pretty much the closest thing to "hard sci fi" I've encountered in a video game. A google search for "hard sci fi videogames" came up with two yahoo questions asking if there were any, mass effect was mentioned in both as the closest examples of it, so I'm not alone in that opinion. There was a scientific explanation in the codex (text that got added under a menu nearly every time you encountered something new in the game) that was surprisingly detailed. You could just play the game and ignore the explanations, but in case you were wondering why your guns overheated but never ran out of ammo in ME1, there was a detailed explanation you could pull up.

At the same time, they are very similar to star-trek. I would call it more like star-trek than "Rendezvous with Rama" by Artur C. Clarke (which wikipedia mentions as an example of hard sci fi).

I'm sure calling mass effect hard sci fi would annoy some slashdotters, but with an interactive media, there's different challenges. Perhaps "star trek level" is as hard sci-fi as anyone has figured out how to make a game and still call it a game, rather than an interactive science lesson.

Re:Sigh (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | about 2 years ago | (#39539921)

I agree, Mass Effect 1 was actually decently hard sci-fi. And then it went flacid with the sequels. They figured stuff didn't need any explanation, and you know this RPG stuff is for pansies. Let's just shoot ALIENS!!!

Re:Sigh (1)

Teancum (67324) | about 2 years ago | (#39539985)

About the only other game I can think of that would be somewhat close to "hard science fiction" that I can think of is SpaceChem, as you need to use a modified periodic table in order to complete the challenges... and the "back story" sort of reads like a poorly written science fiction novel. However that game gets so close to an interactive science lesson that some real-world brick and mortar schools have even the audacity to include the game in their curriculum.

I suppose that if you think molecular level nano engineering projects are something that could happen on an industrial scale, perhaps SpaceChem reflects real chemistry.

Your point stands though. I saw a "game" that reproduced the Millikan oil drop experiment [wikipedia.org] down to the most tedious detail including having to "record" the results in a journal. That takes the whole interactive science demo thing perhaps just a little bit too far (but it was still an interesting piece of software).

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537261)

cry i was soooo excited :(

Re:Sigh (1)

loosescrews (1916996) | about 2 years ago | (#39537931)

After several weeks of trying to come up with a good name for the game, we finally decided not to learn from previous experiences and pick a name that's already kind of in use by a huge existing franchise.

After playing around with names like "Elight", "Wind Commander", and "Steve Online", we finally settled on the very catchy name "Mars Effect".

It is an April Fools joke.

Re:Sigh (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | about 2 years ago | (#39539197)

I hope the joke is just the name and the stuff announced today, not the whole space game. After all Notch did announce a "firefly-style" space game some weeks ago.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39538487)

Considering this isn't actually the first I'd heard of the game (he's mentioned it before, though in less concrete terms (proof: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/03/25/notch-making-elite-inspired-space-based-trading-sim-sandbox-titl/)), I wouldn't be so quick to chalk it all up to an April Fool's Day joke. Could still be, but if so, it's more elaborate than a single posting on April 1.

Elevators in Minecraft first (1, Flamebait)

Y-Crate (540566) | about 2 years ago | (#39536941)

Please?
Thank you.

Re:Elevators in Minecraft first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39536997)

How about an inventory system where you can get infinite copies of the same item, without stacking? No filtering and in alphabetical order only, of course.

Where are the pink ponies?

Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39536951)

After the whole Scrolls debacle, this seems like Notch is purposefully trying to use other companies names with only a slight change. I give it about 5 seconds for EA to threaten a lawsuit (his comments of an ending that makes sense totally prove he's trying to confuse and play off the identity).

Re:Hmm (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 2 years ago | (#39537277)

RTFA:

After several weeks of trying to come up with a good name for the game, we finally decided not to learn from previous experiences and pick a name that's already kind of in use by a huge existing franchise.

After playing around with names like "Elight", "Wind Commander", and "Steve Online", we finally settled on the very catchy name "Mars Effect".

That should explain it completely...

April (1)

joaeri (583880) | about 2 years ago | (#39536955)

Posted at "2012-04-01 0:14". First April fools day joke! Keep them coming, always nice to see if you get fooled this year

Re:April (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537209)

You know, it's actually kind of a pity that it is a joke. I wouldn't mind playing something like it...

Re:April (5, Interesting)

Teancum (67324) | about 2 years ago | (#39537423)

The name may be a joke, but the game isn't. Notch has been doing some development work including creating a virtual machine that he claims to have on his development system running 4000 instances of that VM simultaneously with only 50% of his development machine CPU bandwidth in use. Some details about the VM can be found here:

http://notch.tumblr.com/post/20056289891/start-classified-transmission [tumblr.com]
(note the date... not April 1st)

He has been talking about this game for over a month, and a couple of days ago he tweeted out to his "fans" to give some name suggestions.

Almost everything on the "Mars Effect" website is pretty much a compilation of everything he has said about this game in terms of interviews, tweets, blog entries, and casual comments over a pint of beer in terms of his vision for the next big project he wants to be working on.

The game itself is very real, it is just that the name is something I strongly suspect and was something I noticed immediately after its name was announced. With Notch though, me might be saying "damn the torpedoes" and be willing to make everybody think it is a joke of a game too... if for nothing more than to get some fans off his back. Any time he makes reference to a website in his twitter feed, it often crashes to something like the Slashdot Effect in part because of how many people are following his tweets.

Re:April (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537829)

Or notch is a troll master and he's been building it up for a month.

Re:April (2)

Teancum (67324) | about 2 years ago | (#39538123)

Perhaps. You really don't know what to expect on April 1st.

The CPU instruction set is real and has some thought put into it though.

Neat, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39536963)

This sounds cool, but..

around hard science fiction (think Star Trek sci-fi)

Since when is Star Trek considered "hard science fiction". I like star trek and all, but I've considered it very light on real sci-fi content. Stories tend to revolve around the characters, with technobabble added in for effect. Most of the stories you could transplant into a medival setting without losing much.

Re:Neat, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39536985)

You are aware that, in some places in the world, it is already the first of April, right?

Awesome (1)

krakass (935403) | about 2 years ago | (#39536977)

This sounded like such an awesome game idea until I saw:
© April 1 2012 Mojang
at the bottom of http://marseffect.net/ [marseffect.net]

Re:Awesome (4, Insightful)

toygeek (473120) | about 2 years ago | (#39536991)

Actually this has been in the works for a while, this isn't the first mention of such a game. I do not believe this is a slooF lirpA article.

Re:Awesome (2)

krakass (935403) | about 2 years ago | (#39537029)

Yeah, looking through his tweets this goes back at least a couple days, so I'm hopeful this isn't an extremely elaborate joke.

So what if it is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537059)

We'll just make our own version in Mine craft ourselves. Won't take long at all.

Re:So what if it is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537393)

Undoing accidental mod

Re:Awesome (2)

game kid (805301) | about 2 years ago | (#39537307)

In particular, he started spec'ing a 16-bit processor (listed as a feature of this game) some days ago on his tumblr and twitter pages (its data format, registers, instructions, a "Hello World" program...).

If this is a 4/1 joke, it's a fairly elaborate and overengineered one. It's ok to me; I love overengineering. :)

Star Trek is hard Sci-Fi? (1)

rbpOne (2184720) | about 2 years ago | (#39537011)

"noting the game will be based around hard science fiction (think Star Trek sci-fi)"

How is Star Trek hard Sci-fi? Dont get me wrong, i love Star Trek, i watch a few episodes per week, but star trek is hardly hard science fiction. The first series was a western set in space, the next three was soaps with a sci-fi element, set in space. The last was a mix of those two types of shows.

Typical Slashdot (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537045)

Instead of noticing the obvious Mass Effect parody in the name and logo design, and the April 1st copyright date at the bottom, Slashdotters are zeroing in on...the classification of Star Trek as hard science fiction. Yeah, because THAT was the obvious tip-off.

Re:Typical Slashdot (1)

Anrego (830717) | about 2 years ago | (#39538969)

Haha, yup!

I was actually buying it until I read that. That's not to say I had an extreme "omg that is so untrue that this must be fake" rection, it just knocked me out of my mindless daze long enough to notice the other (what should have been obvious) clues.

Re:Star Trek is hard Sci-Fi? (1)

Iceykitsune (1059892) | about 2 years ago | (#39537187)

He means that the game will be more like star trek rather than "hard sci-fi"

Re:Star Trek is hard Sci-Fi? (1)

Firethorn (177587) | about 2 years ago | (#39539027)

I took it to mean that it'd be 'hard' in the sense that the rules are consistent, but the abilities would be along the lines of Star Trek.

It would explain this rather crytpic post... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537017)

http://notch.tumblr.com/post/20056289891/start-classified-transmission

Notch is into the tumblrs, you know. Also, it most definitely isn't the first. AdBlock is showing me kitties on every page I visit

Lame. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537027)

April fools, guys.

Finish Minecraft First (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537049)

How long has it been sine "1.0" and we still don't have basic features like villager AI and interaction.. Dude drops and starts projects like nothing else. Cashed out with minecraft never finsihed it and has been bouncing back and forth between crap no one gives a shit about for months but everyones so blinded by notch fanboyism to stand up and tell him to finish the shit he's started.

Re:Finish Minecraft First (2)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 2 years ago | (#39537165)

No software project is ever "finished".

Notch was smart enough to recognize that, and has moved out of the main role developing Minecraft for quite a while now.

Re:Finish Minecraft First (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39538667)

That's ridiculous. Of course projects get finished. You have measures of success, and when you reach them, you're done. Sure, you can always add more features, but that's not the case here. Minecraft hasn't come close to the features that have been promised.

Re:Finish Minecraft First (2)

Shoe Puppet (1557239) | about 2 years ago | (#39539743)

He made a shitload of money and presumably enjoyed working on Minecraft. If that is no success, I don't know what is.

Re:Finish Minecraft First (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 2 years ago | (#39537315)

I love it how, when stupid people encounter people who aren't stupid enough to agree with them, it's obviously "fanboyism"... XD

Re:Finish Minecraft First (1)

Teancum (67324) | about 2 years ago | (#39537489)

There is villager AI that is quite good in Minecraft. It is called "Millenaire" [minecraftforum.net] villages though, that are by far and away much more developed than the Testificates. Kinniken just added warfare between different villages and allows "the player" to be able to act as a diplomat to either fester hostilities or try to smooth over relations along with a rather complex inter-village trading system. The monetary system has been in place for quite some time, including some very awesome blocks. I love the Japanese paper walls as well as the Mayan golden scroll work blocks. The thatch planking as a floor material is also worth looking at as well.

If that is all you are complaining about, I feel sorry for you. Perhaps Notch realizes that the fan-made mods have so totally surpassed anything he could do that he needs to move on to something else?

Heck, there is a chunk generation storage and rendering system [minecraftforum.net] made by mod developers which allows world height to be raised to 64k blocks and even renders faster than the current rendering engine. The serious fans have improved the game in many substantial ways and Mojang (aka Notch) is mostly re-implementing these fan-made ideas at the moment. Add in Optifine and some enhanced shaders that cast some impressive shadows at sunrise and sunset and you got a game that would blow you away.

Let Notch start and stop projects like nothing else. If that is all he does, he still should stay wealthy and a multi-millionaire. Once he gets those ideas going there are plenty of people who are willing to pick up the pieces.

it could be an april fools or.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537057)

looks like an elaborate april fools unless they announce later that this was and april fools joke and then say even later that saying it was an april fools joke was an april fools joke and it is real after all.

Shit it started early (5, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | about 2 years ago | (#39537091)

Shit April fools has started early, everyone ignore news sites for the next three days. If we are lucky congress won't use the confusion to rush any draconian bills through.

Re:Shit it started early (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537145)

You mean you haven't been reading the whole of Slashdot as if it was perma-April Fools?

Dude, you are missing out.

Re:Shit it started early (1)

NoobixCube (1133473) | about 2 years ago | (#39539017)

Assuming every day is April Fools is the only way the news doesn't induce instant mass suicide, I think.

Re:Shit it started early (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537433)

DON'T. GIVE. THEM. IDEAS.

Concept not April Fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537095)

The concept is not an April Fools, the minecraft creator not to long ago mentioned he was starting a spacegame where you were part of the crew as oppose to controlling the ship, he was thinking more along the lines of Firefly (which got me really interested).

This launch site howerver is full of April 1st tomfoolery

Still looking fwd to this game whenever it goes alpha, esp if it is firefly like (which he originally compared it to), startrek like... meh

Re:Concept not April Fools (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537137)

http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/minecraft-creator-looks-to-mix-firefly-and-elite-in-next-game/

22 march 2012

Minecraft creator looks to mix Firefly and Elite in next game

Minecraft mastermind Markus Persson wants to make his next sandbox game a space simulator that's equal parts Firefly and Elite.

Ain’t no problem in the ‘verse as bad as getting your space shipping lanes all set up and then having the whole thing torn down by hostile mobs of Reavers. Setting up those shipping lanes is half the fun though, or at least it will be if Markus “Notch” Persson has his way. The commonly behatted creator of Minecraft said in a recent interview that his next project will be a space-based sandbox game styled after David Braben’s Elite and Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

Re:Concept not April Fools (1)

Shark (78448) | about 2 years ago | (#39538181)

April Fools or not, I guess I fell for it. I was thinking: Oh cool, he's re-making Starflight 2!

Ok, now I've shown how old I am. I'll go back to sipping my Geritol.

minecraft "computers" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537119)

What is this obsession with making digital circuits in Minecraft? I don't get it. If you want to simulate a simple digital circuit then use any of a number of free or student-version or pirated simulators. I thought at first that people were actually building simple mechanical computers, but it turns out that it's nothing of the sort.

Re:minecraft "computers" (1)

Teancum (67324) | about 2 years ago | (#39537651)

What is this obsession with making digital circuits in Minecraft? I don't get it. If you want to simulate a simple digital circuit then use any of a number of free or student-version or pirated simulators. I thought at first that people were actually building simple mechanical computers, but it turns out that it's nothing of the sort.

Other than the fact that these "digitial circuits" can be used for things like serial data communications between train stations or constructing a device that will build you a house (or one of a couple different mobs) from source materials in the game.

There are practical applications for these circuits, and you can hook some kids into the basics of circuit design in a piecemeal fashion. Besides, where else can you be building a circuit design and you have to kill off real (virtual) bugs in order to get the circuit to function? One Creeper in the wrong place can ruin a perfectly good CPU or even just a relay circuit. Or for that matter laying down wires in the middle of a blizzard.

Re:minecraft "computers" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39539613)

What is the obsession with doing digital versions of anything? I don't get it.
We should just destroy computers and be done with it already.
Hint: BECAUSE THEY CAN.
I still don't see the point of people putting Quake on everything. But hey, people do it because it is fun and something to do, and they are used to it.

Not to mention the fact that redstone actually does stuff in the game world.
Yes, it is pretty retarded making a huge computer to open a door, but if people want to, let them.
People kill themselves every single day for no reason, so damn it let the people build fake computers to open single doors.

Re:minecraft "computers" (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#39539751)

People kill themselves every single day for no reason, so damn it let the people build fake computers to open single doors.

And if you work at Foxconn, you can do both. :P

Already been done... The Universal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537217)

The Universal (http://www.theuniversal.net) did this years ago. Incredibly fun, too bad most servers are empty now.

already done? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537235)

I feel like this isnt doing anythimg new. Eve online? Maybe it could be more first person idea vs eve's 3rd person, but still...

HEY NOTCH! (1)

fragMasterFlash (989911) | about 2 years ago | (#39537283)

How about formalizing a set of interfaces for the modding community so they won't see all their hard work go up in smoke every time you release an update? Its really hard to explain to the kidlets that the 'Ooh yay, kittycats!' Minecraft update they downloaded broke all the mods they had installed.

Re:HEY NOTCH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537313)

notch doesn't handle minecraft anymore gotta petition Jeb_ but yeah they hired bukkit to do this last month

Poking fun at the ending (2)

Enigmaster (954261) | about 2 years ago | (#39537293)

Notch also took the chance to poke fun at Mass Effect, noting it will have 'A game ending that makes sense.'"

Have you seen the end of Minecraft? This seems like the bigger poke to be had.

Re:Poking fun at the ending (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537319)

Notch just hasn't gotten around to implementing the end-game for Minecraft yet. It'll be in a later update I'm sure.

Logo gives it away, otherwise fits well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39537309)

The logo gives it away, it is the same as the mass effect logo, font included, along with the arc through the top word

Similar to my Light Rising Browser Based MMO (1)

AnthorOe (2608003) | about 2 years ago | (#39537385)

Ha! I got sucked in by this until I saw the comments about April Fools! Notch's fake game is similar to my Light Rising browser based mmorpg... http://lightrising.com/game/ [lightrising.com] I was inspired by Elite, Sundog, and the Ultima aeries of games, along with the browser mmo Shartak: http://shartak.com/ [shartak.com] I actually would really have enjoyed a Notch game like this, but oh well... I'm still hoping for the remake of Sundog!

I think the name is a joke, but the game is real (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | about 2 years ago | (#39537577)

After all, there were rumors about a space game by Notch before. So I think only the name is the April fools part, and later the game will be announced with its true name!

I hope, at least, the game looks so great...

April Fools (0)

sqrt(2) (786011) | about 2 years ago | (#39538247)

The real April Fools joke is that their "serious" projects are just as laughable.

As much as I like Minecraft, I've certainly gotten my money's worth out of it, Mojang and Notch are one-hit wonders. It became all too painfully clear when they started rolling back their expectations of what Minecraft was supposed to be because they simply lacked the technical ability, resources, and motivation to accomplish their goals. Which of course didn't stop them from continuing to sell the game based on those promises that they knew would never be delivered. We're never going to get a robust NPC system. We're never going to get user controllable bots to do the menial work. We're never going to get those core RPG elements, even just as a creator kit so the community can create stories that aren't hacked onto the engine like a tabletop game. Every few weeks they make a new block type or a new mob.

Notch got lucky with Minecraft--and the idea wasn't even his. He basically ripped off Infinminer. When he has to actually create something original we'll all see how truly inept he is. Mojang is going to be bankrupt or bought for its properties within 3 years, mark my words.

From a technical standpoint Minecraft is a disaster. Despite having 8-bit graphics on a crude 3D engine it runs horribly even on very powerful machines. Stuttering and glitches abound. Java just wasn't the right tool for the job but he used it because he didn't know anything better. Minecraft will forever be limited by that unless it gets completely rewritten properly. I would have loved for this concept to have been executed by a competent developer. Notch is the George Lucas of video games.

The one hope for Minecraft is that it'll eventually get released as open source. Maybe then the very talented community can finally make something out of it that lives up to its potential.

Re:April Fools (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | about 2 years ago | (#39538799)

"I would have loved for this concept to have been executed by a competent developer." - like yourself maybe? The tools are free, you can start today.

Re:April Fools (1)

Macthorpe (960048) | about 2 years ago | (#39539441)

So:

- Uses Java to release a game on several platforms at once without having to recode
- Makes tens of millions of dollars
- Generates burgeoning community of modders and players
- Wins several major gaming awards including a BAFTA
- Labelled as incompetent by random Slashdotter

Yeah, sounds like April Fools Day to me.

(Incidentally, if you're on a 64-bit OS, get the 64-bit version of Java. Any stuttering there was vanished completely for me.)

Re:April Fools (1)

Vahokif (1292866) | about 2 years ago | (#39539625)

No, the point is that it was a success for the wrong reasons, and therefore it won't carry on to his future endeavours. I wouldn't go as far as to predict they'll go bankrupt but you have to admit Minecraft is still ridiculously unpolished for a "gold" game - chunks appearing/disappearing out of nowhere, the entire render thread hanging when it needs to generate terrain, etc, etc.
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