ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Minecraft Update Beta 1.4. Complete with April Fools Prank!

Updated on March 31, 2011
For more wildly insightful Minecraft commentary, visit:
For more wildly insightful Minecraft commentary, visit: | Source

Minecraft 1.4 is out! This is a recording for posterity, and for those who are afraid to venture into their new Minecraft worlds unprepared for what lies ahead. Read with me, as I discover the practical differences of this new update, 1.4.

First up, the official change log. As we all know, the game will still surprise us, but it is best to be as prepared as possible:

  • Added tameable wolves
  • Added cookies
  • Sleeping in a bed now resets your spawn position
  • New Minecraft logo
  • Holding shift while climbing will hang on to the ladder
  • Spiders will no longer trample crops
  • Lots and lots of infrastructure for Statistics lists and Achievements

WARNING: This contains SPOILERS. Yes. SPOILERS. If you read through it before you play 1.4 yourself, which is sort of the point of the article, but never mind, surprises will be SPOILED. You have been warned.

The Real Play

The first significant change I thought I noticed in the logon screen was a change in the 'Minecraft' text. Then I realized that I was running the John Smith HD 32x texture pack and felt a little silly. Then I changed back to the default textures and OMG it was real, the Minecraft logo *is* blockier. A cosmetic change, but one that bodes for the future. What it bodes I cannot yet say.

For the purposes of exploring this update, I created a new world, a world with the seed 'onepointfour'. The first thing I noticed as the world loaded was that it was lagging like it was being sent to my pc piecemeal by tired Russian pigeons.

That's a whopping five (5) fps there folks. Once the world loaded up I got back up around 26 fps, which is at least playable, so although you may experience some lag at first, it should come right. Updates are notorious for making life difficult for players with lower end computers. (when I say lower end, I mean less than 4 G of RAM. This game chews RAM like cookie monster chews cookies.)

So I set out looking for a wolf pet and I discover very quickly that I'm in the biggest forest biome there ever was. I mean, I'm walking all day and I'm not getting out of this thing.

Now I know that large biomes are awesome and that forests are pretty, but I'm playing with monsters enabled and I don't want a creeper sneaking up on me when I tame my wolf pet and I certainly don't want to have my field of vision restricted by endless leaves. So I torch the place.

This destroys my view distance and returns the problematic lag, so I sit on my now entirely clear grassy knoll and wait for it to burn itself out.

In the aftermath most of the forest survives on account of its sheer size, but I have a clear plane to operate from. That's a clear plane of vision, not an invisible plane, although that would be awesome.

Night begins to fall and I start to battle through it, mowing down creepers and skeleton archers in search of wolves. None seem to be around, but as I approach an oasis...

A Wild Chest Appears!

This is not a chest of my making or placing. After killing everything guarding it, I open it to discover...

Clicking the 'Go To Store' link takes me to 'The Minecraft Store'.

The Minecraft Store

A TF2 style store! Nice one Notch, and a Merry April Fool's to all.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)