Minecon is going strong today with loads of costumes, free goodies, and hot chicks dressed up as wolves. Someone even killed the Dragon before we could get in and scoop up all the XP… dang! Jeb brought his own wolf along and tweeted earlier that Minecraft will officially be released during Notch’s keynote speech. Mollstam isn’t too happy, though because the login servers seem to have “gone sad“. Hopefully he’ll get it fixed in the next hour or so before the game’s official.
We plan on having our JOB server up and running soon (as in, this week) so go grab a copy of the game and join us on the forums and in-game!
PS you get the game here.
Minecraft’s Release Candidate 2 is now available for download. It’s not the official release, rather a candidate for release for us to debug and find some places for improvement before they release it in a few days.
If you’re interested in the game – go ahead and buy it now to save $10. The price is going up to $28 USD.
Here’s the RC2 Changelist:
Changelist (will be updated):
- Wooden doors, trapdoors now work correctly.
- New sfx (also included in 1.8.1):
- Enderman sounds
- New hurt/death sounds for the player
- New “hit” sounds
- New explosion sounds
- New item pickup sounds
- New “toolbreak” sounds
- New eating sounds
- New arrow sounds
- New blaze sounds
- New XP pickup sounds
- Quit game button!
- Eggs spawn chicks instead of chickens. i.imgur.com/BSsKh.png
- New “toolbreak” particle effect.
- Bows have durability. i.imgur.com/YYgoI.png
- Weapon bug from RC1 is fixed.
- Shading on blocks in inventory! i.imgur.com/BRUAC.png
If you want the client, grab it here: http://assets.minecraft.net/rc2/minecraft.jar
If you want the server, grab it here: http://assets.minecraft.net/rc2/minecraft_server.jar
Next week marks the week of Minecon and the official release of Minecraft. This is good for me because I’ll finally have a stable server that I don’t have to update every week. Notch posted on his blog about his excitement and nervousness about Minecon and his game’s release. Here’s what he had to say:
Next week is MineCon week. That means we’ll release the full version of Minecraft (which will be called “Minecraft”, and have a version number of 1.0. The current version is “Minecraft Beta”). We’ll keep working on Minecraft for a long time after the full release, but it’s a huge milestone.
That milestone also means people might start reviewing the game. There have been a few reviews already, but I have a feeling most people are waiting for the full release.
This makes me nervous.
It does feel like the game has already proven itself. Lots of people play the game, and we receive a lot of friendly and positive emails from players. We’ve won several amazing awards, so several people in the industry seems to enjoy what we’ve done.
Now it’s just the press left.
It’s a bit weird, but gaming scores have become so big and bloated, I can’t help but feel like I would be disappointed with a score that would be a great score for something like a movie or a music album. And even if the score means relatively little compared to the players and the awards, it’s a distinct number people will use to compare the game to other games.
But what REALLY makes me nervous is the fact that I’m going to have to do at least some public speaking at MineCon. I’m fine with meeting fans and signing stuff, and even with having my picture taken, but standing on stage and trying to get a point across really terrifies me.