Category: Game News

New Minecraft Map Format

Minecraft Anvil

Jens has hinted at a project over at Mojang calling it “Anvil” and it’s a new format for minecraft maps.

Some of the major changes are:

  • Maximum build height has been increased to 256 (was 128)
  • Empty sections of the world are not loaded into memory
  • Block ids have been increased to 4096 (was 256) by adding a 4 bit data layer (similar to how meta data is stored)
  • Block ordering have been changed from x/z/y to y/z/x in order to improve compression
  • Packets for sending chunks have been updated (a full 128-high chunk is smaller than the old format, and a chunk with lots of empty space is much smaller)
  • Biomes are saved per x/z column, which means they can be altered by tools

The next snapshot, and Minecraft 1.2, will automatically convert worlds to the new format. The files of the current format (“McRegion”) will remain in your save folder, if you need to restore them for some reason. Check out the full Mojang blog post here.

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Telltale Games on iPad

Telltale Games on iPad

A while back we posted about Telltale games being loaned a Jeep that was decked out to look like the Jurassic Park jeeps and when the lender got it back, it was “damaged”. Turns out there’s always two sides to the story and people who were quick to grab their torches and pitchfork ended up with their foot in their mouth.

I’ve grown to love just about any game they put out recently (I’m looking at you, Puzzle Agent series!) and have most of them on Steam. While browsing the top free iPad apps a little earlier on the sofa I saw their Back to the Future Episode 1 app for free. Naturally I snatched it up as fast as my fingers could type my password and have only put it down long enough to write this article. I already own the game on Steam and while it makes a great game for the PC, Telltale’s casual episodic type games that really tie in with the movies and with the story work perfectly for the iPad. So much in fact that CEO Dan Connors says that the iPad is their fastest growing game segment. I’d believe it with the number of games they’ve put out for Apple’s tablet recently. They have everything from the Jurassic Park series out on the iPad to the Back to the Future to Sam and Max to Law and Order. After a $10 million revenue in 2010, I for one hope that means more and more content from them, be it on the PC, PS3, Xbox, Wii, or iPad. If you’re looking for a story driven casual game, be sure to check them out on any of those platforms!

Telltale Back to the Future iPad

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Cube World

Cube World

Cube World is a pretty sweet looking voxel-based exploration RPG currently in development by a guy named Wollay. If you have been following Notch news, you’ll recognize the name as the guy Mojang tried to hire to get some of his ideas and pick his brain to add yet another stellar programmer and artist to their arsenal. Wollay decided against joining Mojang and cited his independence as his reasons. Understandable.

The game has been coming along nicely, in addition to some features found in Minecraft like villages, a day and night cycle,  rivers, waterfalls, trees, there are loads of very uniqueenemies and quests to go on.

If you like Minecraft or if you like Terraria and the style of gameplay a sandbox can lead to, be sure to check out the video below. For more information on the game, check Wollay’s blog for updates, info on the release date, and more.

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