If you entered the top floor of PAX this weekend, you were immediately engulfed by MinecraftMojang’s booth was covered in the familiar blocks we’ve come to know from Minecraft, and was mobbed the entire weekend.

The newest version, 1.8, hasn’t come out yet, but Minecraft was still available on the Sony Xperia Play and PC.  The Xperia’s visuals and capabilities were impressive- everything from the PC version seemed available on the hand held.  I was surprised by how well Minecraft played on it, and how well the Xperia’s design compliments the game – the touch pads, D-pad, and buttons were placed perfectly.  It seemed like the type of game that the Xperia was made for.

I was most excited for the PC version, and it was the little things that seemed the most enhanced. The lighting at night is different – now you can actually see in the dark.  The most affected part seemed to be the addition of experience points.  The volunteer I talked to wasn’t sure yet what they were for as Notch (creator Markus Persson) hadn’t decided yet, but that it would be in the release of 1.8.  Either way, killing random sheep just got a lot more satisfying.  I also found new NPC villages, though no NPC’s were around. Sad face.

The addition I was most excited for was the inclusion of the Enderman and I was afraid I wouldn’t get to see one during my time playing.  I did though, and it was pretty creepy, as lauded by Notch.  I kept facing it and didn’t turn away at all, so I didn’t get to see it’s fabled “attack you while you aren’t looking” feature, but the long limbs were enough to drive me to destroy it with my diamond pickaxe some random player before me had generously left (thanks bro).

Please make it go away.

Minecraft hasn’t  officially launched yet but when it does in November, it will have already sold millions of copies.  The changes are slight in each update, but they continue to improve upon a quality game that has the potential to go beyond the cult-like status than it already has.

Stay tuned to RipTen for continued coverage of Minecraft, Notch and Mojang

75 COMMENTS

  1. I’m interested in how the npc towns are going to effect the online community. There are quiet a few RP servers out there that have there own cities, and towns. But its needed for those who play single player, considering how lonely minecraft gets.

  2. I’m interested in how the npc towns are going to effect the online community. There are quiet a few RP servers out there that have there own cities, and towns. But its needed for those who play single player, considering how lonely minecraft gets.

  3. I’m interested in how the npc towns are going to effect the online community. There are quiet a few RP servers out there that have there own cities, and towns. But its needed for those who play single player, considering how lonely minecraft gets.

  4. I’m interested in how the npc towns are going to effect the online community. There are quiet a few RP servers out there that have there own cities, and towns. But its needed for those who play single player, considering how lonely minecraft gets.

    • I feel like everyone is forgetting that the hunger and xp etc. will only be there if you choose to play ADVENTURE MODE. you can still choose to play survival. I dont know why its a big deal that notch is adding a new mode. we really need to get rid of this whole, THEY GOTZ MONYZ SO THEYZ GOTS TO BE EBLE! attitude.

  5. Minecraft has gained the major success because they were honest and straight. Now, they made $$$$$$ they don’t care and play usual games of delaying release date of 1.8. They are no longer what they have been and I suggest to ignore them, after all they have pathetic graphics and their only success has been based on simplicity, but since they have started behaving like a big players, i.e., ignoring their customers since gaining popularity, let’s them learn a simple lesson, NEVER KICK ANYBODY ON YOUR WAY UP BECA– USE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO YOU MEET ON YOUR WAY DOWN!

      • The dungeons really aren’t that impressive or the bow buff.  I already play on a server with extremely awesome dungeons, really cool bow stuff, altered mobs, pvp, etc.  If anyone is interested check it out to get a feel for 1.8.   The minecraft address is:

        pvp.savagerealms.net

        and the url is http://www.savagerealms.net

        Best time I have had on a minecraft server, and like I said, i think their stuff is better than what 1.8 promises.

    • Well, he does make a good point that a lot of developers who start small, such as jagex, grow massive, they tend not to listen to player feedback for a variety of reasons, such as too many players, conflicting player opinions, etc. Also, as a business grows, customer service starts to not reach the top echelons ears because of the large amount of people who work for the company.  Its not always because of the money being made, but it still does play a part. After all, they may have started with good intentions, but they usually turn into a business.

    • Your quier, minercraft rules and only one $ would have been enough for people to understand. By the way your last quote “NEVER KICK ANYBODY ON YOUR WAY UP BECA– USE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO YOU MEET ON YOUR WAY DOWN”
      is rather stupid simply because of the puctuation error with “who” as it should’ve been typed like this “who’ll” thus for making much more sense to the more simpler readers. Thank you adding your stupidity to this site

    • Your quier, minercraft rules and only one $ would have been enough for people to understand. By the way your last quote “NEVER KICK ANYBODY ON YOUR WAY UP BECA– USE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO YOU MEET ON YOUR WAY DOWN”
      is rather stupid simply because of the puctuation error with “who” as it should’ve been typed like this “who’ll” thus for making much more sense to the more simpler readers. Thank you adding your stupidity to this site

    • ok first off games are not just about graphics minecraft and terraria have proven that. second of all they have lives and have been spending every time they can making this there biggest update also they have had notch get married to ez so seriously leave them alone and you are a moron.

  6. the enderman mob sounds like it will scare the shit outta me. i mean moveing blocks and teleporting in front of u only to mug u creepy stuff

  7. lol wajman thinks hes the middle of the universe mojang is a growing company they are busy makeing the  game you enjoy so much they dont always have time to listen to your winey bs so if you dont like it go play oh i dont know outside?

    • everything in this update i think will be ok. sprinting, definitely need that for creepers, not to mention endermen.also npc villages would be helpful as well as ravines and new dungeons. experience and hunger are possible downsides for me. maybe there should be a way to enable them?

  8. MInecraft 1.6.2 is the newest version that came but a couple YouTubers have versions that hasn’t come out yet

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