Notch Puts Minecraft Quests, Statistics in Motion

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Notch Puts Minecraft Quests, Statistics in Motion

The creator of Minecraft has released a video showing off the future additions of quests, weather, and stats.

Minecraft update 1.5 was already known to bring weather to the game, but did you know it'll also bring the start of the game's achievement and statistics systems? A new video uploaded by Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson gives us a look at all of these features and shows how they'll work.

Weather is pretty straight forward. It'll start and stop at random intervals, with snow creating a layer of ice over water and a layer of snow over land (which can be chopped away). A good rain is also accompanied by scary flashes of lightning.

The achievement system has been talked about before but now we get to see it in action. Players will have paths that they follow to bigger and better achievements. The path demonstrated here starts with the player simply having to open his inventory, moves on to requiring him to chop down a tree and pick up a piece of wood, and ends with the player crafting a workbench. This is presumably just a short example of the longer achievement trees Minecraft will eventually feature, as it's in a group called "Ride a pig off a cliff," which may be where the tree ends.

The final feature shown here is the new statistics page, which records all sorts of player actions in the game. General statistics will save the number of worlds played, the distance players have walked or fallen, how much damage they've dealt, and more. Block statistics will record how many times players have crafted, used, or mined a particular material. Item statistics will do the same for items like the pickaxe or the apple.

Giving players goals and recording their statistics is a big step for Minecraft, which has generally been seen as mostly a creation game up to this point. Those simple weather effects are looking pretty too. I just feel bad for all the pigs that are going to be forced to take cliff dives.

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Alright, that's all it needed for me to give it a try. Looks like I'll be spending my summer on it.

:D

I love you so much Notch!

Rather late on this, this has been common knowledge for the last 2 days.

anyway, if you pause at 0:50 the lightning bolt causes a fire, but apparantly rain puts out fire, so even if it struck a flammable object is (shouldn't) burn.

I hope Lightning doesn't strike my house.... And then I get an Acheivment for it blowing up...

whiteshark12:
Rather late on this, this has been common knowledge for the last 2 days.

anyway, if you pause at 0:50 the lightning bolt causes a fire, but apparantly rain puts out fire, so even if it struck a flammable object is (shouldn't) burn.

it's unlikely to cause a large fire due to the rain, but because it has been happening more than they would like, they will be making the thunder and lightng less common than the video shows.

thing that gets me though.
if the weather can detect when you are under something, how comes the clouds cant detect that they hit an object?

Achievement Get!
Awesome Update

Yeah, this is gonna be good. Can't wait to see what sort of mischievous/crazy/insane stuff notch is going to have us doing. I mean he's already got us riding a pig off a cliff! What next, slapping a creeper to death with bacon or blowing up cake with TNT? The fun times are coming, I can tell :)

Looks good, but the weather intervals come and go too quickly really, but I can get used to it.

Kinda sucks Escapists Minecraft server has mobs turned off..
EDIT: The rain kinda happens too often, but probably its set like that for demonstration only.

RikSharp:

whiteshark12:
Rather late on this, this has been common knowledge for the last 2 days.

anyway, if you pause at 0:50 the lightning bolt causes a fire, but apparantly rain puts out fire, so even if it struck a flammable object is (shouldn't) burn.

it's unlikely to cause a large fire due to the rain, but because it has been happening more than they would like, they will be making the thunder and lightng less common than the video shows.

thing that gets me though.
if the weather can detect when you are under something, how comes the clouds cant detect that they hit an object?

Pretty sure they upped the frequency specifically for the video, it's not a good way to show off if it only lasts a few seconds. And the clouds are a moving .png image, while the rain probably does a check to see if the point can see the upper limit with no blocks in the way before it renders it.

What I want is an achievement for getting struck my lightening... Whilst riding a pig off of a cliff :D

Those achievements are not a bad substitute for a proper tutorial at all. Plus I love the rain, it's gonna make my planned Mordorfication of my realm look that much more depressing.

whiteshark12:

RikSharp:

whiteshark12:
Rather late on this, this has been common knowledge for the last 2 days.

anyway, if you pause at 0:50 the lightning bolt causes a fire, but apparantly rain puts out fire, so even if it struck a flammable object is (shouldn't) burn.

it's unlikely to cause a large fire due to the rain, but because it has been happening more than they would like, they will be making the thunder and lightng less common than the video shows.

thing that gets me though.
if the weather can detect when you are under something, how comes the clouds cant detect that they hit an object?

Pretty sure they upped the frequency specifically for the video, it's not a good way to show off if it only lasts a few seconds. And the clouds are a moving .png image, while the rain probably does a check to see if the point can see the upper limit with no blocks in the way before it renders it.

Aww, just an image? I kinda wanted to harvest some clouds. :) The game looks a lot better than from what I remember of it. I'll probably have to try it in the next few updates, hopefully after some quests are added.

C95J:
Looks good, but the weather intervals come and go too quickly really, but I can get used to it.

Thats only for demonstration.. Its says so in the videos description...

Cant wait for this... Just as i cant wait for any patch to this awesome game... Just need some more content now, they might add the Piston Mod to the game.. whatever it is, it sounds cool...

Notch has earned an achievement:
"They said it was Impossible"- Made Minecraft even better!

Centrophy:

whiteshark12:

RikSharp:

it's unlikely to cause a large fire due to the rain, but because it has been happening more than they would like, they will be making the thunder and lightng less common than the video shows.

thing that gets me though.
if the weather can detect when you are under something, how comes the clouds cant detect that they hit an object?

Pretty sure they upped the frequency specifically for the video, it's not a good way to show off if it only lasts a few seconds. And the clouds are a moving .png image, while the rain probably does a check to see if the point can see the upper limit with no blocks in the way before it renders it.

Aww, just an image? I kinda wanted to harvest some clouds. :) The game looks a lot better than from what I remember of it. I'll probably have to try it in the next few updates, hopefully after some quests are added.

quests would ruin the pure survival aspect of the game and Notch knows it and said that if he were to add a story it would be in an "Adventure Mode" sepret from survival mode. these achievements are the closest thing to quests Minecraft Survival Mode will probably get.

C95J:
Looks good, but the weather intervals come and go too quickly really, but I can get used to it.

Don't worry, the frequency of weather effects was sped up a hell of a lot for the sake of demonstration.

I think the only thing which could improve the achievements, at least the early ones, would be little schematics to show how to build things like the workbenches and ovens and whatnot. The less outside research the player has to do, the better.

If Bioware getting it's Canadian ass handed to it by Mojang, is what it took for Notch to Finally get some Work done in this Fucking game.....then I say it was well worth it.

Polish the game. Release it. Then use that Escapist Ad deal, Notch. You know you wanna!

C95J:
Looks good, but the weather intervals come and go too quickly really, but I can get used to it.

On his blog he mentioned that they turned up frequency for the sake of the video.
OT: Really looking forward to this. Gonna be fun. Achievements, hopefully their is a fair few achievements already. Though obviously more will be added as they're thought of, and new things are added.

Notch has had his competence questioned many times while he worked on this project. I think he is hinting that hes ready for it.

This is something that I will gleefully wait for, that is if my server ever comes back... I wish to have my blessed Juno back... /cry

Looks awesome. I just hope that the weather effects won't bump the system requirements up too much because I'm not sure that my laptop could take it.

I am so excited for this update... Glad to see that Notch is going a lot faster post-MM, and that all this awesome stuff is coming. I'm not too interested in the game (potentially)getting a story at some point, but these achievements seem like a great system and will probably work as a good tutorial.

I, for one, welcome my minecraft overlords (and possible loss of social life)

pyroghast:

Centrophy:

whiteshark12:

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Aww, just an image? I kinda wanted to harvest some clouds. :) The game looks a lot better than from what I remember of it. I'll probably have to try it in the next few updates, hopefully after some quests are added.

quests would ruin the pure survival aspect of the game and Notch knows it and said that if he were to add a story it would be in an "Adventure Mode" sepret from survival mode. these achievements are the closest thing to quests Minecraft Survival Mode will probably get.

Awww, but survival/normal mode is just a creation tool/sandbox. I'm the type of gamer that doesn't know what to do when someone says "go play" and hands me a bunch of things. Goals man! Everyone needs goals. The clearer the goals the better. Still I suppose a lot of the Minecraft user base enjoys the game as it is just fine, I wouldn't ask them to change it for gamers like me. I just won't play it. :)

Looks pretty cool.

I'm not liking the "Achievement Get", though... Bad grammar = funny, correct am I? In actual not really, I say for you, because that to the is what now bad.

The Zango:
What I want is an achievement for getting struck my lightening... Whilst riding a pig off of a cliff :D

Achievement unlocked: "Soaring Bacon!"

Next Achievement: "Creeper Storm" "Collect at least 10 creepers using the saddle into one area, then get struck by lightning, causing a chain of explosions".

SturmDolch:
Looks pretty cool.

I'm not liking the "Achievement Get", though... Bad grammar = funny, correct am I? In actual not really, I say for you, because that to the is what now bad.

Sturm, its a reference to some common translational mistakes games make. Like "Point Get" and the like.

Might cry at my inability to play minecraft since I lost my laptop, whyyyyyyyyyyyyy!?

SturmDolch:
Looks pretty cool.

I'm not liking the "Achievement Get", though... Bad grammar = funny, correct am I? In actual not really, I say for you, because that to the is what now bad.

I think its a reference to Super Meat Boys "bandage get" phrase but im not sure someone please correct me if im wrong

Is he using the achevement system as a tutorial? that would be kind of an interesting way to do it.

Damn... I can't wait for this, first Wolves, now weather and achievements... What next!!!!!

Also, stoked about an actual release date, not that I haven't been in since Alpha, but at least we see an end to this particular development cycle.

Crap. Now I need to get back to playing. I was doing so well, hadn't played in awhile. Oh well. That's the problem with fun addictions, I suppose.

Pretty cool, and I look forward to the opportunity of getting hit by lightning(There better be an achievement for that!). When Notch first mentioned that there would be lightning as well, I figured it was just going to be a background effect.
With this, I think Creepers finally have competition. I need to start putting stone on my wooden roofs now.

Notch has been doing just fine on progress with Minecraft. Anybody who reads his blog knows now that he has a declared goal of November 11, 2011 as Official Release date. Anybody who feels they can do better, get off your lazy critical ass and make something yourself.
This isn't a world cure Notch has been making here, he can work on it however fast or slow he wants to. He can take breaks for conventions and conferences and spend time with family and friends however he wants to.

Tom Goldman:
A good rain is also accompanied by scary flashes of thunderlightning.

Fixed that for you Tom. Or are you a bat? Gasp! Tom is the Manbat!

pyroghast:

SturmDolch:
Looks pretty cool.

I'm not liking the "Achievement Get", though... Bad grammar = funny, correct am I? In actual not really, I say for you, because that to the is what now bad.

I think its a reference to Super Meat Boys "bandage get" phrase but im not sure someone please correct me if im wrong

as far as i know, it's both based on SHINE GET!(->tvtropes) from the japanese super mario sunshine.

Achievements? Quests?

To nether with them, I want creative mode back!

God, I just spent 20 minutes arguing with a friend about the achievement system. He thinks that it'll ruin a game made for doing whatever the hell you want. I tried convincing him that you don't need to touch the achievements or stats if you don't want to, but he won't listen.

I myself am quite excited for this update. I haven't really played Minecraft much in a long time, but I think I'll come back to it. Really amazes me how far it's come since Scott Ramsoomair put up a link to the incredibly simple survival mode that doesn't resemble this new thing at all, and made one page of VGCats about it, and immediately hooked thousands of gamers including myself. And to think, it's still given just as much attention as (if not more than) a brand-new game! I commend Notch for making such a beloved and amazing thing, as well as for keeping with it through all the buggy and hair-pulling problems.

Answer me this, though: How does one go from making what's quite possibly the most famous wide-open sandbox ever... to a card game?

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