A popular sandbox indie game made by Markus Persson, a.k.a. Notch. The gameplay revolves around collecting materials and building shelters in survival, or simply making intriguing structures in the creative mode of the game.

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How is a 3d perlin noise function used to generate terrain?

I can wrap my head around using a 2d perlin noise function to generate the height value but I don't understand why a 3d perlin noise function would be used. In Notch's blog, ...
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How does Minecraft compute lighting for it's non-block objects?

I was wondering how the creator of Minecraft went about lighting the objects (player and pickaxe) based on the lighting level around the player. I have implemented the ability to light the blocks ...
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Mods for Minecraft Server - how does it work?

Minecraft server comes as a single jar. How are mods developed? How do they interact with the original jar? What is there under the hood? What technologies are involved there? I'm mostly a C++/Python ...
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Can minecraft support an asymmetrical mesh?

I want to play as a Zaku II from gundam in Minecraft. I was saddened that player skins must be symmetrical. I know there's a mod that lets you play as a MLP pony, and another one that let you ...
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Minecraft-style player-gound collision detection

The title pretty much says it all... (Minecraft is a game consisting of evenly-spaced cubes for terrain, like voxels) Note: I am using C# XNA. I am pretty sure AABB is the way to go, yet I don't know ...
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Bukkit inventory saving: crashing somewhere

I'm working on a command for a bukkit plugin that lets you transfer worlds. In the section about saving the player's inventory, I'm getting a runtime error. My question is: Why is the error happening, ...
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Primitive Animation

I am creating a minecraft-like clone and was wondering what is the best way to go about animating a model, for example implementing the following feature: when the player presses the arrow keys, move ...
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Why would someone chose midpoint displacement over perlin noise for 3D terrain generation?

I myself am creating a terrain generation algorithm and would be interested in knowing why others have chosen midpoint displacement over perlin noise. Minecraft is an example where midpoint ...
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Can I use the Minecraft avatar in my game as long as I texture it differently?

I'm creating a block-based game and am ready to start developing the avatar. I would like to use the Minecraft avatar model but use my own higher resolution texture. Can I do this or will I be ...
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Performace problems with Voxel Engine

well, I am creating a voxel engine in C# and XNA and many posts I have posted on this site have been due to performace issues, many people suggested using a profiler to help me out. I have, and ...
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What kind of hardware would be required to render an Earth sized minecraft like map?

I have been thinking about this problem. Is it possible with current technology to create a 1:1 replica of the earth in voxel based game? What's the best data structure to store this giant map? Which ...
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Concerning The Minecraft Skybox

I was wondering how does the stars in night time in minecraft work, are they point sprites? And are they placed on a texture or just randomly placed on some far away location. EDIT 1: OK, well, with ...
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Dealing with occlusion in an isometric sandbox game

Imagine a 3D sandbox game like Minecraft with third-person isometric graphics. If the camera only moves in two dimensions, and doesn't rotate, then a large portion of the world will always be occluded ...
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How can I remove inventory items in a Bukkit plugin?

I am making a Bukkit plugin that takes the player to a "FunZone" and allows them to do just about anything. I don't want data transferred between the two worlds. So far I have got most everything ...
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Large Blob of landmass in Minecraft Terrain Engine in XNA

I am creating a Minecraft Terrain engine in XNA, and want to create a large blob/cluster of blocks, in a random sort of blob thing, shaped somewhat like the stuff under the Volume Rendering heading on ...
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How can I generate floating land masses for a Minecraft-like engine?

I am creating a Minecraft-like engine in XNA. What I want to do is create floating islands similar to the one shown in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqHVOEPQK5g&feature=related ...
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Transformed Pretransformed coordinates?

I am creating a minecraft like terrain engine thing in XNA and C#, and I am trying to create a item/block selector tool. The thing is I would like to have 3D objects on the tool. So I thought for the ...
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Am I allowed to make my Minecraft clone open source?

I'm developing in my spare time a game like Minecraft. In fact, it isn't "like Minecraft", because I'm trying to make it a close as possible copy of it (meant as exercise for myself at the age of 16 ...
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Texture antialiasing?

In my Minecraft-clone style game, blocks are textured with a border that is lighter then the block color. See picture below: To achieve this effect without the textures being blurry I use this ...
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Bukkit shoot tnt where player is looking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bukkit shoot tnt & help with vectors Hello. I want to shoot a piece of tnt from the players face and then let it explode when it hits the target block. I set it up ...
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Is a voxel engine appropriate for a Minecraft-like game?

Why does Minecraft use polygons to draw the world terrain instead of voxels? Would a voxel based rendering engine be appropriate for a fully destructible game world built out of cubes like Minecraft? ...
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Need some help implementing VBO's with Frustum Culling

i'm currently developing my first 3D game for a school project, the game world is completely inspired by minecraft (world completely made out of cubes). I'm currently seeking to improve the ...
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How does this snippet of code create a ray direction vector?

In the Minecraft source code, this code is used to create a direction vector for a ray from pitch and yaw:' float f1 = MathHelper.cos(-rotationYaw * 0.01745329F - 3.141593F); float f3 = ...
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Are there any preexisting maps for a Minecraft-like level I could use in my engine?

I am working on a tiny cube-based engine like Minecraft. I was wondering if there is a way for me to get large blocky terrain in a text format that I can use for rendering on my engine? I don't want ...
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How do i make a minecraft server mod? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mods for Minecraft Server - how does it work? I have made some minecraft client mods, but i've started a server a mounth ago and i want to make a mod for it, but i cant ...
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Is there a way to create a cellular automaton mod for Minecraft?

I basically want to create a mod for Minecraft that does the following: if(a sand block is next to lava block) { change the sand block to a glass block } Is it possible to create a mod like this ...
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How can I implement voxel-based lighting with occlusion in a Minecraft-style game?

I am using C# and XNA. My current algorithm for lighting is a recursive method. However, it is expensive, to the point where one 8x128x8 chunk calculated every 5 seconds. Are there other lighting ...
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What is a good algorithm for fractal-based procedural city layout?

Background I run a minecraft server where I'm going to design a starter city of fairly large scale. I have a series of things, like rule signs and mob cages, I would like to put in buildings there. ...
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Determining if player-created structure matches a template in a 3D block-based game

Disclaimer: this is one of those dreaded Minecraft-style questions, but I feel it's more a data structures and algorithms question I'm really new to 3D data structures and am wondering what the best ...
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How do i get the X,Y and Z of the way my unit is facing?

I have the yaw and pitch of my unit at my disposal, I know if I use polar to cartesian conversion I'll get the X and Y of each one of those two, but I need them combined to give me the x,y and z of ...
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Can someone explain radiosity lighting to me?

I already have the basics of ambient occlusion down. I have a raycaster and am capable of shooting rays about a hemisphere uniformly. It seems like those are the basics of what are needed for ...
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Random seed function for map generation?

I am looking for a function to generate a random tile-based map as the visual boundaries of the map change (by going through the map). I want the map to be infinitely large, and have maze-like ...
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Voxel heightmap terrain editor

I've recently been experimenting with a simple Voxel-based 3d engine (think Minecraft) which uses heightmaps to define terrain in the following format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heightmap Does ...
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How to insert and remove blocks quickly in a Minecraftian world?

I currently have volume data for the world stored as an array of booleans. I then check each empty block and if it has non-empty neighbors the faces get drawn. This prevents me from sending a bunch ...