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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Weird block selector selection (to floor or not to floor)?

Well, I am creating a Minecraft like engine in XNA, and since I first implemented the block selector (the cube that allows you to select blocks in 3D space) it has always been very inaccurate. Here is ...
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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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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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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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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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Bukkit shoot tnt & help with vectors

I want to shoot a piece of tnt from the players face and then let it explode when it hits the target block. if (cmd.getName().equalsIgnoreCase("cannon")) { ...
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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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How could I implement something like Minecraft's crafting grid?

The crafting system in Minecraft uses a 2x2 or 3x3 grid. You place ingredients on the grid, and if you put the right ingredients in the right pattern, it will activate the recipe. Some interesting ...
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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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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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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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Merging adjacent cubes into large ones

I am currently working on a basic minecraft like game. I have a list of coordinates using which i render instances of a cube model. To optimize my rendering, i need to merge similar adjacent cubes ...
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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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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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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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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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Are the Minecraft animations hardcoded into the game? [closed]

I would like to know how the animation system works in minecraft. I get a feeling that all the mobs are hardcoded into the game. Did notch really sit there and create the matrices for all the ...
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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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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 do you make Minecraft mods? [closed]

I'm new to making minecraft mods and I'm wondering what I need to do to get started.
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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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How do I add a custom mob to Minecraft?

Basically decided to make my own mob, I have: Created my mob's entity class Created my mobs model class Drawn the model Added the function call for addMapping within the EntityList class I'm stuck ...
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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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I'm a single developer making a game made of blocks. Can I make 3d characters made of blocks without looking like Minecraft?

I would like to differentiate the look as much as I can but yet it has to be within the limits of what is reasonable for a single programmer can do. I have alot of ideas that would make 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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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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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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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 ...
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What is Minecraft's database? [closed]

I was wondering, what kind of database does Minecraft use? Is it a relational database, maybe something common like MySQL? Do we even know what he's using? And maybe even a better question, SHOULD ...
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How to get the blocks seen by the player?

I'm writing a Minecraft-like game using Ogre engine and I have a problem. I must optimize my game, because when I try draw 10000 blocks, I have 2 FPS... So, I got the idea that blocks display of the ...
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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 ...