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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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 ...