See, that's what you get for not posting for too long. I can't even start a blog post properly now.
It's been at least a month since my last post here (excluding resteems), and there are quite a few reasons for my disappearance over here...first and foremost, we can blame the school for making finals such a thing to worry about, and secondly, I got myself something to play and...yeah, there goes the time for blogs.
Honestly speaking the second reason seems to be the more dominant one, but let's just pretend that I was too busy studying for the moment :P
What was I playing then? Well..
Good old Minecraft.
I'm not very sure if I'm the right person to say "good old Minecraft", because seriously, I never played the game until recently. My friend tried really really hard to convince me to get it, I tried it out for a moment...and I'm in love.
It's not the first time I'm playing a blocky game like Minecraft, so I kinda know my way around. A long time ago, I was used to play Minetest (which is arguably a more boring but more versatile and open source voxel-based game) on various public servers. It's a relatively simple game compared to Minecraft without tricky mechanics and does not require you to read the wiki for weeks in order to know how the game actually works, but can be considered as something equally powerful with the correct mods installed. Before actually getting Minecraft, I joined the *nix nest Minetest server and built a house there, here's some pictures of it...
Second floor, but not my "bedroom" because it's still unfinished. I can't seem to find sheep for the wool required for beds, lol.
At first sight, my friend went "oh wow this really looks like Minecraft". I gotta agree, it is really similar in many ways. But the main difference here is that Minecraft is commonly played as a game itself, but Minetest is more or less a community-powered game as for a fun gameplay experience, you need to install various mods which are written by the community as well. That's part of the reason why Minetest has much more building blocks if you slap all the building mods in it, hence making it a very powerful game if you abuse the power of the community correctly. I even remember a mod that gives elevators as teleporting portals...yeah, stuff like that exists.
The drawback? The biggest drawback will be that the game is not totally optimized for online play, and animations does not seem to exist in the game. It gives great building fun but that's more or less it. There are circuits and stuff but nothing too exciting. There are mods for monsters, but combat is boring because it's more or less a hit-and-run game without blocking and dual wielding. That is what I find Minecraft compliments perfectly and what makes it very addictive for me, I can finally play something I wanted to play in a voxel sandbox building game and with people to go crazy with me in other online servers.
A peak of my house in my local Minecraft world...totally built with the stones I got from mining for a few days straight. And yes, I really really love huge glass walls. Daylight is good!
Enchanting corners and some stairs,
Looking down from the second floor which is not completed yet,
It does look a little similar to the home I built in Minetest, but I think the one I made in Minecraft is notably more beautiful in comparison...I think, lol.
I haven't really started the real game of Minecraft in my world yet, which is, exploring, finding more resources that are out of the current biome, building gateways to other dimensions like the Nether and finally finding the path to beat the Ender Dragon which is the boss...but who says that you must play Minecraft this way? That's the actual beauty of it. Freedom on how you want to play it.
There's really a lot to do in this game, I guess that the reason it managed to survive for 10 years is pretty obvious. Highly possibly that it will still be sucking my time for this blog, but hey, I have another topic to post on! Think positive. :P
Maybe just treat this post as a long hello from me, we'll be seeing...soon. Hopefully. :^)