minecraft

If you haven’t heard, Microsoft, er… Mojang is going to launch a marketplace for player created content, and mods will not be supported. We understand microtransactions will net you Mojang “funbucks”, which you’ll use to buy the maps, sound or texture pack you want play with. (Which means your friends will have to also buy the same content if you which to share the same experience.) A handful of content creators have been selected to participate, and this puts their popularity on the dime.

Let’s be clear: Microsoft is only allowing registered businesses to participate, but seeing as how that’s not a massive hurdle, it remains to be seen how effective a deterrent that will be against scammers and asset flips. The “community store” will not be appearing in the deskop (Java) version of Minecraft. This initiative raises some important questions: Will participants be granted early access to snapshots? How comfortable will you be having to pay for the latest version of a resource pack that was previously free? Will content creators selling maps and packs on the community store stop supporting the desktop version? Given Microsoft’s history, can they be trusted to curate modded content?

Where do Tumble and I stand on the issue? We have no intention of applying to the Microsoft/Minecraft Marketplace. In the same way that we released our pack complete, no betas or incomplete versions, we are going to hold to our original mission statement. This pack is for players, all players. We’ll never charge a price for it. If you’d like to show your appreciation, make a video, play with your loved ones, some friends, or strangers. Have fun, because that’s what games are for!

~ Hastypixels and Tumbleberry

Can you believe it? I can’t believe it. Well, yes, I actually can, but … here we are folks! ACME Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.11 … downloads are live! What else to say? I’ll be updating our Affiliate links during the week, and working on new preview videos based on the style of our Gingerbread Kit video.

Thank you for all of your sharing, reviews, and feedback. This pack is for you. Please drop us a line on Twitter, Patreon or Facebook! Here’s a snippet of the changelog:

v11.84
Updated
>> textures/blocks/
-> wool_colored_white
-> wool_colored_red
-> structure_block
-> structure_block_corner
-> structure_block_data
-> structure_block_load
-> structure_block_save
>> textures/gui/container/creative_inventory
-> tab_inventory
-> tab_item_search
-> tab_items
-> tabs
>> textures/gui/container/
-> anvil
-> beacon
-> brewing_stand
-> crafting_table
-> dispenser
-> enchanting_table
-> furnace
-> generic_54
-> hopper
-> horse
-> shulker_box
-> stats_icons
-> villager
>> textures/gui/
-> demo_background
>> textures/items
-> shulker_shell
>> “root”
-> pack
Added
>> textures/block/
-> bone_block_side
-> bone_block_top
-> observer_back
-> observer_back_lit
-> observer_block
-> observer_front
-> observer_side
-> observer_top
-> shulker_top_black
-> shulker_top_blue
-> shulker_top_brown
-> shulker_top_gray
-> shulker_top_green
-> shulker_top_light_blue
-> shulker_top_lime
-> shulker_top_magenta
-> shulker_top_orange
-> shulker_top_pink
-> shulker_top_purple
-> shulker_top_red
-> shulker_top_white
-> shulker_top_yellow
>> textures/item/
-> totem
>> textures/entity/illager
-> vindicator
-> vex
-> evoker
-> fangs
>> textures/entity/llama
-> llama_brown
-> llama_creamy
-> llama_gray
-> llama_white
>> texture/entity/llama/decor
-> decor_black
-> decor_blue
-> decor_brown
-> decor_cyan
-> decor_gray
-> decor_green
-> decor_light_blue
-> decor_lime
-> decor_magenta
-> decor_orange
-> decor_pink
-> decor_purple
-> decor_red
-> decor_silver
-> decor_white
-> decor_yellow
>> textures/entity/shulker
-> shulker_black
-> shulker_blue
-> shulker_brown
-> shulker_cyan
-> shulker_gray
-> shulker_green
-> shulker_light_blue
-> shulker_lime
-> shulker_magenta
-> shulker_orange
-> shulker_pink
-> shulker_purple
-> shulker_red
-> shulker_silver
-> shulker_white
-> shulker_yellow
>> realms/textures/gui/realms
-> accept_icon
-> configure_icon
-> cross_icon
-> cross_player_icon
-> empty_frame
-> expired_icon
-> expires_soon_icon
-> invitation_icons
-> leave_icon
-> off_icon
-> on_icon
-> op_icon
-> questionmark
-> reject_icon
-> restore_icon
-> restore_icon
-> trailer_icon
-> trial_icon
-> user_icon

Yes, it’s all there. We even caught up with the missing textures from Minecraft 1.10. Oops. Anyway, it’s likely I’ll be updating the Gingerbread Kit and Gingerbread Combo Kit during my winter break, so stay tooned to our Patreon page for more information.

We did it! And boy howdy did we answer the … ahem, cherry picking … of certain textures that took place. Seriously guys, we appreciate the flattery, but this is becoming a habit.

We’ve covered every new texture in the Minecraft 1.10 “Frostburn Update” , of course, and you’ll appreciate Tumble’s charming humour with the new mobs. I took the nether brick block for a stroll and came back with a monster. You’ll see what I mean.

Enough about that. The downloads page has been updated with the new links! Be advised that we’ve made good on our promise to discontinue 512x resolution. Even with 16GB of RAM and a 4GB graphics card it’s still untenable to test, and that’s just not worth it.

Who wants to ship a broken product? Yeah, not us. Anyway, enjoy! I’ll be updating our affiliate sites tomorrow with the updated texture pack. Toodles!

Checksums_for_ACME_PackI’ve updated all of our ACME Pack Downloads to include MD5 and CRC checksums. This means you can be sure you’ve got files that haven’t been tampered with. The plethora of sites resharing our files should temporarily flag has not having them, but now we’ll actually be able to tell.

Just a minor, technical thing. I go out of my way to remove hidden system files from our packs because I don’t trust Microsoft’s security policies all that much.

Meanwhile I’ve noticed my time lapse videos have clocked a few thousand views, and as that’s thousands more than anything else I’ve made, expect more of that!

Finally, downloads continue steadily at roughly 5,000 per week, and honestly I don’t have any totals right now. Aggregating that data is a new skill for me. I’m planning around round up for March, so I’ll do my best to produce some solid data along with that.

Again, thank you for downloading and sharing! This pack is for you, and you are the ones who make it awesome!

preview-seasonal_wonder-1024pxMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! We’re kicking off this season with a massive update to our seasonal resource pack! Our Gingerbread Kit, enabling you to build and share to the limits of your imagination (and free time), has received some attention from Tumbleberry and Hastypixels.

This year we decided ornaments, mobs and a greater range of building blocks needed attention. What are you waiting for? Head on over to the downloads page and grab your free download in resolutions 128x, 256x, and 512x. Watch this space as the first 1024x version of the Gingerbread Kit is in the works, too!

Stay warm, stay safe and may your holidays be a delight!

So many things have changed since the last update: We have our own homepage and hosting solution now, we have surpassed 100,000 downloads, had our textures and splash texts cherry-picked by Mojang in advance of its sale to Microsoft, just as others have.

Tumbleberry and I discussed the issue thoroughly, and in the end the experience is what matters, not paycheque. Clearly if it did, we wouldn’t be making a modification for Minecraft. Now that Microsoft will be assuming control, we are going to continue updating the texture pack as usual. We are hopeful that Microsoft’s expertise will improve Minecraft as a creative tool for all of us.

Above all else Minecraft enables previously unrealized creativity and social interaction. How many have sat down to watch someone build Lego? Tens of millions watch others play and build in Minecraft, to the extent that Microsoft is paying for the audience, not the product. May that be the guiding principle as development continues.

Promised features, bug fixes and community attentiveness have all been inconsistent under the stewardship of Mojang, which, like other home-grown Indie houses, lack experience at the international support level. I am assured, if nothing else, by Microsoft’s past experience in this arena. While not always positive, they do have a lot of it.

The fact is that Minecraft reached millions more than it would have thanks to the XBox 360 and PS3, and increased audience can only do more good in this type of game: Our creativity is at the heart of its success, after all. We made Minecraft the success it has become, let us not forget that.

What will you be creating? We’re excited to find out!

Minecraft’s current resource pack management system is a little clunky, especially for those less familiar with the inner workings of file structures in Operating Systems. Do you know where the .minecraft folder is? In my opinion you shouldn’t have to. It’s understood that the Mod API is in development, and hopefully the implementation of mods will improve as well, most of all the interface used to add them.

Usability has always been important to me, so to help out you Minecraft players out there, I’ve put together a foolproof tutorial to explain the process of installing resource packs, step by step. It’s up on YouTube. Share the link as you please, but credit properly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBA8x5NDteU

Enjoy!