The question of net neutrality has been up for debate on several occasions in the last decade, but never has it been more significant than it is now. Governing bodies of several nations control, or aim to police our freedom of speech online. None have had more direct impact than the policies of the United States of America.
Now a single country is determined to meter and blockade what is now a world wide community. It is not perfect, but no single political group can be allowed to decide who has the lion’s share of bandwidth. A simple analogy:
Choose your drink: Coke or Pepsi and get instant access, but dare to choose lemonade and you’ll be waiting in line with everyone else.
This is what the FCC proposes to do by allowing their Internet to be defined as a service, instead of a utility. This issue affects everyone and is bigger than gaming. It’s about freedom.
Tell the FCC that they need to leave the internet alone! Battle for the Net! See also the EFF’s discussion of Net Neutrality for more information.
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
None too soon, we’ve updated the resource pack for the newly included “iron nugget”. Downloads are live now at our main site, ACMEResourcePack.com and NudgeworksDesign.com. While I’m about it, I know there may not seem much to look forward to in 2017, but let us turn to our family and loved ones in these difficult times.
Family is why Tumbleberry and I made this resource pack, after all. Our prayers are with those who struggle, and hold to the truth. Remember those who love you … give them an indication for your gratitude before the year is out.
With much love,
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:
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’ll be releasing ACME Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.11 tomorrow, but in the meantime, all previous version of the resource and texture packs have been updated with our new artwork.
Both acmeresourcepack.com and nudgeworksdesign.com will bring you to our home page for easy to remember access to pack downloads.
About dern time, right? Yeah, I know!
Not to be too meek, but we’d love your nomination!
Hastypixels here. I’m posting more detailed and frequent updates about our progress on the resource pack if you want to check us out on Patreon.
Yes, we are just that much closer to release, but how are you guys enjoying the new features of Minecraft? Are you enjoying them, or do they feel like fluff? Comment here, on Twitter, Patreon or Facebook!
Yeah, I’m not apologizing for that. Tumbleberry and I have been hard at work preparing the update for ACME Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.11 – and from what I can tell we’re not alone in being behind the curve. Technical stuff aside, I’m here to announce our official Patreon page!
If you’re not sure how to show your love for the ACME Pack – besides tweeting and making videos about it, that is – I’m incentivizing the notion of donations with some perks. Patreon supporters will get an inside look at our development process, personal chat time with me (hastypixels).
That sounds weird to me … but there it is. And hey, here it is!
So, being here, there and everywhere, I’ve noticed some more activity here … sorry about the delay in getting to it. I promise to be more prompt in my responses … didn’t actually expect anyone to use them. Silly me?
Thank you, everyone. If you hop on over to my Patreon page you’ll see some posts about my recent novel, but I promise to have some resource pack related posts up soon. The interesting stuff will be for Supporters, naturally.
Welp, back to work…
I’ve updated our affiliate links, though I’m waiting for a response from a couple of sites. Otherwise, all is a go!
Please let us know if you encounter any issues with the pack, by comment, Google+, Facebook or Twitter.