Game Review – Minecraft

What is Minecraft? Where Did it Come From?

Minecraft is a sandbox game originally developed by Swedish programmer, Markus Persson, also known as “Notch.” On June 1st, 2009, Markus quits his job as an established game developer to create his own game.

For a while, Markus was playing a game called Infiminer, developed by Zachtronic Industries. The game was designed for you to collect resources in order to gain points for your team. Simple really.

Unfortunately, the game was discontinued. However, this game inspired Markus to develop his own game a few weeks later. He reused the concept of building blocks from Infiminer and creativity itself to be the basis for his game.

On May 17, 2009, Markus released the first release for a whole new beginning for the world of gaming. Over time, the game has gained huge popularity and has become on of the top indie-games in the industry. This game eventually became to what we know as of today, Minecraft.

Here’s What I Think…

When I first started the game, the interface was very simple. Nothing special or too fancy. It just gave you a nice, warm, and welcoming feel. Which is really nice, especially for beginners because in most other games, there would be buttons all over the screen. Each with their own special little feature. Which can be pretty overwhelming for a beginner and could take a while to master. But, Minecraft just keeps it nice and simple so you can get straight to the action.

I’ve also been enjoying the gameplay lately. I enjoy the survival and creative modes in the game. In survival, you basically have to survive. Which really satisfies me that I get to explore the Minecraft world and do things that your parents won’t let you do. Like going hunting in the forest or even riding on a pig!

In creative, you basically get to be your own creative mind. The game will give you all the blocks it can offer, you just have to make something out of it. I’ve created a tree-house, mansion, and a few apartments. For me, it’s really fun to do it block by block. Especially if you can do it with your friends.

But what is also nice is that the developers of this game tried to put some realism into the game. For example, the fact that fire won’t burn on dirt. Or that it’s easier to mine sand than it is to mine stone. The game actually gives you a real understanding of the real world. (Except mobs, riding pigs, and creepers.)

Another thing I enjoyed about this game were the servers. There was just such a huge variety of servers to choose from online. They’ve got Hunger Games and even Call of Duty! Basically, people download some plugins and texture packs to give you the feel of a Hunger Games arena. Or maybe some action like in Call of Duty. It’s a really fun experience and one that I won’t regret.

But my favorite part of the game is the concept of using building blocks to express your creative mind. The reason why this is my favorite is because it’s just a unique idea. I’ve never seen any game like this before with this concept. Although some creations may not end up so perfect due to this, players have made astonishing creations out of it anyways. For example, people made mansions, dragons, pixel art, and so much more!

Now one major downfall of the game was the graphics. I can see that this is a building-block game, but honestly, the graphics seem very pixelated. One example is the glass block. I don’t really understand why there should be white dots on the glass. But thankfully, the game has a feature called “Texture Packs.” Where you can go online and download a huge selection of textures. Ranging from simplicity to medieval. Hopefully, the game will look into improving the graphics though.

This is an astonishing game that exceeds anything that I could’ve imagined. I’ll give it a 9 out of 10 and would totally recommend it to anyone. I would also like to encourage this for young kids and families because this really offers the family fun and creativity everyone needs.

That’s all guys! Thanks for reading! Please make sure to check out the links below and stay tuned for upcoming posts. See you later!

Official Minecraft Website

Infiminer

YouTube Channel

Minecraft Addict Page

Minecraft Is Here…

Hey guys!

I’ve officially bought the popular MMO sandbox game known as Minecraft. Yes, I finally got it. Anyways, I do plan on making a series with it. But mostly in my freelance time so I can get other projects done.

But, overall, I just thought you might be looking into that. If you want to see Minecraft itself, just go visit the link below:

http://www.minecraft.net/

I’ll see you guys later!

Game Review – Star Wars: The Old Republic

Hello there!

Welcome to another game review on a popular MMO known as Star Wars: The Old Republic! Yup, its Star Wars alright! A classic science fiction world of imagination. Now, let’s start talking about this popular MMO.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a popular MMORPG developed by Bioware. This game was released on December in 2011 as a game you must buy, but is now free. The game has been recorded as the fastest growing MMO ever with over 1 million subscribers within 3 days.

When I first saw the cinematic trailer and started playing the game, I realized what a huge story line I was going to be a part of. What I mean is the fact that the game was designed for you to get a knowledge of the history in that time period. And what I enjoyed was the fact that whatever choice you made in a conversation, it’ll shape your outcome in the game. Meaning, if you make good choices throughout the game, you get a good result at the end of the story line. But that depends on which faction you choose.

Another factor of the game that I enjoyed was the huge planets. These planets really gave you an idea of the environment that you were playing in. As well as giving a great opportunity to explore such wondrous worlds of creativity.

What I also enjoyed was the variety this game had to offer. Everywhere you look there was at least one mission. As well as some alien-like creatures, robots, and pirates. Which really give you a strong idea of the game itself.

But my favorite part of the game was the gameplay itself. That’s mostly because when you’re on missions, you can actually invite your friends to come and help out. The battles are out in the open, so when you’re in range, your enemies automatically attack. Which is great because it really gets you involved in the action.

However, once you realize how big a planet is, you know you have a lot of work to do. What I mean is that you have to walk back and forth all around the planet on one mission. Although there may be some taxis around, you still end up walking. But I suppose the designers of the game wanted us to slow down and take in some of the action the planets have to offer.

That is all for now. Thanks for reading this article. Hopefully, it’ll give you guys an idea of what the game is like. Anyways, just check out the links below and I’ll see you guys later!

YouTube Channel 

Official Star Wars: The Old Republic Website

Video: Update

SilentsTech

Good Morning!

I’m back with a brand new software review on Blender. I’ll spend 2-5 minutes explaining about and how I think of the software. Don’t forget to leave a comment once you’ve finished reading and let me know what you think. So, let’s get started.

Blender is a 3D computer graphics software used to make animations, 3D games, and 3D models. The program is developed by the Blender Foundation.

When I first opened Blender, it looks sleek and new. The layout is rather complex and takes a while to master, but it’s all worth it. What’s unique about the software though is that you can change the way the interface of the program runs. By this, I mean you can make it run like Maya, a popular 3D graphics program. So, for those used to using Maya but want to try Blender, you can always change your interaction presets…

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Update: Video

SilentsTech

Hey guys!

Welcome to a software review on Alice. Alice 2.3 is a free program aimed towards beginners and learners of programming. It’s meant to teach and help people understand the basics and concepts of programming in the real world. Such languages include Java, C++, and C#.

When I first tried Alice, I felt like I was living in the 1980s. The graphics seems old, sketchy and just out of date. I felt like quitting the program seeing it was a waste of space on my computer. But, after giving it a few tries, I eventually had fun and even a few laughs while making some animations.

Remember how I said the interface seems old and the graphics were a bit sketchy? Well, to me, that’s true. However, if you put those facts aside, you’ll see the interface is actually very useful and simple. For example, my favorite part is…

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SilentsTech

Hello!

I’m sorry since it’s been a while since I’ve posted. But, I’ve finally came up with a brand new tutorial on how make round corners in GIMP. Now, lets get started.

Optional – Before you start, right click on your image layer and click on Add Alpha channel. If it’s grayed out, you’re good to go.

1.) Go to the menu and click on Select –> Rounded Rectangle…

2.) A window should pop up. Type in on how big you want the corner to be. 20% is a good number but I’m going with 30%. Click on Ok.

3.) Go to the menu and click on Edit –> Copy. Or press Control/Command + C.

4.) Go to the menu again and click on Edit –> Paste As –> New Image.

Now, you have round corners in your image. I hope this helps you. Don’t forget to…

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