9 Apr
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Minecraft Stats, Achievements, Snow and Rain

In game achievement system in Minecraft Beta 1.5A new video released by the Mojang team shows off the new features of Minecraft Beta 1.5 which is supposed to be released sometime next week.

The weather seems pretty straight forward. It starts and stops at random intervals, the snow creates a layer of ice over water and a layer of snow on land (which can apparently be chopped away). Watch close and you can even see the new lightning effect!

The achievement system has been talked about before but now we get to see it in action. Players will have paths that they follow to bigger and better achievements. The path demonstrated here starts with the player simply having to open his inventory, moves on to requiring him to chop down a tree and pick up a piece of wood, and ends with the player crafting a workbench. This is presumably just a short example of the longer achievement trees Minecraft will eventually feature, as it’s in a group called “Ride a pig off a cliff,” which may be where the achievement path ends.

The final feature shown is the new statistics page, which records all sorts of player actions in the game. General statistics will save the number of worlds played, the distance players have walked or fallen, how much damage they’ve dealt, and more. Block statistics will record how many times players have crafted, used, or mined a particular material. Item statistics will do the same for items like the pickaxe or the apple.

Giving players goals and recording their statistics is a big step for Minecraft, which has generally been seen as mostly a creation game up to this point. Those simple weather effects are looking pretty too. I just feel bad for all the pigs that are going to be forced to take cliff dives. Bacon anyone?

So, what do you think?

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