20 Apr
2011
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Minecraft Standard Definition Texture Packs

Minecraft is a graphically attractive game, there’s no doubt about it. But sometimes you just need a change of scenery- and the quickest and easiest way to do that is to get a new texture pack!

One of the first things you’ll notice is that some texture packs are labelled “HD” and some are not. The difference is simple- the HD texture packs are higher definition (anywhere from 32×32 on up), and require a special program to run them. They are almost universally attempts at photorealism, and they require a fairly good computer to run at any decent speed due to the way the texture packs are interpreted by your game client.

But you didn’t install Minecraft because you like photorealism, or lens flares, or bloom effects. You’re looking at Minecraft because you like your pixels chunky and your effects retro, thank you very much, and that means that you’re the kind of person to install an SD texture pack.

SD texture packs have the greatest variety and are runnable out of the box, with no external programs, downloads, or scripts in sight. They also have the greatest variety in texture packs- since they can’t hope to match the graphical fidelity of high-definition texture packs, they have to try and cram as much character and charm into each of the 256 pixels they’re given. Some texture packs transform Minecraft into a psuedo-Roman villa, some make the world reminiscent of Egypt, and some just want to make the world a slightly prettier place while still keeping a little of Minecraft’s original.

By way of example I’ll talk about three of the most popular standard definition texture packs available from Planet Minecraft, one of the most visited Minecraft-related sites available: EldPack, Xaiwalker, CoteriePack.

Eldpack’s entire theme is overhauling everything. It replaces all of the textures, items, armor, monsters, environments, absolutely everything with its own take on the game. Getting used to the changes can be an effort, especially when you first load it up, but it’s worth it. It’s colorful, vivid, and stylized, bringing a bright and beautiful change to the sometimes plain world of Minecraft. It’s one of the most visually striking packs that still retains a bit of Minecraft’s original flavor and stylings.

CoterieCraft, on the other hand, wants to keep the look of Minecraft’s default world, but spruce it up a bit. It’s cleaner, but otherwise looks very much like the default. Its stated goal, after all, is to create the new default look for Minecraft to replace the sometimes workmanlike graphics of the standard Minecraft world. Whether it succeeds or not is up to your interpretations of what’s wrong with Minecraft, but it’s absolutely certain that it’s created a competent and interesting pack for the world to play with.

Xaiwalker is absolutely the most extreme of the three mentioned here- its default is a sort of unusual teal that’s nonetheless very visually striking, in an attempt to provide something new to the Minecraft community. It’s the sort of texture pack for somebody that’s tired of standard Minecraft and doesn’t care one bit for the default look. It’s breathtaking and very, very cool.

As you can see, even among a small sample size of standard definition texture packs, there’s still enormous variety.

So, what do you think?

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