30 Sep

Texture Packs in Minecraft













As great as Minecraft is, sometimes you get tired of seeing the same green grass, the same brown dirt, the same blocky sun. The magnificent vistas and mountain ranges have lost their appeal. It’s all so bland, so uniform. For all the blocky neo-retro goodness of the default Minecraft graphics, it’s really easy to get tired of the bland, basic default look.

So why not take the opportunity to breathe new life into your game by installing a texture pack? The vast majority of Minecraft players eventually choose to download and install a new texture pack and you could be one of them. Texture packs change the looks of all or most of the items, the user interface (such as the health bar, hunger bar, and inventory screens), and many even change the look of the monsters you’ve come to know and love. They come in practically any theme you could like, from pastoral scenes of natural beauty to steampunk-inspired machinery and decoration, to otherwordly scenes that transform the normal world into a shadow of the End, or the Nether. It’s your call, and you can find a texture pack that changes as much or as little as you like!

Just decide what kind of texture pack you’re interested in, and then visit one of the texture pack download sites (such as Minecraft Sandbox, Planet Minecraft, The Minecraft Portal, or even the official Minecraft forums) to download.

Additional dependencies
Take care to note any additional dependencies the texture pack you’re interested in requires- some texture packs require third-party programs, or require that you download an additional script to run before using the texture pack. The most famous is the MCPatcher Mod that’s required to get High Definition texture packs to run correctly. It’s almost always a painless process to get even HD texture packs to run correctly, so just make sure you read the pack’s instructions to make sure that you’re doing it right and you shoud be golden.

Once you’ve downloaded a texture pack, open up your Minecraft client. Click the button labelled “Mods and Texture Packs”. Select that option, and then open the directory. Copy and paste the texture pack .zip file and put it into the newly opened directory, and then close the window your client opened. The texture pack should show up- click it, and set it to the default. That should be it, so load up your saved world or generate a new one, and congratulations on finding a new texture pack! Enjoy the new breath of life you’ve given to your game.


So, what do you think?

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