News: The latest Minecraft pre-release snapshot, 12w32a, introduces a programmable block for use with Adventure Mode, glowing light beacons and corrupted zombie villagers.
As someone who looks at simple redstone with the confused and fearful eyes of a 16th century Puritan, I’m not even going to pretend to know how the Command Block that’s been tentatively added to Minecraft with Snapshot 21w32a works. According to lead dev Jens Bergensten, it can be programmed by server admins to create events within the game’s new Adventure Mode, such as providing players with XP rewards. Witchcraft!
12w32a also features a beacon block – it can’t be crafted in Survival mode yet, but when placed on a pyramid of mineral blocks it creates a huge pillar of light that’ll be perfect for navigation during those dangerous nighttime hours. In addition, NPC Villagers have been tweaked – they’ll react more intelligently to your actions, becoming friendly after trading but resentful if you hit them with a big sword. Townspeople can also be turned into zombies, complete with their own sickly skin. Heresy!
You can download the snapshot here, and have a read of the full patch notes over on the Minecraft Wiki. It should be interesting to see what folks can do with the Command Block, considering the impossible feats of creativity that Mojang‘s block-builder seems to enable on a weekly basis. Burn him!
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