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Two bits of big Minecraft news for you today, one being a change in the account system and another to deal with social interactions on servers.

Firstly, Minecraft 1.16.4 pre-release 1 went out recently with a change to make playing Minecraft online a more pleasant experience. They're introducing the "social interactions screen", which will let you disable chatting with certain players, and have their messages hidden - helping to deal with players you don't get along with. 

Here's an example of how it looks currently:

Mojang said that hidden players will reset each time you rejoin a server. So it seems it's not a proper block list, but a way to temporarily hide people from social interactions on each session.

The other big change is that in 2021, Minecraft Java Edition will be moving to the Microsoft account system as announced in a blog post. Any new players who create an account starting "this Fall" will instead be sent to a Microsoft account rather than Mojang, whereas every existing account will get a notification about moving over at some point which they're doing in batches and not all at once. After that, they're also giving out a special cape to players who transfer as a reward for being an original MC player.

What's the point of this? Well, it keeps all Microsoft owned games under one account and Microsoft security will be better with their account system compared with Mojang's original system. It's hard to argue against that.

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DebianUser 23 Oct
Thank you !
Ive tried Mineclone2 yesterday evening (without any other mod) and the work is impressive.
Its close to MC when i played it some years ago (firsts versions), a long time before MS.
Performance is impressive compared to MC Java client.

At this time, it lacks different biomes (i dont see sand, but maybe my seed is invoved, and maybe there is a mod for that, or i have to explore more), but the core gameplay looks pretty solid. :)
I've seen MC evolution trought some articles on it, and MT/MC2 may be far from that nowadays, but its enjoyable without any doubt.


Last edited by DebianUser on 23 October 2020 at 8:03 am UTC
Quoting: DebianUserThank you !
At this time, it lacks different biomes (i dont see sand, but maybe my seed is invoved, and maybe there is a mod for that, or i have to explore more), but the core gameplay looks pretty solid. :)
I've seen MC evolution trought some articles on it, and MT/MC2 may be far from that nowadays, but its enjoyable without any doubt.

Mineclone2 is aiming for the content of Minecraft 1.11. So a lot of the more modern stuff is intentionally missing.
There are 28 biomes implemented, so I think you have to do a little more exploring. :)
Hori 23 Oct
Quoting: PickleJarBobFirst of all, saying open source games in general suck is just mean towards all the great open source game projects out there, and i dont get why just because i enjoy games like mindustry i shouldnt be allowed to play games at all.

Second thing is, you do realise that minetest is an engine and not a game? The minetestgame, is just to showcase the engine and give something people can build upon and is by no means a try on cloning minecraft. Mineclone2 is a Minetest based game that tries to clone the features of a certain Minecraft Version for example(even though not completed yet already enjoyable for some hours).

I've not said open-source games in general sucks. Not even Minetest sucks.

I'm just saying that while cool, it's too much to say it's an alternative to the huge Minecraft. Even with Mineclone.

What really sucks is the people who say Minetest is better simply because it is open-source and no matter how big and feature-rich Minecraft is or will be, it still won't be as good as Minetest.
That's just wrong, exaggerated, and zealous.

Minetest is cool and and fun and all and personally I want to like it more than Minecraft but I simply can't. There's too much missing both in the game and outside of it.

I'm happy for those who enjoy it (as a game) but I really don't see how in its current state at least it can be appealing to mass audiences.

And again, open-source games in general don't suck, there's some great ones out there. Hell, there are even ex-proprietary games (and engines) that were open-sourced later, and obviously didn't became sucky just because of that.
Saying that they suck by default is as bad as saying they are better by default.


Last edited by Hori on 23 October 2020 at 8:43 am UTC
M@GOid 23 Oct
Quoting: ShroobsterPeople who (only) play open source games because they're open source shouldn't be allowed to play games.

And who are you to tell others how they should live theirs lives? What a stupid comment.


Last edited by M@GOid on 23 October 2020 at 3:01 pm UTC
Shroobster 23 Oct
I have the feeling that some guys have no idea. People who boycott Minecraft now because of this are just clowns with tin foil hats. Nothing else. I also don't like Microsoft still I support the account change at Minecraft because it provides better security for the game and most of the alt accounts will die out which will reduce cheating on servers. We are on the gaming side on this with Microsoft and they do a great job in this section.
All arguments against it are invalid in my opinion because there is nothing to add anymore.
F.Ultra 23 Oct
Quoting: brokkrI went from skeptical to shoulder shrugging to kinda pissed off again.

I figured I'd get out ahead and create a Microsoft account for it. Turns out the email already had a MS account. Reset password, fine. The I'm told that the account had violated the service agreement. Please give us your phone number. You know what? No. I don't think I want to give you my phone number to play a game I bought.

An MS account is not a big deal but it is a deal because of the inevitable BS. If facebook linking VR headsets to facebook accounts is a deal, then so is this.

Exactly this is the major problem, I already have one MS account to keep using Visual Studio updated at work for the rare windows builds that we do and it's a constant pain to maintain it.
14 24 Oct
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Since I manage multiple Mojang accounts for the kiddos, my real concern is how often will I have to re-enter the password in the launcher. Also, now this account that was limited to Minecraft can be used for a lot of things that I'd rather not deal with yet.


Last edited by 14 on 24 October 2020 at 6:45 am UTC
tofuhead 24 Oct
hmm.. I find it a bit funny that people stop playing the game just because owner of the company changes.. I was ofcourse worried that linux support would be dropped when Microsoft bought it, but instead of giving up, me and my kids just kept on playing and building worlds.

for these years that Microsoft has been the owner, things have been working just fine, very nice new releases of the game, and everytime I update my servers and we start new worlds.. I've been very happy so far.

now, if they just change the way you login, and not something like make you buy the game again, who really cares? nowadays everything requires registeration, I have millions of accounts to all kind of services and sites. I'm sure some of those are already owned by Microsoft anyways ;)

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Tyron 25 Oct
I feel obliged to mention that my reason to develop Vintage Story was in part motivated by Mojang being sold to Microsoft. I loved the idea of this small indie game studio being able to do their own thing and genuinely just wanting to make a great game.

Discarding the Mojang accounts seems like just another step of slowly embracing and eventually gobbling up the game for maximized monetization, in an abstract sense. They need to get back the investment, after all.


Last edited by Tyron on 25 October 2020 at 7:55 am UTC
tofuhead 26 Oct
Quoting: TyronDiscarding the Mojang accounts seems like just another step of slowly embracing and eventually gobbling up the game for maximized monetization, in an abstract sense. They need to get back the investment, after all.

what do you mean? the game wasn't free, I paid for all the accounts already.
are you saying you think they will start charging monthly fees or something?

btw. nice game that Vintage Story, I bought it for me and my daughter as we love everything crafting and surviving and farming.. and it has lot of good in it, but some things threw us away a bit like the complexity of crafting. it's a whole lot of hassle to just produce a simple thing, and then you need it again you forgot how you did it :)
but, actually a nice reminder, thank you, haven't tried it for some months, and I see there has been updates, so time to check it out again!!

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