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If you're playing the downloaded game, you will have to download a new version of the launcher from the minecraft website.

Posted by Kizzycocoa on Aug 12th, 2010

First of all, if you're playing the downloaded game, you will have to download a new version of the launcher from here:

The reason for this is that I had to add some authentication bits to the launcher instead of to the game (which is downloaded after authentication), and the launcher can't update itself yet.

Client changelog:

  • Added support for more records
  • Added online authentication for online servers

Server changelog:

  • The server can now be started in either online/secure mode or offline/insecure mode. A secure server requires all connecting players to first authenticate on www.minecraft.net , then checks that the authentication matches, before letting the player in. A server running in offline mode won't do any such checks, nor will it ask the client to authenticate, but you can't be sure that people who connect really are who they claim they are. Offline mode is meant for LAN plan where you know the people connecting to the server.
  • Added ban/pardon commands to ban and unban a player from the game
  • Added ban-ip/pardon-ip commands to ban and unban a specific ip (you have to kick the player manually)
  • Added op/deop commands to add/remove a player from the op list
  • Added player ops. They can send server commands by typing a slash followed by a server command. Server ops can also build/destroy blocks near the spawn area.
  • Made the server save terrain more frequently
  • New command: “tp ”, moves player1 to player2’s location.
  • New command: “save-all” forces a full save to disc
  • New command: “save-off” disables all saving (except save-all)
  • New command: “save-on” re-enables saving

If you're writing a backup script, please consider making it call “save-off” before doing the backup, and “save-on” when it's done. If you don't do this, you can get corrupted zones in your backup.

Server-side inventory is coming next week, including shared chests and so, and this is also when I will fix some of the bugs in SMP, like the ladder thing and the looking through walls bug.

TkTech contacted me over IRC and pointed out a flaw in the authentication scheme that would let hackers connect to a server a player was last logged into.

This has been solved now by turning the login key into a proper nonce that gets changed every time a new TCP connection is made to the server.

If you worry about name impersonation, I suggest you get this update ASAP.

on a side note, BigJam was great! I did two interviews and a couple of games and met a whole bunch of talented and inspiring people. And Berlin is a beautiful city that I will definitely visit again!

As you might have seen in news posts and blog updates, some fairly important people who I consider my heroes want to talk to me (I've spoken with three of my favorite companies so far). Initial contact has been established, but nothing concrete has happened yet. I will go on a trip to the US in the start of September to meet with a couple of companies. I have no idea what will come out of it, but hopefully it will be cool.
If anyone in the northwestern area of the US wants to say hi somewhere around then, I'm sure we can work out some meeting. I'd love to meet you!

(development blog link #1 #2 #3 #4)

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LopperUK Aug 13 2010 buried:


This sounds good n all but why would i pay $10 just for this, its not worth it and the fact that its gonna be $20 is an outrage, anyone cud make a game just like this and play it 4 free so i dont see the point of having to buy a game like this, mabey if the graphics were loads better it wud b worth buying but i dont think it wud b that mutch, the only way i wud wanna get this game is by rapidshare. :|

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Kizzycocoa Aug 13 2010 replied:

that is just....inane. notch is updating it almost daily, and the graphics are meant to be like this. it is a RETRO-STYLED game. the graphics are perfect.

also, good luck with rapidshare. it won't work. this game doesn't work like that. it verifies with the website, then lets you play.

to buy a game like this, you get to fight zombies, create swords, craft doors, pickaxes, bows and arrows and more. then, you get to explore the blocky world and all of what it has to offer. what more could anyone ask for?

and, the only freeware like this is Manic Digger. go try that. it's what you've asked for. I'll guarantee it'll be a much worse experience.

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LopperUK Aug 13 2010 buried:


Die! its not worth gettin this game

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Kizzycocoa Aug 13 2010 replied:

it is worth every penny.

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TheRizzler Sep 25 2010 replied:

I agree with Kizzy. You're an ignorant fool
This is ONE MAN'S work, don't winge about it, especially if you have no knowledge of coding or even games in general
Notch has done a ******* good job

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Maxwell_EG Aug 13 2010 replied:

You realize this uses Java 3D right? Do you know how far this technology has come? This game is impressive, even by today's standards. Go play modern warfare 2 you thick-headed imbecile.

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Nebcake Aug 13 2010 says:

A big update, I like big updates.

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Jelemonde Aug 13 2010 replied:

Wait until Mobs and fully working SMP with Mod Support, THIS will be a giant update!

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Maxwell_EG Aug 13 2010 says:

oh man, my home internet just had to crap out... ugh.

Thanks for the update notch.

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