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Tripwires?

Over the last week in Snapshots, we have seen a lot of exciting things coming up – Ender Chests, villager trading, the merging of SSP and SMP modes into a fluid, single system – what else could possibly be added to this pile of goodies to make it even better? We can think of one thing – tripwires.

Nathan “Dinnerbone” Adams uploaded this video showing off some experiments with tripwire – it appears that it can be set off by crossing the tripwire boundary (as expected), as well as being set off by “using” it much as one would use a switch or button. What other awesome features are on the horizon? We’ll keep you posted as they develop!

Emerald Blocks on the Way?

Jeb released this teaser image moments ago – it seems that emerald blocks could be a reality in the next big update! Alongside the already highly-anticipated villager trading, slight minecart control, and a host of other features and fixes, 1.3 is already shaping up to be a solid winner.

The most recent snapshot covered some of these features already, including the versatile Ender Chest, which lets you set up a sort of post-box to exchange items between over long distances; stackable buckets, more realistic star textures, dispensers having the ability to eject water or lava from buckets placed within them, and much more.

Community Spotlight – Last Days Texture Pack

This week’s texture pack is called “Last Days”, currently maintained by dereksmith! It is a post-apocalyptic pack, where very little in the Minecraft world is left untouched by the ravages of conflict, definitely worth a look if you want something far removed from standard Minecraft default.

Coordinate Display Coming To Minecraft In Next Update, Increasing World Height A Possibility

4J Studios continues to clarify what will and will not be coming to Minecraft (XBLA). This time around, the team confirmed that a coordinate display will be added to maps in the next update, while increasing the world height would have to wait.

“Yes adding a co-ordinate display to the in-game map, and we’ll need to see how we do with increasing height in a later update”.

 This is intriguing, however, because if they can do that, in theory, they should be able to increase the size of the world as well. We’re almost 100% sure that people would rather see larger worlds, than taller worlds, but only time will tell.

MCX360 Breaks Record, Beats Black Ops

MCX360 has been climbing the charts since launch, breaking records and drawing in more players every day. Recently, it broke another unprecedented record – pushing COD: Black Ops out of the #2 Top LIVE Games spot! Since the launch of Modern Warfare 3, COD: Black Ops has held the #2 Top Game spot for XBox Live constantly.

MW3 and COD:BO have been staples of the XBOX library since launch, and despite some criticisms have maintained their hold as top titles nearly since they launched. Minecraft is the first game to disrupt these titles’ seemingly endless reign on the Top XBox Live Games chart. Congrats, Minecraft!

Second Snapshot of the Week Released

Yesterday saw the release of the 12w21a Snapshot, which included a number of neat features – unfortunately, it also included a few bugs that made playing SSP nearly impossible for some. Now, in a move not common with Snapshots, a quick-fix has been released for those having trouble playing Single-Player. There’s also some other goodies inside – most notably, a surprise with the Creative Mode inventory menu (Thanks Dinnerbone!). Get the latest Snapshot downloads below!

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