Feeling Lonely | Minecraft Dungeons Review

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A recurring gag during a recent Minecraft Dungeons livestream by Blitzwinger was the “Feeling Lonely? Teleport to a Friend” dialogue box. The box would appear every time Blizwinger and UnlimitedMagic separated, even briefly. The joke gave me an idea for a parody on the song “Mr. Lonely” by Bobby Vinton.

Lonely, feeling lonely?
My party is on their own.
Feeling lonely?
Press F1 to teleport.
Wish I had someone to message on Discord.

(I know it’s bad, but it’s still funny…or cringey.)

What I’ve seen of Minecraft Dungeons, it looks pretty good. I don’t think it is groundbreaking; I’ve seen other dungeon crawlers. But, I do like the simplicity of it. It doesn’t seem like a game that takes hours to master. I think most people will be able to catch on quickly, even if they’ve never played a dungeon crawler or Minecraft.

I also enjoyed how the game continued in the tradition of allowing you to craft your own lore. Just like the OG Minecraft, you are given just enough to make your own theories and stories about Minecraft. That is what I like about Minecraft; there is no official lore–my story is just as valid as anyone else’s. Not only do you craft in the game, but you craft the lore.

Granted, there is a little more lore in Dungeons, you are told the Arch-Illager was exiled, but you aren’t told why, as far as I know at this point. You aren’t told where the Orb of Obedience came from (I think). you can still fit it into the universe of Minecraft; it doesn’t necessarily have to be some parallel world. Maybe the events of Dungeons takes place before Minecraft proper or maybe after.

It is kind of odd coming from the world of Minecraft where you can do just about anything you want to a more restrictive world like Dungeons. You can’t mine or craft; and as far as I know, you can’t create your own avatar–you can only chose the ones unlocked.

I do, however, like the ability to choose your difficulty level on every level. You can adjust the level according to your needs; you don’t need to constantly return to a menu screen. The limited number of respawns adds to the stress of the game. Knowing that you have a limited number of tries can push you and make the game more challenging.

Minecraft Dungeons is a nice prototype showing that Minecraft can be more than just a sandbox survival game. It can fit into other genres. The developers did an excellent job of bringing some freshness to Minecraft while staying true to what made it unique to begin with–somewhat; it is still weird that you don’t mine or craft in the Dungeons game. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Secret Meaning Of (Cliffhanger)

I must be suffering from Quarantine Brain. I woke up in the middle of the night and thought, “I’ve figured out the secret of…Minecraft.” (What you thought I was going to tell you the secret of life?)

I realized that Minecraft is not real. I don’t mean not real as in it’s a video game. I mean, obviously it isn’t real. No, I mean that it is not a post-apocalyptic world. It is all in a person’s mind. Their imagination/creative space to be more exact. And to be even more exact, the mind of a young teen or older child. 

Think about it for a second. Cake replenishes your Hunger while carrots, melon, and apples only refill your Hunger a little. But, once you cover the apple or carrot in gold (*ahem* caramel), it becomes way more useful. In what world is cake and junk food better for you? A kid’s world.

Also, you can build and do just about anything in the world of Minecraft. Where else can you do just about anything? In your imagination–especially in the imagination of kids.

But, I’m thinking that the Minecraft world takes place in the mind of older children or young teens because of the ruins and the mobs. The ruins are the old playthings of youth. As we get older, we no longer want to be an explorer looking for treasure in jungles or under the sea. We are no longer interested in playing pirate and looking for buried treasure. We also start to realize that we’ve been placed in this lonely and wild world and we have to survive it.

In other words, the person is at that point where they are growing up but haven’t quite let go of fun and magic.

As for the mobs…

Zombies: These represent those who follow the trends. This is why they all wear the same clothes. They follow the latest trends (fashion or otherwise) and want to “convert” everyone else.

Creepers: Seems pretty self-explanatory. Camouflaged people who like to hang around your base and sneak up behind you then go “tsss.” You know…creepy people. Stalkers, perverts, people who just like to ruin your work by blowing up once you step outside. You know, jerks and creeps.

Endermen: The cool kids. They pretty much leave you alone unless you look at them. Some might chip away at your confidence by running off with blocks from your build (i.e. make fun of your skills, personality, or appearance). They also seem to have the cool clothes/skills (i.e. teleporting–or running really fast depending on which game theory you believe).

And then finally, you make it to the home of the cool kids (The End). You think it’s going to be this awesome place full of awesome things and people, but it really is just a wasteland with a bunch of people standing around. That’s when you learn that they are being enslaved by their own “coolness.” They have to obey the Rules of Cool or the Alpha Cool Kid (the Ender Dragon). It is then your realize the reason they stole your build’s blocks was not out of spite but because they want to craft and build like you.  You then realize they are not as scary as you thought; they’re like you.

Spiders: Fear. They’re scary at night; but during the daytime, they’re not so bad. Or maybe hormones; one minute you’re calm then someone attacks and you go crazy.

The Villagers: These guys and gals are adults. The villagers have, well, a village. They have “civilization.” They have jobs and trading/commerce. It is also nearly impossible to get them to do what you want. They are confusing and stubborn and you wish Mojang would just make it so you could use leads on them! Also, they go “meh, meh, meh,” at you all the time just like the adults in the Peanuts comic strip (LOL). 

Next, the Nether. It is pretty obvious that is supposed to be school. I mean, the Ghasts are wailing. The soul sand holds the tormented souls of students. If you say or do or wear the wrong thing the Pigmen (now the Piglins) will attack you in force; everyone will come after you and not leave you alone until they have pummeled you to death. But you have to go to school (the Nether) in order to mature (i.e. get potion ingredients so you can become faster or stronger or be able to craft an Eye of Ender).

Also, there are the beds. What happens when you try to sleep in the Nether? BOOM! The bed explodes. What happens if you try to sleep in school? BOOM! The teacher comes at you with a ruler.

The Nether could also be puberty. *Shivers* Puberty. What a horrifying word.

Now, one last word to sum up this theory. Have you noticed that the mobs only spawn at night or in dark places? And when do monsters come out to frighten kids? Night. How do kids protect themselves from the monsters? Nightlights. How do you stop the monsters from spawning in Minecraft? Torches or other light sources.

But hey, that’s just a theory…

Nope, no. I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to make fun of The Game Theorists’ catchphrase, but I will mention they have been working on a Minecraft Mega-Theory. And with that I finish by saying…

Happy April Fools! 

Now you get to decide if this post was an April Fools joke or not.


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Recommended #42 Leap Day Special

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It’s Leap Day! That means a special set of recommended links!

I saw in my YouTube feed that Hermicraft Season 7 had begun. It looks like it’ll be an interesting one. There are already feuds and practical jokes!

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Yolocraft, Fortnite, and More | Rapid Reviews (Spoilers)

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Yolocraft Season 8 (Blitzwinger & Unlimited Magic, YouTube): With another death the eighth season of Yolocraft comes to a close. *sob* It was an interesting one with unexplained deaths and disappearing horses. It was also odd to actually know more about the new Minecraft features than they did; usually it was them telling me. But, as always, the team of Blitzwinger and Unlimited Magic provided video after video of entertainment. There was humor and there was suspense. Each time they went into the Nether was nerve wrecking. And there were episodes I wished they would have edited; for instance, watching them ride their horses for about 30 minutes while they looked for the Pillager Outpost. Probably the best part of the series was the thousands of chickens they had.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 (Epic Games, PlayStation 4, Xbox, and more): Before you get too excited, I know that season 1 isn’t over–I also know that apparently it’s been extended to February–this is just a little recap/mid-review. The first chapter of Fortnite I didn’t play much. It was mostly the crossover events. First, I couldn’t afford any skins. Second, I’m bad at shooter games. Third, I felt like I didn’t get anywhere. It seemed like I never leveled up or progressed and on top of that I couldn’t make it passed the nineties. So, I am enjoying the new leveling system where it tells you in big letters, “Hey! You leveled up!” I also like how you can see your progress in the Battle Pass section. I don’t know how much of the menus they fixed, but it seems easier to find things like missions. I really enjoy the extra XP time during the weekends. When I first saw how far I’d have to go to get any of the Battle Pass skins, I thought, “That’s never going to happen,” then one day I was at level 60. I don’t know if they reworked their matchups but I seemed to actually survive for longer periods and actually get eliminations. Before, it was just me running away and dying…a lot. I’m also looking forward to this villain team/EGO thing they are hinting at.

Photographing the Dead by Dean Koontz (Nameless series, #2): I have to agree with some of the reviews I’ve seen that the second book wasn’t as good as the first, but that doesn’t make it bad. I still found it to be thrilling and hard to put it down. I liked how Koontz kept shifting to the two women hiking. You knew that they were going to meet the killer at some point, but would they survive? I kind of felt like I was always racing towards some unavoidable fate. Koontz’s villain was creepy as always; he really knows how to make a truly evil antagonist. You feel no pity for the man. I enjoy how Koontz tells the reader that sometimes the person is just evil–that they do something just because they can or they think they are better than everyone else. In the first book, I didn’t feel that there was much danger for Nameless–I kind of felt the same in this one–but I was worried for the hikers. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s the point: feel for the victims. After Nameless sees those “ghosts” at the end, I began to wonder if Nameless isn’t so “nice.” Maybe he murdered someone and we shouldn’t feel sympathy or worry about him.

Do you have any shows, books, movies, etc you’d like to see a review on? Tell me in the comments.

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To Be or Not | Hermitcraft Demise Game Discussion

I’ve been watching Hermitcraft on YouTube again. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’re probably not surprised.

A little while ago, Grain started the Demise mini-game for the Hermitcraft server. In the game, everyone starts out alive; but if you die, you become a ghost (change your skin to monochrome colors). You then can “help” the others to “pass on.” The last one standing get’s the prize.

At the end of the video, Grain asked who the audience thought was going to die first. This got me wonder what I would do if I was playing the game. Personally, knowing that I would be the first to die and probably in some really embarrassing way, such as blowing myself up or from starving, I figured I would off myself right away. Sure, it would mean losing the game and the diamonds, but I would then be able to set traps and prank the others, which in my opinion is worth “losing.” *insert evil laugh here*

Now, if I could just figure out why it’s called “Hermitcraft.” I get the “craft” part because of Minecraft, but the players do not spend their time in seclusion; they team up many times for games or to build shops. Hmm…

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Every Block Challenge House

In a recent Minecraft video by Grian, he built a base out of every Minecraft creative block, but he could only use the block once. He later challenged the audience to do the same. I managed to do it, though it looked like something ready for Halloween. I then ran with the idea.

My plan was to use the normal construction blocks for the walls and roof: wood, concrete, etc. I then used the storage type blocks for the flooring: barrels, shulker boxes, etc. The normal crafting blocks, like the stonecutter tool and anvil, were just placed as normal–as was the bed. I used trapdoors for windows. And the house part of the base contained many doors.

Using the seeds was fairly easy, I just did a normal farm. I used fence posts and gates (and some trapdoors) to build a holding pen for the pigs, cows, and so on. I dug a hole for using the various fish buckets and created a “pond.” I used the lava bucket to make a place to throw away unneeded items. Using the other spawn eggs was easy; just spawn them in.

As for all the different colored beds, I made a Halloween campsite with the campfire. I then used a trick from SystemZee to place the bed a block down and cover it with carpet in order to make it look like a sleeping bag.

The hardest ones to use were the items you can’t place like armor. I used an armor stand for one set of armor, but the rest had to go into a chest since I could only use one armor stand. Most of the unplaceable items went into chests, except for one that could be used in an item frame.

You can see some of the photos I took while working on it over on Instagram.


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The Herobrine Exists Theory

With the revival of Minecraft, there comes many new videos and theories about the game’s hidden lore. The YouTube channel The Game Theorists is just one of those looking into various theories.

It is pretty obvious that some kind of civilization existed before you (the player) arrived. There are ruined structures, like the temples and the strongholds. And it seems that civilization is trying to start up again, hence the villagers.

With it being October, I plan to tell a ghost story–a Minecraft ghost story. You guess it. It’s a theory about Herobrine. (Not that big of a surprise since it was in the title.)

Supposedly, Herobrine is a mob or something that appears in worlds at random. He is always seen from a distance and vanishes. He looks like the default Steve character, except for glowing eyes. Some believe him to be a ghost or a glitch in the game code. But, maybe, he’s supposed to be there.

Maybe, he’s one of the ancient builders.

Obviously, something happened to the previous builders. What it was is up for debate. The Game Theorists say that the builders accidentally unleashed the Wither; they couldn’t beat it so they had to retreat to strongholds. They then evacuated to the End.

However it happened, the point remains that they had portal technology. They could go to the Nether or to the End. What if there was a lab accident while working on the prototype? And let’s say a guy who looks like Steve is caught in the blast. He is then trapped between worlds, blinking in and out. Maybe Herobrine is just trapped.

Or Herobrine could be something even more. Maybe he knew that their civilization was dying but wanted to warn the next one so he made a time machine, but it malfunctioned and he is phasing in and out of time. Wouldn’t that be something if he was a messenger trying to prevent history from repeating itself?

So next time you hear a story about someone seeing Herobrine, don’t laugh because it just might be some lost soul.

Happy Halloween.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Storycraft and Minecraft

I watch a lot of Minecraft videos on YouTube–probably too many–particularity Yolocraft from Blitzwinger and UnlimtedMagic and Hermitcraft with Grian.

I was thinking about these videos while mindlessly (and then frustratingly) trying to level up my Minecraft villagers. When I finally got them done, I realized I’d set up a pretty good Minecraft world. I jokingly said that I should do my own server and call it Storycraft. It could be a place for writers and filmmakers. I mean, many of the Minecraft stuff is “make your own story.” Adventure maps, role-playing, and so on. Grian on Sept. 22 finished a saga where he was a hippie trying to get his time machine back from Area 77.

But then I just laughed and realized I shouldn’t try to play Minecraft when I have only had five hours of sleep.

What kind of funny “craft” ideas do you have for Minecraft? Do you think any writers or filmmakers would even be interested in a Storycraft idea? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

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Competition in Minecraft

It has not been easy assigning all the professions to the Minecraft villagers I added to my base, even in Creative Mode. I spawned them in but they would keep changing to random professions. I found out that they need a house, a bed, and their workstation–such as a barrel for a fisherman. (Check out these videos by Owen Adams on how to deal with villager jobs: one and two.)

Even with the workstation information, they would still flop randomly…or so it seemed. They were setting themselves to the crafting tables I had already in the base. I use barrels for storage and decoration so they kept assigning themselves to the barrels. I ended up having to remove my barrels, smokers, stonecutters, etc. Finally, they were sort of cooperating. I didn’t get rid of everything so they kept trying to work elsewhere.

Finally, I got it set up how I wanted. I then went to work on leveling them all up to Master. I got everyone to their “final form” except for the Shepherd. For some reason he got stuck at level 3. No matter how much time I gave him, he wouldn’t restock–even though his loom was two blocks away. I figured it was a bug and got another Shepherd. Still didn’t work. Maybe he was assigned to another loom. I removed the loom and the Shepherd changed professions, so it was the right workstation.

I could not get the lazy shepherd to do his job. I even tried coxing him into work by shoving him over to the loom. I knew that wouldn’t work, but it was still fun.

I then thought that maybe there was some weird requirement. He’s a shepherd; maybe he needs to be outside with the sheep. I set up a workstation out in the animal farm with the cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep. Nope. This one got stuck at level 3 too.

I sighed and returned to the other shepherd only to discover he’d restocked his items. In fact, he now restocked so fast that he’d have new items before I would empty out his stock.

“Sure,” I said. “Now that there’s some competition you work.”

See, even in the world of Minecraft, competition is an important thing.

What kind of bugs have you encountered with Minecraft? Do you think a competition system would be a great addition to the game? For instance, you trade a lot with one shepherd then start treading with another; but when you return to the first, the prices have dropped. Let’s discuss in the comments below.

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