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Creativity in Minecraft

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avatar GingerBraFace
Level 27 : Expert Scribe
After playing on many servers, I have found that the first thing people tend to do in Minecraft, after starting on a new world, is they punch trees, get planks, and make a 4x5 wooden shack. They then put a crafting bench in it, and make a door. Then, they spend the first night in darkness, and go out to find food the next morning.
My point is, that people seem to always go for the crappy shack option. My preference is usually: find a spot where I want to build my home, dig a 2x2 helix stair shaft down to level 12, and dig there untill I have enough resources to build a nice house.
So why does this matter? After talking to a few Minecraft builders, I found that very few of them play in survival much at all. Builders don't seem to play much surival. Which I think is a bit weird. The few builders I have met who play survival, build really amazing things in survival, which act as centrepieces on servers. I sometimes join and am met by this conversation:
<Admin> Hello!
<Other guy who has been playing for a while> Check out builder guy's castle, it's amazing!
<Builder Guy> Admin, can you TP him to me?
I am always interested to see what people make, and there is something about people who play survival, for the purpose of building... When they are ristricted by the amount of resources, when they don't have diamond, and gold blocks as an option, and when mossy bricks are a rarity, then they will build something truely acceptional.
I really like building with restrictions. Not being able to fly is one of them! Building something that looks cool in creative is one thing. But building the same thing in survival is a whole other thing! But, when you've completed it, you'll love your achivement all the more!

03/03/2013 10:12 am
Level 26 : Expert Zombie
im a buider on a few servers and i dont play survival much but when i do my first house. most of the time a 10 by 20 wood house then i make it bigger and better but befor i do that i kill 3 sheep and make a bed. just sleep in a hole for the first night or if wood is hard to find i might sleep in a other hole till i find a good place to build
03/03/2013 6:34 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Engineer
I try to make my builds as pretty as possible. Instead of a little wooden shack I construct the first room of my building and just keep on adding to it.
03/03/2013 6:19 am
Level 26 : Expert Mountaineer
Clever, diamond for you.
03/03/2013 12:39 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
I go for that nether style house!! Lots of fire and lava.. Haha.
03/02/2013 4:04 pm
Level 23 : Expert Taco
I usually work with cobble stone, logs and planks for my first house, I try to get get glass as soon as possible, it's a pet peeve if something doesn't look nice, I stop building wooden shacks along time ago, and I'm trying to include more advanced designs then stone corners, and bottom layer, glass, logs then planks, and am I the only one who thinks not having a floor is kind of annoying?( i just replace the grass/ dirt with wooden planks until I make a bigger home)
03/02/2013 2:36 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Ninja
my brother tells me this all the time
03/02/2013 10:37 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Pirate
I build cool things all the time (I'm so modest, aren't I?) in survival, I don't see what some people are complaining about when it comes to resources.
03/02/2013 10:03 am
Level 48 : Master Technomancer
I don't really agree, most likely because I like to build things a lot larger than small wood houses. However, I use creative because it allows me to express my creativity and love for architecture without needing to mine every single block that I use, which becomes tedious.

I don't agree that building something in survival makes it more impressive; I believe that the architectural quality and thought put into it are what makes it impressive. No need to spend hours of boredom mining things when you can do the exact same without doing that.

Just my two cents though, nice blog anyways. :)
03/02/2013 6:49 pm
Level 1 : New Miner

The second effort comes ahead of creativity is when you're not judging a creative work.
03/02/2013 10:33 am
Level 29 : Expert Spelunker
I agree
03/02/2013 9:39 am
Level 39 : Artisan Creeper
I agree. It's nice to see a Minecraft-related blog!
03/02/2013 7:11 am
Level 1 : New Miner
The FIRST blog I've seen here that is even remotely about MineCraft let alone 100% true. +1
03/02/2013 2:26 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Skinner
Build in survival mode for the challenge! I agree, it's a bit more fun being restricted by what materials you have available. It encourages more creative thinking, and resource management. Building your 1000x1000 castle is not impossible in survival mode, but it is extremely time consuming. When you do finish it, though, you'll have something to be proud of!
03/01/2013 9:14 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Architect
I agree with you about the survival builds! They are very cool an give a very nice feeling to the mind that says "DAM THAT COOL!" In creative you tend to just build and plan a little. But when you build in survival you have more time to think and plan your builds!
03/01/2013 6:14 pm
Level 23 : Expert Engineer
my dad built the sphinx and the pyramid on my profile in survival, i only used creative for better angles
03/01/2013 6:01 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Turtle
I imagine the 4x5 wooden shack is just a starting home. I now my shack was whilst I was building a mansion.
03/01/2013 4:47 pm
Level 29 : Expert Architect
Was that skull in the picture built in survival?
03/01/2013 4:51 pm
Level 27 : Expert Scribe
It was, but not by me. I would've credited but I couldn't find out who made it.
03/01/2013 11:31 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Pokemon
03/01/2013 11:08 am
Level 30 : Artisan Caveman
WOW awesome realy great creation with a long description :D "Diamond"
03/01/2013 9:48 am
Level 48 : Master Blacksmith
Well, to be entirely honest I think the question of whether something is built on survival on creative is not relevant when reviewing a build. What matters are what emotions the build makes come out, how interesting it is to look at, how well designed it is etc. I don't find it to be a merit if you've built something in survival, you've just chained your own creativity. Of course it is interesting to explore the ways of how to achieve creative-like results in survival, but the end result doesn't in my opinion have more "value", you just spent more time making it.
03/01/2013 10:54 am
Level 27 : Expert Scribe
I agree, restricting yourself is not the best way to unlock your potential. However, the experience of trying to recreate something you've made in creative, in survival mode, is a really rewarding experience. I think everybody should give it a try!
03/01/2013 9:17 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Explorer
i totally agree on this or like we say in france "je plussoie a mort!"
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