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Why is Minecraft So Pixelated/Blocky?

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avatar BNKookie
Level 58 : Grandmaster Technomancer
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When I'm playing Minecraft and my parents walk into my room and see my computer, they say, "Dang, that are some pretty bad graphics right there. I wonder why it's so popular. Why don't you play another game that has better quality?" And I tell them, "That's how its supposed to be." Then they look confused and just leave. But why pixels for texture?

Easy Building


Minecraft is a 3-D simulation game of surviving in the wild. You build stuff with ease since each block stacks on top of each other, like Legos. But lets say for another 3-D sandbox game, like Gmod. I find it EXTREMELY hard to build when I build. Why? Because everything is unproportional. You have objects and no set measurements. You just kinda have to guesstimate. Another example. Try building a hotel in Gmod, and in Minecraft. And lets admit it, unless your an expert builder in Gmod, its gonna be pretty hard to build a hotel wall for wall.

Matching Squares


Now to the graphics. Minecraft has blocks 1 Meter wide and tall to build right? Well since everything else is square, why not make the textures square? Besides, since it has a (somewhat) low quality resolution, things will be easier to render and making the buyers of Minecraft, buy more. It gives everyone a chance to play if you have a potato for a computer. And if you want a higher quality texture pack, download one!

So the pixels are a great way to match the blocks themselves, and reduce lag. I'm not sure if Notch intended to do this exactly for these reasons, but all I know is that whatever he did, made 13 Million people bought the game on PC/Mac.
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12/27/2013 11:26 am
Level 36 : Artisan Creeper Hugger
Lego_Master11
It could also be because all the "new and good" games have HD, amazing graphics and other stuff, so maybe Notch wanted to show people the "old and good" and state that games dont need HD and amazing graphics to be a good game
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12/26/2013 5:47 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Electrician
-WaffleKing-
Being realistic would be kinda scary tbh if your building.
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12/26/2013 11:44 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Pirate
stembers123
Well if the minecraft texture is bothering you i recommend the Vattic's faithful pretty much the same as the default texture but not so much pixelated
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12/25/2013 11:15 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Cowboy
SnargleBlargle
Apparently your parents didn't grow up with video games, nor have they ever seen 8 bit games in their lives.
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12/25/2013 2:04 pm
Level 26 : Expert Dragonborn
Wolf_paladin
It was not actually intentional,I remember Notch saying when he made the game it was not intended to be blocky
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12/25/2013 2:28 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Technomancer
BNKookie
Oh! Well I guess it ended up to be a benefit!
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