What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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What reasons do you all individually have which attracted you to Minetest? Is it the fact that Minetest is free (gratis or libre)? Do you enjoy watching games grow from alphas into fully featured releases? Migrated from Minecraft for political or technical reasons?

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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AnxiousInfusion wrote:Migrated from Minecraft for political or technical reasons?
First yes (political AND technical reasons), but then I stayed because of modding and the fact that it’s free (in all meanings).

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originally i only knew minecraft, but was not interested, because it looked like a fusion of Zelda and building blocks.
then it became more popular, so i got interested too.
then i noticed that it was taken over by microsoft and no longer a free game.
then i remembered that almost everything has an alternate open-source version, so i searched for it and
then i found minetest.
then i was happy.
then i compared minetest with minecraft videos on youtube.
then i noticed that minetest is better than minecraft.
then ... some time passed.
then i saw this topic,
then i made this post.

EDIT: then i was awarded the prize for the most "then" in a single post.
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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I like it because it is open source and easy to mod. But the support for complex AI makes me a little disappoint.

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

by Don » Post

I try to only use open source software. My daughter wanted minecraft so I found minetest.
I stay because I enjoy modding and the community is great.
Many of my mods are now a part of Minetest-mods. A place where you know they are maintained!

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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The freedom to customize the game how I like, and I can take my time building things with out super hostile mobs attacking or explore the randomly generated world with out the threat of starving.

Plus it has a great community where people are open to ideas and help out with problems in the game.

I left a certain other game since it no longer caters to what I listed above.

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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I love Minetest because of the possibilities are limitless...

It is free and easy to mod.
It is a great platform for game creation.
The community is pretty awesome.

I love the fact that my seven year-old can ask me to make a this or make a that, and within a hour I can make new ores, weapons, mobs and test with him, and he loves it too.

There is some deeper pull to Minetest that I could even explain, It is just limitless and so much fun to create and explore that I don't think it is even possible for me to become bored with it.
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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It seems that almost everyone is here because of the freedom and opportunity. I guess I should also share my reasons. For me there is no single, significant feature that sparked my interest but instead a bunch of little things.

1. I have always hosted a vanilla (see: no mods!) Minecraft server for friends and family and I really like the idea that Minetest;
a) Has locked chests by default.
b) /sethome functionality built in.
c) interact-off is better than adventure mode for protecting a server from new, potentially malicious players.

2. It is much easier to introduce somebody to a game when it is free. I know several who would probably enjoy such a game, but couldn't be bothered to pay ~20 dollars just to see.

3. Unlike most games, which are focused on providing an experience, voxel builder games are more about creation. And since you'll want to preserve these creations, open source is much more suited to preserving these things. Minetest is the natural choice here.

4. There is no 256 block hight restriction. Finally tall towers can be built and airships can be made where they belong. And I have yet to experience multi-kilometer deep caving.

5. I am a Linux user and ever since the acquisition of Minecraft from Microsoft, there has been a looming expectation that Minecraft support for Linux will slowly erode.

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

by kaadmy » Post

I play Minetest because:
  • Minetest is free, unlike Minecraft
  • Minetest is Open-source, unlike Minecraft
  • Minetest has a good modding API(Although is is a bit rough in places)
  • Minetest has a good community :)
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AnxiousInfusion wrote: 5. I am a Linux user and ever since the acquisition of Minecraft from Microsoft, there has been a looming expectation that Minecraft support for Linux will slowly erode.
Just rename Minecraft.exe to Minecraft.jar. Havent played MC in a long time, so I dont know if that still works...

I came to Minetest because its free, the large selection of mods and how easy they are to install, the ready to help community, and its for linux.

Although I am quite disappointed that mobs have not been re-implemented into the game yet. Been waiting so long...
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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I love its speed on older hardware. Other 3D voxel games wouldn't run on my singlecore system - but if they would run, I would expect less FPS than with this software.
Also open-source is a good thing when you want to contribute to your favourite game.

Oh - about migrating from Minecraft. A friend asked me if I could check it out with his older account.
Fine, it started but soon it lagged so hard - the fun was gone. I doupt I had spent money for that game even if I had a better computer at that time.
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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What hardware are you running it on?

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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I like Minetest because:
  • The fact that there's no win or lose, you just mine and build. :D
  • It's open source!
  • You get to live in an alternate universe.
  • There's not a lot of odd hotkeys, just the WASD direction keys and I for inventory and a couple other stuff.
  • Old mods are compatible with new versions.
  • The minetest worlds are HUGE!
  • Lots of great servers!
  • Great forums!
I think that's about it.
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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  • It's free and open source.
    Low Bandwidth usage per second.
    No long waits of launching.
    Many mods.
    Great community and, servers.
    Mods always acceptable.
    No need download any other contact.
    Easy to mod.
    Meshes, and nodeboxing.
    No register needed.
    ±31,000 in all directions world size.
    Can create own subgame.
That about it..
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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Alt. Tester wrote:
  • [...]
    Low Bandwidth usage per second.
    [...]
That about it..
I think the worst part of MT at the moment is the networking...
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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  • It's free (both gratis and libre)!
  • Fully modifiable.
  • Portable.
  • Anybody can make own mod (or even subgame) easily (even a 12th~14th user can make it!).
  • Good community.
  • Can run on old computer.
  • Small amount of space used (~20MB! Compared to MC which has >100MB (I haven't play it, but my friend told me)).
I think that's it.
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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kaadmy wrote:I think the worst part of MT at the moment is the networking...
The whole interaction protocol seems to be extremely slow. Not only the network stack.

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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Because it's free and enjoyable, because I've never played minecraft, because I discovered later that it's easy to learn Lua. Unlike JavaScript. I tried learning JS once, here's how it went...

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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then i noticed that it was taken over by microsoft and no longer a free game.
it wasn’t a libre game in the first place but Microsoft definitely didn’t help!

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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The thing that drew me to minetest was the fact it was a lot like minecraft (which i played for many years before i gave up non-free software) and fully free software

you can mod it very easily and runs on low spec hardware
and just putting it out there...

Minetest for the n64 would be the greatest thing ever... just saying..
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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Freedom, money-wise and do-whatever-you-want-with-it wise.
Even if I had Minecraft, I'd still play Minetest frequently because I like experimenting with my software.... a lot.
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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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Kpenguin wrote:[...]
because I like experimenting with my software.... a lot.
Same :)
Recently I made my own branch of Assaultcube with Counterstrike gameplay, loadouts, smoke/flash nades etc.
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kaadmy wrote:
Kpenguin wrote:[...]
because I like experimenting with my software.... a lot.
Same :)
Recently I made my own branch of Assaultcube with Counterstrike gameplay, loadouts, smoke/flash nades etc.
Rely were is this branch?????

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Easy to mod.
World height.

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Re: What is it about Minetest that draws you to it?

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tomlukeywood wrote:
kaadmy wrote:
Kpenguin wrote:[...]
because I like experimenting with my software.... a lot.
Same :)
Recently I made my own branch of Assaultcube with Counterstrike gameplay, loadouts, smoke/flash nades etc.
Rely were is this branch?????
Haven't put it online yet :) It's buggy, and might not work too well, haven't tested with it much, and there's still some kown problems, and I still have to change the logos/icons for the licencing.

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