State of The Game (January 2017)

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State of The Game (January 2017)

by tinoesroho » Post

It's been just over five years since development on the 0.4.x branch began (wow, time passes fast). I still have a copy of the 2012-01-22 release on my desktop and occasionally play it. In the time since then, Minetest-engine has come a long ways - both performance-wise and feature-wise. It also has two major forks in the form of Voxelands (based on 0.3.x) and Freeminer (0.4.x-bleedingedge).

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Versions of Minetest have appeared on Android. The first releases were unofficial, though the Minetest team now maintains an official version. Minetest can run on Windows (XP-10), MacOS(10.7+), *BSD, and Linux. A port to iOS is theoretically possible, but has not yet occurred.

Minetest-game: No real change
Minetest-game has not changed much between 2013 (when farming and diamonds were added) to 2017. Lua-based mob mods have not been merged into the game. Reportedly, a separate mobs API in the minetest-engine is planned. However, Minetest-game remains unfinished - the foundation for players to build their own game.

Core Engine Features
Basic animations are possible, though few blended animations exist. Entity attachment is still terrible for moving objects. Modders should simply change player model and attributes instead of attaching player model to entities.

Worlds are still 64 square kilometers. Round worlds are theoretically possible, but will require substantial modification to the engine.

LuaJIT support has been standard since 2014. For large servers, many database platforms are supported.

With changes made to Irrlicht upstream and changes made to Minetest-engine, gamepad support is now possible, though not mapped by default. Split-screen can theoretically be done by running two copies of minetest on one machine, one with gamepad enabled.
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There have - quite obviously - been many engine tweaks and improvements over the past year. Can you elaborate?
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Re: State of The Game (January 2017)

by Robsoie » Post

Round worlds are theoretically possible, but will require substantial modification to the engine.
Check this :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztAg643gJBA
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=15643
There's a build available to test and it's rather amazing.

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Re: State of The Game (January 2017)

by crazy_baboon » Post

where can we download old minetest 0.4.x? 0.4.3 for example?

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Re: State of The Game (January 2017)

by Krock » Post

crazy_baboon wrote:where can we download old minetest 0.4.x? 0.4.3 for example?
The same question was answered here: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=15223
If you are on Windows, you will find the stable builds here easily: http://c55.me/minetest2/download.php
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Re: State of The Game (January 2017)

by GreenXenith » Post

tinoesroho wrote:Worlds are still 64 square kilometers.
Um, what? I am fairly sure It only became 62 square kilometers (yes it is 62, not 64) in version 0.4.14 (that or 0.4.13, but I am certain it was 0.4.14). Before then, it was only 32 square kilometers.
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Re: State of The Game (January 2017)

by rubenwardy » Post

the size of the world has not changed

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Re: State of The Game (January 2017)

by kaadmy » Post

Minetest cannot ever be on the iOS app store due to legal issues with using the LGPL license.
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Re: State of The Game (January 2017)

by sorcerykid » Post

kaadmy wrote:Minetest cannot ever be on the iOS app store due to legal issues with using the LGPL license.
Porting to iOS does not require inclusion in the App Store.

There are Cydia repositories after all.

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