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Difference between this and Minecraft

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So what's the actual difference between this and minecraft?

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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this is not owned by microsoft :P
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by Fixer » Post

Minetest is an open-source engine with simple semi-sandbox/survival-like game included, that is also moddable out of the box, it is not a true clone of minecraft, but shares some similarities.

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by rgh » Post

£17.95 isn't the correct answer?

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by Gael de Sailly » Post

Hello RandomPlayer and welcome :)

Yeah Minetest is a game that is quite similar to Minecraft, but not identical. In fact, it takes up a similar game principle (voxel sandbox game), but the development is completely independant and both games are more and more diverging. Developers have never wanted a perfect Minecraft clone. (Purists will say it's actually a clone of InfiniMiner, I don't see what it changes, the fact is it's still very close to Minecraft). Sometimes we see new players that expect a perfect clone and ask us to change things "like in Minecraft". This is not the direction the development is taking.

Minetest is made to be more flexible, that's why it's called a game engine. You can redefine all from scratch (except internal things like voxels), all blocks, all entities, etc, with subgames.

The engine is coded in C++ (while Minecraft is in Java), and mods are in Lua, particularly easy language. You can try to code some things with only basic programming skills.

Some details makes a difference too, like vertical size of the world. In Minetest you can go 30.9k nodes up and down.

The community, also, is different. Much smaller. You can see this as a good or a bad thing. Personally I like this small community. I feel very close to other modders, and even developers. I consider some of them as friends.

This comparison between Minetest and Minecraft is a recurring topic on the forum:
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Just realize how bored we would be if the world was perfect.

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by benrob0329 » Post

Minetest is an engine for voxel-style games, while Minecraft is a full game. Minecraft took some of the ideas behind Infiniminer and turned them into a full on sandbox game. Minetest took the graphical style of Minecraft and first made a game, then made an engine to lower the bar for other's looking to make games.
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by Wuzzy » Post

We even answered this in the FAQ (more or less) …
https://wiki.minetest.net/Differences_from_Minecraft

Oh, and obviously, I need to plug MineClone 2 here:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=16407
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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Wuzzy wrote:We even answered this in the FAQ (more or less) …
https://wiki.minetest.net/Differences_from_Minecraft
Oh, I didn't even know that exsited. Guess I'll have to show it to my friends next time they say that Minetest is an open source version of Minecr*ft.
Wuzzy wrote:Oh, and obviously, I need to plug MineClone 2 here:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=16407
Aw man, I think my ad-blocker isn't working today. ;)

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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BBmine wrote:
Wuzzy wrote:We even answered this in the FAQ (more or less) …
https://wiki.minetest.net/Differences_from_Minecraft
Oh, I didn't even know that exsited. Guess I'll have to show it to my friends next time they say that Minetest is an open source version of Minecr*ft.
No, i don`t quite agree with you. Minetest is not source version of Minecraft and any player can not say it even who is playing Minetest first time.

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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Andrey01 wrote:
BBmine wrote:
Wuzzy wrote:We even answered this in the FAQ (more or less) …
https://wiki.minetest.net/Differences_from_Minecraft
Oh, I didn't even know that exsited. Guess I'll have to show it to my friends next time they say that Minetest is an open source version of Minecr*ft.
No, i don`t quite agree with you. Minetest is not source version of Minecraft and any player can not say it even who is playing Minetest first time.
That's what I was saying...

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by Gael de Sailly » Post

BBmine wrote:Guess I'll have to show it to my friends next time they say that Minetest is an open source version of Minecr*ft.
If I understand well he is criticizing people that say that, rather than saying it himself.
Just realize how bored we would be if the world was perfect.

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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BBmine wrote: That's what I was saying...
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by Vapalus » Post

Minetest and Minecraft are like Linux and Windows.
One is to build for yourself and free, the other is completely pre-configured and costs money.
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by Mallen » Post

Vapalus wrote:Minetest and Minecraft are like Linux and Windows.
One is to build for yourself and free, the other is completely pre-configured and costs money.
Right, but I think that Windows is better compared with Minecraft. You can run Minetest on Windows without any problems. If you want to modding Minecraft its more difficult. I played Minecraft since 2011 but I changed to Minetest last year. Minetest is great!.

Minecraft ist good for casual players which want to have a good experience without any mods. If you want to change the game completly its better that you play Minetest.


Imagine if Minetest would have the size of a community like Minecraft. It would be better for many people too. They don't have to pay 20€ or dollars. I'm not sure why they want to play Minecraft. I'm sure that the most people don't know about Minetest.

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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I play minecraft, too, mostly because it's easier in most cases.
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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I like how people hate MC, because decently made games are evil right? MT is an engine, with a few good games for it. You cannot directly compare an engine to the game it was made to parody, its apples and pears.
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

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benrob0329 wrote:I like how people hate MC, because decently made games are evil right? MT is an engine, with a few good games for it. You cannot directly compare an engine to the game it was made to parody, its apples and pears.
And pears are better.

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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by veriaqa » Post

From player only (not modder/programmer) point of view :

1. One is free, the other cost money
2. Fewer fan base/community vs bigger fan base/community
3. Fewer mods/resource packs vs plenty
4. Non-story vs story

The gameplay basically the same. You dig/mine blocks the you make things with those blocks.
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by Byakuren » Post

All gameplay in all games are basically the same, since they all involve inputting controls on a device and getting feedback from an output device.
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Re: Difference between this and Minecraft

by veriaqa » Post

You talk too technical and the most basic definition of games. I talk as a casual player who don't understand that mumbo jumbo talk input output whatsoever.

For me games have may types: RPG, shooter, adventure etc. And every one of those game's type plays differently. And both Minetest and Minecraft are from the same type and both play the same.
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