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Minecraft Beta 1.6 Update Adds Player Crafted Maps, Multiplayer Nether, and More!

On Thursday, May 26th, Notch and Mojang released the much anticipated Minecraft Beta 1.6 release. This release adds a handful of new features to Minecraft including Player Crafted Maps, Multiplayer Nether, and hatches! The Beta 1.6 update requires both a client and server update. Read the full list of new Minecraft game features after the jump.

Use Charcoal for Fuel, It's Renewable and Easy to Craft

Today I was poking around the Minecraft Wiki trying to figure out some Minecraft crafting strategies. I found out that running around trying to find coal all the daytime hours in Minecraft is a total waste of time. Since Beta 1.2, Minecraft has had charcoal! Charcoal is now my favorite item in the game.

Minecraft Beta 1.5 Update Adds Lots of Cool New Features!

According to Notch's blog, the Minecraft Beta 1.5 Update released on April 19, 2011 contains some pretty cool new features to this already amazing sandbox game. The new game enhancements include:

  • Weather including Rain, Snow, and Thunder
  • Statistics
  • Achievements
  • Detector Rail
  • Booster Rail
  • Performance Enhancements

25% off Minecraft Beta


Minecraft beta is out now and Notch is currently offering his beauty of a game up for 25% off what the retail price will be when version 1 is released. I got my copy in Alpha, which was even cheaper if you can believe that. If you are into sandbox games, like to build stuff, or kill monsters, this game is for you.

The game is a bit addicting if you like to build stuff, as you basically have an endless supply of building materials once you get going. You will find yourself wanting to recreate many things you have always wanted to build. I started out first by building a castle. I used to love the old RTS castle games, so why not build my own castle in Minecraft to keep out the monsters.