There are few developers as dedicated to keeping their product as frequently updated as Mojang with their smash-hit Minecraft. Even though the game is still in its beta stages, it has become one of the most popular titles on the market and is constantly receiving updates which continue to add new functionality.
When deciding what to add with each successive update, it’s no surprise that Notch of Mojang draws on the inspiration of popular mods that have been created by the community. Whether this is the inclusion of maps, or that of new creatures like wolves, Notch is constantly on the lookout, taking note of what the community wants most from Minecraft. Pistons are no different.
Originally introduced as a community mod, it was only a matter of time before they made their official appearance in the game. This is where update 1.7 comes in. Now, gamers will be able to craft their own pistons for use in all their block-pushing needs. While the item on its own may not seem incredibly exciting, creative players will be sure to find some exciting ways to make use of them. Just check out the trailer below to get an idea of what they can be used for.
Aas stated before, pistons seem capable of little more than pushing small groups of blocks around. While this may not be exciting, this new block will no doubt open up near-endless new opportunities for intrepid builders. Considering the fact that gamers have managed to build massive, complicated contraptions — like working calculators, clocks, and adding machines — out of seemingly very little material, it’s only a matter of time before the use of pistons pushes the imaginations of these builders even further.
It will definitely be interesting to see what people are able to come up with. Over time, it wouldn’t be surprising to see people developing simpler ways to perform mundane activities within the game with the assistance of pistons. Imagine using a complex series of pistons to create moving terrain or creating complete moving structures. This new update has opened up more possibilities than one may expect.
While it may still be a while before update 1.8 and its inclusion of an adventure mode see the light of day, there’s no doubt that gamers still have a lot to explore and experiment with in Minecraft, especially with a release for Xbox 360 in the works. If someone can recreate a Zelda game within the Minecraft engine, there’s no telling what the future may hold for its development.
What do you plan to use pistons for? What new features would you like to see added in the next update?
Minecraft is currently available in beta form and will officially release for PC, Mac, and Linux in November of 2011. Update 1.7 is out now.
Source: TeamMojang’s YouTube Channel