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Minecraft 1.7 update goes live: List of changes – plus trailer

A couple of weeks ago we told you that Notch — the creator of the hugely popular indie game Minecraft — had revealed a few details for the much-anticipated 1.7 update, which as we mentioned was going to bring some rather interesting changes. However, what we didn’t provide our readers with at the time was an exact date as to when the update would be arriving.

The great news is that the Minecraft 1.7 update has now been released by Mojang, although many fans may be left slightly disappointed as it’s unfortunately not the ‘Adventure Update’ that they were expecting. According to a recent article by John Jacques over on the website, the adventure update — which Notch claims would ‘flesh out the game a bit’ — will be the 1.8 version instead.

Version 1.7 only brings a small amount of changes compared to other Minecraft updates, with the new pistons probably being the most anticipated. The pistons will enable players to utilize the power of movement to shove up to 12 blocks, depending on the blocks’ position compared to the piston block. Gamers can also use the pistons as a floodgate, pushing lava or water in order to create a flow of liquid.

The push pistons can also be used to push either the mobs or players, as well as dropped items. Meanwhile, the pull piston will extend a platform to interact with a neighboring block. You can read more about the new pistons via the link here. Another new feature that the 1.7 update has provided is shears, which will enable users to right-click sheep to earn themselves some wool without the need to harm them.

However, you will need two pieces of iron to craft the new shears. Players will also be able to use shears to collect leaves, which means that building hedges will no longer need the destruction of trees and an intimate placement. After downloading the Minecraft 1.7 update, players will also discover that the cobblestone and brick blocks have new textures and fences will now be stackable.

The 1.7 update has also made it so that the breaking texture animation now has a higher opacity, and the single slabs will use the bottom half of the full block texture. As Ryan Blanchard notes in his article, although the pistons may not seem too exciting on their own, creative gamers will no doubt find some rather interesting and exciting ways to use them.

We have embedded a trailer below this post, to give you an idea of what the pistons can possibly be used for. What do you think about the Minecraft 1.7 update?

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Written by Tina Chubb

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