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Minecraft Running Slow? Try Our Top 5 Fixes!
Minecraft is a game that is still one of the most popular in the world. Despite this, many users who play the game don’t really have computers that are up to running the game. Although it may look retro in nature, under the hood it can be a strain on even some of the best computers. Therefore, in this guide I’m going to run down 5 ways to quickly give your Minecraft a performance boost!
Allocate Minecraft More RAM
Because Minecraft runs using Java it is automatically limited to only using 1GB of your computer’s memory, regardless of how much you actually have fitted in your computer! In the past the process of allocating more RAM to Minecraft was a pain, but thanks to the work of the developers it has recently become much easier.
When you first open the Minecraft launcher there will be an option in the bottom left hand corner to “Edit Profile…”. When this menu is open you can change the value in the ‘JVM Arguments’ box to allocate more RAM to Minecraft. As easy as that!
Install 64-bit Java
As you may already know, if you try to turn the Render Distance up to ‘Far’, Minecraft will warn you to install 64-bit Java. This version of Java is a newer, sleeker version designed to make full use of the power of 64-bit Operating Systems.
If you believe that you have a 64-bit OS on your computer and you haven’t already got the newest version of Java installed then you’re wasting some of your computer’s power. Once you’ve install Java and got everything set up you should notice a boost to the FPS and overall performance of your game. For more information on how use 64-bit Java click here.
On a less technical note, running other programs in the background can significantly reduce the speed at which Minecraft can run. Programs such as iTunes, Media Player or even a web browser can take up valuable processing power that your computer could otherwise use to make Minecraft run faster.
Closing programs and opening up your Task Manager to see what is taking up the most resources is an excellent place to get started when trying to speed up Minecraft.
Turn Down the Video Settings
It may not be particularly glamorous, but playing Minecraft on lower video settings is better than not being able to play it at all!
The key settings that you will want turn down are Render Distance, Smooth Lighting, and Graphics. These are the factors which contribute the most to the load Minecraft will have upon your computer, the other settings such as Clouds and Particles can also be played around with to make your computer go that little bit faster.
There is also one other setting that can sometimes do miracles for the speed of your Minecraft client…
Turn on Advanced OpenGL
This is one of the most simple fixes here, but it also has the potential to be the most effective. Turning on ‘Advanced OpenGL’ in the afore-mentioned Video Settings menu is an excellent way to give your computer a performance boost in some instances.
Advanced OpenGL is a setting which is particularly effective in cases where a computer has a better processor than it does a graphics card. This can take some trial and effort to decide so play with the setting until you decide which makes Minecraft run smoother.
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Ingress - Cyber Warfare in Your Neighborhood
I’ve been playing this, virtual/non-virtual game called Ingress lately, Ingress is (arguably) a game where there are two warring factions. Each faction needs to capture portals and the portals are found near real life historical buildings, statues, monuments, fountains and other noteworthy places that you might stumble across in your real life travels. The goal of Ingress is to capture these portals for your own faction, and generate Exotic Matter (XM) and destroy the opposing faction’s portals to prevent them from securing the XM. After starting the app, creating your own hacker profile and choosing between The Enlightened and The Resistance as your faction, Ingress starts out with a voice on your device stating:
Can you hear me? It is important that you can hear me.
Do not be nervous.
This is routine.
You have downloaded what you believe to be a game, but it is not. Something is very wrong. There is an energy of unknown origin and intent seeping into our world. It is known as Exotic Matter.
Exotic Matter Portals
Exotic Matter, also known as XM, is both energy and matter, just as water is liquid, solid and vapor. It leaks into our dimension through Portals.
Ingress is a game where monuments and landmarks around in our world are portals, seeping this alien Exotic Matter (XM) into our world. Your goal as a player, is to physically go out and get close to it, hack the portal to receive items, data and more and deploy those items to claim the portal for your faction, and then hold it off from the rival faction. It’s tough to explain the game to someone who has not played it before, the game plays sort of as a science fiction Geocaching game. Geocaching is a GPS sort of game, where you take your device, travel to real life locations and locate treasure that another Geocacher (I really don’t know if that’s the term for it) has left there for you to find. Ingress however, does not usually contain any physical treasure but the game is done most often in urban areas with nothing but your Android device.
At least a couple of times a month, Ingress hosts these huge get togethers for the community to accomplish sending huge datafields across continents and countries. These are best organized on Ingress’ Official Google+ Page and Community. I’ve personally never been part of a global event such as an Ingress Operation, but they happen worldwide and every one of all ages are welcome to take part.
The Benefits of Playing Ingress
Ingress is a game that comes with benefits, personally in my case it motivates me to get out and move, sometimes, several laps around my hometown. The game has a big global community, often with local players just like you and me that you are able to communicate with within the game. Even though you are enemies inside Ingress, it’s important to know that the game wouldn’t be a game without the rivalry and that playing the game is what we enjoy doing. Apart from traveling and getting fresh air, each portal is attached to some local monument or place of interest, so it’s a good thing to take your eyes off of your device every now and then and really soak in the area where the portal is located. As I mentioned earlier, the portals can be found near statues, fountains, castles, rune stones, art pieces, museums, towers and more! I digress, but Ingress is definitely an app that helps me, a depressed agoraphobic with ADD with a huge passion for computers and the internet to get out into the world and enjoy it.
Ingress is available for free on the Google Play Market, if you are looking for a reason to get out and get some exercise, fresh air or to travel the world and see some sights!
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3 Indie Games on Kickstarter I Can’t Wait to Play
We the gamers find ourselves in this wonderful point of time where the fate of new games does not lie in the size of the development team, the graphics, or voice acting. Instead, the deciding factor now seems to lie in whether it’s how much we enjoy playing the game. Beginning with the popularity of Minecraft by Mojang AB, independent games have exploded in popularity recently.
It seems like every week, there is a new concept title with amazing, unique ideas and there is sure to be a flavor for everyone both young and old. To me, independent games stimulate the corner of our minds that most commercial titles don’t. So I decided to check out what’s new on Kickstarter, and come up with a list of three titles currently being funded. So let’s kick off this list of indie games that I personally can’t wait to play, if they do get funded!
- Estimated Release: TBD.
- Genre: Sci-fi, RPG.
- Platforms: Windows, Linux and Mac.
- Multiplayer: Yes.
- Steam Greenlight: Click to vote for Planets³ to be available on Steam!
Planets³ (pronounced Planets Cubed) is a 3 dimensional, open world, voxel-based, role-playing game being developed by Cubical Drift and currently looking for contributions with the aid of kickstarter. Planets³ combines the excitement of role-playing with the pleasure of construction and the boundless freedom to roam about in a 3D universe. The game will feature both single player and multiplayer modes where you can share your creations with your friends. Planets³ to me, seems like a cross between Minecraft, Starbound and maybe just a hint of Spore.
The synopsis for Planets³:
Aliens crashed onto the planet some years ago, but what happened to them? Where were they from? Why did they crash? Were there any survivors? To find out, you will have to solve a number of mysteries and build up your own world, before expanding into the universe. Many adventures await them and they’ll find plenty of help—and enemies—along the way. As they progress, they’ll be able to level up their character to achieve more and more freedom, till they can roam the universe in their own starship, which they may have created themselves.
You and your friends are adventuring on a planet’s surface, with your custom weapons, vehicles and armor designed by you-you look up into the sky and the view out into the rest of the universe is just like in reality, nearly endless. This means even from the surface of the planet you’re on, you’ll be able to see moons and other planets in the distance. If you played Spore, you will definitely be able to relate with the space portion of the game, once you’ve designed your own spaceship you’ll be able to take it out for a spin in Space and go to these other planets, solar systems, perhaps even galaxies!
- Estimated Release: December, 2014.
- Genre: Turn based tactical combat.
- Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac and browser compatible (Chrome, Firefox).
- Multiplayer: Yes.
- Steam Greenlight: Click to vote for Duelyst to be available on Steam!
Duelyst is best described as a turn based tactical squad combat game, with beautiful, deliciously pixellated graphics and animations being developed by Counterplay Games. Duelyst personally reminds me of Heroes of Might and Magic, but with an eastern, anime feel.
The game will not have a pay-to-win, free-to-play or subscription based, you will purchase Duelyst once, play it and enjoy it forever. A pricing model that is totally The Noob Networks approved! ;)
The rules of Duelyst:
The game’s squad-based combat will take place on a tactical map for those intense, fast-paced 1v1 battles with the simple winning objective of defeating your opponent’s General.
Factions in Duelyst:
There are 5 planned playable factions in Duelyst: Songhai Empire, Lyonar Kingdom, Vetruvian Empire, Sharian Host, The Abyssian.
Game modes in Duelyst:
- Ranked Draft: Each player forms their battle squad from the entire collection of units and spells available in the game in a “draft” format. Each turn will last 90 seconds in a multiplayer head-to-head synchronous live game.
- Ranked Normal: Each player creates their own unique squad of units and spells from their own collection of units. Each turn will last 90 seconds in a multiplayer head-to-head synchronous live game.
- Practice Casual: Non-ranked play with no limit to the length of time for each turn. Submit your turn in asynchronous play (eg. “play by email”).
- Single Player: Practice and challenge yourself against the AI. Earn new units and spells as you progress in the practice mode.
- Estimated Release: First Quarter, 2015.
- Genre: Sci-fi, RPG.
- Platforms: Windows first, OSX and iOS second, Linux and Android last.
- Multiplayer: Yes.
- Steam Greenlight: Click to vote for Proven Lands to be available on Steam!
About Proven Lands
Proven Lands is a game not too different from Planets³ above but the game relies more upon spherical shapes and an AI storyteller, what the developers call a “Meta Game Engine”. The Meta Game Engine (MGE) is described sort of like the dungeon master for those familiar with Dungeons & Dragons, an AI that randomly decides what may happen in your story, how your character feels and what you need to do to improve your situation.
Proven Lands will keep you busy battling thirst, hunger, oxygen deprivation and dwindling energy supplies, but as soon you’ve balanced all these needs out and gathered enough resources, you can set off and seek out for new civilizations in the universe.
The planet you are on is procedurally generated in chunks, just like Minecraft. But while Minecraft is a flat almost endless world, Proven Lands is a planet, so you will have a large area but it’s spherical. So taking this fact, along with the multi-faceted quest engine that is the MGE, every new science fiction hero or heroine you will create in Proven Lands, will have their own unique storyline, environment and experience.
Proven Lands will feature all the fun stuff of the classic survival games out right now, such as crafting, survival, companions, space, combat and multiplayer. Proven Lands relies heavily on procedurally generated content, but will also be extremely mod friendly. As the video above states, they want you, the player, the modder, to take their engine and put it to its limits, why not create a fantasy mod and have it run in Proven Lands engine? Not only will the planet you start out on have a random landscape with random topography, but random plants, plant names, creature names and more!
What do you think?
Do you have a game in mind that you feel got left out, do you know a game that you would like to have a post be about? Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the post! Comments mean a lot to me and encourage me to write more.
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