The Spawn Chunks 298: Pushback On Pistons

May 20, 2024 | podcast

Joel, and Jonny celebrate 15 years of Minecraft talking changes to witch drops, and piston sounds in the latest snapshot, then answer listener email about cold crops, music on repeat, and the elements of inventory sorting.

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      • The send-off for the last three chunks, and the platform with the Ancient City, brought 11 players together, and killed three of them. Fortunately all deaths were revived!
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FROM: Kraggle09
SUBJECT: Freezing Crops

Hey Pix, and Joel!

I was listening to Episode 293, and in it Joel brought up the idea of being able to stop crop growth, or in other words, freeze it. This reminded me of a Minecraft Feedback post I saw around a year ago, which suggested putting ice underneath farmland to freeze crops, therefore stopping growth. I was curious what you guys thought of the idea, and whether there would be any balancing needed for the feature.

Kraggle09 clonked every mob in the game with a mace, except for the Warden, which killed him with a Sonic boom before he could.

FROM: Input Output
SUBJECT: About Those New Music Tracks

Hallo!

Frequent listener of the podcast here just telling what I’ve picked up from the new tracks after listening to the latest podcast.

If you actually listen closely to all nine ambient tracks three of them do in fact contain motifs from previous soundtracks, one by each composer. In “Endless” the main theme is taken from “Infinite Amethyst” both Lena Raine tracks, “Komorebi” features the main motif from “Comforting Memories” both by Kumi Tamioka, and “Watcher” uses the midway motif from “Echo in the Wind” both of course by Aaron Cherof.

This seems both intentional, and coordinated surprisingly, maybe this hints that more intertwining of the past soundtracks will occur as the new artists begin to put out more tracks over time.

FROM: LT Astro
SUBJECT: Filling Out Four Elements

Hey Joel, and Pix,

I was recently listening to Episode 293 where you mentioned the four elemental paintings. This reminded me of a video I saw predicting that Minecraft is “filling out the four elements” through a mob, rod, ball, and weapon. (Sorry, I cannot find the original video creator.)

The examples given were Blaze, and Breeze for mob. (Wind, and fire.) Blaze, and breeze rods for rods (Wind, and fire.) Fire charge, and wind charge for balls (Wind ,and fire.) And the mace, and trident (Wind, and water.)

I’m interested in your opinions on this theory!

LTAstro was trying to take a selfie with a breeze, when it blew her into lava.

FROM: Dave V.
SUBJECT: Inventory And Chest Sorting

Hi there,

I am a new listener, and have been loving the podcast. I am recently returning to Minecraft four years after my last play and twelve years since my first intro to the game. I still love the game, and am slowly discovering all of the new updates since I last played but I was amazed to see that Mojang still hasn’t implemented a sort button in the chest, and player inventory UIs.

This seems like such a no brainer quality of life update that could easily be implemented. I know there are mods that do this in one way or another but as a vanilla purest I try not to mess with mods that usually break with every update.

Is this something you two have discussed on the pod before? I would love to hear your thoughts about this as a simple quality of life feature.

Thanks for the great work!

Dave died by swimming in lava while decorating his end portal

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