No, I’m not a zombie. Yesterday I was doing Kindle Fire stuff, and released 1.18.5 stability update with all the touch issues fixed. Hooray. I will write more about it later.
Today it’s back to electricity, and I’ve got something to show you this time. A pretty long video in fact, took me almost 2 hours to make:
I think electricity is about 50% complete at the moment. Next thing to add will be pressure plates and a memory cell, a single bit of course :-) (so that you don’t have to make your own flip-flops when you want something more advanced). Then some sort of light indicator you can attach to the wire and see the state.
Comparing Survivalcraft electricity to Minecraft redstone:
Redstone conceptually works on a lower level, about the level of transistors and diodes. There are no such things in Minecraft of course, but redstone devices are pretty close to that. Survivalcraft works slightly above that, on the level of logic gates. That means you don’t have to make your own gates out of redstone torches and other stuff, and so the logic can be smaller and cleaner. On the other hand, Minecraft gives you more control and a bigger ego boost once you build something.
What I really like about Survivalcraft are the wires. The key thing is that you can have them on all 6 faces independently, unlike in Minecraft, where redstone wire always occupies the entire block. The wires connect intelligently, and you can always see the connections. And it’s all done with just the 4 bits of extra data each block has assigned to it. Magic. How would you do 6 independent wires with just 4 bits without magic?
Took a long time to get right. This is by far the most advanced block mechanics the game has so far.