Ryan Wilson

Minecraft 1.6.6 Update Features Exorcism

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He may be gone, but I still feel like he’s watching me…always.

Those who have been playing Minecraft from its alpha stages should know the legend of Herobrine. Herobrine would appear in your game, smashing all the glass in your houses, building large structures deemed impossible by Minecraft’s seed generator, and leaving large groves of trees leaf-less. While griefers are to be expected in games allowing multiplayer, here’s the kicker with Herobrine: he started appearing in single-player games.

Notch has long denied the existence of the pupil-less Herobrine, which many believe to be the ghost of his deceased brother, but the number of encounters seemed too great to be mere coincidence.

That is until today, when the following changelist for update 1.6.6 was released:

+ Added a new use for bonemeal
* Changed the material of glowstone from “glass” to “stone”. This means you need a pickaxe to get resources from it
* Made glowstone drop more loot
* Made the recipe sizes for creating cloth blocks and glowstone blocks smaller (2×2 instead of 3×3)
* Re-introduced unlimited FPS, renamed the option again
* Fixed beds not working very well at all in SMP
* Fixed destroying a boat spawning the player too low, causing them to sometimes fall through the ground
* Boats float up to the surface quicker
* Boats falling down into water lose their vertical momentum very fast
* Removed Herobrine

That final line caused a chill down my spine. Was Herobrine real the whole time? And if so, can something that Notch has claimed was never coded in the first place really be destroyed?


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