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You Should Play Minecraft Again – Here’s Why

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Ah, Minecraft. If it brings back memories of free time in the elementary school computer lab, you’re not alone. With the holiday break right around the corner, Minecraft time allows for a relaxing time browsing biomes, without the stress of finals looming over you. This holiday season is different from previous years, as Mojang recently released their 1.18.0 update, which results in breathtaking landscape generation to explore. Here, we will be discussing what has changed within the game in the past year – and why it’s a must-play this holiday break.

World generation.

You will be amazed at how beautiful the world generation has come. Gone are the days of missing chunks and clunky biome transitions. From carefully crafted mountains to cave biomes, you can spend hours exploring the new world generation in itself!

Height limit increase.

If you love to build skyscrapers while playing, you’re in luck! With the most recent updates, vertical building boundaries have increased from the previously seen Y-coordinates of zero to 256, to a whopping -64 to 320 height boundary! With 64 additional blocks in either vertical direction, you can easily build the 100 storey building of your dreams.


Copper is a new addition to the ore family, providing a way to craft some new additions such as lightning rods and spyglass. Copper oxides over time, so if you’re looking for new building materials for ruins, this is a great option!


Decorating your base is such a fun aspect of Minecraft, However there are not many decor-based items to use. With the addition of candles, you can add a homely feeling that torches couldn’t replicate.


It’s always a treat when a new animal is introduced to the game! They are found in mountain biomes and provide milk to the player, allowing for an additional source besides cows. Besides being cute, two percent of all spawned goats are equipped with the “screaming goat” trait!

This is only a glimpse of the new items added to Minecraft within the past year. Why not take some time over the holidays to explore the dozens of new additions to the game?

Savannah is currently in her third year at Uvic, majoring in English and Business. When not swamped with studying, she can be found exploring downtown, drinking way too much coffee, reading, and enjoying the experiences UVic has to offer.
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