Mr. Sandman


Minecraft: Story Mode • Completed Chapter 2 of Episode 6 • 15G • 7.73% of gamers unlocked this

A bit of an opportunity session this morning, and while I still had Minecraft: Story Mode on the recently-played / pinned list on the Xbox, I figured it was a good a chance as any to grab an achievement and liberate myself from trying to squeeze in a gaming session tonight. Because, to be honest, I could really go for a few more hours sleep.

Unlike yesterday, I actually sat and watched a bit of this episode. Not through any great desire to engage with the story, but more out of a sense of ‘nothing better to do’. The morning wasn’t entirely wasted, I still managed to get my son dressed while tapping whatever input I felt like at the time to keep the story going, and the lack of a huge combat scene helped … though Chapter 2 largely concentrated on the death of a character (that’s not a spoiler … we meet him for about 30 seconds), and the subsequent detective work that Jesse et. al. put in to learn ‘why’ he might have been killed.

I can kind of see what the intent behind Story Mode was. Almost like an episodic, monster-of-the-week style structure, that might have allowed it to continue in perpetuity. As Phil Spencer has alluded to in the past, the Xbox Game Pass is conducive to releasing episodic content like this, though I think it will take a different title to get me on-board after (and I know I’ve already whinged about this yesterday) the Story Mode season pass debacle.

With that in mind, there are plenty of fresh IPs waiting to be tapped, or even some older titles that could do with a reboot. If anyone has the sharp business mind needed to make it happen, it’s Phil Spencer.

In Phil We Trust.


Adventuring Time


Minecraft Pocket Edition: iOS • Discover 17 biomes • 40G • 5.77% of gamers unlocked this

Wednesdays continue to be the bane of my time-prescious existence, so while I had hoped to maybe tackle one or two Windows 10 achievements tonight, a quick dabble in iOS Minecraft saw me end up with this achievement after, strangely, being killed by a zombie.

I’m concious that I’m thinning out my backup options for times when I’m desperate, but I’m somewhat encouraged by Microsoft’s Windows 10 lineup – led by the recent announcement of Age of Empires IV, which gets me all sorts of excited. Of course, some of these titles are going to be highly dependent on my 2012 Macbook Pro being able to handle them, or whether the budget needs to extend to something a little more beefy. Time will tell.

Saddle Up


Minecraft Pocket Edition: iOS • Tame a horse • 20G • 14.45% of gamers unlocked this

I had zero intention of playing any Minecraft today, but I wanted to check-in and see where things were at in light of the recent announcement about ‘Minecon Earth’, the new global Minecraft convention, designed to be more inclusive of players rather than a discreet event in a single city. I love the concept, but I’m not really a Minecraft player, and I’m probably too far behind to catch up and learn every single eccentricity needed to be a true Minecraft master, but I can appreciate it as a learning tool and an accessible game that kids (and adults) are using to simply have fun.

With an after-work event planned, I’m travelling light today, so it’s just me an my iPhone in terms of Minecraft options, so I popped my head into the latest build of Pocket Edition to see what’s happening. I heard a rumour that there was going to be integration between iOS, PC and Console, so I figured now was a good a time as any to see what I had on offer, and so I created a new world and spawned in.

Now, despite being a Minecraft novice, I have a good idea how to create a crafting table, get myself a sword and a shovel and build a basic home. I never really play long enough to go out at night and fight monsters, and because I’m still not very good at building beds, I get sick of staring at a black screen during the Minecraft nights and eventually switch off. Nonetheless, I started with what I was good at, and built my sword and my shovel, and wandered over to a nearby black and dotty horse to attack it … just because. Instead, my fat, chubby fingers just ended up making me mount it, and soon after the achievement unlocked (To cut a long story short, I ended up jumping off and killing the horse as well – unlocking me another achievement in the process for harvesting leather).

So, I’m going to claim that as my achievement for today, but more importantly, it’s left me confused about what other achievements I haven’t unlocked in Minecraft. The in-game list doesn’t show either of the achievements I earned today on it (the Xbox App does and my gamerscore reflects the achievements, otherwise I wouldn’t claim them) so I suspect that there’s probably a few pieces of low-hanging fruit available for me on iOS Minecraft. I’m going to do a bit of an audit and see what’s left on the list (via the App rather than the game) and keep them in my back pocket for those pressure days.