Achievements are a way to gradually guide new players into Minecraft and give them challenges to complete. Achievements were added to Minecraft on the 19th of April, 2011 in the Beta 1.5 update.
Speaking to Gamasutra, Notch said: “I like achievements. I know a lot of people don't, but I like them. I've had the idea to make achievements kind of like the in-game questing. So you'd be able to see the first achievement in a tree of achievements, and you unlock the top ones first before you can unlock the ones further down."
He also said: “So the first one might be to chop down a tree, or kill a chicken, and then these branch into more things you can do. Hopefully it would encourage people to try new areas. It could converge into a big task, like kill a dragon or something, which would put a kind of narrative into the achievement tree.”
Finally, asked if such a move would risk leading players down a preset path, rather than encouraging exploration and invention as Minecraft does in its current state, Notch said: “Definitely not. I’d want these achievements to feel like things you can try, rather than these are things you have to do. People can follow them, but only if they want to.”
The Beta 1.4 update was originally intended to include achievements and statistics; However, implementation was pulled from the release because it was not yet functional. It was implemented into Beta 1.5 instead.
Achievements can be completed in any game mode, including Creative.
List of achievementsEdit
|Icon||Achievement||In-game Description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)|
|Taking Inventory||Press 'E' to open your inventory.||None|| Open your inventory.
|Getting Wood||Attack a tree until a block of wood pops out||Taking Inventory|
|Benchmarking||Craft a workbench with four blocks of planks||Getting Wood|
|Time to Farm!||Use planks and sticks to make a hoe||Benchmarking||Pick up a Wooden Hoe from a Crafting Table or the ground.|
|Bake Bread||Turn wheat into bread||Time to Farm!||Pick up Bread from a Crafting Table or the ground.|
|The Lie||Wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs!||Time to Farm!||Pick up a Cake from a Crafting Table.|
|Test||Time to Strike!||Use planks and sticks to make a sword||Benchmarking||Pick up a Wooden Sword from a Crafting Table or the ground.|
|Test||Monster Hunter||Attack and destroy a monster||Time to Strike!|
|Test||Sniper Duel||Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters||Monster Hunter|
|Test||Cow Tipper||Harvest some leather||Time to Strike!||Pick up Leather from the ground.|
|Test||When Pigs Fly||Fly a pig off a cliff||Cow Tipper||Use a saddle to ride a pig, then have the pig (and you) get hurt from fall damage while riding it.|
|Test||Time to Mine!||Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe||Benchmarking||Pick up a Wooden Pickaxe from a Crafting Table.|
|Test||Getting an Upgrade||Construct a better pickaxe||Time to Mine!||Pick up a Stone Pickaxe from a Crafting Table.|
|Test||Hot Topic||Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks||Time to Mine!||Pick up a Furnace from a Crafting Table (crafted using Cobblestone blocks).|
|Test||Delicious Fish||Catch and cook fish.||Hot Topic||Remove a Cooked Fish from a Furnace.|
|Test||Acquire Hardware||Smelt an iron ingot||Hot Topic||Remove an Iron Ingot from a Furnace.|
|Test||On A Rail||Travel by minecart at least 1 km from where you started||Acquire Hardware||Travel by minecart to a point at least 1 km in a single direction from where you started.|
|Test||DIAMONDS!||Acquire diamonds with your iron tools||Acquire Hardware||Pick up a Diamond from a Crafting Table or the ground.|
|Test||Enchanter||Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table||DIAMONDS!||Pick up an Enchantment Table from a Crafting Table.|
|Test||Overkill||Deal eight hearts of damage in a single hit||Enchanter|
|Test||Librarian||Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table||Enchanter||Pick up a Bookshelf from a Crafting Table.|
|Test||We Need to Go Deeper||Build a portal to the Nether||DIAMONDS!||Enter a Nether Portal.|
|Test||Return to Sender||Destroy a Ghast with a fireball||We Need to Go Deeper|
|Test||Into Fire||Relieve a Blaze of its rod||We Need to Go Deeper||Pick up a Blaze Rod from a Crafting Table or the ground.|
|Test||Local Brewery||Brew a potion||Into Fire||Pick up a Potion from a Brewing Stand. An already-created potion placed and removed qualifies.|
|Test||The End?||Locate the End||Into Fire||Enter an End Portal.|
|Test||The End.||Defeat the Ender Dragon||The End?||Exit the End|
- For achievements which may be obtained by picking up items, transferring an item from a chest to your inventory does not qualify; you must throw the item on the ground first.
March 18th Update Edit
|“I worked on the achievement and stats system. One design issue was dealing with offline mode and syncing the achievements once you get a connection again, but that’s been solved. We’ve got a couple of people in the office who don’t like achievements in games at all, so the goal is to design something that they’re fine with.„|
Also, he added that Achievements will not be chores:
|“Achievements will NOT be chores like “cut down 10000 trees”, but rather challenges like “ride a pig off a cliff”. Stats, however, will be used to keep track of how many trees you have cut down. The long term plan is to show achievements and stats from the profile page on minecraft.net as well, in case you want to brag.„|
Minecraft's achievement system involves a tree composed of achievements, some of which must be completed before others can be. Originally the interface showed the achievement tree on the left, and a 'mini-map' of the tree on the right. The mini-map was removed in the final version, which now simply shows the tree. The background of the tree mimics the world with sand at the top with dirt spanning below, bedrock at the bottom, and ores distributed as they would be in the world.
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- Sniper Duel used to be unachievable under any circumstance, but was fixed in Version 1.1.
- As of beta version 1.7, achievements used to reset themselves when the game is exited.
- As of 1.0.0, there are exactly 27 achievements.
- Fake Achievements can be made using various sites.
- The first achievement confirmed by Notch was "When Pigs Fly", although it was more explained than named.
- "The Lie" achievement is a reference to the promised cake in the game Portal that is thought to be "a lie", and the Internet meme "The Cake is a Lie" that is of the same promised cake.
- Another reference to Valve's games is an achievement name "On A Rail", which is the title of one of the levels in Half-Life.
- You can reset all of your Achievements by deleting the "stats" folder in the .minecraft app data folder. Beware that it also resets Statistics.
- Completing achievements without their prerequisites will not count, despite the ability to do so legitimately.
- There are neither Gold Ores nor Lapis Lazuli ores in the Achievements Menu background.
- Contrary to popular misconception, "Achievement Get!" is not a grammatical error, but a deliberate reference to a decade-old proto-meme. Early screenshots of Super Mario Sunshine used the Japanese localization, and featured Mario grabbing a "Shine" item with the prominent text "Shine Get!". Due to the prominence of the game and the attention given to these screenshots, "Noun Get!" subsequently became a popular term used on image boards as post count benchmarks, which Notch occasionally visits.
- If you have a texture pack that edits item/block textures, they will show up in the achievement screen as those textures.
- An "Overkill" is "the use of excessive force or action that goes further than is necessary to achieve its goal, most commonly in acts of violence".
- "We Need To Go Deeper" is a reference to the movie Inception.
- "Return to Sender" refers to a message often written on non-personal letters, usually in case that a letter ends up at an incorrect address.
- A "Local Brewery" is a local place where they brew beer.
- Prior to Beta 1.9 pre-release 6, the image used by "The End." was that of a Monster Spawner; this was because the Dragon Egg was not implemented at that point. This was changed upon its addition.
See also Edit
- ↑ Gamasutra: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33220/Interview_Markus_Persson_On_Bringing_Achievements_to_Minecraft.php
- ↑ http://twitter.com/notch/status/53362371372138496
- ↑ The Word of Notch: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/3940195633/the-state-of-minecraft
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overkill