Games modding #1: Minecraft shaders

Let’s begin the year 2015 with a new category of posts, dedicated to the games modding: how to install and use external addons, mods and extensions to enhance your games. We’ll start with one of the most heavily modded game of all: Minecraft, in version 1.8. minecraft

Texture Packs

Here’s a selection of 16x, 32x and 64x beautiful, cartoonish and light texture packs, in order of appreciation. For the past days, I’m quite enjoying the 64x Soartex pack. Quick tip : if you come accross partial texture bug (rainbow colored grass or tree texture for instance), you will need to deactivate the “Connected texture” option in Video Settings > Quality > Connected Textures: Off.

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Soartex Fanver 1.8 texture pack (and SEUS shaderpack)

16×16 texture packs:

32×32 texture packs:

64×64 texture packs

For any other texture packs, have a look at www.planetminecraft.com, a great website for all minecraft resources.

ChromaHills texture pack
ChromaHills texture pack

Shaders for Minecraft 1.8

So, texturing was easy, now the big part: how to install shaders in Minecraft and make it look awesome! I’ve used elements of this great Gamekult post (FR), enhanced with an OptiFine installation to improve game performances and added few personnal tips and screens. Keep in mind that the installation comes in two parts : first install the Shaders Mod, then download and activate your favorite ShaderPack.

  • Make sure you have the last Java RE installed, 32b or 64b according to your system specs (Java 8 update 31 at this time).
  • From a clean Minecraft install execute the Launcher and click “New Profile”, then modify the version in the “Use version” section to “Release 1.8”.
  • Save and launch a new game
  • Quit the game and close the Launcher
  • Download the ASM v5.0.3 file and execute it. It will locate your .minecraft folder automatically.
  • Download the OptiFine 1.8.0 HD U B6 file and execute it. This specific version among all the ones available for 1.8 was required by the Shaders Mod Installer that you’ll launch next. You can execute the Shaders Mod first to see what OptiFine version is expected on your system.
  • Download and execute the Shaders Mod 1.8 Installer.
  • You can now execute the Minecraft Launcher and check the Profiles on the bottom left corner: choose the 1.8-OptiFine-ShadersMod profile.
  • Launch the game, go to the Options screen : a new Shaders entry has been created. Select it: the future shaderpacks you download should be put in the /shaderpacks folder to appear here:

shaders-selection

  • Last step : go to this MinecraftForum page that lists every shaderpack available for 1.8, download the ones you want. Some may not work on specific systems (Mac, Intel…), choose according to your tastes and configuration. I went for the famous Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders as well as the MrMeepz Shaderpack.
  • Download the shaderpack zip file and copy it to the /shaderpacks folder. No need to unzip.
  • Launch the game, go to Options > Shaders > Select it.
MrMeepz Shaders
MrMeepz Shaders
SEUS shaderpack
SEUS shaderpack

Game crashes

If the game crashes as soon you launch it, check that you execute it with your graphic card, not the integrated graphics chipset. On an Asus ROG laptop for instance, you will need to right-click the Minecraft launcher icon and select “Open with graphic processor > NVidia Processor hight performances” Have fun.

On the left, render with the SEUS Shaderpack / On the right, native render of the game.
On the left, render with the SEUS Shaderpack / On the right, native render of the game.

Update february 2015

I became quite found of the Dandelion texture pack associated to the KUDA-Shaders v5 Ultra shaderpack: the render is both simple (16x textures) and polished, lighten in soft and warm colors.

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Dandelion and KUDA shaders

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