Minecraft is one of the most popular beta-form games that have been ruling the world. The game, whose designer Markus Alexej Persson (popularly known as “Notch” in the gaming world) has more than 16 million registered players with 4 million people having bought the game.
The first official version of the game, named Minecraft 1.0, was launched recently in Las Vegas amidst huge fanfare. The graphics of this game are primarily blocks-based. Tools on the game allows users to work on the blocks, the game involves stacking up blocks to build towers, houses, walls and other imaginative features.
Mods in the Minecraft game are necessary for adding newer blocks as well as other recipes and entities in order to give your game an all-new flair.
Hence, if you are into modding while playing Minecraft, then it can be assumed that you are aware of the Minecraft ModLoader tool. This article is aimed to help those who are not aware of the ModLoader tool and the effective usage of the same.
What is the Minecraft ModLoader?
Mods are being made for the Minecraft game since its very inception, when it had been released in alpha version. However, at that point of time, support function for the mods was non-existent.
During earlier modding times, the mods were very rough and hardly compatible with each other. If someone wanted to use a new mod, a new Minecraft jar had to be downloaded and the process had to be started from the very beginning.
When Rigasumi brought in the Minecraft ModLoader, he was prepared to venture into territories that even the owner of the game, Mojang, had not explored. The ModLoader set a new standard for modders giving them the ability to create mods compatible with each other. The ModLoader primarily enables you to bring in new blocks, entities, recipes etc. into your Minecraft game. When a mod compatible to ModLoader is released, it means players can use it together with their existing mods.
Installation of the Minecraft ModLoader:
Process of using the ModLoader is very simple; it has to be unzipped, stored in the Minecraft jar and then start installing the desired mods.
Can the ModLoader get rid of mod conflicts?
The answer to this question is yes, but theoretically. In actual scenario, some issues of mods conflicting do arise, more so if they are using same block IDs. The ModLoader has not yet been perfected; still it offers a much better scenario than not having anything at all.
The Minecraft ModLoader v4 or v5: Which one to use?
This will largely depend on the particular mods that the user wants. It has been seen that the older mods have compatibility with the ModLoader v4 whereas newer ones work better with the v5. One thing to be noted is that ModLoader v5 cannot work with the v4 mods.
The ideal situation for modders is to update their mods for working with the ModLoader’s latest version. However, it would not be possible for the Minecraft modding members may not do so either due to time constraints or lack of inclination. Furthermore, since Minecraft has shifted to the beta version, it is very difficult to keep track of all the new releases coming up.
Is there a limit to the number of mods than can be installed with ModLoader?
In simple terms, one can load as many mods as long s they can work together. No limits have been set officially, it only depends on the particular mods that one wishes to install and whether they can work in conjunction or not.
Is the use of Minecraft ModLoader absolutely necessary?
There are some mods that specify that it is mandatory for the same to be used through ModLoader; if you need such mods, the ModLoader has to be downloaded then and installed. Most of the mods available these days clearly specify their requirement of v4 or v5.
Thus, the Minecraft ModLoader comes across as one of the most effective tools for using mods to enhance your gaming experience.
Let us now take a look at 3 of the most stunning graphical mods that can enhance the textures and resolution of your Minecraft game, and can be installed only through the Minecraft ModLoader.
Optifine: This mod boasts a high profile and scores in the popularity aspect too. It is a result of combining numerous performance and graphical improvements. Not only does Optifine increase the frame rate hugely, it also provides some very nice effects that help Minecraft operate smoothly.
Distant textures are smoothened by Mipmaps; hence one can admire the landscape without getting the ugly looking black grains. Even the High Definition textures are very well supported by Optifine and you get a lot of fancy detailing.
Connected Textures Mod: The mod operates on a very simple premise – connecting similar and adjacent block textures. Glass surfaces also get a much improved look. Bookcases, chests and sandstone are also connected.
The default texture pack of Minecraft is supported by it but if someone wants other packs, they have to get it confirmed that the creator supports the same. Compatible packs can be easily found because of the popularity of this mode. Thanks to this, the windows and libraries of Minecraft have suddenly got a much better look!
Water Shader Alpha: This mod does not have compatibility with Optifine as it reduces the frame rate by half. However, what it does is to make water in Minecraft get a stunning look.
The water can reflect things surrounding it, thereby having a more realistic look. Pictures of the terrain within Minecraft are taken to newer levels. Before this mod came in, people would have to resort to expensive animation software to get these effects on water and finally have the same uploaded as screenshots.
All these mods have to be installed through the Minecraft ModLoader, hence one has to first load it to get the benefits of such terrific mods!