Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th May 2011 22:33 UTC
Games Somebody has just added the Portal gun to Minecraft. Your argument? It is now invalid.
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RE: Whats with the graphics?
by pantheraleo on Sat 7th May 2011 00:52 UTC in reply to "Whats with the graphics?"
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I doubt that its a limitation of Java, I've written a few things using Java and jogl (Java opengl binding), and no, performance is not at the C level, but its close.

It's not a limitation of Java. I think it's more of an issue that Minecraft started out as a one man show. I don't know about you, but even though I'm a pretty talented programmer, I'm not exactly that great at creating realistic 3D models. So any 3D game I created by myself, with no budget to hire 3D artists, would have pretty primitive graphics too. Of course, people liked the game the way it was, and the graphics became part of its identity.

But just to prove it's not a limitation of Java 3D, check out these screenshots, from Wurm Online, which is a Java 3D based MMORPG.

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