Well that was out of the blue, wasn’t it? I admit I was quite surprised by the introduction of adorable new mob in Minecraft snapshot 19w34a, but if you think for a second we’re irritated or even flattered, well… let me hit you with a dose of perspective.

Nothin’ to do but Bee adorable.

Artistic influence happens all the time, and is a natural part of the conversation. If it doesn’t then just why are we sharing, anyway? Art is communication, if not expression. Tumbleberry and I tossed it over for a while, and certainly there’s no mistaking the influence here.

I mean, c’mon, that’s a deadringer for our little fella. It’s also not original in the least, but as a starting point goes, I’ll say that I’m glad it’s not another drowned zombie or desert skeleton. After a pleasant little fella like this is introduced, I’m curious how the rest of the snapshot will turn out.

How about you?

Oh yeah, and thanks, Mojang!

So after tooling around with the snapshot 18w43b, Tumbleberry and I have reached some… conclusions about what’s being added to Minecraft. Before I get to that, it’s understandable that 1.8.1 Beta was overlooked. Doesn’t Microsoft get that kids just want to play, especially on the platforms that allow them to do that seamlessly? They did put in all the effort to make that possible, after all…

Cool, isn’t it?

Pandas are overdone. No, really. They’re not much more than clowns in the new update, and it’s shameful. One of the things Tumbleberry and I bring to the Resource Pack community is respect for nature and its creatures. We’ve taken some liberties, here and there, such as andesite being an interpretation of a microscope image of the actual stone, but our artwork is based in reality. Just as Chuck Jones’ was, and that’s something you don’t appreciate until you really get into what is out there in the world.

We’re going to do what we do best, and that’s bring out the sweetness and fun in Mojang’s chosen subject matter. Minecraft doesn’t need Pandas, but it does need more building blocks. Thankfully, the new slabs, stairs and walls are a welcome addition to what is most definitely a creativity focused game.

The new signs are a nice touch, and is encouraging that Minecraft is getting new content on a reasonably regular basis. Some players may prefer older versions, but how many games have dropped off the map because of poor-to-no support from their publishers? At least with Microsoft at the helm, Mojang has the money to develop new content for the game.

Anyway, Tumbleberry and I are on point. We’re grateful for the attention you’ve shown our effort, and we’re glad to continue updating the pack for the foreseeable future. Believe me, if anything changes, you’ll be the first to know.