MINECON Earth 2018 – The Pre-Show!
By Micah Moen
♪♪>>Hello, and welcome to MINECON Earth 2018! How are you doing? My name’s Julia Hardy, and I will take you through all of the proceedings today from start to the very, very finish because we’ve got so much great stuff lined up today. Joining me in the preshow though, got some very special guests. I’ve got Callum and I’ve got Lauren, who are going to be talking us through all of the excitement that’s about to happen. How are you doing?>>Doing good. I’m so excited.>>It’s going to be really exciting.>>I can’t wait to see what new biome gets picked, like, make new videos around it. It will be awesome.>>How are you doing, Callum?>>I’m good. Very excited, yeah.>>It’s just kind of like Christmas for you guys, right?>>It’s MINECON day.>>It’s MINECON day.>>I’m ready.>>What do you think is going to happen today? Any kind of thoughts.>>A lot of fun.>>Yes.>>A lot of excitement.>>Yes.>>A lot of cool stuff.>>Yes.>>A lot of announcements and updates.>>Okay, all right, I mean, things happen fast in the world of Minecraft anyway, and this has been incredible. We tried to basically cram as much as we could into one video and it is still a very long video but so much good stuff in there. Let’s take a look! [sighs] [dog barks] [grunting]>>Impertinence, grow.>>On three, one, two, three. [cheering] ♪♪>>Guys, I’m so happy with this. This came out better than I could ever imagine, honestly.>>We built this research facility far away from anything dangerous. But alas, we were wrong. ♪♪>>Now, we don’t know exactly what’s out there, but we believe there are aquatic monsters of the deep. ♪♪>>Hmm, you’re not scared, are you?>>The three monsters terrorizing the underwater base.>>Don’t look at me, Mr. Shark, don’t look at me. He came out of nowhere.>>The chest can now be placed down side by side. The game would previously stop you from placing a chest here, but now it lets you and it separates it from the other chest, right? What’s even cooler is that when you hold down shift, it will place them and separate them automatically for you.>>Now this dolphin, what what are you talking about?>>Yes, there was a dolphin trapped behind your base.>>Is it still there?>>It should be, I left it out. It’s on the beach right now.>>It’s going to die, yes, it’s going to die on the beach. Delphron, get this dolphin in the water.>>I have a bucket, I have a bucket, hold on.>>Get in the boat, get in the boat.>>It’s so pretty just swimming around.>>If the sun is out, they will catch fire. This is exactly the same as what happens with zombies, and what happens with skeletons. ♪♪>>I am Cleopatra Neo Isis the XII. Have you come to find my long lost treasure? Many have tried before you and did not succeed.>>But today we are changing and the world will change with us. [machinery noises] ♪♪ ♪♪>>Yeah, you can see that they want carrots from you.>>Okay.>>And you get this pick, which is an Omni harvester, and you run to the carrot, and you basically punch them.>>Oh, that’s so simples easy. ♪♪ ♪♪>>No, give me that, give me that. Give me that. What did you take out of the trash? What did you take out of the trash? No, give me that. Give me that. We need that to make cobblestone. Okay, do you know, can you understand me, by the way? [gibberish]>>I don’t know what that means, but okay.>>And the Nintendo switch is getting the Bedrock update, which means Nintendo switch users will be able to play the game with windows 10 mobile and Xbox one users. That’s crazy. Only one question remains, though.>>Overall it’s just a much better version of the game that was released on switch.>>But seriously. It’s super, it’s cute, it’s super and cute all at the same time and you’ve really got to keep that in mind. If cute is not your thing, if you don’t like that deer, like everything having eyes and being a little bit, I guess– ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Such a magic world ♪ ♪ For us to play. ♪ ♪ Anytime we want, ♪ ♪ From night to day. ♪ ♪ With the highest mountains, ♪ ♪ The biggest lakes. ♪ ♪ It’s for us only. ♪ ♪ Turn it up. ♪ ♪ Turn it up. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ If you feel ♪ ♪ You’re too far away. ♪ ♪ Turn it up, turn it up. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Turn it up, turn it up. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ If you feel ♪ ♪ You’re too far away, ♪ ♪ Turn it up, turn it up. ♪>>Number one, you can use string on top of a cobblestone wall in the length of it to create pillar, meaning you can create some really cool patterns for your animal pen. [fast forwarding]>>And finally, 101, if you’ve made it this point in the video, thanks so much for watching. The final tip for you is to subscribe.>>Wow! That, I mean that is a lot of stuff crammed into a video there. And even there was some stuff you guys were like what? What, when did that happen? Do we play?>>Do we even play this game?>>I’m not convinced.>>What things didn’t you know about? Man, there’s so much that happens all the time.>>The last part with the string. How does that work? You put it on the cobblestone and creates like fences and me and him both looked at each other and we had no idea you can do that.>>Just how big the game is. Even people who do it 24/7 are still like, okay?>>We live on it and we still don’t know everything.>>So, what were kind of some of the big things for you out of the video?>>The biggest one, one of the clips was from our friend Stacy plays and we are on her server, which is vanilla and explores all of the aquatic updates. There was a clip trying to get the dolphin back in the water because she thought it was going to die on land. That is hilarious. But yeah, we got to do that server and explorer all stuff that like I had no idea about. Like we had the tridents and the dolphins and breeding turtles and, like, waiting for turtles to hatch. And it has been awesome. Like that whole update is awesome.>>Yeah. You had fun.>>Yeah, I mean, I didn’t play much regular, like, vanilla Minecraft. This is really, and like you said the thing with turtles we had the same struggle we didn’t know they hatched at night.>>At night, yeah, yeah.>>We were trying to hatch the turtles and they didn’t do it and were sleeping through the night. Why won’t they hatch?>>Did you like sit on yours, too?>>Yeah.>>I thought you could warm them and crack them and is the on them enough, and it breaks them and they die. Traumatizing. [laughter]>>It’s a learning curve.>>I mean the first time when we looked through the video before, you got a bit too excited about the chest thing.>>Why — you were like it’s like a game changer. I’m like out of all of the things? Really? Okay.>>The new mobs and things added. To be able to put chests next to each other. I’m really about building. [laughter]>>He is like organization is key.>>I want a copy of that, it’s like your best thing.>>I’m terrible at organizing them and my chests are a mess. But I’m really bad at building. So I usually build really small houses. Not being able to put the chests next to each other meant I had to take up more room. Now I can put them next to each other, I can continue to be bad at building. But still have the functionality of a real house.>>That really didn’t sell it to me. Of all the things, like cool dolphins, and you are like let me tell you about chests.>>Let me tell you about chests. And the fact that I can put them where I want to now. Oh yeah, what about the switch update as well, obviously? That is cool.>>It is doing more cross platform. Which we keep seeing more and more and just awesome and brings like you together with a bunch of other people that maybe doesn’t have a pc but you can still play on the switch, it’s so cool to see that.>>The switch thing especially because it is portable, too, and you can take it on the go. The first time I got access I was about to fly home and I was like sweet. I downloaded Minecraft on the switch and played it on my flight home. It’s insane that you can, like, carry it with you and play with friends on other console. It’s such a good game.>>You only play Minecraft at home but also outside the house and you are still terrible at building. What are you doing with your time, Calum?>>I can’t even say I’m not creative. I upload a video every day. I must be somewhat creative. I’m just bad at building.>>Whenever we’re in a series he is like, look at all this stuff I got. I spent like three episodes building my house. And he’s just like I built this little thing, it’s fine.>>Not going to win any design awards. I mean, what do you think? The video started off with adventure time. It’s kind of like a lot of these collaboration things and people were kind of like using Minecraft. How do you feel about that? Minecraft is so big it transcends a lot now. It’s everywhere.>>Yeah, it is crazy how big it still is.>>Yes!>>It’s still so big. The adventure time I actually did not know about, and I was freaking out about it and now I have to see that episode.>>Yeah, that’s Minecraft.>>It is awesome to see more — it is like still in the mainstream and people oh, yeah, that is Minecraft.>>Yeah, I suppose it’s a testament to the community as well. With something that Minecraft that became, you know, incredibly, incredibly popular and things written like the garden and papers and TV and everyone’s talking about it. Normally when that happens, it’s the kind of a peak of a game and then disappears. But it just kept going. Testament to the community that everyone just, I don’t know, everyone kind of gets on and it’s such a sort of special place that people want to keep coming back, they want to keep building.>>Yeah, I mean I think because of the amount of possibilities in the game, like even like base game like way back in the earlier versions, like, you could do so much with the game you were never bored. Like, you could do something or find a map that someone made to play and the story elements. And it’s insane. People make like cut scenes using like Redstone. It is like I played through maps that have movie segments and I’m like what is going on?>>It’s like getting so insanely crazy, but like in the best possible way, right?>>Yeah.>>Oh, yeah.>>What were the things you have seen?>>From the clips or in general.>>No, just in general.>>Well, even as part of the clips, there was a segment that look the like it turned Minecraft into like a cooking game. It was like you need to get carrots and they run into the kitchen and, like, get carrots and bring it back. It’s like turning one game into so many other games that like I think that is why it is still to this day like still everybody wants to play it, it’s across-platform and they keep adding things. It is never the same and we have so many different, like, series and severs. It’s different every single time.>>Yeah, quite amazing really. I suppose what we should probably do is talk about today’s agenda. Because there is so much stuff coming up. Take a look at what is happening today. We are in the midst of the preshow and at noon, not too long a time going to the main stage for the full MINECON Earth full performance. I’m excited if there is like a musical number at the end like last year because that would be hilarious and wonderful. Maybe fire juggling. I don’t know, let’s see. At 1:50 we’ve got the post show back stage and very special guests to kind of de-construct what happened and talk about what went on, on stage. And at 2:05 a developer panel. Any of the kind of like really super nerdy nitty gritty stuff about the game that you really want to know they’re going to kind of touch upon all of that to go deep below the surface of Minecraft there. And then at 3:05 myself and Lydia wrapping up the whole of Minecon earth. Loads of stuff. That is still to come up. One of the biggest things that happens every year at MINECON is the biome updates. We had some fantastic stuff last year, but now, this year we have got three to pick from. And obviously we’re actually choosing the order in which they will be updated. Three to look at. First of all we have savanna. We have savanna, we have emus, as you can see. We have the bow bap tree, which is that super weird tree in the background. And we also have termite mounds, which apparently they eat dead plants is what I heard.>>Right.>>Oh.>>Yeah, how do we feel about a savannah?>>I mean –>>I’m sorry, it’s an ostrich. Not an emu. I thought they were the same thing.>>I will say no.>>No.>>All right. I know birds really well. [laughter]>>I can tell.>>Yeah, so how do we feel about this one?>>So, well, first off, I hope you can ride the emu ostrich thing.>>Yes.>>I really hope for that. And also, I’m kind of sad that — if it is only dead plants and trees because I was kind of hoping to like use that to like prank people and like put them in houses and have them eat it.>>But that sounds like a great thing. I quite like that’s the thing. We play different games.>>Yeah, yeah.>>What it you think?>>It is interesting to me. Even though I’m not creative and bad at building the way the picture of the tree looks, the stump looks like a door and I was like that was a great treehouse.>>I saw that.>>So instantly, if that comes through –>>I’m not getting in a treehouse you built, though.>>It won’t be spacious, but there will be chests.>>It will be an assortment of chests. I don’t know if that’s what I want in a treehouse.>>Room for all your things.>>Insinuating that the tree is big enough that you could build into it, kind of like a cave.>>Maybe I’m really reading into it.>>We need to find out more information. We have light information right now. The second is desert. So, let’s take a look at that one. So here we are, so in desert we have an oasis, of course. Palm trees and meerkats. I really like the cactus wiggling in the background because it’s hot.>>Yeah, yeah, yeah.>>What do you feel about this? Any kind of things that really grab you about it.>>I mean, the meerkat. I want the meerkat. I thought, I’m wondering if they will be tunneling underground and maybe you can, like, find them underground when you are going, or if you can tame them. I mean, I’m going to say no, but I’m going to try and get them anyway, like, lasso them and bring them back. [laughter]>>I think it’s cool, I think the desert has so much cool stuff in it that would make it more viable to go through. Meerkats are obviously a huge selling point for me. I love animals in games, I’m a big advocate for putting more in it.>>Just more animals.>>I mean, yeah, if they do that thing, you can see he’s doing it where they stand on the bag legs and like look out.>>They could warn of danger.>>I hope they’re in packs of, like, hundreds. That would be incredible, oh my god.>>That would be amazing.>>The final one is Taiga. This looks special. Look at this, guys.>>It is a good one.>>And we get berry bushes as well as you can see there and camp fires also. So, this is super pretty. I like this one. Look at the shooting stars.>>I’m all over that. I like galaxy stuff.>>It’s cool. What do you feel?>>I mean, obviously you can be a fan of foxes, because animals.>>There’s other things. I’m kind of wondering if the camp fire is going to be functional, too. Like, can I cook things on it?>>That would be cool.>>If I could cook meat over the top of the camp fire instead of having to have a furnace with me everywhere. And of course, foxes. Big fan.>>Okay, so if I have to push to commit to one that is your favorite, what would it be?>>I mean I know mine.>>I know what yours is.>>I know mine is the taiga. A big Taiga advocate. I love foxes. I think the other things are really cool additions, too. Like I said, the campfire is awesome. And berry bushes are, like, a really cool addition as well. So all together I think that would be amazing, so, I’m like a big Taiga fan>>Taiga.>>Go, Taigas!>>Go, Taigas.>>I do like that biome but I’m gonna go a little different.>>Yeah. Because while we were looking at all of them somebody brought up the point that the desert biome has nothing right now.>>Yeah.>>You go there and you’re just, like, waiting to get out of it. And then you just go across it maybe get sand and then you are done. So, just adding anything to the biome would be great. So like the meerkats, the trees and oasis. Like I’m all over that.>>See, I think I’m down for savanna. I like the idea of, like, trolling people by putting termite mounds near their houses and destroying things.>>Yeah.>>Look at that. Sorry, did I drop that near your house? [laughter]>>I didn’t mean to, but really I did.>>But you loved birds.>>And I can differentiate between different species of birds. Awkward. Okay, so, of course, today during MINECON Earth our biome correspondent Mr. Vu Bui will be showing you when you can vote. So, how you’re going to do this is you can go to twitter. Go to the Minecraft twitter page and there’ll be a pinned poll at the top. This is how you vote. You need to be logged into Twitter for this. And if you haven’t set up an account, I think we got about a half hour-ish before the vote actually happens. You have time to do that now. We’re going to have two votes over the course of MINECON Earth. So, the first one will have all three of the biomes and then we’re going to whittle it down to the final two and then we’re going to vote on those as well. So, you need to make sure you watch the whole of today’s proceedings to know when to vote. Very exciting. Any kind of guess which one you reckon is going to go first? What do you think?>>Which is going to go first?>>Yeah.>>Least picked?>>I’m going to guess at desert. I feel like people are feeling — like there is not so much to do now. I think it deserves an update.>>Yeah. Then maybe that is what happened.>>But because they don’t experience it much. Maybe they’re not so familiar with it, so I would rather have one I use more updated. Both good arguments. I think desert could go first.>>Would you agree?>>I have a feeling it might go first. But I really want it! Like, I mean I’m glad all of them are happening eventually.>>Yeah.>>But I would like that one of the top two, please. Please. [laughter]>>But, yeah, of course, we are not voting any of these away. They are going to be all updated at some point. We’re just picking the order in which it is going to happen. So, don’t stress too much about it. But we do want you to go and vote because obviously, you know, the sooner it gets voted in the sooner you can be playing which is cool. So now we have a special guest who is going to be joining us. Please welcome Mico. Come on in, Mico. Just waiting back there. I feel like we need jazzy music.>>Thank you.>>Mico, how are you doing?>>Good. So excited to be here.>>Happy to have you. Explain to the MINECON audience, like, what you do exactly in regards to Minecraft.>>Yeah, so I’m a game designer and we focus on the player experience. So, we think about the problems that players have and how we can solve them. And we do a lot of the behavior of when things get added to the game, how is it going to work with everything that’s already there.>>The fun stuff. The logistical fun stuff.>>Very logistical, yes.>>I believe I have been told you’ve got a rather special video to show us. Would you like to introduce it to everybody?>>I would love to. I came to talk about a world we made called Inspiration Island, and it really focuses on creative mode. We were thinking about how when people start playing Minecraft they can be intimidated because they see all these amazing things being built online and not really sure with are to start or maybe want an idea what to build today. That is why we made this world. So, I would love to show you this video.>>Okay, cool. ♪♪>>Cal, can we do a video where we go here and teach you how to build things?>>This looks really cool. Like a big theme park.>>Yeah, it’s pretty much like a floating theme park in the sky filled with challenges. This is a home-based area where you can build whatever house you want and then there’s five areas around it that focus on different techniques.>>Okay, this looks so cool. ♪♪>>Oh, wow, mirror.>>Yeah, this one’s statues and working with stairs and slabs to kind of build big structures.>>Oh, wow. ♪♪>>And this is my favorite area. It’s really fun because you put a map in your hand and you can kind of see it come to life while you put all of the blocks down.>>Oh, cool.>>And this one has themed challenges to do.>>Yes, we all need to learn more about this because, frankly, I just blow everything up. [laughter]>>Of course.>>And even though we made this world for people who are newer to Minecraft or new to creative mode, we also put a few surprises in there for advanced builders, too.>>Ooh, okay, cool stuff they can find and do.>>Yeah, they can really challenge themselves.>>That is so cool. This looks like so fun. Can you make this for real, please, like in real life? I mean, it would be quite expensive I’m sure but that would be so fun. I would go there. I would totally go there. So yeah, when can we get it, when can we get our hands on it?>>It’s coming out later this fall and it will be free in the marketplace.>>Oh, my God, amazing. Are you really pleased with how it has come out?>>I’m really proud of it, yeah. A huge group of people worked on this and we can’t wait for people to do it. And maybe we’ll see you guys in there, too.>>You can have a go.>>He needs it really bad.>>I need that.>>He needs help with building.>>It’s for the newer players, I was like I don’t know any of this stuff and I have been playing for six years now. I have no idea what’s going on. It looks incredible.>>Kind of like a Minecraft intervention, Calum really needs help with building. We created this for everyone but actually it’s for him.>>Yeah. I mean I need it. I’m more than happy to accept the help. So, let’s go to Inspiration Island. I’m ready.>>Awesome.>>Amazing, that is really cool. Almost time for kind of the main show. I still want to ask you some questions. Because you guys are in the main show like a little bit, right?>>How could you leak the secret?>>A little bit.>>What?>>I sort of want to know but don’t want to know, but do want to know what it happening.>>A little dash of us in there later on.>>A little sprinkling.>>A little helping of SeaPeeKay and Lauren in there somewhere. There a whole bunch of cool secret stuff that we actually don’t even know about.>>Yeah, they literally, like, during rehearsals shut off everything. We’re like, come on, they’re like nope.>>Someone came around and turned off all the TVs backstage. There’s like super secret stuff.>>They came and turned it off, I was like what’s going on. They’re like, no, not until the day it airs.>>So, we know about as much as everyone else knows and we’re in it.>>Yes.>>It just means it’s going to Be must be something really good.>>Must be. It must be.>>What do you know? [laughter]>>Telling our secrets.>>I do know some stuff.>>Mico knows things. Come on, Mico.>>That’s not fair.>>The inside track.>>You know I won’t tell you.>>Aw.>>You’re about to find out.>>Yeah, but I’m really impatient. [laughter]>>I do love it, though. I think you’re going to be really excited.>>Really?>>Yes, it’s good.>>I was trying to read Mico’s face and guess what it is.>>Oh, I don’t know.>>I bet it is something cool.>>We’re purple hair twins.>>You can’t bond with her to get the info.>>Purple, purple.>>Doing it right now.>>I mean, I don’t know, obviously this is kind of a bit like Christmas. Everyone who kind of like works with the game, is it the same kind of for the creators, it’s so exciting to find out what’s happening next. But the same kind of vibe with everyone who is, like, involved in the game as well?>>Oh definitely. It was already one of my favorite games before I worked here and there’s so much to look forward to.>>You are living your best life!>>It’s so awesome to see people like you working and making your own content and the marketplace creators. It’s like the game that keeps on giving. It’s so awesome.>>I feel like I’m really excited! We’re almost ready to go on the stage, I think, but not quite yet. I feel like we should make a ridiculous guess as to what’s about to happen in the show. Make a ridiculous guess.>>I like the fire juggling suggestion.>>Yeah.>>There has got to be an end musical number because that was amazing last year? That’s, like, so unexpected.>>I would love to see the cohosts for this year doing a musical number.>>Who would you love to see tap dancing most? Are we allowed to say who the cohosts are?>>They are announced.>>Yeah, they are announced.>>Who would you like to see tap dancing?>>Kind of Martyn.>>Why Martyn?>>I don’t know, but I feel like he would be good at it.>>You know what it is, he would look really good with a top hat on and holding a cane. That wouldn’t look weird on Martyn at all.>>That is it.>>Probably even having sneaky dance lessons all this time. Or OMGChad. That would be interesting.>>That would be good.>>Free style interpretive ballet.>>I don’t think there is a bad answer, actually. Any of them would be incredible to watch it.>>I was thinking of Big B, too. I think any of them.>>any of them doing a giant musical nubmer.>>And if they don’t tap dance, and do a musical number. We have to run out on stage and do it.>>I feel like if they don’t do it, that afterwards we should do a social media live stream where we make them do it just because I feel like we built it up.>>It’s only fair.>>Absolutely. Do you think, like, in the game, there’s going to be something ridiculous? Any kind of like rumors on the grapevine that have been out there?>>Honestly, it might sound weird, I try and stay away from it.>>Really?>>Then when I come to events and there is like big updates and I’m genuinely like amazed by everything. So that’s how I always tend to do it. And 1.13 we joined the server that had it all in. I didn’t know what anything was, like anything. And I was like, oh my God, that’s amazing. There was about 10 episodes of the series where I was still finding stuff, and that’s so cool, that’s so cool. People were like, how do you not know this? That’s your job. I’m like, because I try to find everything out at once. I think it is a cool way to do it.>>Yeah, I feel that way about like film reviews. Because then you can sort of be really suprised, as much as I’m pushing to find the answers now. But yeah, I don’t know, I feel like this is a big year. This seemed to be like quite a big –>>I’m like don’t look at my face too closely.>>I feel like it’s gonna be like a really big thing and might involve bats. I don’t know.>>I’m just going to throw random words.>>Random words.>>Are you saying key words?>>Bats. Elves. Monkeys.>>Elves.>>Elves.>>Elves.>>A great shot for the future, though.>>The crazy guess, elves. Got it. All right.>>Okay.>>Like gnomes that tell the future.>>She gave us that too easy. Can’t be elves.>>Well, maybe it’s a double bluff.>>Mico. [laughter]>>Well, so I mean I think they’re almost ready on the main stage. I just want to say thank you so much to all you guys for coming and joining me. And well, I mean not really giving anything away. But I fully appreciate that’s what’s going to happen. But I feel like we made like a really good team here.>>Yeah.>>I feel like I also need to like up my Minecraft. Always watching those videos always makes me feel really terrible about. You feel bad about building, I feel bad about all of my Minecrafting. How am I this terrible? So you know, this is good. I feel like it’s a learning experience. I say this every year. I need to up my Minecraft game.>>Up your Minecraft game.>>All that remains to say is a really, really big thank you to all of my guests. We will come back for the post show after the main show, which I believe they are ready to begin now. So, let’s throw it over to the main stage and let’s start MINECON Earth 2018 ♪♪