Thread: Minecraft
View Single Post
Old January 4 2011, 02:57 PM   #144
Robert Maxwell
Robert Maxwell's Avatar
View Robert Maxwell's Twitter Profile Send a message via ICQ to Robert Maxwell Send a message via AIM to Robert Maxwell Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Robert Maxwell Send a message via Yahoo to Robert Maxwell
Re: Minecraft

Jadzia wrote: View Post
Canadave wrote: View Post
What's even weirder is that the two "arms" are made of sand, which miraculously stays in the air...
I expect the game engine will only apply physics to blocks that are moving, and in certain cases whether those moving blocks have cascading effects on their neighbours.
Yeah, when a chunk is generated, I don't believe it necessarily makes all the sand, gravel, etc. fall. To do that for an entire chunk at once would be very computationally intensive. So, it's just generated and left hanging there. If you touch an improperly-suspended block (or an adjacent block) that will trigger it and any blocks above to react to gravity again.
Robert Maxwell is online now   Reply With Quote