No, you are not looking at screenshots from Crysis 3. No, that is not a floating cow. Yes, this is minecraft. Yes, you can do this to your minecraft.
This may look like a subtle change because... well it is a subtle change. But a pretty damn awesome one. This mod adds ambient occlusion to minecraft, compatible with any texture pack. "Whats ambulance occasion?" you may have just screamed at your screen. Calm down, Alex. As wikipedia can tell us:
Ambient occlusion is a shading method used in3D computer graphics which helps add realism to local reflection models by taking into account attenuation of light due to occlusion. Ambient occlusion attempts to approximate the way light radiates in real life, especially off what are normally considered non-reflective surfaces.
Unlike local methods likePhong shading, ambient occlusion is a global method, meaning the illumination at each point is a function of other geometry in the scene. However, it is a very crude approximation to fullglobal illumination. The soft appearance achieved by ambient occlusion alone is similar to the way an object appears on an overcast day.
See! Not so bad. You do want this in your minecraft, right? Here's another comparison courtesy of mathesarfrom the minecraft forums.
Wipe that drool off your keyboard! We're getting to the download link. With this mod, you can go to any public place and start playing minecraft on your laptop. Pretty soon, a smoking girl/boy will come over and start trying to seduce you because you play games with such good graphics. Thank MrMessiah from the minecraft forums for this gift.
HOW TO INSTALL - If you're not comfortable doing any of these steps, best not to play with it, just to be safe.
1. Unzip the entire contents of this zip file to your Minecraft folder. In windows this can be found at "%appdata%/.minecraft" . Not sure where it lives on a Mac, search for it I guess.
(PLEASE NOTE when I say .minecraft, I mean .minecraft, not .minecraft/bin)
If you do this right it will create a new directory under .minecraft called "mods", where all the settings for SimpleMap live, and a patcher called MrMPatcher.jar which is based on MCPatcher by xau.
2. Follow the rest of the instructions in README.txt
TO UNINSTALL THIS MOD
1. Delete your edited version of Minecraft.jar
2. Replace it with the backup you saved earlier, or run Minecraft again and get it to redownload.
TO CONFIGURE - The config file for SimpleMap is in .minecraft/mods/SimpleMap, its called SimpleMap.properties, again read the README for the full jenny.
Good luck trying to tell minecraft from real life now!
Be sure to thank MrMessiah in the thread, here.