Minecraft With Fancy Lighting Looks Great

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Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders is a shaderpack that adds the kinds of effects we normally associate with ray-tracing— like light that’s able to bounce off other objects—to ol’ blocky-ass Minecraft, and do it while you’re playing in real-time.

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It’s not technically ray-tracing (he’s actually using path-tracing), but the effects are still incredible. Here are some examples of it in action:

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And here are some screens showing it off on some more traditional areas:

Illustration for article titled iMinecraft /iWith Fancy Lighting Looks Great
Illustration for article titled iMinecraft /iWith Fancy Lighting Looks Great
Illustration for article titled iMinecraft /iWith Fancy Lighting Looks Great
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Illustration for article titled iMinecraft /iWith Fancy Lighting Looks Great

You can download what you need by pledging $10 over on Sonic Ether’s Patreon page. Just know that the effects here are software-based, so you’ll need a decent PC to get a good framerate.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Man, I just started playing Minecraft again after having not touched it in a while and I am bummed with the addition of the Drowned water zombies.

What I always like to do in Minecraft is find a nice spot for a house, build it up, and then build out the surrounding area as a kind of homestead. I then light everything up so that it can be nice and peaceful no matter what time of day. That way I can hang out doing what I need to do and only deal with monsters when I feel like venturing out.

But in my Switch save file, I’ve got beachfront property. I previously didn’t put any fencing up by the water as it acted a great natural barrier. Now, though? I’ve been building fences a few feet out into the water (that go all the way down) and then trying to distribute enough jack o’ lanterns underwater to make those areas safe to try and prevent the drowned from spawning, but since learning drowned don’t just spawn on the ground but in any water square... I don’t really know what to do? I guess I need to have freestanding blocks with light sources throughout these “safe” sections of water?

It’s turning into a real headache and making me not super interested to go back to the game right now. (I’m also trying to ignore the fact that the introduction of the phantoms also means I can’t just hang out at night anymore without sleeping, but making sure I sleep every three days is a fairly slight annoyance, so whatever.)