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I’m playing the tutorial for Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition, on survival mode, with peaceful difficulty, and yet I keep seeing monsters, which sometimes attack me! Why is this happening, and is it possible to make it stop? Please help, and thank you.

Games Guru: Unfortunately, others have had this issue, too. First, don’t play online. Second, when you load your world, move the difficulty bar from peaceful to easy and than back to peaceful. Then start the game. That should do it, I’m told.

How do I get to a village? I type in a seed, but it never works.

Games Guru: Minecraft can be complex, as I’m sure you know. It’s not as easy as typing in a seed.

Here are various methods that might help:

No matter how hard I try, I cannot build anything impressive in Minecraft. Do you have any tips on what and how to build an awesome structure?

Games Guru: It was like that when I started, too. Minecraft takes a ton of commitment, and because of the time involved, it’s not for everyone. But here’s how to build a mansion:

And here’s another way to construct one:

Games Guru, how rare is lapis lazuli and redstone? Thank you.

Games Guru: I got this from the Minecraft Wiki: “Lapis lazuli can be mined with a stone or better pickaxe. It is usually found at a depth of 31 and below. The highest concentration of lapis lazuli ore is found between levels 13 and 16. At this level the concentration is about 0.083% of all blocks (0.1013% of stone). The concentration drops linearly as one gets farther from these rows. Overall, lapis lazuli is around 1.1 times as common as diamond ore with an average of 3.43 lapis lazuli per chunk.”

And here’s everything you need to know about redstone:

How do you spawn hero brine?

Games Guru:  There’s a mystery surrounding this. Does it really work? Check this out:

My favorite game is Minecraft. Do you know any codes for me?

Games Guru: There are no actual codes that I know of. If you’re playing on a PC, there are a lot of keyboard commands that are helpful. Here’s the full list:

  • ascend – Moves you to the next platform above your position
  • atlantis – Toggles atlantis mode on/off
  • biome – Tells you what biome you are currently in
  • bind {COMMANDPARAMS} – Binds a command to a keyboard button.
  • bindid {ARGS} – Binds a command to a keyboard key using the key id
  • bring [ENTITY] – Brings the specified entity to you.
  • cannon [STRENGTH] – Shoots a primed TNT in the direction you are pointing.
  • chest – Allow access of chests
  • clear – Clears the console
  • clearwater – Toggles water clarity on/off
  • clone [QUANTITY] – Clones the NPC which you are looking at
  • config – Allows you to set the global configuration file as your current configuration
  • confuse [DISTANCE] – Confuses nearby mobs
  • confusesuicide – ?
  • cyclepainting – Cycles through the painting which you are pointing at
  • damage – Turns player damage on/off
  • defuse [all] – Defuses any TNT nearby which has been hit, drops 1 tnt in its place
  • descend – Moves you to the next platform below your position
  • destroy [all] – Destroys the current item
  • difficulty – Sets the difficulty to the specified level (0-3)
  • drops – Turns item drops on/off, having them turned off will make the game run a little bit faster, and also stop your inventory from filling.
  • dropstore – This command transfers everything in your inventory into achest that it creates next to you.
  • duplicate [all] – Duplicates and drops the currently selected item stack
  • explode [SIZE] – Sets off an explosion in your current location.
  • exterminate [SIZE] – KillNPC with style, kills the NPC you are pointing at
  • extinguish|ext [all] – Puts out all nearby fire (or all fire)
  • falldamage – Turns fall damage on/off
  • firedamage – Turns fire damage on/off
  • flammable [CATCH] [SPREAD] – Sets the specified block at the flammability level
  • fly [SPEED] – Allows you to turn flying mode on/off, speed specified your flying speed
  • freeze – Freezes mobs so that they cannot move or attack you
  • goto – Goto a waypoint
  • grow [all] – Grows all saplings/wheat on the map.
  • heal – Heals a player the specified number of points
  • health – Sets the health of a player to pre-defined figures
  • help [COMMAND] – Gives general help when COMMAND isn’t specified, gives specific help when COMMAND is specified. Same as /h
  • helmet [ITEM] [QTY] [DAMAGE] – Specifies the helmet the player wears
  • home – Teleport to spawn point
  • infiniteitems – Toggles infinite items on/off
  • instantkill – Instantly kills any NPC you hit
  • instantmine – Turns instant mining on/off
  • instantplant [grow] – Instantly plants saplings into the ground, if grow is specified the tree will when instantly gro
  • item [QUANTITY] [DAMAGE] – Gives player item, if quantity isn’t specified maximum amount of that item. Same as /give and /i
  • itemdamage – Turn item damage on/off. This means you will never have torepair an item again
  • itemname – Use this command to discover the itemname and ID of your currently selected item.
  • itemstack [QUANTITY] – Gives the player the specified quantity of maximum item stacks of the item.
  • jump – Moves you from where you are to where your mouse is pointing. Note: This command is buggy and may put you in the block you move to.
  • keepitems – Turn this on and you will keep your items when you die.
  • kill – Kills the current player
  • killall – Kills all of the specified mob type
  • killnpc [all|monster|animal] – Kills all living creatures nearby.
  • light – Turns permanent lighting on and off
  • listwaypoints – Lists all waypoints. Same as /l
  • longerlegs – Makes your legs longer so you can walk up 1 block high
  • macro – Runs a macro
  • maxstack [ITEMID|ITEMNAME|all] [STACKSIZE] – Configures the maximum stack size of that item between 1 and 64.
  • mobdamage – Mobs cannot give you damage
  • msg – This commands adds a message to the console.
  • music [play|pause|skip|stop|VOLUME] – Requests a music track to be played, there is a limitation of at MAX 2 tracks per day. Set the volume by specifying VOLUME.
  • noclip – Turns no clip on/off.
  • output – This just toggles SPC messages on/off, useful for macros/scripts.
  • phelp [COMMAND] – Provides help for plugins
  • platform – Puts a glass square under your feet
  • plugin – Lists all loaded plugins and also allows you to enable/disable plugins
  • pos – Gives current player position. Same as /p
  • reach – Sets the player reach distance.
  • refill [all] – Re-stocks your items in your inventory to the maximum ammount
  • rem – Removes the specified waypoint
  • removedrops [all] – This command removes item drops from the world.
  • rename – Allows you rename a command to a new name
  • repair [all] – Repairs the currently selected item to full health
  • reset – Resets the player settings
  • reskin – Reskins the NPC which you are pointing at to the specifiedskin
  • return – Moves the player to the last position before teleport
  • ride – Allows you to ride any NPC which you point at
  • sc – Added scripting support (more information coming soon)
  • search – Allows you to search for items using a name
  • set – Mark a waypoint on the world
  • setjump [JUMP|reset] – Sets the height that you jump. Note: Turns fall damage off if the jump is configured to move than 1.
  • setspawn [ ] – Set the current position as the spawn point, if X Y Z are specified sets that position as spawn point
  • setspeed [SPEED|reset] – Sets the speed that the player moves
  • skin – Change your players skin to ANY minecraft player
  • slippery [SLIPPERYNESS] – Makes the specified block slippery
  • spawn [QTY] – Allows you to spawn an individual creature.
  • spawnportal – Spawns a portal nearby the player
  • spawnstack – Spawns the specified creature a few blocks away from your current position (use “/spawn list” to get a list of creature names and codes).
  • superheat [all] – Turns items which are furnace-able into their furnaced form
  • superpunch [DISTANCE|reset] – Hit that NPC with a punch like no other
  • tele – Teleport to X Y Z coordinates. Same as /t
  • time [set|get|day|night [minute|hour|day [TIME]]] – Set and get the time within minecraft.
  • timeschedule > – Sets a period of time (HH:MM format), this will make minecraft always within this time.
  • unbind – Unbinds the specified key from a command.
  • unbindid – Unbinds a command from a keyboard key using the key id
  • useportal – Instantly transfers you to the nether, use it again to go back.
  • waterdamage – Turns water damage on/off
  • weather – Toggles weather on/off
  • world – Allows you to explicitly, have control over your world.
  • world load – Loads the specified FILE, this allows you to play ANY save on your computer, not just World1-5, and can have any name
  • world save – Explicitly saves your game then returns to it
  • world seed [SEED] – Allows you to see and change the seed of the map, so it will generate custom terrain
  • world new [FILENAME] [SEED] – Creates a new map at the specified location
  • world exit – Lets you exit a game without saving (perfect from when a creeper blows something up)
  • world list – Lists all the saves which you can load from “.minecraft/saves”
  • world backup – Allows you to backup your current world into .minecraft/backup

Can you find out some Dwarf Castle servers? I have been searching for four months straight!

Games Guru: Go here for a list of all the Minecraft servers:

Games Guru, how do you read the enchantments for tools and armor? I read about it on the Minecraft Wiki, but I still do not understand.

Games Guru: It’s hard, but not that hard. And the writers of the Wikis aren’t that clear. This kid has a decent video that should help:

Hey Games Guru, do you know any EASY ways to find diamonds? I watched a Youtube video that said to dig straight down, but I’m not following that.

Games Guru: This can be tricky and takes time. So I’m sending you to a site that has the scoop, so to speak:

Do you have any tips for this game?

Games Guru: Wow. That would fill a book, especially since I don’t know what you want to do. The thing that’s hardest to do is to defeat the dragon. But even telling you that would take the whole column. Go to Google and search for Minecraft Wiki. It will give you a ton of information. Minecraft rocks!

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106 Comments on Minecraft

  1. minecraft is awesome!!!

  2. minecraft rocks

  3. PokeSonicMario // February 23, 2013 at 11:26 am // Reply

    Kill the dragon with snow golums,tnt,and arows also destoy the pillar’s crystals.

    • hey dude u need to find the ender portal that needs ender eyes. You get those by killing enderman P.S endermen are HARD to kill P.S.S you need at least a diamend sword or above

      • It’s a good idea to bring an enchanted bow as well, as you won’t need to wait for the Ender Dragon to dive-bomb you. Another tip: to take out the crystals at the top of the obsidian towers, don’t waist arrows or climb to the top trying to melee them. Use snowballs. For some reason, one hit from a snowball makes the crystal blow up. But practice first with the snowballs, as they can be hard to throw at times.

  4. I reomend star wars minecraft.

  5. I LOVE MINECRAFT!!! =) =D =P

  6. you cant make a pourtle to the ether if you do not have the mode

  7. EarthCool100 // February 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm // Reply

    you just gotta love minecraft

  8. i beat the ender dragon out side of the end and only with my hand.(Yes, I punched the dragon til’ he died!)

  9. i like using MCWorldEdit to get things like enchanted diamond stuff, it is so awesome! (BTW i have 1.4.7!)

  10. creeper slayer // February 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm // Reply

    Minecraft rocks

  11. super monky 5 // February 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm // Reply

    you can make redstone go up
    with redstone torchs

  12. THIS IS AWESOME Thanks


  14. i am about to get 1.5 and 1.9 so cool

  15. how do you make a diamond sword

    • ShrewManChew // February 21, 2013 at 9:06 am // Reply

      Mine diamond ore
      Put in furnace to make diamond ingot
      Go to crafting table and put stick on bottom and 2 diamonds on top of it
      (Can you make an obsidian pick ax)

      • AwesomeCraft // February 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm //

        There is no such thing as diamond ingot. You automatically get diamond when you mine the ore

        2. No such thing as obsidian pick axe unless you have a mod

    • Ganggum style // February 21, 2013 at 10:08 am // Reply

      i have a bunch of iron but how do you get dimonds?

    • first you get a stick and a crafting table and a you put the stick on the bottom and two diamonds on top>>>Diamond Sword!!!!

  16. Notch Created The Game

  17. i have been looking for great seeds could sombody help me

    • supersayian4freak // February 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm // Reply

      hskaratekid,there are some apps for iOS that will do you good. Seeds Pro for Minecraft is what you’re looking for if you have an apple device.

    • I know a seed its Herbrine if you find a water fall don’t walk threw our you wilk die of lava its hiden behind the water!!!!!!!!!

    • heavyplataborg // February 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm // Reply

      Dont dig strait down you will run in to lava or you will die in a cave

  18. I found a seed with a npc village and desert temple near spawn! ☺

  19. MagmaBlizzard5 // February 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm // Reply

    I enjoy building with wool in the game.

  20. to find diamonds easily dig to level 11 on the y axis then start branch mining by digging a 2×2 hole than making branches out of the 2×2 hole 2 blocks apart from each other 30 blocks long or longer if you want.

  21. i found 70 diamonds 100 gold 200 iron and 700 coal and 100 emrold! im no newbie!!!!!

  22. supersayian4freak // January 19, 2013 at 9:09 am // Reply

    Does anybody know how to make a portal to The Nether?

    • ShrewManChew // February 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm // Reply

      You get obsidian and surround a 2×3 area (the corners aren’t necessary) and strike the inside with flint and steel

    • Cyborg_miner_53 // February 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm // Reply

      Yeah, 4 obsidian on the bottom and 5 blocks up. There should be a 2x3x1 hole in the middle. P.S. I have been playing for about a year.

    • I think its eight blocks of obsidian and use flint and steel to light the miiddle and when you see purple swirly things that means you can enter the nether

    • Make a Nether reactor core. then try to find the correct pattern for it.

  23. Rock Star 627 // January 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm // Reply

    Hey every1! I finally remembered Notch’s real name! Markus Persson! Other interesting facts are that both Minecraft and Markus have their own pages on wikipedia!

  24. Like OMG! I havent even played it yet and i love it! 😀

  25. mc rox this world 🙂

  26. I’m so new to mine craft.Got it yesterday.AWESOME! but for some reason,endermen always kill me.

  27. Rock Star 627 // December 30, 2012 at 9:52 am // Reply

    I have Minecraft on my mom’s Kindle Fire and the Xbox 360. I am quite the Minecraft manic! I made a Herobrine head for Halloween this year! IN OTHER WORDS, I LOVE MINECRAFT! I used to remember Notch’s real name, but I forgot.

  28. i love minecraft thanks for creating it

  29. if you are trying to dig for diamonds bring buckets of water to turn lava into obsidian .

  30. build an iron golem. it will protect you for ever. just dont hit it…

  31. minecraftmania // December 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm // Reply

    three words; BEST GAME EVER

  32. MINECRAFT lover // December 16, 2012 at 11:04 am // Reply

    I found 2 seeds with lava, chest has a big cave i suggest you go on peaceful mode or you will have a lot of mobs coming out of a cave and trying to kill you also you will start in a tree P.S. you might want to stay their and in nether there is a big mountain of lava so far i have found 23 diamonds about 40 pieces of gold and over 125 blocks of iron and 500 pieces of coal could you help me find more seeds with lava thanks.

  33. minecraftfan // December 10, 2012 at 8:48 am // Reply


  34. An epic minecraft mod is the iron man mod. You can kill creepers in style!;)

  35. Minecraft is SO SO AWESOME I LOVE IT!!! it is amazing

  36. coolestsoccerboy // November 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm // Reply

    I love minecraft but I want it for free so is there a way to get it for free and not have it lag because I have windows xp?

    • Theuniverseman // December 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm // Reply

      Minecraft is worth all $26 you have to pay for it. Plus if you pirate it you’ll probably get a virus, or worse in trouble with your parents.

  37. LEGO minecraft builder // November 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm // Reply


  38. The pc version is alot better than the ipad version but you have to make windows and doors on the pc version. plus I have found a way to get to the ender without finding the stronghold, I would tell you this but I forgot the code.

  39. Did you know you can make a ak47 and a nuclear bomb on minecraft.

  40. I tried to change my skin to Iron Man, but it wouldn’t work. Please tell me why.

    • Just use Skin Craft thats what i always use then get the steve skin go to you documents file select it then close that and press enter

  41. I am with you Steve

  42. a store where you can buy a minecraft pre paid card is walmart.

  43. just go down near bedrock. but beware of lava. then go up about 5-20 blocks above bedrock. dig a 2×2 tunnel outwards for about 20 blocks on each wall in a large square. afterwards make a series of large shafts extending outward. by this time you should have found 4-20 diamonds. ive been playing minecraft seince alpha version so i know.

  44. Matthew54321 // November 6, 2012 at 8:02 am // Reply

    I just went to creative mode and chose the diamond ore and placed it somewheres and went to survival and *BOOM*. I did it.

  45. do what they say but use a stone pickax until you find dimonds

  46. I learned that on minecraft that the easiest way to find diamonds are to go to bedrock go 10 blocks up and dig straight one way and every 3 blocks dig all the way you can right, all the way you can left, and all the way you can up. But look out for gravel 🙂

  47. for me i like to dig a tunnel that goes down with steps. when i reach bedrock i then dig straight . after you make that tunnel start digging on the side. so you make another straight tunnel but on the side of the first tunnel.

  48. I found some diamonds but i accidently lost them by running into a pool of lava. 😦

  49. Hey guys! 1.4.2 came out!

  50. Yes… Minecraft.

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