I like minecraft, a lot, on occassion. But it needs a few tweaks for me to really get into it. I’m going to document them now:
First, you need mcpatcher, so we can use HD texture packs and install mods. Get it here: https://github.com/pclewis/mcpatcher/downloads
I’m using linux, so I need the .jar file. You can run it via
java -jar ./mcpatch-2.4.1_02.jar
This should pop up a handy GUI. More on that in a minute.
Next, we need the appropriate mods:
Auto switcher: automatically switch to the best tool for the job; the right type of pick for mining, axe for cutting, etc.
OptiFine: Minecraft is full of performance issues. OptiFine helps smooth them out, and supports better graphics for those with reasonable computers. http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/249637–131-optifine-hd-b1-fps-boost-hd-textures-aa-af-and-much-more/
ModLoader: I don’t remember why I have this installed, but presumably it’s for good reason.
So now that you have all the appropriate mods downloaded, launch mcpatcher. And add a bunch of mods (Mods -> Add in the menu). Also point it at your minecraft.jar. Should be located in ~/.minecraft/bin/.
Now, ensure only the following mods are checked, and ensure they appear in this order. If they don’t, use the arrows at the bottom of the GUI to rearrange them:
Then click patch. mcpatcher will probably complain, but just click yes.
Lastly, we need a good texture pack. I like this one: http://bdcraft.net/download-purebdcraft-texturepack-for-minecraft, 128 bit. Much higher and Minecraft doesn’t seem to handle itself very well. Download it and save the .zip to ~/.minecraft/texturepacks. You should be able to select it from the in-game menu.