Minecraft just fixed a decade old bug involving footstep sounds.
We guess that World of Warcraft isn’t the only game that just fixed a decade-old bug; Minecraft did it too. The latest Minecraft update brought a ton of minor new fixes to the game, but the developer Mojang pointed out that it also fixed a decade-old bug. The bug fixed the footstep sound as you walk near the edge of the block, so now you can hear your footsteps better as you’re taking a stroll through the Grand Canyon or Breath of the Wild map.
As reported by Kotaku, Majong finally fixed a footstep bug that caused footstep sounds to vanish when the players approached the edge of a block. It would seem that the game believed that players were walking in midair when approaching the edge, prompting the game to remove all sound. Now, more than a decade later, Majong not only fixed the issue, but the developer also added sound to the underwater footsteps, allowing players to hear a muted version of the usual sound as they traverse the watery depths for whatever reason.
Admittedly, this particular error was caused by a fault in the game’s calculations of the player’s position, which muted the footsteps sounds and made players immune to all damage if they were standing on the edge of a lava block. This is nothing game-breaking, but it isn’t how Minecraft should work, so the bug was logged by Mojang itself in October 2012. Now that it’s fixed, the players are celebrating and discussing other notable bugs, like the MC-4, which actually wasn’t fixed, ever.
And it’s the fourth in-game bug ever recorded in the game.
So, give Majong another decade or two; they’ll get there. Next to the aforementioned footstep sound bug, the developers introduced other fixes as well, like players no longer needing a smithing template in the template shot, and they also added a jukebox to the Redstone Blocks creative tab. But that’s not all; the company also dealt with other minute bugs that were plaguing the game, making this gaming phenomenon just a little bit better than it already is.
In other Minecraft-related news, the game has been stealing headlines recently, but not because of its gameplay or technical functionality. Someone leaked classified US documents pertaining to the Ukraine-Russian conflict on an unofficial Minecraft Discord server, and the information soon seeped into the game’s official Discord, from where it spread online. Soon after the information spread, an edited version of the leaked documents appeared online, which many believe is the work of a Russian propaganda machine.
Soon after the documents were released, Microsoft, which owns Minecraft, learned that Russian agents are currently attempting to infiltrate gaming communities in order to spread information, or rather, misinformation about the current state of conflict. The tech giant also learned that the agents used the Discord leak to spread their propaganda further. And we’ve seen plenty of games delayed precisely due to actions of various Russian hacker collectives—such as STALKER 2—and the use of suggestive imagery in Atomic Heart.