If you are anything like me, you find great joy in capturing the cinematic moments of gameplay that happen on a regular basis. That time you knocked an exploding creeper into a group of zombies? Priceless. That time you just barely cleared a pit of lava after being shot by a skeleton? Golden. But taking screenshots mid-combat can be deadly. With zeno410’s Damage Screenshots mod, you will never miss another moment of glory again!
This mod operates in a very simple way – every time you are struck by an enemy or otherwise take damage, it takes a screenshot immediately before the damage is applied – thus showing your health prior to the attack (partially to avoid shots of the death screen):
It also has the function to take screenshots after damage has been applied, however. By default this function will wait several ticks before executing. The length of time between damage and capture is customizable.
One of my favorite uses of this mod is shown in the above screenshot – capturing the damage caused by a creeper. Fighting a creeper, especially with several other enemies around, is always a high-stress event – this screenshot shows perfectly that dreaded moment when you realize that you should have backed away instead of rushing in.
This is made possible by the mod’s ability to take screenshots just before and after hurting a mob as well, applicable to all forms of damage as long as they are directly from the player (i.e. I do not think TNT applies here).
Some other interesting or fun ideas:
Set the damage delay to one or two seconds – often the aftermath is more interesting than the immediate reaction;
Use in Hunger Games servers to show off awesome kills or nerve-wracking escapes;
Keep commemorative screenshots of hardcore characters moments before their death;
Squint in confusion as you try to discern why you would have ever screenshotted yourself slaying a helpless sheep, ultimately realizing that you installed this mod.
Of course, there is one downside to having Damage Screenshots. You will occasionally be reminded of moments of pure stupidity and misfortune…
How to install Damage Screenshots Mod for Minecraft 1.7.2
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Damage Screenshots.
Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.
Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.
Can you think of any other times when it would be interesting to have automatic screenshots? If someone could figure out an algorithm to take a screenshot every time a player stopped placing a large quantity of blocks and stood still, perhaps we could get some interesting building work-in-progress shots too. Post your ideas in the comments!