If you are 20 years old or older, you probably remember that old game on the NES called Duck Hunt. It became notorious in later years for its annoying (and slightly creepy) hunting dog, simply referred to as the Duck Hunt Dog. Thanks to user Paint_Bucket, you can now become this dog and be just as creepy!
In case you are not familiar with the game (I imagine most Minecraft players grew up during the Playstation/N64 era), you had a fake gun which was used to shoot at ducks as they flew across the screen, thanks to the efforts of your trusty hunting dog. When you missed, he would pop up out of the grass and mock you, playing a soundclip that half of the people reading this just heard in their heads.
There is not much to say about this skin otherwise – it is decently shaded, if perhaps a little rudimentary. As you may know if you follow this website often, I am not too fond of skins that make faces/capes/etc. flow across several portions of movable geometry. As you can imagine, turning one’s head with this skin completely ruins the illusion.
Fan skins of pixel characters are also a bit of a gray area for me, as they require little effort to translate onto the Minecraft model.
Nonetheless – this is still a charming skin and one that will give some of your older friends a good laugh. I award Paint_bucket seven out of ten missed ducks.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
Just curiously: how old are you and do you remember Duck Hunt, or NES games in general? I am interested in knowing the general viewing population of this website. Leave your answers in the comments!