Simplified texture packs are becoming commonplace in the Minecraft community. SlapPack is one such pack, and is reminiscent of oCd. This pack by kingofnice has nothing to do with slapping, unless you are referring to the slap in the face at the end of this post.
It is true that many simple texture packs look similar, but this one has its own flair which I can appreciate. As any great pack should, this one makes Minecraft seem like a whole different game sometimes:
Aside from the grass (I personally think it could use some work), this scene is quite charming. Far away, any texture will look detailed (or at least ambiguous) – here is an up close shot showing the tree textures and some crops:
Objects like crops and flowers are my favorite part of SlapPack, mostly because they give the game a truly cartoonish feeling. While that screenshot is fresh in your mind, I should mention that I love the simple flat shading that is characteristic of many simple packs, including this one – perhaps because I grew up on cartoons and anime.
Lastly, I would like to leave you with my favorite screenshot from the SlapPack PMC page. I never realized it until now, but the reason I dislike the Nether is because it is so chaotic and messy looking. The simplicity of this pack especially makes it a beautiful place:
Installing SlapPack Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.8
Download the latest version of the texture pack here.
Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).
Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks
Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.
Select the texture pack and click done.
Now for the slap, which I mentioned at the start. After reading, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Yes – we get it – this pack looks somewhat similar to oCd in some cases, and people are making simplified texture packs often these days due to the runaway success of oCd and similar early birds. Does that make this pack any less valid? No.
People leave rude and hurtful comments about how this theme has been overdone without even really giving the pack a chance or leaving any other constructive feedback. This effectively trivializes the time and effort of the creator. Texture packs aren’t exactly quick after-school-on-a-Monday side projects; even one as simple as this could take days or even weeks depending on one’s level of free time.
Aside from just having common decency, consider this question: what exactly makes a texture pack unique?
Realistic packs have been overdone.
Hyper-realistic packs have been overdone.
Photorealistic packs, monochrome packs, and holiday packs have been overdone.
It seems that the only theme one could pursue to appease these naysayers would be fan-oriented. As in: Sonic fan packs, Final Fantasy fan packs, Resident Evil fan packs, etc.
This in itself is not original. This is a derivative work, based off of another game. Essentially what I am getting to here is that it is almost impossible to be entirely aesthetically original on Minecraft these days; it has been around for too long and its user base has created a staggeringly huge amount of content.
Additionally, I’m sure people who make packs in overdone themes know they are overdone from the outset – most people make them for their own enjoyment, and derive their work from a pack that they like. As an artist myself, there is nothing more annoying than hearing someone tell you that your idea is “overdone” when the project was meant for your own enjoyment.
But let us leave off on a happy note: