minecraft photo realism

MC_photorealistic_scene
Look at what you can make out of ‘Minecraft.’ Just look at it.
    Neither the idea nor the mods necessary are by me—I just went some lengths in order to get it to run with ‘Minecraft 1.8.1,’ the latest version. Actually two nights ago I was browsing videos of photorealistic mods for GTA4 when YouTube suggested AnonimusSVer’s video called Photorealistic Minecraft! Shaders + HD Texture Pack + Physics Mod (GTX 760).’ It completely stunned me. Instantly I loved the absurd idea of a 3D-world completely made of cubes, but clad in photorealism, and the strange atmosphere it creates. So I set out to recreate it, which needed some research and searching around.
    First I installed the ‘GLSL Shaders Mod’ and then ‘Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders’ (SEUS)—the result blew me from my chair already. Next I patched the profile now created in the Minecraft-launcher with the ‘MCPatcher HD fix.’ Finally I installed the ‘LB photo realism x256’ resource pack. And that’s it, but …
    … if you do all that, your ‘Minecraft’ may well crash on you. Very likely, indeed. To avoid that first make sure that you’ve got the latest ‘Java Runtime Environment’ installed. Then, and this is crucial as the textures already are of some size, allocate more RAM to the Minecraft-profile you are using. I allocated a healthy 8GB of RAM to the modded and patched profile. It now runs absolutely fluent and despite of all the modding I can see ten chunks far without any problems whatsoever. [I take it for granted that your graphics drivers are up-to-date ;o]
    See below for due credit, complete information, and links for all mods and software employed.
    The following three pictures show the exact same view. The first one as vanilla ‘Minecraft’ gives it to you. The second one as the ‘SEUS’ ultra shader renders the default textures. For the third one I combined the shader with Scuttle’s photorealism textures … just look at it.
 
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MC_seus
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DAXNITRO, ID_MINER AND KARYONIX. 2014. GLSL Shaders Mod for Minecraft 1.8.1/1.8/1.7.10 [computer program]. Version 2.4.1 alpha [15 November 2014].
KAHR. 2014. MCPatcher HD fix [computer program]. Version 5.0.0_02 release [24 November 2014].
MOJANG. 2014. Minecraft [computer game]. Version 1.8.1 [24 November 2014]. Stockholm: Mojang.
ORACLE. 2014. Java SE [standard edition] Runtime Environment [computer program]. Version 7 Update 72 (Build 1.7.0_72-b14). Redwood Shores: Oracle Corporation.
SCUTTLES, MISA, ADRIORN AND AAGEON. 2014. LB photo realism x256 [digital textures]. Version 10.0.0.
SONIC ETHER. 2014. Sonic Ether’s unbelievable shaders mod for Minecraft 1.8.1/1.8/1.7.10 [computer program]. Version 10.1 Preview.
Here are the current specs of my system [and here is its story ;o]: Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67 | CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.10 Ghz [quadcore] | RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB | Graphics card: Asus HD 6950 2GB | Power supply: BQT P9-850W | SSD: ADATA SSD S510 120GB SCSI | HDDs: WDC Raptor WD1500AHFD-00RAR1 @ 10,000RPM ATA, WDC WD5000AAKS-00TMA0 @ 7,200RPM ATA | Optical drives: TSSTcorp DVD-ROM SH-D163C ATA, Plextor DVDR PX-760A ATA | Monitors: 2x Asus VG278HE | Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 | Keyboard: Steelseries 7G | OS: Win7 HP SP1
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