Minecraft 1.5 Redstone Update Now Available, Allows You to Name Ducks

The long-awaited 1.5 Redstone Update for Minecraft is now available (I guess at this point every Minecraft update can be described as long-awaited) and features a plethora of new additions and fixes. As its name indicates, most of the changes included in this update are related to the way in which players manipulate and use Redstone.

Mojang wanted to do things a bit different this time around and instead of publishing a long list with all the changes (which I’m going to include in this post anyway,) they want to inform you of all the changes through a song. My favorite one is probably the ability to name mobs (read: ducks and pigs.)

If you’re not in the mood for a song though, you can find the changelog down below courtesy of GameSpot:

– Added Redstone Comparator (used in Redstone logic)
– Added Hopper (collects items and moves them to containers)
– Added Dropper (similar to Dispensers, but always drops the item)
– Added Activator Rail (activates TNT Minecarts)
– Added Daylight Sensor
– Added Trapped Chest
– Added Weighed Pressure Plate
– Added Block of Redstone
– Added Nether Brick (item)
– Added Nether Quartz and ore
– Added Block of Quartz, with half blocks and chiseled variants
– New command: /scoreboard
– New command: /effect
– Containers and mobs can have custom names
– Inventory management has been changed, for example you can drag-place items over slots
– Texture packs now have separate images for each block and item, and can have animations
– Nether Quartz Ore now spawns in the Nether
– Smooth lighting now has three settings (none, minimal, maximum)
– More detailed death messages
– Some hostile mobs now are harder in Hard difficulty
– Many, many, bug fixes
– Removed Herobrine

Source: Mojang