Rave Family Block Fest Earns “Fyre Festival” Title On First Day Of Programming

Rave Family Block Fest, pka Electric Blockaloo,
the massive Minecraft festival that claimed to have over 950
artists and 65 stages over four days, is currently going through
massive opening day bugs. The festival was called a
Fyre Fest on Reddit
almost a month ago, and now it seems to
have earned that designation, though it’s only the first day.

Firstly, many users were caught off guard that there is no
actual music in the festival. Though other Minecraft festivals have
done it this same way, due to the scope of this one, it has many
users who are new and unfamiliar with the platform and weren’t
aware that music cannot be streamed through the game (at least not
the vanilla game). Instead, users are required to find their
desired stage in-game and then go to either Mixcloud or the
festival’s website and stream the music there — for free.

While this was apparently laid out to users in an introductory
email before the festival, many claim they never received the email
or were simply misled from the beginning about what to expect.

All of this was compounded with an unexpected Mixcloud server
maintenance this morning which resulted in the platform going down
when the festival was scheduled to start, meaning that there was no
music.

A second issue is with users even getting into the game. Unless
you’re a seasoned Minecraft player or gamer in general or have
been active in their Discord (which has been receiving complaints
and inundated with requests for refunds all morning), accessing the
festival’s servers is more than just difficult. The instructions
for that were apparently also laid out in either the same email
about music or a separate one, but the same issue persists: users
either didn’t receive the email or instructions weren’t made
easy to understand.

Two servers are active: Bedrock and Java, which you have to pay
for individually. According to users in the Discord, there are
currently (as of 12:15pm PT) 26 people on Bedrock and just 77 in
Java. And because you pay for them individually, switching servers
is like purchasing a whole new game. Meaning if your server is
underpopulated, too bad. It’s unclear what the expectations for
this festival were, but the fact that there aren’t even one ninth
of the attendees as DJs booked on its first day isn’t a good sign
no matter how you slice it.

A third issue is navigation. Again, unless you’re a seasoned
Minecraft player or gamer in general, movement in Minecraft, let
alone from one massive area to another, is confusing at best and
impossible at worst. Users are left stumbling around the virtual
world or just succumbing to the location where they were spawned
in-game.

Rave Family Block Fest Earns “Fyre Festival” Title On First
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Rave Family Block Fest Earns “Fyre Festival” Title On First
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One of the admins in the RFBF Discord server shared this map
with users, but it has no identifying landmarks or any labels
whatsoever. When another user asked “how are we supposed to know
which stage is which? by any chance could we get that labeled or
will we have to do that,” he responded, “Sorry, if I had
anything else to give you I would. That’s all I’ve got at the
moment.” It only spells to the overall lack of organization and
forethought from the festival which was already
delayed two weeks
due to a planned Minecraft update.

The functionality of the game itself is also experiencing major
issues, with many users reporting falling down literal holes in the
game and being unable to get back up, or getting stuck in “mosh
pits” unable to move. No one can chat in the game, either,
according to messages in the Discord.

Beyond the user experience, artists and management are being
caught off-guard by the unpreparedness, as well. According to our
sources, artist contracts had nothing in them about mixes being
public. Avatars for artists were also supposed to be created by the
festival team but as they were running out of time, told teams to
create the avatars themselves or else there just wouldn’t be one.
One manager reports that it took an hour just to create one avatar
— again, there are over 950 “booked” to perform.

All of this doesn’t even begin to address how this festival is
supposed to function on the mobile version of the game.

Overall, the festival overextended itself by leaps and bounds
and took way too much under its wings. In pursuit of a larger than
life experience, many details were left lacking or completely
overlooked, and the users are paying the price. Or not — many
have flooded the Discord server with requests for refunds.

A Mojang Studios spokesperson said, “Millions of people around
the world use Minecraft as a platform to socially connect and
express their imaginations in limitless ways. Rave Family Block
Fest is not officially sanctioned by Mojang Studios and we have not
partnered with organizers of the event.”

Your EDM has reached out to representatives of Mixloud and the
festival for comment but have not heard back at time of
publishing.

You can listen to most of the sets as they’re uploaded, for
free, here.

updated with statement from Mojang Studios

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source:
Rave Family Block Fest Earns “Fyre Festival†Title On First Day
Of Programming

Rave Family Block Fest, pka Electric Blockaloo,
the massive Minecraft festival that claimed to have over 950
artists and 65 stages over four days, is currently going through
massive opening day bugs. The festival was called a
Fyre Fest on Reddit almost a month ago, and now it seems to
have earned that designation, though it’s only the first day.
Firstly, many users were caught off guard that there is no
actual music in the festival. Though other Minecraft festivals have
done it this same way, due to the scope of this one, it has many
users who are new and unfamiliar with the platform and weren’t
aware that music cannot be streamed through the game (at least not
the vanilla game). Instead, users are required to find their
desired stage in-game and then go to either Mixcloud or the
festival’s website and stream the music there — for free.
While this was apparently laid out to users in an introductory
email before the festival, many claim they never received the email
or were simply misled from the beginning about what to expect.
All of this was compounded with an unexpected Mixcloud server
maintenance this morning which resulted in the platform going down
when the festival was scheduled to start, meaning that there was no
music.
A second issue is with users even getting into the game. Unless
you’re a seasoned Minecraft player or gamer in general or have
been active in their Discord (which has been receiving complaints
and inundated with requests for refunds all morning), accessing the
festival’s servers is more than just difficult. The instructions
for that were apparently also laid out in either the same email
about music or a separate one, but the same issue persists: users
either didn’t receive the email or instructions weren’t made
easy to understand.
Two servers are active: Bedrock and Java, which you have to pay
for individually. According to users in the Discord, there are
currently (as of 12:15pm PT) 26 people on Bedrock and just 77 in
Java. And because you pay for them individually, switching servers
is like purchasing a whole new game. Meaning if your server is
underpopulated, too bad. It’s unclear what the expectations for
this festival were, but the fact that there aren’t even one ninth
of the attendees as DJs booked on its first day isn’t a good sign
no matter how you slice it.
A third issue is navigation. Again, unless you’re a seasoned
Minecraft player or gamer in general, movement in Minecraft, let
alone from one massive area to another, is confusing at best and
impossible at worst. Users are left stumbling around the virtual
world or just succumbing to the location where they were spawned
in-game.

One of the admins in the RFBF Discord server shared this map
with users, but it has no identifying landmarks or any labels
whatsoever. When another user asked “how are we supposed to know
which stage is which? by any chance could we get that labeled or
will we have to do that,” he responded, “Sorry, if I had
anything else to give you I would. That’s all I’ve got at the
moment.” It only spells to the overall lack of organization and
forethought from the festival which was already
delayed two weeks due to a planned Minecraft update.
The functionality of the game itself is also experiencing major
issues, with many users reporting falling down literal holes in the
game and being unable to get back up, or getting stuck in “mosh
pits” unable to move. No one can chat in the game, either,
according to messages in the Discord.
Beyond the user experience, artists and management are being
caught off-guard by the unpreparedness, as well. According to our
sources, artist contracts had nothing in them about mixes being
public. Avatars for artists were also supposed to be created by the
festival team but as they were running out of time, told teams to
create the avatars themselves or else there just wouldn’t be one.
One manager reports that it took an hour just to create one avatar
— again, there are over 950 “booked” to perform.
All of this doesn’t even begin to address how this festival is
supposed to function on the mobile version of the game.
Overall, the festival overextended itself by leaps and bounds
and took way too much under its wings. In pursuit of a larger than
life experience, many details were left lacking or completely
overlooked, and the users are paying the price. Or not — many
have flooded the Discord server with requests for refunds.
A Mojang Studios spokesperson said, “Millions of people around
the world use Minecraft as a platform to socially connect and
express their imaginations in limitless ways. Rave Family Block
Fest is not officially sanctioned by Mojang Studios and we have not
partnered with organizers of the event.”
Your EDM has reached out to representatives of Mixloud and the
festival for comment but have not heard back at time of
publishing.
You can listen to most of the sets as they’re uploaded, for
free, here.

updated with statement from Mojang Studios
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source:
Rave Family Block Fest Earns “Fyre Festival†Title On First Day
Of Programming

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