^^ WOW! You guys put my paltry buildings to absolute shame! That tree house is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! What did you use to make the top of the tree look like that?
On a side note I wish the 360 version would get all the nice things the PC version has. Also you guys think there will ever be a Minecraft 2? (especially in the case of next gen consoles?)
Well, first I grew the trunk up to the height I was looking for, then I created a massive, single block dirt layer around the top of the trunk. Using that, I grew trees at different levels from the outside of the tree canopy toward the middle. After all of those trees were grown, I side placed logs between each tree to give the look of massive branches, which fed into one of four larger branches that came into the middle. The result is as you see. Took some doing, but I think it turned out well.
The 360 will be getting the cool things the PC does, but it'll just take some time. The PC version had a massive head start and was the first to be developed, so naturally it would be far ahead of the pack. And there may be a Minecraft 2 far flung into the future. Right now, the sales are still amazing and Mojang still updates the PC version in leaps and bounds, with Beta snapshots still releasing weekly. So if there IS a sequel? That's a very future thing. heh
It's even more insane that you actually grew that tree. How do you grow a tree so perfectly and so huge like that?
Well, that's the thing. The inside of the central trunk is hollow, but 28 trees make up all around it. I do that by getting a base and planting saplings all the way around. Now, when the tree grows off of THAT sapling, you get onto the top of the tree, you cut away the leaves and then put a single piece of dirt atop the tree trunk. Then you plant a sapling atop that. After that sapling grows, you knock the dirt block out and place a trunk piece. While I suppose that is technically not growing EVERY piece, it allows you to grow absolutely massive looking oak trees naturally. I did that for all 28 trees around the trunk and grew them to the point I needed them. Once it got to that point, I cut them off to be perfectly level and started on the canopy. The canopy...I think these two screenshots will show best how I did it.
As you can see in the first picture, I had the scaffolding all the way around where the trunk was growing, but placed a massive dirt layer at the top of where the tree trunk would end. This allowed me to use that to run around without the threat of death. Once that was done, I planted the trees like in the second picture. Planting trees on elevated bits of dirt allowed me to ensure a slowly rising canopy that looked far more like an actual tree. The close together growing did the same, allowing for no breaks in the leaf part of the canopy. In the foreground of picture two, you can see one of my spine branches, two wide and laid on their side for the lesser branches to connect to.
All in all, I think it worked pretty well!