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What You Need to Know About the New "Minecraft" Gameband

Dreamhowl has been playing "Minecraft" since 2012. She enjoys building, farming, and breeding animals. She especially enjoys magic modpacks!

Learn everything you need to know about the new "Minecraft" Gameband!

Learn everything you need to know about the new "Minecraft" Gameband!

What Exactly Is the Minecraft Gameband?

Gameband + Minecraft is the first wearable and functional Minecraft accessory! Gameband lets you take your Minecraft worlds with you wherever you go, onto any computer. Simply pull open Gameband and plug it into an open USB port to start playing! Gameband comes preloaded with the Minecraft launcher, the PixelFurnace app for customization, and popular maps from players Sethbling, Hypixel, and Dragonz.

Gameband was developed by Now Computing, a company based both in Barcelona and in the United States. They strive to make attractive, wearable devices for gamers everywhere. While Gameband + Minecraft is their first product, they plan on creating more product features that perform the same function for dedicated gamers: backing up and saving their game data, settings, and more on a wearable wrist device.

How to Properly Use Your Minecraft Gameband

Because the Minecraft launcher comes preloaded onto the Gameband device, there is no installation required! If plugging in your Gameband does not automatically open the root folder, you may need to access it like a USB device. To open Gameband and run Minecraft:

  • Open the “My Computer” folder
  • Select “Gameband” from your Drives
  • Click on the Gameband application

The Gameband name and icon are fairly obvious on the Windows and Mac systems; if you are running Linux, the application file is called “Gameband_linux.bat”, and can be run by double clicking it in the File Manager and selecting “Run”.

Gameband + "Minecraft" does NOT include a "Minecraft" game license; if you do not already own one, you must purchase that separately from Minecraft.net.

Once running, the Gameband application starts the Minecraft launcher for you! You don’t need to access the Minecraft folder on your Gameband device unless you plan on installing mods, adding resource packs, or copying worlds over to Gameband.

PixelFurnace allows you to completely customize your Gameband's functionality.

PixelFurnace allows you to completely customize your Gameband's functionality.

How to Customize Your Gameband With PixelFurnace

PixelFurnace is an application that allows you to customize your Gameband device with downloadable images and animations. You can stick with the preloaded animation, time, and date settings, or you can upload other images and animations. You can ever make your own! To access the PixelFurnance application:

  • Open the “My Computer” folder
  • Select “Gameband” from your Drives
  • Click on the PixelFurnace application

You can enable or disable the time and date animations, add scrolling text and personalized animations, and more. Gameband users can upload and download animations from the PixelFurnace website for the ultimate customization experience.

Gameband comes preloaded with popular maps, but you can add your own worlds!

Gameband comes preloaded with popular maps, but you can add your own worlds!

How to Transfer Worlds to Your Gameband

Your Minecraft Gameband comes preloaded with fantastic custom maps from Sethbling, Hypixel, and Dragonz, such as “Zombie Apocalypse”, “BlocksvsZombies”, and “TRON Fire.” Transferring other Minecraft worlds to your Gameband device is similar to copying worlds to your computer’s Minecraft folder:

  • Open the “My Computer” folder
  • Select “Gameband” from your Drives
  • Click on the “Minecraft” folder
  • Click on the “Saves” folder
  • Copy and paste your world

Once your move your Minecraft worlds to Gameband, they will be automatically backed up on their cloud-based servers. Gameband users receive one year of free cloud backup after registering their devices; if your device breaks, Gameband will send you a new device with your last cloud backup preloaded!

You can copy and paste any resource pack to Gameband, just as you normally would.

You can copy and paste any resource pack to Gameband, just as you normally would.

Popular Resource Packs

How to Install Fun Resource Packs and Mods

Installing Resource Packs

While it is possible to install Resource Packs and mods onto your Gameband, it requires more tweaking (no automated applications here!). Resource Packs are textures that you can add to your game to change to look of your Minecraft world. Resource Packs are found all over the internet, and can be downloaded for free. To install Resource Packs:

  • Open the “My Computer” folder
  • Select “Gameband” from your Drives
  • Click on the “Minecraft” folder
  • Click on the “Resourcepacks” folder
  • Copy and paste your resource pack

Installing Mods

Mods are features that expand and enhance your Minecraft experience; “Thaumcraft”, for example, adds elements of magic to Minecraft, while “Tinker’s Construct” adds a variety of weapons and tools. Forge, a Minecraft mod client, is to easiest and most popular way to install mods. To download and install Forge on Gameband:

  • Go to “files.minecraftforge.net”
  • Click on “Downloads” and select the version
  • Click on the “Installer” link to download
  • Change the directory to Gameband’s “Minecraft” directory
  • Click “Accept” and install Forge

Once the installation is complete, navigate to your Gameband application and load Minecraft. There will be a new Profile in the bottom left corner of the launcher called “Forge”. Select that profile and click “Play”. Your Minecraft start screen will now have a button called “Mods”, where you can enable and disable mods installed through Forge. To install mods, simply drag and drop the “.jar” files into the “Mods” folder, located in the “Minecraft” folder on your Gameband!

Popular Modpacks

Installing Modpacks

It is possible to install modpacks to your Gameband via popular mod launchers. Modpacks are a combination of mods packed together to fit different playstyles. Some YouTubers like Direwolf20 have their own customized modpacks. This makes it easy for players to download and enjoy the same mods, in one easy step! Gameband currently supports two mod launchers; Feed The Beast, and Technic Launcher. To install Feed The Beast:

  • Go to “feed-the-beast.com”
  • Click on “Download Now” and select the version
  • Open the Gameband “Minecraft” folder
  • Drag the file into the “Minecraft” folder
  • Download the file and unzip the download
  • Drag “Gameband.properties” into the root Gameband folder
  • Click on the Gameband application and log in
  • Select the modpack and let the files download

If you have installed Feed The Beast on your Gameband and want to access vanilla Minecraft, simply remove or delete “Gameband.properties” from the Gameband root folder. You can cut and paste the folder onto your main computer for safekeeping, and transfer it back to your Gameband when you want to run Feed The Beast again!

Installing the Technic Launcher to your Gameband follows a similar, but more simple process:

  • Download the file and unzip the download
  • Drag the unzipped files into the root Gameband folder
  • Click on the Gameband application and log in
  • Select the modpack and let the files download

As with the Feed The Beast installation instructions, moving or deleting the “Gameband.properties” files from the Gameband root folder will allow you to access unmodded Minecraft again. Neither installation should mess up the files on your Gameband, and your world progress is saved and backed up the same way that your vanilla Minecraft worlds are.

Test Your Knowledge!

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Do you have to install Minecraft to use your Gameband?
    • Yes, it is not included
    • No, it is preloaded
  2. Does Gameband come with a Minecraft game license?
    • Yes, it is all included!
    • No, you must buy that separately
  3. How can you customize Gameband with PixelFurnace?
    • With downloadable animations
    • With downloadable images
    • With personalized scrolling text
    • All of the above
  4. Can you install mods to your Gameband?
    • Yes, Forge makes installing mods simple
    • No, you cannot play modded Minecraft on Gameband
  5. Which mod launchers are compatible with Gameband?
    • ATLauncher
    • Feed The Beast
    • Technic Launcher
    • 2 and 3
    • All of the above

Answer Key

  1. No, it is preloaded
  2. No, you must buy that separately
  3. All of the above
  4. Yes, Forge makes installing mods simple
  5. 2 and 3

Questions & Answers

Question: Why can't I update Minecraft?

Answer: Could it be a problem with your launcher? Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling it?

© 2015 Jessica Peri

Comments

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on December 27, 2018:

@Shalacknar Do other USB devices show up when plugged into the same USB slot? If not, you may need to update the USB driver. If other devices load fine, the problem may be the gameband. I still have one, and it loads up fine.

If you have multiple computers, try plugging it in to several and see if any read the gameband. Try charging it in the wall with a power brick (the USB wall plug that most phone chargers use) - does it turn on and show the charging animation?

Shalacknar on December 25, 2018:

So got the gameband for christmas and my computer makes the noise that usb is connected but its not showing up. Any ideas?

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on December 22, 2018:

@leen: Production of the Minecraft Gameband stopped, but the company has left up a page to the repair software. Simply download it, move it to your Gameband's drive, and open it - it should recover any lost files! You can find the software here: https://www.nowcomputing.com/downloads/

leen on December 19, 2018:

hello,

i have an odd question. i recently aquired a gameband but it didn't contain the pixelfurnace app. does anyone have an exe file of it.

thanks

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on January 16, 2018:

@DaguilX That's great! I'm glad I could help.

DaguilX on January 05, 2018:

Thanks to you I can finally play Minecraft with mods on my Gameband. Thank you!

Lauren Bridgman-Fralin on August 20, 2017:

We've downloaded Forge, installed a java environment in internet explorer, we get to the installation part and it tells us there's no minecraft installation at this location - we've downloaded forge to the gameband's minecraft folder as stated above. Any other resources to help us figure this out in order to add mods? can't get forge installed :(

Anonymous on June 10, 2017:

This thing doesn't work I want to upload mods but I can't because I have an Error message

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on May 06, 2015:

@CorneliaMladenova Thank you! The versatility (and geeky customization) of Gameband drew me right in.

Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on May 06, 2015:

Very informative hub. My daughters are Minecraft fans and they fell in love with this gameband :)