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OliverFrenchie
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Hey there guys, OliverFrenchie here with another blog post. This time its a 'thinking blog' about the future of Minecraft. I can guarantee that there will be a bit of ranting, some suggestions and some nostalgia. (Custom Made Render for Thumbnail)

After playing some Minecraft Alpha the other day, it suddenly dawned upon me how much Minecraft had changed since the deadly creeper days. We went from primitive world generation with surface stone and iron to having an actual end to the game. I adore playing on Alpha, it is the simplest game I have ever played and probably my favourite. I still get frightened when I see a creeper or any mob, I venture long distances at the same pace without going hungry, I gaze upon the magnificent mountains and brandish my pick to venture down into the dark caves.

Notch and Jeb have clearly kept the interest in the game going. But is there need for such new additions?

The amount of mods and texture packs that completely change the feel of the game is immense and uncountable. There is enough out there (and still in development from mod developers) to keep us interested in the game for quite a while. I feel that Mojang should be focussing their work on small tweaks and fixes (such as Mod API and the ability to keep mods up to date without having to wait for the new version) rather than making large additions.

The recent additions of temples and trading, in a way, repelled me from updating and I haven't given in yet, I still play on 1.2.5. Why? Because I know the minute I update to 1.3, the bug fix updates will roll out and I'll have to wait yet again for the mods to update as well. Mod developers work as hard as they can to keep their mods up to date but (most) aren't full-time Minecraft mod developers and can't spend their entire lives updating their mods. Its times like these when we see perfectly good mods abandoned.

The more and more they add to the game, the more RPG'ish it feels (to me anyhow). Temples with loot and traps, trading with villagers, an end to the game, levels, "upgrading" (enchanting). I bought Minecraft to be able to shoot my creative juices all over my wonderfully generated world and build extraordinary structures or curious redstone contraptions, not to have to sit there and have villagers getting angry at me because I may have hit them once. Obviously this is where the Survival/Creative separation comes into play but new additions to the game can also affect Creative gameplay (new block properties). This really hit me when looking back at Etho's Lets Plays and comparing them to now when he had to redesign his entire base due to changes in redstone properties.

Small additions such as customisable spawners for mod makers (and SethBling) and the command block are fantastic. They aren't game changing but they aid the community in making better things.

For me the final 'major addition' was the End. Its sad to say but any more 'major' additions to the game will just leave me in Creative and not venturing into Survival. I don't want to have to remember hundreds of recipes for satellites, guns, etc... (imaginative future additions to the game). Of course, like I previously mentioned Mojang have to keep the game interesting for new players by adding new things but at least make it so they aren't frequent (2 or 3 times a year). Small mob additions like Ocelots are fantastic, adding a gigantic worm that eats blocks in the plains however wouldn't.

So Mojang, if you do read this then please keep changing the game but in small bits, not in gigantic massive chunks.

Thanks all for reading, don't forget to diamond and favourite if you enjoyed this blog post and have a nice day!
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  • dunkey4
  • Level 40
  • Master Turtle
  • November 7, 2012, 8:42 pm
exelent

i think you will one day become a successful author, ime serious bro
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  • ThatsMyPickaxe
  • Level 43
  • Master Technomancer
  • August 28, 2012, 6:55 pm
Satellites and guns... those are two things I hope will NEVER get added to minecraft, along with other futuristic stuff.
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Minecraft should have guns soon bows and swords are lame
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  • Lightning393
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • February 5, 2013, 3:01 pm
Guns would kill the feel of the game. Imagine someone using diamond armor spawnkilling everyone on the server with an AK-47. Along with that, people would demand computers, planes, cars, nukes, new ores of all sorts, and the game would eventually die of updates like those. Save that stuff for Tekkit, please.
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1.I Agree with the spawnkilling thing.

2.Maybe they should add an option where you can toggle Guns ON/OFF
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That Giant Worm won't eat blocks he will Dig though them (placing the blocks back of course) and live underground :3
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  • Charri10
  • Level 1
  • New Artist
  • August 18, 2012, 4:11 am
Nice !
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  • Dustoe
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • August 17, 2012, 9:01 pm
Trading has some rpg qualities, but was a much needed addition to the game and meant that testificates actually had a purpose, apart from being target practice.
Yes, mojang messed up the enchantment system pretty badly. Hopefully we'll see more improvements on it in future updates.
However, 'The End' is a completely different matter. Another dimension with a boss monster sounds good in theory. Unfortunately fighting the enderdragon is tedious and frustrating with no real purpose. I pray that someone at mojang will eventually make the final boss more of an actual final boss instead of a pointless waste of time.
Anyway, apart from that, not a great deal of rpg characteristics being added with each update.
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Good Words, My Friend.
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  • ryanguy426
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Geek
  • August 17, 2012, 5:23 pm
Jeb is an (excuse my language) CUNT! he RUINED Minecraft with the 1.3.2 Update. Notice how im fine with the 1.3.1 update. with the 1.3.1 update, Servers didnt lag to shit. NOW with the 1.3.2 update ALL THE SERVERS LAG LIKE IM IN THE NETHER! I DONT MEAN FPS LAG! SERVER LAG! Jeb, go build a cardboard computer and play with that.
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  • Banana0wns7
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • August 17, 2012, 8:14 pm
lol 1.3.1 was that update that lagged the servers like Fuk
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  • LZR
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • August 17, 2012, 5:39 pm
dude thats just the server you play on, most others are fine atleast for me
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  • ryanguy426
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Geek
  • August 18, 2012, 7:17 am
i said it ALL THE SERVERS ON MY LIST not THE ONLY SERVER I PLAY ON
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Maybe get a better Modem
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  • ryanguy426
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Geek
  • August 19, 2012, 3:41 am
i can upload a 4GB file in 2-3 hours and DOWNLOAD a 4GB file within the HOUR.
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Well if that's the case then I guess the servers are just laggy
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  • Sharp Pixels
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Mage
  • August 17, 2012, 3:11 pm
well spoken. diamond.
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I knew that this was going to happen. I see this sort of mentality daily in World of Warcraft, it was only a matter of time before it migrated to Minecraft. It's sort of sad really. Not that I disagree, though, you make a good point, and I suppose the development of this feeling is inevitable, no matter what game you play.
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  • gawainsonic
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 17, 2012, 1:28 pm
Yea but if they didnt update then people would find it stale, alot of mods will become incopattible (Ik i spelt it wrong) with other good mods and mods can go so far then what about the mob AI they have better texture people than some of the mod makers and theres Creative and Survival Dont like adventure then play in a flat world we all like the bid updates it keeps it epic do you think minecraft would be famous if it was at alpha with mods? the mods go so far then Mojang needs to add to the game so they do like I said go in a flat world in creative on peaceful and enjoy while we all create epic maps and have super awesome adventures
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  • SilentAero
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 17, 2012, 12:09 pm
[size=medium]"Small mob additions like Ocelots are fantastic, adding a gigantic worm that eats blocks in the plains however wouldn't."
What are you talking about? Do you realize how epic that would be?
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  • Zelduc
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Artist
  • August 17, 2012, 12:17 pm
And stupid? Re-wasting all your wasted time? Yeah, I think he does realize that.
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  • SilentAero
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 17, 2012, 12:29 pm
Yup. Useless cats are more productive than gigantic monsters to fight for an epic time, that drop materials to use for crafting.
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  • gawainsonic
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 17, 2012, 1:30 pm
Yea I agree it would suck if it wrecked your stuff but thats why you dont build in that biome they need to add epic bosses and more dungeons it makes it worth the $30 I payed for it lol
I feel better when I earn the materials to make stuff rather than cheat
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  • SilentAero
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 17, 2012, 2:51 pm
This.
But I feel the money I payed was worth it after a certain incident I had on a server. :p
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  • Zelduc
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Artist
  • August 17, 2012, 1:06 pm
No, I meant specifically that he says "in the plains." So, like, wrecking your stuff. Creepers are bad enough. Although, it might be interesting if they appeared in the End, and the boss you had to fight when you went through the portal was random.
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  • SilentAero
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 17, 2012, 2:52 pm
I suppose. But I think it'd be better if they made the bosses appear in different locations, like you could activate the worm if you do a certain thing or something.
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  • gawainsonic
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 19, 2012, 1:52 pm
Check out my new blog its pretty cool
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  • barmyarmy72
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 17, 2012, 11:30 am
I love the new changes, there so exciting, I understand the whole "Mod updating" thing, but you can still do creative things, like building and all that, it just gives you something else to do now
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  • Scholarbadger
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 11:18 am
I've played since late 1.6, but i loved 1.7 the MOST. It was so awesome and had that one touch that just kept me wanting to BUILD and such. I just loved the memories, now minecraft has lost that touch. I have no clue why too! I could do all the same stuff as i used to, but for some reason, i either became really good in minecraft and it's not challenging anymore, or It's too complex now. I just simply don't know.
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  • thurgiie
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Taco
  • August 17, 2012, 10:17 am
yeah i agree. Dont get me wrong I love minecraft, but I think they go a bit to far with the updates. I thought adding The End was a bit to far, they could have at least bought it in slowly,not a sudden update. I like the LAN servers but, its anoying because you have to wait for other servers to update to but apart from that i like them. I dont think adding all the potions to the 1.3.1 update because I like brewing to make the potions, but because they are there it feels pointless. And i dont think they should have added the end portal frame because i liked finding them. It all seems a bit pointless now. I love minecraft but maybe they should tone down the updates. +1 diamond and i sybscribe. :D
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  • gawainsonic
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 17, 2012, 1:32 pm
If you dont like the survival mode then play in creative nobody cares what 100 people say ore 500 when there is over 1 million saying MAKE MORE UPDATES ok there could be 1 million against updates and they have sold like 7 million copies so you cant beat the masses most like adventure as you dont thats why they have 3 modes Creative,Survival,Adventure and 4 difficulties
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  • thurgiie
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Taco
  • August 17, 2012, 11:36 pm
i didnt say i didnt like survival mode.
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 10:27 am
Thanks :)) yay :D!
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  • infantry492
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • August 17, 2012, 8:43 am
I love minecraft and always have and even go back to alpha and beta but I think the same about new minecraft as you. I love RPGs don't get me wrong but minecraft is about creativity not killing a boss and beating the game. If anything I think they should add an option in the menu that lets you go back to what ever version you so desire and make a server for said version. To me that is a great idea it lets people play their favorite version and you wont have to download illegal jars to play so its a win win.
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:54 am
That'd be fantastic if they did that. MCNostalgia lets you get old jars I think.
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  • infantry492
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • August 17, 2012, 8:58 am
great cuz iv been looking for a 1.5 server jar so I can make a server so me and a few friends could go to the farlands. after that im sure well just put it up on here for anyone who wants to play in beta with others who love it.
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  • Zelduc
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Artist
  • August 17, 2012, 8:37 am
You've got some good points there. But then again, if you don't want the villages, strongholds, temples, and dungeons, or the extra dimensions and boss fights, you can turn Structures off and play in Creative. That way, it's much more simple. There are mods that can help you turn off different mobs spawning, and even the Superflat setting if you want a pure, uninterrupted creative workspace. The only thing I would say definitely needs to be undone is the redstone / piston thing. That was probably the dumbest move on the part of Mojang that I've seen in a long time. But yeah, I like the way you think.
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:53 am
Thank you. Thats true and I do that for my redstone world!
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  • duxunited
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Princess
  • August 17, 2012, 8:31 am
Sorry I have to disagree. I have owned the game since late alpha and I look forward to every new update. It keeps it fresh and exciting. However, I am a big fan of RPGs so that kind of stuff doesn't repel me, it draws me closer. I can see your side of the argument though and I understand why some people aren't very happy with current Minecraft.
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  • gawainsonic
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 17, 2012, 1:35 pm
same here I like the survival and rpg in it I also make maps with creative for adventure, I think they should add a Realistic Survival where you can get to hot or to cold
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:53 am
Thats fine mate! I love to hear the other side and I'm not one of those opinionated people. Different people like it. I'm a fan of RPG's but only some!
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  • duxunited
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Princess
  • August 17, 2012, 8:59 am
Ya I see what you mean. Personally, I don't think Mojang have screwed anything up... yet. Who knows what the future entails?
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 9:00 am
Thats true!
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  • epiczombeh
  • Level 26
  • Expert Zombie
  • August 17, 2012, 8:04 am
I think they are doing this so that they can keep their fanbase not bored with the game. They can't just keep it the same forever, people would stop playing and they would lose money. But, jeb is making some crazy things thats for sure x3
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:18 am
Yeah of course thats why I mentioned they have to keep us interested. But on the side for us veterans of Minecraft, its nice to go back once in a while :)
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  • Nintenbro1
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • August 17, 2012, 7:11 am
Eh, I do agree that Minecraft did change a lot and most of the updates kills what Minecraft is, but I do enjoy having the updates to change Minecraft a little for the better ^^. I think the best idea is to put all the updates after 1.7.3 and put that into its own "RPG" mode, when you create a new world and have a custom story play, which generally ends with the Ender dragon, while keeping everything before 1.8 in survival. Also, I can easily tell that Herobrine will EVENTUALLY become part of the game :P
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:18 am
Yeah thats what'd be a fantastic thing for them to do. He will be back ;)
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  • Astrian
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Pony
  • August 17, 2012, 7:03 am
Am i like the only one that saw the massive blob of text and was like... No, that's too much...
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:17 am
No I'm sure you aren't. Some people like blobs of text and some people like small to the point texts. I like to develop my ideas and thoughts so it usually ends up long and winding...
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  • Damo_C
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Architect
  • August 17, 2012, 6:03 am
[size=small]i do agree alot with what you say , perhaps its time they focused on that much [/size][size=small]needed[/size][size=small] mod interface thing to make it alot easier for modders and then carry on with there other new stuff.[/size]
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:16 am
Thanks. Yeah and it shouldn't even take them that long.
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  • Damo_C
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Architect
  • August 17, 2012, 6:00 am
[size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]"I bought Minecraft to be able to [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]shoot my creative juices[/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)] all over my wonderfully generated world"[/bgcolor][/color][/size]

[size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]lol[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:16 am
Waiting for someone to comment that :')
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  • MicahMiner
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 17, 2012, 4:36 am
i agree, and disagree i mean mojang usually puts stuff that makes mincraft feel like minecraft, mods usually don't and plus youhave to download these mod which some might not be able to do, but im not disagreeing with you on high levels infact im agreeing with you alot, but i play the new update because im a builder and sideways logs are really cool to mess around with :)
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  • OliverFrenchie
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  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:16 am
Yeah thats fine :) I love hearing other's views! Thats a nice LITTLE feature that the logs can be sideways and thats brilliant! More little additions like that are far better than big additions.
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  • lets_make_pi
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • August 17, 2012, 1:56 am
i think the play demo option in 1.3 ruins minecraft for the "pirates" because they might be forced to buy the game(or something) to continue with their projects etc.
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  • tacoman500v1
  • Level 45
  • Master Taco
  • August 17, 2012, 7:05 am
This is a good thing. A pirate is a pirate and deserves to pay the price. They are just lucky we don't hang pirates anymore.
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 8:15 am
Haha totally agree!
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Naa. I love 1.3! I've been playing since the old Beta 1.3 and the new and improved 1.3 is fantastic! :D
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
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  • August 17, 2012, 2:38 am
Thats fine :) everyone has their own opinions and I respect them. Some of the newest features are really nice but I just still miss Alpha, can't make out why.
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  • infantry492
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • August 17, 2012, 8:47 am
maybe you miss it because of the simplicity I know that's why I miss it.
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  • Aqua-lnferno
  • Level 24
  • Expert Ninja
  • August 17, 2012, 1:11 am
True, the updates, such as pyramids temples, are totally awesome, but there are loads, I mean I will take an our listing the bugs.
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  • Arctic Fox146
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • August 17, 2012, 12:22 am
I love the new updates. Before the adventure update minecraft was so boring
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 17, 2012, 12:24 am
Thats fine. A lot of Alpha-boys however prefer the original Minecraft.
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  • tacoman500v1
  • Level 45
  • Master Taco
  • August 17, 2012, 7:07 am
I agree with Oliver. However alpha was not my cup of tea. 1.6 however is. Before all the pistons and other pointless add-ons.
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  • Mikey757
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • August 16, 2012, 11:38 pm
One other thing....... them damned new gravel textures, it may be best to keep current block textures the same and leave the difference to the texture pack makers.
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  • duxunited
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Princess
  • August 17, 2012, 8:34 am
I thought the old gravel texture was kind of ugly. I like the new gravel texture when working with gravel roads.
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  • MicahMiner
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 17, 2012, 4:37 am
i agree on all levels i loved the old gravel textures
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  • kajirye
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 17, 2012, 1:33 am
i agree with that. i hate the new gravel texture. but i updated a texture pack (it wasnt updated and i didnt wanna wait :/), with an older gravel texture
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  • OliverFrenchie
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 16, 2012, 11:40 pm
hahaha thats very true!!
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