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The Future of Minecraft - A Thoughtful Blog

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OliverFrenchie avatar 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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11/08/2012 1:42 am
Level 46 : Master Turtle
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i think you will one day become a successful author, ime serious bro
08/28/2012 10:55 pm
Level 48 : Master Technomancer
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Satellites and guns... those are two things I hope will NEVER get added to minecraft, along with other futuristic stuff.
09/01/2012 6:00 am
Level 6 : Apprentice Network
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Minecraft should have guns soon bows and swords are lame
02/05/2013 8:01 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Pirate
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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.
02/12/2013 2:01 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Network
darkrider5000 avatar
1.I Agree with the spawnkilling thing.

2.Maybe they should add an option where you can toggle Guns ON/OFF
08/18/2012 6:53 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
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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
08/18/2012 8:11 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Artist
Charri10 avatar
Nice !
08/18/2012 1:01 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
Dustoe avatar
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.
08/17/2012 9:48 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Pixel Painter
The Sentinels Corp
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Good Words, My Friend.
08/17/2012 9:23 pm
Level 20 : Expert Geek
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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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