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Why Minecraft Updates Have Turned Me Away. - Aquatic Update

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avatar Jnaejnae
Level 78 : Legendary Boss
I've always considered Minecraft a good game. It hit that creative spot in me with it’s expansive sandbox possibilities. In general I really like the new content being added to Minecraft, prevents it from getting stale. However there is one thing that Minecraft updates consistently do that makes me increasingly distant ; the updates are destroying challenge.

Every major update adds features that makes the game easier, while rarely adding any challenge to counter balance it.

One notable example is hunger. They continuously add methods of getting food. Does sheep and rabbit dropping meat make sense? Yes. Does it also make it nearly twice as easy to get meat? Yes. Now they are adding edible kelp, and you can kill fish without fishing rods. Starving is essentially impossible. Minecraft is failing at being a survival game. Not once have they made surviving hunger more difficult.

More examples are sprinting, beds, shields, totem of undying, elytra, and tridents. These all make mob combat much less threatening and intense. Mobs like Skeletons are now just a chore, considering you can block 100% of their damage with a shield, sprint up to them, then 2 shot them with a stone axe. I do truly enjoy the few times Minecraft adds new mid-bosses like Elder Guardians and Evokers, however they are rare, so it doesn’t excuse the now redundant standard mobs. Now with the Phantom mob I will be punished for not sleeping, but I never sleep because it feels like a cheap way to avoid the danger of the night, which is one of the core attractions of Minecraft.

Essentially Minecraft is becoming gradually baby-proof. Currently the only times I die in hard mode is being knocked off a cliff or knocked into lava. Neither combat nor survival are difficult. The new recipe book also makes crafting an ease, and I’m not even against the idea of recipe books because Minecraft needed some way to learn the game without the wiki, however the quick crafting took it a bit too far, as it makes shaped recipes completely redundant.

I don’t want to always stick with Alpha, because again, I actually really do like more content. I don’t always want to stick with mods / self-inflicted challenges, because as long as Vanilla Minecraft is easy, the quality and longevity of the community will falter. I want Minecraft, a one of a kind game, to reintroduce real challenge for everyone to experience.

As an experienced player, I no longer feel joy in playing Minecraft because there isn’t enough challenge to remain satisfying. I’m not saying Minecraft is a bad game, but it’s a good game plagued by lack of a balanced skill curve. I haven't played a survival game in the latest version of Minecraft for quite a while, and it leaves a box shaped hole in my heart.

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  • TheToimeWulf
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • March 3, 2018, 7:41 pm
What really turned me away was both the abysmal and oversaturating updates, as well as the community.
*Lattie shudders
It seems like there's even less of quality control on both and a lot of servers are starting to die. New ones come in their place but they're no longer inspired. I've also learned that some servers I've staffed on had very dark things going on behind the scenes, so that was a real kick to the gut.
although I always play on hard, all what matters for me is having fun in all aspects of the game, not just the surviving aspect
  • conflicttFTW
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Sweetheart
  • March 1, 2018, 3:49 pm
Beds have been in forever and playing without sprinting is excrutiating because its like limping around constantly.

Every time an update comes out people freak out "oh god minecraft is ruined boo hoo im quitting" then the next update rolls around and they say the same thing. "oh no terracotta ruins the game it looks uglyyyyyy" like the ground is made of it naturally or something.

You dont hate minecraft because of anything Minecraft is doing. Its because you have played so long the game isnt hard for you to manage at all. I have the same issue. Instead of griping about new content, go play some hardcore modpacks. They fix most of the issues with more dungeons, harder mobs, and more tiered progression.
They make the mobs easy but the stuff you have to do (like mining for diamonds) tedious. It's why I don't play survival anymore.
Also remember that food was originally a health potion - no matter how many new food sources they add, hunger will always be harder than that. And a lot of people complained when there was no mutton.
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • February 28, 2018, 8:15 am
I read through this blog twice in detail as well as I visited your profile just to get insight what appreciate more and maybe get an idea where this post is coming from.
Clearly you enjoy the game a lot, enough to write this blog about it. Here is my take on it and please tell me what you think:

First off, I think the solution to all your problems here would be if Minecraft added another difficulty that would increase the difficulty on a lot of things here. With that being said lets go away from what you (and surely many more people) seem to dislike about the updates and change focus on why they do this.
The updates they make doesn't only affect the survival aspect, but it also opens to a lot of possibilities for the creative aspect and mini game aspect. Not everything they make can cater to all. We have to understand that this it not only a survival game anymore. The creators are totally aware of the community that can easily modify and make other things on top of what they do. They are not concerned with satisfying everyone, the community can do that. They only focus to push some ideas forward to keep the game interesseting enough and give these new features possibilities to blossom into other things as well.

And yes I do agree with critiquing the developers for missing sometimes. That will always happen, they miss sometimes and they hit as well. For any wish you want this game to be, the community and a good PC can provide you with that. As the wish for everything to deliver as a vanilla game that might be hard. I am not here to change your mind or anything, I am just letting you know even though you letting it go, dont think what they are doing is damaging things enough to the point that this isn`t possible.

I am just picturing this in a bigger scale not your points specifically. Older Minecraft versions are always available, you are also able to not use the new items. I understand what you mean and where you are coming from, but I am just glad they doing something new always. And hoping they continue.
  • JozyP
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • February 28, 2018, 6:26 am
I actually disagree with your pointe about hunger; pigs, chickens, and cows have always been more prevalent than mobs such as sheep and especially rabbits, at least when I have played. Mutton has been a side snack, while I usually find pork and beef more easily. The usefulness of sheep wool make them more useful to sheer and does not prioritize mutton at all. Secondly, items like the Elytra or the Totem of Undying are incredibly useful but they are relatively difficult to acquire. Both require a lot of time to find and are usually hidden in locations filled with mobs. Shield is a weird one because of how easily it is obtained and how useful it is.
I must say that Mojang hasn't forgotten any of it's players though. You can easily play older versions of the game dating back to indev, and modding is easy for versions like 1.6 etc. There is no reason to leave Minecraft if you still enjoy the game, just don't play the new stuff. I personally almost never play past 1.8.
cool story bro

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