Notch just made a post on his tumblr stating an idea about maps getting added to the game. Maybe a new use for paper and squid ink? Sounds cool either way ^_^ He mentioned that it will start out as a blank map that gets revealed over time as you wander, and that multiplayer folks’ll be able to link up their maps so both people can see what the other has revealed, maybe even see where that person is on the map when you check it.
In some Meh News, he said Pistons are getting delayed again, possibly for awhile. Even worse, this is because a coder is getting moved to another game, likely Scrolls. Even though I got a few ideas for pistons at the moment, the acknowledgement that they got one less coder working on the game isn’t great news to hear. This bothers me even more, because possibly the largest influence of me getting the game, X, from his Let’s Play Minecraft youtube series posted a lengthy list of things he’d like to see in the game.
Having watched each of his videos marathon-style for pretty much two full days until he stopped posting them, I know first hand this guy spent a lot of time in-game. But he got bored. Painfully bored. He claims it was because nothing was threatening anymore, and while I think it was more of a burn-out than boredom that killed it for him, I can see where he is coming from.
But Notch didn’t read his post. Actually, he decided to completely ignore it.
This is what bothers me this week. I’m a big fan of X, and I admit I may have a bias towards his side of the story. I also admit that X got a lot of popularity due to his Minecraft vids, and accidentally sent one heck of a tidal wave of fans Notch’s way, supposedly to the point of Notch getting text messages to read the post when trying to eat dinner. I get he would be displeased.
I also understand that Notch is probably trying to avoid the whole “if enough people tell him, he’ll listen to my thoughts and change the game!” can of worms. If he admits he read the list it might make him look like he caved to the pressure, but at the same time, completely ignoring the changes is not the right answer either. I read the list of ideas, and X was very understanding. He knew the changes would likely never get added, but it was mostly posted towards his fans for them to understand why he isn’t playing it nearly at all anymore. (Again, I think he built too much too fast and right out of the gates, while he claims lack of changes and lack of depth and difficulty.)
Most of X’s ideas were about beefing up the Adventuring aspect of the game. He conquered all he saw, and wept. (To decimate a Great phrase a la Alexander.) He said the game is almost all about building and almost nothing about Adventuring, which is correct. But he didn’t just want to complain about things and he listed ideas on how to fix what he felt needed more attention. Mainly, add upgraded versions of all current mobs for starters. You’ll need armor to go cave hunting as the upgraded mobs take a lot more damage and dish it out as well, so why not have those rare mobs drop better gear in mind of said adventurers? Say, iron ore? That would keep Adventurers stocked with iron for armor and weapons while not forcing them to mine all day for it.
You can read his whole thing (as well as an apology to Notch for X’s fans pestering him so much) right here. Was Notch right in blocking off new ideas? Is it wrong for people to suggest changes while playing a game born from creativity? Maybe Notch should hire on someone who just deals with people’s suggestions and organizes them for the team? He can afford it. (Minecraft broke 2,000,000 sales recently.)
But, to avoid ending it on a slightly negative note, my buddeh’ Ben allowed me and the Misses to visit his server this week! We didn’t stay long, Madam is under the weather and I’m drinking plenty of liquids to avoid catching it as well, but I did have enough time to snap this shot!
…right before a giant slime gutted me. Dang processor couldn’t handle me loading the image program so I died before I could alt+tab back in >.< Also, Ben has a kick-arse Dr. Who skin. Tennant’s version, of course. (Even had nifty 3-d glasses on, woo!) Not big on the Doc, but I really like Tennant. Think my fave episode was the Shakespeare one.
“Good ol’ J.K.!”