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My son was off work tonight which meant it was time to play
Minecraft again. We've been exploring this massive underground cavern that has
yielded nearly 10 stacks of coal, 6 stacks of iron ore, and a whole bunch of
gold and diamonds. We stripped off what we could carry, not at all guilty with
what we took since there was so much left behind. I find that when I'm playing
Minecraft, not only am I looking at what I'm doing, thinking about what I still
need to do...I also consider other possibilities such as what I'd like to see
added to the game.
Don't get me wrong, I think the game is amazing as it is,
but I've always been a fan of those blogs that offer up recommendations to make
a particular game better in future updates or sequels. I've never really done
that until Minecraft. Truth be told, most of my ideas are borrowed from a game
that is very similar to Minecraft, and that's Sim City. Funny, they are both
games that people thought would never be successful because, "who wants to sit
around and just build stuff?" Clearly a ton of people want to. I know I do.
I've only recently started playing Minecraft on the PC, and
it's my understanding there are a ton of mods that greatly expand the capabilities,
but I've never seen any of them and don't know what they include. So if I suggest
something that already exists, please feel free to let me know and I'll check
Anyway...the first feature I'd like to see is...
1. Natural Disasters
As frustrating as it was responding to it, I was always
enamored with Sim City's natural disasters that would wreak havoc on your cityscape.
And as protective as I am with my property in Minecraft, how cool would it be
if a hurricane, earthquake or landslide randomly threatened your structures (or
the landscape in general). I suppose the way I envision this is as follows: I
always seem to climb the tallest mountain and build some sort of keep at the
top, right on the edge. It would be interesting to wake up and find that an
earthquake cracked the foundation of my castle and my great hall is now two
much smaller halls separated by a big gap that opened up in the night. Or
perhaps a mudslide, which seems like it would be fairly easy to incorporate.
Imagine if a fair portion of dirt blocks dropped like the sand and gravel blocks
do...and anything above them dropped down too. A sink hole could open up and
swallow your whole building. Man, wouldn't that be something.
I enjoy constructing buildings from scratch, but I've seen
what some users build and am fascinated with their artistic talent. For those
of us who aren't as gifted with the eye of an artist or hand of an architect,
how about a selection of pre-fabricated structures. Click a button and a menu
pops up - select what you want to build and as long as you have the
pre-requisite components, it is available for you to construct. With it
selected, move it around on the site location and once you have it where you
want it, click the button and it is constructed. I'd like to see houses,
castles, bridges, mine cart trestles, pirate ships, and everything else under
the sun. Part of the joy of the game is obviously building these things from
scratch, but I wouldn't mind a utility that helps me build a small village in
no time, instead of me building each unit brick by brick. Think of the real
time strategy games that use pre-fab units, and add it to Minecraft. Or better yet, like Halo's map editor.
3. Smaller Blocks
The blocks in Minecraft remind me of kindergarten crayons.
You know, the big thick chunky ones. When you're a kid, you don't mind. Heck,
you don't even notice, because frankly, you don't care about staying in the
lines. You don't even know what lines are. But when you get older and you care
about staying in the lines, it's almost impossible with a big fat crayon. Once
you get that new box though, filled with small, sharp tipped crayons, you cast
the big fat crayons to the side and never use them again. That's kind of how I
feel about Minecraft's block selection. If you could break the blocks down into
quarters, I could stay in the lines so much easier when I build (and could
build things that look a lot more lifelike).
4. Rapid Placement
I don't play in that free mode that gives you unlimited
resources and the ability to hover. I play in the regular ole mode that has you
do everything - you need cobblestone, mine it. You need food - hunt, fish or
grow it. I don't mind any of the daily routine type functions, but when I'm
building something massive, it would be kind of cool to have an ability to
select a large area and place multiple blocks at once - sort of a drag and drop
5. "Going to need a
Minecraft has boats. They are small one man boats that
remind me of the boats Curious George built out of newspaper hats. They're
about as durable as that. If you accidentally bump anything, they disintegrate.
And if you're in the middle of the ocean that is literally the size of the
Pacific, you have a lot of swimming to do. A lot. As far as things that float,
I think this simple little boat is it. My Minecraft world is huge. It's like
Earth in that most of the surface is covered in water. What a shame; what am I
going to do with all that openness? Well, if wooden blocks could float, I could
make a big boat and sail it around this world that is predominantly water. It
could be powered much like the powered mine carts are. I could use a dispenser to launch arrows, or
heck...just make a new item - the cannon, some iron ore and a TNT. Yeah, that
would work. I want a boat that really floats in my Minecraft, don't you?
Well, I'll leave it at five ideas. Besides, it's late...both
in time and with me getting this posted and I have to work tomorrow.
P.S. Member Herding has been delivered and should be posted
soon; I also have another surprise I am working on that I think a lot of you
might be interested in. Stay tuned. Thanks for your continued support and have
a great night.
I wish I had some witty, or well worded comment for you about this article, but I don't today.
All I have to say is, Sim City and Minecraft. Two very great games indeed sir.
I really like the natural disasters idea. I've always been fascinated by weather, and would like to see it play a bigger role in more games. And I'm gonna have to play Minecraft, you keep making it sound so awesome lol.
I'd like to see more redstone components added. Maybe sliding tracks that can be vertical, go along the ceiling... allow more freedom than the railroad tracks. I'd like to see something like pulleys, to allow for cable cars across chasms, or elevators down into mines. Rotating bases you could build on top of; make a working lighthouse, for example.
The ability to build a bigger boat would be the coolest thing ever. I would get my Captain Jack on!!!
I agree on the small blocks. Currently if you want something to be detailed, you have to build it many times larger than it actually is, so small blocks would be a great addition to the game.
I'm not sure how I'd fell about minecraft with natural disasters, losing one of my great monuments to a tornado would seem like a lot of wasted time.
I would suggest Tekkit, it has saws so you can cut blocks into different shapes, including smaller blocks. And it has this machine you can build that basically can copy and paste stuff you build, except a lot more complicated than that.
PC Minecraft has a huge modding scene and you can install the mods rather easily. I have seen maybe three or four mods that are just like your suggestions already on the forums.
If not smaller, then block scaling would be appreciated. By either a1/16 of the block or 200% size increase.
I love your ideas, great blog Saint!