Minecraft is God’s gift to video gamers but even so, there’s still some features that could ultimately help it become the perfect game we know it could be. Below is five reasons (in no particular order) I’ve come up with after playing an un-human amount of Minecraft, reasons that  I believe could strengthen the overall experience of Minecraft.

More Advanced Aquatic/Aviation Travel

Minecraft already has a basic raft in the current system, as well as a variety of mine-carts. Even though they get the job done – they don’t feel very personal or fun in the slightest. The ability to craft say, a Pirate Barge which players could all build and operate together would offer a huge amount of fun, and it would be extremely rewarding to watch your creation travel the Sea. Even though an Airplane would probably be out of place in the Minecraft world, Aviation (Such as an Airship/Hot-Air Balloon) has the potential to also be an integral part of Minecraft. The more methods of travel, the better.

In-Game Skill Progression

Stat building has penetrated most modern day games, even the traditional Role Playing Game experience points bar is now used in most shooters. It offers a feeling of accomplishment when you level a skill, and with Minecraft it could work just as well – if not better. Say you chop down wood for a full day, aside from now having an abundance of wood, you also level your Lumberjack skill. With this, you now cut down trees faster, yield more wood and perhaps one day you’re able to cut down more advanced tiers of trees. It would allow players to have a specific role within the community, and some differentiation from their peers.

Improved Farming

Maybe it’s the Harvest Moon fan inside writing this, but I’d love to see more uses and variety when it comes to animals and plants. Milking cows, sheering sheep, and incubating or EATING (Muahaha) Chicken eggs would be an excellent way to make the animals in the world feel more useful and in some sense renewable. I’m sure the cow would love to have a use besides being killed for it’s hide. Adding something like a rope in which you can drag (I mean, umm, direct!) the animals back to your pen would be super-useful for a budding farmer. As for just growing wheat and trees, it wouldn’t hurt to have a tiny bit more variety in the seeds. Hey, Notch, throw a tomato in there will you?

LAN support

I’ll admit it, I don’t know how to setup a Minecraft server. The thought of it fucking scares me to no end. The ability for a LAN option would be fantastic, as I often have friends and family who want to play the game alongside me, however we either have to go online to a pre-existing server and they’re often plagued with griefers and weird rulesets. If we could have a LAN only world of our own, then I’m sure no work would be done around this house, but hey, our Minecraft house would be bitching! Either way, it’d be awesome.

Achievements!

Sometimes after playing Minecraft for hours on end, the experience can wear a little thin. Instead of taking a break like a normal person, how about nailing out some achievements! For example “Chickens Suck” could be attained by scouring the world, searching for the foul little chicken minions and killing 100 of them. Of course Minecraft not being on Xbox leaves the achievements feeling a little unappreciated out of the context of the game itself, but the game could present you with a tangible reward. When you say, attain the “Chickens Suck” Achievement you are rewarded with a golden chicken trophy, which you can place in your home to show-off to everyone else. This system could provide some extra hours of fun, as you and your friends start to do ridiculous activities together for them damn cheevos!

Even though the game is in the late Alpha stage right now, and it may be ridiculous to even think about half these features, Minecraft and Notch have shown that ridiculous things are indeed possible. These are just some of my ideas, you’re probably staring at the screen with a scrunched up face thinking “What the fuck?” and if indeed you are, please let me know some ideas you have in the comment section!

10 COMMENTS

  1. These are good ideas, also the ability to sell stuff or to build a shop or something would be cool. Also more block varieties, modern stuff. You could have a server with a prebuilt city which people can get jobs and stuff.

    Sorta like garrys mod roleplay

  2. The first suggestion is great, especially about building larger ships. That would be awesome. The improved farming is also a good suggestion I suppose. The LAN support is basically in the game already. It’s very easy setting up a server and if you’re doing it on LAN you won’t even have to worry about redirecting any ports. As for the achievements, the game already has a way better achievement system than any other game I’ve played. You work hard on something and when it’s finished you can marvel at your own creation. I think you’re playing this game “the wrong way” to be honest.

    • The beautiful thing about Minecraft is that there really is no “Wrong” way to play. Are you telling me that wanting to gain an achievement is wrong, but creating a giant Mudkip in the air is the “correct” way to play? Whether it be Roleplay, Survival, Creation, everyone has their own ways of playing Minecraft, and i think thats what makes it truly fun.

      • I would have to agree with you, I like the idea of the achievements. Although I understand jlenson’s point, he’s saying the gaming community have become to focused on the certificate of completion rather than the creation itself. But f**k that, I still like achievements.

  3. I think you are right.
    I’d add something more, like a mode in wich you NEED to eat and drink to stay alive, as well as sleep.
    When I play minecraft I feel a lot like I’m playin a LostInBlue-like survivor game.
    That’s the feeling: desperation.

    New kind of weapons, and maybe some furnitures would be nice.

    ;) Sorry for the english, I’m a self-taught italian.

    • Hey there, your English is fine! Damn impressive for someone self taught. I’m with you about the whole “survival” feel of the game, which is why i suggested specific progression. In turn that would give everyone a specific role to get better at, but hey it’s not for everyone.

  4. What I tell you now is from Notch himself, as he has said this in the past concerning some of these things.

    1) Notch said that he wants to add bigger boats, to a point where you get to design them yourself in game. He mentioned this on his tweet, but also added that it will be hard to do this. He also has said that he will add ways of flying in the game as well. (There will be dragons one day)

    2) Notch said he will not add levels or skill progression. I am not sure if he will change this, but that is what he has said on this topic.

    3) Milk and eggs will have more interactions in the future. He has hinted at the ability to breed animals for food too.

    4) No clue about the Lan thing.

    5) He has also hinted at wanting to add achievements, not sure how many… but they will be meaningful.

    I hope i helped.

  5. What I tell you now is from Notch himself, as he has said this in the past concerning some of these things.

    1) Notch said that he wants to add bigger boats, to a point where you get to design them yourself in game. He mentioned this on his tweet, but also added that it will be hard to do this. He also has said that he will add ways of flying in the game as well. (There will be dragons one day)

    2) Notch said he will not add levels or skill progression. I am not sure if he will change this, but that is what he has said on this topic.

    3) Milk and eggs will have more interactions in the future. He has hinted at the ability to breed animals for food too.

    4) No clue about the Lan thing.

    5) He has also hinted at wanting to add achievements, not sure how many… but they will be meaningful.

    I hope i helped…

  6. just read the article and i have to say that all of this would be fantastic (even though you would think it would be difficult to implement) i always thought that it would be cool if there were (like mentioned by notch at one point) Npc people that lived in randomly generated villages (how that would work is beyond me) that you could trade with for items you might need for example: this particular group of people have a lot of redstone but next to no coal so you trade say 5 coal for 3 redstone dust. just an idea.

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