Will Minecraft's 1.8 Update be the game's peak?

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Will Minecraft's 1.8 Update be the game's peak?

The 1.8 update for Minecraft is shaping up to be a big one. An adventure mode with villages and NPCs is already in the works for the update, along with an array of other additions, changes and bux-fixes.

Since we recently raised out doubts about how long the game will last, it seems appropriate to explore where exactly the building game – which still continues to grow at alarming rates – will hit its fastest stride, and for how long.

It would make sense that – being the largest update to the game until the full release in November – this update would see the most playtime before the game slowly begins to die out.

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However this assumption ignores one vital factor: the upcoming release of the Xbox 360 and mobile versions of the game. Kinect will offer an entirely new way of playing, and the mobile versions could potentially allow players to expand on their PC-worlds while on the bus or whilst 'taking an importing call' during work hours.

In both the case of the Xbox 360 and the mobile platforms, the way we play the game will be revolutionised. However, we expect very few changes to the title in its ports – the recently released version for the Xperia Play is the same game we have grown to know and love, with only one major omission: monsters. To an extent, even online play has been incorporated!

No matter which direction all formats of the game take, one thing is for sure – despite endless creative boundaries, players will begin to play less as their own creative limits are breached.

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Yes, there will always be that one big thing made in Minecraft each week, but to build that one big thing you need to be that one big person – meaning that tens of millions of people are not that person. As such, the progress of the game across the Internet will slow considerably as the new features grow old.

The best way to counter this? Keep adding new elements after release. However doing this will delay progress on the new project we are all keen on hearing more about: Scrolls. At some point, the developer is going to have to realise the slow and painful fall into the abyss of forgotten games is inevitable and that, instead of trying to get a few million more out of their debut title, they should polish up their second title and rake in trillions.

By Harry Hughes

What is (was?) the peak of your Minecraft experience going to be? Will you consider a second or third purchase?

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wait... don't you mean 1.8? :O
yes :/
bugger.. next update will hopefully be the best so far.. :)

M@ndyz said: bugger.. next update will hopefully be the best so far..


Thanks for pointing that out for me :D
Why is everything in the game industry so pessimistic? We play games I mean come on its not that bad!

Redean said: Why is everything in the game industry so pessimistic? We play games I mean come on its not that bad!


Can you elaborate on what you mean?

Harry said:

Redean said: Why is everything in the game industry so pessimistic? We play games I mean come on its not that bad!


Can you elaborate on what you mean?


i think he's trying to say: Why don't we play and enjoy a game, instead of spending all our time predicting it's demise

Harry said:

M@ndyz said: bugger.. next update will hopefully be the best so far..


Thanks for pointing that out for me


no worries :)

Marge said:

Harry said:

Redean said: Why is everything in the game industry so pessimistic? We play games I mean come on its not that bad!


Can you elaborate on what you mean?


i think he's trying to say: Why don't we play and enjoy a game, instead of spending all our time predicting it's demise


it was like the other thread I was on before.. everyone is very pessimistic about certain games.. :S

Marge said:

Harry said:

Redean said: Why is everything in the game industry so pessimistic? We play games I mean come on its not that bad!


Can you elaborate on what you mean?


i think he's trying to say: Why don't we play and enjoy a game, instead of spending all our time predicting it's demise


why have commentators in sport? [monkey]

the idea is to give you guys a different perspective on different issues in the gaming industry. it's (hopefully) interesting, and understanding how the industry works is key in knowing which games to look out for in the future. :)
when i just got the game i couldnt get off of it, but now im finding it becoming very slow and boring. i cant even bare to play single player for more than 5 minutes.

im sure ill play 1.8 for a few months and the same will happen, but who knows?
You son of a bitch.

Kenni said: You son of a bitch.


I am sorryyyy Ken :( Actually was just dumb luck that image got used since it is on the game's page :P
You used it twice now. [Rage]
To be fair, I'm not playing UNTIL 1.8 hits, so I guess the demise is right now. But when 1.8 comes around, it's back to full-on MINECRAFTAN.
I love minecraft and will continue playing it until people stop playing on multi-player (which will be awhile).fand I know 1.8 isnt out yet, but will minecraft 2.0 be the last beta update? just wondering. reply or I will [Rage]

camman65m said: I love minecraft and will continue playing it until people stop playing on multi-player (which will be awhile).fand I know 1.8 isnt out yet, but will minecraft 2.0 be the last beta update? just wondering. reply or I will



I think 1.8 will be the last major release before the game is launched, although I may be wrong. Also I've been playing the game for about a year now and I'm still not bored of it =D

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