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I recently got to play Minecraft. My expectations were quite low after watching various videos on youtube. I was positively surprised by the game.
I started to think about its features and the way the game uses them and I realized that much of what is in the game would be absolutely fantastic in a full scale AAA MMO.
I will make several points just to demonstrate my thoughts.
The game feels realistic.
As soon as you start, food becomes your concern. You dont eat, you die. You dont just find plenty of food on the ground or on the trees, you need to grow your own crops or get animals as a source of meat which you then need to cook. The mechanisms around it are not so simplified. You need to prepare the field, get water system, put the seeds there, wait, then harvest. Also kind of realistic.
Build house out of any material found in the game, of any shape, of any size you want. Do you want a wooden house?Go cut some trees. For that, you need to make yourself an axe first. Want windows in your house?Go get sand, build an oven of some sort, make glass out of it and then make windows. It felt kind of refreshing. Nothing is dumped down like in AAA games out there. Almost no MMO has housing. In this game, you dont survive without one...to me, it kind of makes sense.
For crafting, you need materials. Need wood, look for trees on the surface. Need coal. dig under ground. Need iron, gold, diamonds? Dig even deeper under the ground. Quality of items is depenedent on the material which I also find realistic comparing to other games. Variety of useful items you can craft is huge and the crafting process at least attempts to make sense...like putting wood and coal together makes you a torch. Also crafting items like compass, clock, fishing poles...it all makes sense in the game. All the items are useful.
I could go on and on, but it is not the purpose of this threat. I wanted to tell that minecraft has shown me how cool it would be if we got some realistic AAA MMO and how unrealistic current AAA MMOs are.
I wanted to find out if there are other people who maybe share this view or have some sort of opinion on this. Maybe it is just me...
Thanks for any reasonable input. Feel free to disagree