This or similar could be the case for a new player who is playing minetest for the first time. I've played games like this myself. I'm spawning in a snow biome and even after a long search I couldn't find anything else.I happened to find the game Minetest. It looks like Minecraft, only free. I installed the game without reading the information on the website, just like everybody else does, and started it.
So I create a new world, wonder about the different map generators, choose one more or less randomly and start the game.
I go in one direction, always further and further. The landscape hardly changes. I go on. A forest! Maybe something more interesting will come. No, afterwards again only snow. Little vegetation, no animals, no life.
I decide to mine wood and go to the next cave to get coal for torches. I go deeper and deeper, but I find nothing but coal.
I fall down a few blocks and lose a few hearts, but I have nothing to eat to heal myself. Is there anything edible around here?
I'll keep digging for a while, but I can't find anything but coal. After losing a few more hearts I decide to go back upstairs and look for something edible. When I reach the top there is still snow everywhere.
After another 10 uneventful minutes I finish the game and delete it. What a crap
If you don't know or understand the concept of Minetest, it quickly becomes boring and you lose the desire. And even if you know the concept it can be difficult to find a suitable game or to find mods and make your own game out of it.
Even if he manages to install other games via ContenDB, he won't find much information about these games and will quickly lose interest because he doesn't even know what the games are about. What is the goal of the game?
Minetest lacks two important things for beginners: a simple start that is fun and a detailed guide if you want more. And not only for MTG but also for subgames, at least for the important ones.
I was busy for a while and had no time for minetest. Now I took the time to check out the latest version. I honestly expected more.
That was my impression after a long absence. Are there any plans to change that?