- This is not an another MineTest vs MineCraft discussion!
- Everything that I state here, is just my opinion! If you are not interested in my opinions, then don't read any further!
- I only played MineCraft for like 10 minutes, but I watched millions of MineCraft videos, and I'm also completly up-to-date with everything that's happening to MineCraft.
- I might be wrong about a few things, but in general it doesen't really changes anything about my opinions :P
- Please fix my grammar mistakes, or just simply any mistakes in my general english! (I'm Hungarian)
So my problem with MineTest is that there is no good default game!
Don't get me wrong, I know what MineTest is made for, but in general this is why I want to play MineCraft more than MineTest. Let me explain this in more detail:
So lets say I made something that I am really proud of, and I want to share it with others.
For this I not just have to show a picture, I also have to tell which game I use, which texture pack I use, and also all the mods that I use.... at the end I just have to hope that others use the same mods, tps, and games so they understand why it was really hard to make that "thing".
As an example I made a lovely decoration that fits into my farm, but actually looking at ten more mods, I don't know if I can/should be proud of my decoration! All mods approach the same decoration in a different way and I can just say "It was too easy with this mod. I should have used that mod instead"!
The same example goes for a pile of diamonds. If someone uses the technic mod, then he/she can get the pile of diamonds easily, while someone who uses pipeworks and mesecon, it's so much harder!
People in MineTest are very different, and so they all use different mods!
Lets also say that I want to play MineTest with a group of people... the outcome is going to be horrible! Everyone is used to playing with different mods and games, and so you can't decide on which mods not to use, and which mods to use!
This is not the case for MineCraft! If a group can't decide on which mods to use/not-to-use then they just go with the vanilla MineCraft because It's already a good game, and it doesen't need mods to play it unlike MineTest!
So a little bit back in time, I said that "you can't decide whetever you should be proud of your farming decoration or your big pile of diamonds!"
Some people might just say "You shouldn't be proud of things that you made inside other's games, instead you should be proud of the games and mods that you created!"
And I fully agree! But then this raises the question: "Why MineTest isn't straight up a game engine?"
And now you propably think "But wait! MineTest is already a game engine!"
Unfortunately not! (before you read any further! I do make games with a 2D game engine named "stencyl") (also don't forget what I said at the very beggining! It's all just my opinion about things!)
So here is why I think MineTest at It's current form is not a game engine:
Lets say that you have a great game idea that would use MineTest's block engine.
You start off by making a new game that should be empty! But It's not!
Instead of getting an empty canvas where you can make your own game, MineTest already brings a lot of features that you might not even want in your game! To name a few, MineTest gives you gravity, inventory, a hand, a hotbar, a sun and a moon (with day-night cycle), and a lot more!
A game engine can't work like this, because people lose creativity by seening which direction the "game engine" brings them with all the gravitiy and other stuff...
Okay! But what about modding?
As I know, MineTest has a great API that allows creators to make awesome mods!
Very true, and so with this here is how I can express my feelings about MineTest:
"MineTest is a great modding engine without a game that you can mod!"
Of course this is not entirely true but everything that I see in MineTest feels this way :(
So I actually really love MineTest, and I was thinking that imo what needs to be changed to make the game(engine) feel better ("for me" as stated at the beggining)
I actually got two ideas:
- Make MineTest into a full on board blocky game engine! This would change so much, and in general would make MineTest a lot better in my opinion! :D
- "give up" on this game-making, and mod-making strange concept, and start making a real good game (kinda like how MineCraft operates currently).
If this would happen then I would actually love to help! I am pretty good at coming up with good ideas, that are fun and balanced at the same time (I helped this way in multiple other games (shapez.io for example))!
I actually like this idea more than the first one, because I just love playing the same game with others! :D
This is all what I wanted to say, and feel free to tell me whenever you disagree, or agree with me!
Just please, please, please don't forget that this is all just My opinion!!