In my opnion, and maybe many people think that Minecraft is too easy and is getting easier.
I have few suggestions to make Minecraft more challening:
First of all, when you start a new world the game would ask you witch difficulty setting you want and you couldn't change it anymore in that map(it would of course ask the same with the older maps when loaded)
2. A new difficulty setting: Hardcore. Means when dead, world will be automatically deleted.(This was discussed before by notch, if I remember correctly)
3. Wolves, witch was supposed to be rare would be much rarer so you can't simply get an army of allies to help(different difficulty setting could effect their rarity)
4. Coal, gold, iron, diamond, and all of the minerals are too easy to find, difficulty settings would also effect their rarity.
5.(not so necessary) Food Is too easy to get like from pigs. It maybe would be better to have some wild animals like elks, mooses or something what could run away from you that you need to hunt with bow. Also big's meat gives you too much healt, it could be better to get more healt from an animal that are more harder to kill. (Like something hard to hunt, fast like elk's meat would give half a bar and something strong and dangerous like bear's meat would give maybe full bar)
6. A hungry meter. Something what Minecraft as a survival game(kind a) need. (It maybe would be disabled on peacefull. This was also discussed by notch)
Theres some of the suggestions to make Minecraft more challening.
(of course there would be still the easier difficulty settings to effect most of these suggestions if some people like the game to be easy/easier)
Send other suggestions to this thread, if you have any ideas how to make the game more challening.
Did you just say diamond is easy to find?This stuff has beensuggested before and I personally think Minecraft is quite challenging in hard mode when you dont spend all your time in a shelter.Also there is a mod for hunger and whatnot,so please search before you suggest these things.K?
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"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
Most of this can be done on your own, except for the wolves. I find that they are extremely rare. Everytime so far, I didn't have a bone ready. The beauty of having a sandbox game is that you can do what you want, following your own rules.
I dont like using mods. I like to keep the game original.
And the difficulty settings only sets the difficulty for mobs, witch isn't enough.
It is too easy to find almost everything. It would be a good thing for minerals rarity to be adjusted by difficulty setting. (maybe for wolves too, because i have now 8 of them and keep seeing more. Yes they are rarer than normal animals, but still no rare)
And for the hungrymeter, it adds more use for food that just healing. And the meter could be turned off too.(this option could be turned off at the start of the new world and never be changed again, like in those difficulty settings)
The whole point was that the game gets boring too quicky as you can find all the minerals like in a day or two.
And I just started a new world something about a week ago, and I already have all the minerals, food for years for nothing to waste for as I hardly take damage on those easy mobs. It would keep the interest up if you had to look for something for some time, not just to find it easily.
First of all i really hate games that have an ingame difficulty slider. I know that i don't have to touch it in-game at all, after setting it to hard. But the problem is that you have the option. "OMG OMG I'M IN TROUBLE!!!" *sliding to easy* "PHEEEW made it" *sliding to hard* "LOOK EVERYBODY I'M PLAYING ON HARD" (i would never slide it to easy myself, but i hate that everyone have the option)
Yes if you want stuff that gives more health, you should work harder for it.(the hunting example was nice)
If the hungry meter became a reality, perhaps you could only eat when actually being hungry (unable to get health from food sources when not hungry). This would force you to play even more safe.