I'm just getting into minecraft and I could use a little help being pointed in the right direction. I'm trying to determine what is currently the best 3rd party launcher. There are some older threads on this subject, but as far as I can tell they're at least 2 years out of date.
I've seen a good number of people chime in in other threads that you should just stick with the official launcher from Minecraft.net. Personally, I think this is a bit shortsighted. While the official launcher still offers you plenty of options, I think 3rd party launchers will provide the most open experience that the pc gaming platform is all about. (Side note though: I intend to keep the official launcher as an option anyway.)