"I'm thinking I might actually have to ruin the game for everyone and make torches burn off after a while. Because right now it's far too easy to make dungeons totally safe because monsters don't spawn in bright areas. But when I do so I'll also make monsters even more sensitive for light so even in dimly-lit areas they won't spawn. But then I'll add like oil lanterns or something like that that'll burn forever. That's like a higher tier torch."
(Notch is then suggested to replace previous torches with this lantern to avoid making everyone angry, to which he replies, enthusiastically)
"Yeah! That's actually a pretty good idea! I'll just replace the torch ID-number thing with the oil lantern and add torch as a new item."
Wow Notch is a smart fella, I dont think I could ever have thought up the Id swapping solution like that but If I spent as much time on minecraft as he does I would be bound to learn a thing or 2. I dont like the idea of mobs tha break blocks, but Im sure notch will impliment it well. He did say he would remove something if it wasnt fun.
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"He's trolling the game mechanic itself. And succeeding."
It just makes sense that they would turn into lanterns. Why bother altering the programming for something, and making another class from scratch when you could just re-skin the existing class and create a new one (which would be depleting torches)?