It's more because the choice of NPC models just seems incredibly stupid, I saw them and thought notch was trolling us.
I disagree, the model isn't flawed it's the texture. look what smp did with them
^look what I did with them. Let me go out on a limb here and say I LIKE the models, and with a little texture work, they can look pretty awesome. Just look around at all the other things minecraft texture packers are doing with them.
You seem to be ignoring the "right now" part of his statement. As in, they have higher priority things to do, but it will happen eventually. His statement is technically no different than as if he had said "We are going to change the NPCs."
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I love the TESTIFICATE, but the only thing I don't like is how they all look identical. I'd LOVE it if they all had different clothes and were all a different color.
THe textures I suspect are a place holder, they do have one or two different clothing "colors" I saw one wearing a pink/purpleish robe in what is either a church or a guard tower.
There is already a texture pack out that changes how they look and it appears to spawn several different NPCs. It would appear as there are probably only two textures for them (one repeated several times) and it is intended that there will be more when their AI gets flushed out.
For everyone saying they're not going to change them right now, and putting emphasis on those last two words, try to remember how many other things Mojang has said they're going to put in or change and failed to do so far. The list is extensive. I personally imagine these are going to be the final critters, like it or not.
Were as I can understand were Notch and Jeb are coming from in creating a foreign looking npc villagers, to inspire a feeling of loneliness in that there are no humans and to give the feel of a foreign world. I wish for a more aesthetically pleasing application of this idea, such as pigmen. However I am not the creator of the game so it is not my choice.
It doesn't make sense that they look so different from the player image. It kind of breaks the immersion a little. If the villagers look different from the player, then where does the player come from? How did he get there? Consistency is a very much important aspect in an Adventure game. I was disappointed as well when it came down to it. I think a good way to help tie this in is maybe have the player spawn by a ship pod or something, so that we identify that we are not from the planet we spawn on. Otherwise, I think it makes sense to think "i spawned here, so I should be a native."