First of, I love Minecraft and I spent lots of hours in it.
Some months ago I ran out of stuff to do and I guessed lots of new stuff would be added if I came back half a year later.
Now, 29 june this year, 1.7 was released. The update took 1 month and it was just one of those patches where nearly nothing has been added (Believe me, even I could have scripted that in fewer time) Now I guessed (tbh I was completly sure) that notch already put lots of effort in the 1.8 cause he planned to release pistons and adventure at the same time.
It was ok for me, even as he said he had to release it because adventure was nowhere done.(So my first thought about adventure already being in work was wrong.)
Now 2 months passed and I saw this footage of the upcoming stuff. New generated worlds, Enderman (Seems a little overrated, I like him but he is just getting hyped like the creeper was) fully working Npc villages (Actually I like millenaire a lot, they could have taken ideas out of it), completly integrated exp bar (With being able to skill mining, woodcutting archery, meele and stuff), and the other smaller improvements.
But now to hear that it may take a little (1-2 weeks) longer was okay for me first.
But then hearing it would even be splitted was a huge dissapointment (I mean really? 2 Months time and a really small update at that time was not enough time to programm that update?)
Npc village makes _absolutely_ no sence without Npc's and having no use for Skill points (and only getting them by fighting) is ridicolous.
Dont get me wrong, Enderman, new terrain (+ dungeons) the bow mechanics, the new food mechanics (this way food got nerfed a lot, totally needed) and the Building mode are great, but really few things if you look at how much time they had.
1.9 is surely going to take 1-2 months too (I expect it to be released just days before minecon)
The reason why I feel dissapointment is cause it probably is the last big update mc gets before it fully releases. And as you know, there is a small chance that new big updates may cost more money (And if not, they surely will take double time cause they will be focusing on Scrolls) so its just not what I expected. I already don't see this game in beta anymore, cause I know now what the full version will look like.
I read the OP entirely and I must say that there is not an ounce of actual constructive criticism in the post. Your basic point is that production is coming along slowly. Game development is what it is. Notch has a very small team and is trying to expand his gaming business. He is probably not spending 8 hours a day 5 days a week building the game.
He is a game developer now. We still call him Indie but he is onto his 2nd game and 4 million copies of Minecraft sold. He essentially runs a small company now.
He is not spending all his time coding, he also has to check finances, meet with his staff on a regular basis. Companies have administrative tasks that have to be attended to. As well, he is also now actively promoting Mojang. He has Minecraftcon he is prepping for as well as just now coming home from PAX.
This is not a couple of people developing a small game, this is a couple of people running a business.
We are all eargarly awaiting 1.8 to come out, but trying to apply "constructive criticism" to their production timetable is not going to convince anyone to release the patch any quicker. Let them take the time they need to execute a properly working patch.
This is not Valve, its 1-2 weeks of time, not a decade.
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