I downloaded 1.6 a few days ago, and created a new map, seed 'Horses!' (Natch).
I decided to try the "keep moving, survival" style of play, and went in a straight line West, vey soon taking to a boat.
After about 10,000 blocks of Ocean, I got suspicious, and switched game mode so I could fly and take a look around. In all directions I've explored (other than around the spawn point) there's Ocean and occasional normal little Ocean islands, plus perhaps more than usual "mushroom biome" islands. Other than that - zilch - for (so far) 20,000 blocks in various major compass directions checked out.
Is this unusual, or rare, or a bug? I've never seen a single biome (even Ocean) so large before, and the world isn't even using large biomes setting.
Btw, I've also not seen a single horse. Which is probably a Good Thing unless they are excellent swimmers...
The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
It is normal, although it needs to be adjusted. Oceans can spawn at about 25,000 blocks across, and can go even larger (Up to 100,000). There are the occasional "Mini-Continents", an island of about 4 or 5 biomes, which I personally enjoy living on. But otherwise oceans end up being large expanses of nothing interesting.
Another issue is that oceans can compound on top of eachother, making them practically endless.
Amidst is a 3rd party program that you can download. When you run Amidst, you can enter the seed of your world, and Amidst will generate a summary of it, telling you where the biomes are, and villages, strongholds, and other things.
Minecraft worlds are majority ocean, which I think is supposed to be a nod toward the real world, which is mostly ocean. But the continents should be big enough that you will eventually run into them. Even if it does take 100,000 blocks of travel.
Rollback Post to RevisionRollBack
I think you are going to love my Survival Let's Play series on YouTube! It's called Spaceboot1's Garden. I make pretty things.
Thanks for the info - so the conclusion is that a 400,000,000 block Ocean biome (the bit I've explored so far, albeit sparsely) is not unusual. But isn't is a miss-feature? What does one do with a sand box with no sand, or anything else, on which to stand?
Thanks the AMIDST tip - Nor detailed enough to call cheating, but shows me where to find some dense(r) landscape. Even with the world zoomed out to cover maybe 10 times the "known world" shown as a radial graph is > 280 degrees of Ocean biome.
Yes, the biome mapper tool AMIDST is the short answer to finding out what your local ocean situation is. A very useful tool indeed.
Yeah, those oceans are big, heh heh. It's especially ironic considering that notch original said he wouldn't add oceans. Maybe this is his plausibly deniable way of saying FU to everyone who kept asking for them? Heh heh.
Still I love them, if only there was ocean content, and if only there weren't underground abandoned mines under the middle of such large oceans, lol. Oh folks.. If I were one of their grand Biome designers.... There is so much intelligent biome placement that could be done to make truly intriguing and sensical worlds. Hopefully one of the future updates will be a huge terrain/biome update. Actually... I already know that there will be one, at least after the height is raised again.