I started Minecraft back in late 2012 and I have found great joy in all of the things I've done playing it. It was absolutely worth the 26 some dollars that I spent on the PC edition of the game... or so I thought.
The moment Notch sold Minecraft to Microsoft, I knew there would be problems. One of which being how Microsoft now effectively has every right to the game. This means that regardless of public opinion, they can do whatever they want. (For the most part)
A few years down the line, (Now) they started to realize this. What did they do? They began milking it, exploiting it for all the money they could harvest out of the community. For people who are still confused with the so called "Market Place," let me just tell you... it's a scam. One massive scam. You PAY Microsoft to sell your content. That's the first red flag. Then they earn most of the profit. They're even trying to appeal to a younger audience so that they can boost their cash flow. They exploit the innocence of children by effectively forcing them to ask their parents for the latest custom made map or resource pack that they can't keep their eyes off of. The EULA apparently even allows this! If you don't have a copyright on your content, (Which is RIDICULOUS) then they can do WHATEVER they want with it! Does anyone else see a problem here?
Granted, I will admit, I didn't a whole ton of research, but what I did find, infuriates me. Every time I see these big companies worrying about their pockets more than the people who put money in them, the closer I get to moving on. But something tells me that this will come to pass just like every other outrageous trick these big companies pull out of their sleeves. Seeing how disappointed the community is about this update, I'm confident that all the people like me that spent all this money on the PC version of the game, only to have it be abandoned, will be knocking on Microsoft's door in due time. I didn't spend 26 dollars to watch all that I've worked so tirelessly for basically get left for dead. I've seen Microsoft pull some sketchy stuff before, but nothing like this.
I've also realized a problem with the game being in the hands of the community. Right now, there's vanilla 1.11.2 and modded 1.11.2. With the community making updates to the game, how would vanilla stay around? It would all be modded, right? Or am I missing something?
Something else I'd like to mention as well would be how the Windows 10 version of Minecraft would be a part of this new "Better Together Update." How would that affect PC players like me on Mac?
So please, for all the parents, children, or otherwise reading this, please don't fall for this. It's all a scam. It, like everything else, will soon come to an end. Comment your opinions on this topic. I'd love to hear it! I hope you all can at least sympathize with me on this issue. If you think I got anything wrong in this post, please comment about it and I'll be happy to edit it!
I would suggest you edit your post and put some paragraphs in it so that it is not just one big wall of text. By doing this it makes it easier to read which you obviously want us to do
I agree with Azounstone, Make it more organized.
Here's my, uhh, "feedback"
I think it isn't really a "scam" since they give what u bought, on the consoles atleast. And minecraft wouldn't really get "tossed in the waste bin". They wont just update it. They'll just let us, the community, manage it. So expect a mod based game or something.
The marketplace shouldn't be your concern, you can always download free maps from the community and everyone knows this. Microsoft isn't doing a bad job at all, they've actually been doing some pretty cool things for the game. Also for you as a java edition user, are not being abandoned. Microsoft has been clear on their intent on continuing to add features to that version of the game. Even if it is "tossed" c++ won't be able to compete with java's modability.
How is is a scam if people make the content, not microsoft. The developers of the content can easily get money by doing things they love such as texture packs and skins. You can always download free textures and addons in other places, so why is it a scam?
I must apologize for my over reaction. I've done some more research and your points are all really valid. I just became very confused after hearing some controversy over the issue, so I came on here to make a post about it. The Minecraft website is extremely vague on the fate of the PC version of the game, and with me being a rather stubborn person: not being able to let go of a certain schedule, for example, made for some frustration on my part.
Once again, I apologize for this post. I agree with all of your statements. I just feel rather uneasy about all of this change.
How dare a company attempt to increase their bottom line with their entertainment product. I'm being sarcastic. I'll only be mad when food companies start to engineer food, ask the government to fix prices and cut production...Oh wait