I'll be blunt: I hate the changes to swamps proposed in the recent video. Swamps direly need an update, but the changes suggested in the video are too half-hearted to be worth considering. I was hopeful; there's a lot of potential for a swamp update, but if we get the update proposed at Minecon, I fear we won't see that potential be fulfilled for a long time. And this isn't to say frogs and mangrove trees wouldn't help! But they aren't enough. Not by a long shot.
We should have marshes, bogs, fens, mangroves...there's plenty of options here And yes, we should see mangrove trees, but also proper willow trees, algae, mallow, sedge grass, molds, mushrooms, stumps. We should have alligators, herons, frogs, mosquitoes, tortoises. Let's see beavers with their lodges and dams. And ignoring living things, there should be mud, quicksand, boulders.
But really, I'm not writing this to ask for particular updates. If your only takeaway from this post is "This is a list of features," then you have grossly missed my point. I don't care if any of this is added, because my point, in one sentence, is this: Real world wetlands are diverse and dynamic ecosystems, and this should be reflected far better in Minecraft than what was shown at Minecon. If swamps win the vote, I implore you: Make it the beginning of a much bigger overhaul to the biome, because this is not the sort of stagnation that swamps are known for.
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