No Matter Who Wins, Everyone Loses

Mob votes make up a big part of the hype cycle Minecraft updates, allowing fans to decide which mob should be added to the game, but the problem is that there is no reason why all of the proposed mobs couldn’t get added eventually. Voting for a mob and finding out that it didn’t win is a disappointment. With modders adding all mob vote candidates to Minecraft within days, Mojang should be able to, as well.

The first Minecraft mob vote took place in 2017 and gave fans four new mob ideas to pick from. Ultimately, the Phantom won and has proven to be a controversial addition to the game. Vagueness about exactly how these new mobs will work can mean something that might have once been desirable becomes an annoyance and negative feature once it has actually been added. It doesn’t help that voters almost always pick the same option, regardless of function.


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2022’s Minecraft mob vote just took place, and the Sniffer won with over 55% of the vote. While this seems like a large number, it means 45% of those who voted would have preferred one of the other two options. Last year’s final vote was much closer, with only 9% separating the Copper Golem and the Allay, the latter of which won with 54% of the vote.

Minecraft’s Mob Votes Just Divides Fans Over Designs

Most of the proposed mob votes feature three or more mobs with varying functions, none of which overlap with each other. That’s a deliberate decision. As such, adding all three would be an inconsequential move that would make each update feel bigger, and therefore more exciting. Minecraft mods have added many cool new creatures so if unpaid fans can do it, Mojang certainly should be able to. At the very least, if mob votes have to continue for whatever reason, adding the losers in later updates would be welcomed, and appease everyone who did not vote for the winner.

Now that Minecraft mob votes have moved away from Twitter to avoid bots influencing the results, their purpose as a publicity stunt is severely diminished. Announcing three new mobs that would eventually be coming to the game would make for better publicity than encouraging fan arguments. Every year has seen at least one outvoted mob that fans desperately miss, like the Wildfire and the Moobloom. The 2019 biome vote promised to include all options eventually, though the winning mountains had to wait three years to be added. Swamps, which came second, have also just been overhauled; The Wild update introduced frogs and mangrove trees. Whether the third-place badlands will be updated remains to be seen.

Inciting division is, of course, one way to drum up engagement, but for a game like Minecraft it seems antithetical to its premise. At its core, Minecraft is all about expression and creativity, so making people argue or even just squabble about something as trivial as a mob vote just doesn’t mesh well with what is otherwise a wholesome game. Other than maybe slight delays to update times, there is no negative to just adding all three mobs.

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