Me, Kratok, Gauph, Magenti and Rysworld (might have been some others too, I don't really remember. Spent a goodly amount of time gathering gold and building a solid gold house. So nyer.
Fine let me remove my foot from my mouth real quick.
Okay that's better...foot does not taste very good.
Naturally I think it should be an option you pick when creating the world, then you get the best of both. I kind of see a small menu of options (like in civilization) at the creation of the world to be quite a good idea. That way you customize the options in your world to what you feel like playing.
Its just my opinion anyway, it just seems silly that within 5 minutes of playing you have a complete safe haven from everything with your little log cabin, no real point in building stuff out of anything but wood or dirt since those resources are easily found and there's no gameplay difference between having a wood or gold house.This paragraph could apply to Minecraft too. And yet people build complicated mansions.
Sure there's an aesthetic difference, but I don't really think this games focus is building creations like in minecraft, so who really would want to spend all that time mining gold for a house?The game's focus is the gamer's focus. If you want to build, you can build the most outrageous house you can think of. If you just want to explore, a little mud hut will do.
Both Terraria and Minecraft aren't games that stimulate just doing the bare minimum to get by. Both games encourage or at least make it it possible to build extensive dwellings.
Minecraft is 3D, you can literally build whatever you can think of, construction in a 2D environment is much more limited. Also to the second bit I'm not so sure. Even from the developers themselves it really looks like the game is more tailored to being an adventuring sandbox rather then a creative building outlet. Maybe I'm wrong, but even when it comes to content inside the game itself it really seems that the building features come second to adventuring.
EDIT: I have a feeling if I get Serenity to play with me shes gonna bug me to go cave diving with her to find gold for a golden mansion..