You can now play easily the biggest update made to Minecraft without any of the messy file swapping!
Mojang today officially released version 1.8, lovingly known as “Adventure Update”. As the name suggest, this version includes the much awaited Adventure mode, an attempt to “give the game a purpose” so to speak. Notable changes include improved combat (with critical hits), a hunger system, experience orbs (currently pointless, but will allow “leveling up” in version 1.9), and the pants soiling creepy Endermen.
To update to the newest version, simply log in with your username and password into the Minecraft executable. The program will do all the rest.
Now go forth and…stack porkchops or something!