Personally, I have been getting tired of these updates where Notch basically adds little content and instead ends up adding more bugs.
1.6 showed that he realized that the way he was updating Minecraft simply wasn't working, and that he needed to sit down and fix the majority of the bugs in his code. Sure, at first he added worse problems then there already were, but in the end with 1.6.6 I think he's finally accomplished something: fixing most of the bugs currently in Minecraft.
1.7 now looks like it can have tons of potential, simply because it is called the "Adventure Update". This means that Notch will most likely finally add the rumored Adventure mode, a separate mode in Minecraft focusing on puzzles and fighting monsters without placing or destroying blocks, and doing so on maps made by other players. He could take multiple directions with this. One, he could leave it as kinda how people are treating adventure mode currently: basically the exact same as Minecraft, with no different blocks or anything, but the capability of building/destroying blocks are removed.
HOWEVER. There is another possibility, one that I personally hope for because it would show that Notch is actually capable of building a full, fleshed out game: making it similar to Adventurecraft. What I mean by that is that builders have the capability of placing trigger blocks, so that certain mobs won't spawn or certain blocks won't react until the player hits that trigger block. This adds hundreds of possibilities to the game, and would make the adventure mode almost a stand-alone game.
My hopes are high, but hey... if Notch can make Adventure mode awesome, then 1.7 might be the best update since he added the Nether (though he could try to add some more stuff to that :tongue.gif:)
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Creator of "The Wizard Gandy" Minecraft map series.