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What is it?
If you’re into video games then you have probably already heard of Minecraft. The game has revolutionized the ‘sand-box’ genre since it’s release in 2011, adding a highly creative element to the typical free-roaming fun.
Minecraft is a creative game that enables players to use textured cubes for building constructions in a 3D world. Apart from construction, players also explore, gather resources and combat an array of interesting characters.
Originally created by Markus “Notch” Persson, these games were finally completed and published by Mojang. In May 2009, the alpha version of the game was released. After that the game underwent multiple changes and the full version was launched in 2011.
The Android version of the game was launched in October 2011 and the iOS version was launched in November 2011. Since then the game has gone from strength to strength. Microsoft bought the rights to it in 2014. Today it is considered to be the best selling PC game of all time and the second biggest gaming title, behind Tetris, of course.
What kind of game is it?
Minecraft is a game about discovery, creativity and community. But more importantly, it’s a game about survival. The game begins with a player alone in a randomly generated wilderness. They start with absolutely nothing and must rely on the world around them to survive. As the player starts to roam the map, they will come across forests, deserts, beaches, rivers and mountains. Various items can be crafted out of different materials in the game. Players can use the wood gathered from trees to create tools which can be used to mine into the Earth, revealing yet more minerals to collect.
Players are unaware as they start the game that they are up against the clock in Minecraft. They must have crafted sufficient tools to dig into the earth and form a dwelling of some kind to protect themselves from various monsters. Many of the baddies in Minecraft will only spawn at nighttime and therefore it’s imperative that players get somewhere safe before nightfall.
If they successfully survive the first night, then the player can resume harvesting the land for resources and hunting for food. The first portion of Minecraft is about self-preservation, until you begin to get a large and varied cache of items which can be used to better your position. Once your survival is assured you can begin to thrive off the landscape. Players can create castles, mansions, farms for livestock and crops and anything they can think up. It just depends how many resources they can find.
Torches serve as sources of light that help in keeping the monsters away. Players spend nights after nights on the roofs of their huts and realize how lonely they are. However soon players realize the need to build stone houses than wooden huts. Again begins the hunt for materials and construction ideas. During their explorative journeys, players come across various geometric materials that give them innovative constructive ideas. How well a player uses these materials depends on his creativity.
While from a gaming perspective, the need to expand from a basic hut is very little, the human tendency to take risks and explore propel the player to move further. The sense of achievement after destroying a monster or creating a new piece of safe housing keeps the players going. For players who aren’t too adventurous, the multi-player capability of the game comes into picture. Collaborating and interacting with other players changes the dynamics of the games entirely. What looked like an insane thing to do becomes a new adventure when played with others.
The sense of community and bonding builds when players interact with each other. The way they connect to keep each other safe is a great display of evolution of human settlement. Players form settlements, share the resources they have gathered and begin working together to create common facilities like a perimeter wall, gardens or farms. Sometimes they even choose to build shops and markets and thus creativity sores high.
Review of the game
The servers of Minecraft offer different online worlds to their players. Some are easier with long daylight while some are rough and dark worlds. In some, finding the materials is not very difficult while in others construction materials even require building tools to be able to use them. This vast variety has kept the players engaged with the game year over year.
While some gamers might find Minecraft over simplified, the charm of the game comes from the fact that it is very easy to play. One does not need any specific gaming skills to be able to play this game. The building materials that one encounters differ visually to explain that their properties are different too. How one uses the properties of the materials to his advantage is left to the creativity of the player. The joy of being able to use the materials in unique way add to the pleasure of gaming.
- Highly creative. The players own imagination is their only limitation
- Simple and easy to play
- Gives a sense of survival and community
- Varying experiences through different environments keeps the game interesting
- Is best enjoyed on PC. The world is much smaller when played on Xbox
- Sometimes finding the materials can be very tough
Accolades and future prospects:
Minecraft received five awards at the Game Developers Conference in 2011. The game was launched on Xbox in 2012 and on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. On Wii U the game was released in December 2015. As of June 2015, over 70 million copies of the game had been sold making Minecraft the best-selling PC game to date and third best-selling video game of all times. Along with many other accolades, Minecraft also won the Golden Joystick award in 2012.
In January 2016 Microsoft has announced that it will launch a new educational tool from Minecraft called Minecraft: Education Edition (or MinecraftEDU) for classroom use. Thus apart from gaming Minecraft is also finding a place as an educational tool.