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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 saw the light of day 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. In survival mode, 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. It’s possible to craft various items out of resources to help with quests. Players can use the wood gathered from trees to create tools which they use 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 all about self-preservation, until you begin to get a large and varied cache of items which players use to better their position. Once gamers have assured their survival, they can begin to thrive off their landscape. They can create castles, mansions, farms for livestock and crops and anything else they can dream up. It just depends how many resources they can find.
While from a gaming perspective, the need to expand from a basic hut is very little, the human tendency to better their own position propels players to explore their landscape. The sense of achievement after destroying a monster or creating a new piece of safe housing keeps the game interesting. For players who aren’t too adventurous, the multi-player version of the game is great. Collaborating and interacting with other players changes the dynamics of games entirely.
Minecraft’s community spirit really comes into its own when players start to interact with each other. Players can achieve great things on Minecraft when working as a team, a dynamic that reflects real life. The phrase ‘many hands make light work’ is certainly applicable to multiplayer mode. The limitless building options allow creative players to thrive and when working as a team the impossible is suddenly easily achievable.
Review of the game
The servers of Minecraft offer different online worlds to their players. Some are easier with long daylight hours, while some are rough and dark worlds. In some, finding exotic materials is not very difficult, while in others construction materials are very hard to come by. The huge scope for variation keeps players engrossed in the game and the action never seems to stagnate.
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 enjoy the game. The building materials that one encounters are visually distinct from one another making them easily recognizable. How one uses the properties of the materials to their 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 the game-play.
- 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
- The PC version is the best way to enjoy the game. The world is much smaller when played on Xbox or mobile
- Sometimes finding the rarer materials can be very tough
Accolades and future prospects:
Minecraft received five awards at the Game Developers Conference in 2011. Mojang launched the game on Xbox in 2012, and on Playstation 3 and 4 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. December 2015 saw the release of Minecraft on the Wii U. 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 time. 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 Minecraft educational tool called Minecraft: Education Edition (or MinecraftEDU) for classroom use. Thus, along with gaming, Minecraft is also finding a place in the education sector.