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Minecraft, One of the Best Games Ever
Minecraft is a game where you place blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out so you want to build a shelter before that. A single man came up with the idea and made it happen. His name is Markus Persson, founder of but is better known as Notch, founder of indie games developer Mojang AB. He worked by himself at first then got a small team of developers to help him. He stepped down last year leaving the lead development to Jens Bergensten. It also has great music by Daniel Rosenfield, or C418. it was first available in its Alpha stage, with less features and such than it has now. It was eventually updated to Beta, and then 1.0 was released after Minecon in 2011. Over 24,000,000 have made accounts, and over 5,000,000 have bought the hit game, including myself!
So tell me, what are the limits?
What is this game all about?
Well, it may be a surprise, but there are no limits! The game totally non-linear and does not require you to reach a flag at the end of the level, or fend off waves of enemies. It is a game about mining, crafting and building. You start when you create a new world from the main menu. From there you can type in a world seed that decides how you world will grow. When you first spawn, you will find yourself in one of many biomes. You might want to gather wood and turn it into planks so you can build a crafting table. From the crafting you can craft tools, useful objects, and new building materials. You should first craft a ax, so you can cut down trees faster, and then a shovel, so you can dig through dirt, sand and gravel with ease. If you are near a mountain, you can craft a pickaxe and mine coal to make torches, and cobblestone for furnaces or another building material. You might want to find some pigs or cows, because you will get hungry very fast and you need something to eat. If you find sheep, you can get wool and make a bed that lets you skip the night which is full of aggressive monsters. If you have found any coal, you can make torches so your house and the surroundings have a light source, because monsters spawn in the dark. There is tons to this game and so many places to explore and so many items to craft! You can find valuable ores and gems, such as diamonds. Gather obsidian to build a portal to the Hellish Nether. Find dungeons and strongholds with monster spwaners. It comes with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you had to work hard to bring home your resources.
But wait, there's more!
Minecraft also includes a creative mode!
In creative mode, you have an unlimited amount of blocks and can fly, making it easy to build large structures or sculptures. You now have the option to generate a superflat world great for epic castle or sculpture building. You can also spawn any mob in the game using spawn eggs, so you can make farms with ease. Pixel art is a popular thing to build in Minecraft, as the blocks of colored wool can make up individual pixels. You can build anything you want without worrying about resources.
One of the things that made Minecraft insanely popular were YouTube videos!
There are many YouTube channels dedicated to Minecraft. some of the most popular are the Yogscast, Captain Sparklez, Antvenom, and many more!
Minecraft is so popular, there's an official convention!
MInecon started as a gathering of Minecraft fans that Notch annouced on his twitter. About 50 people showed up, and this started Minecon. MInecon became a bigger event in 2011, with booths and was held in a convention center in Las Vegas. Notch announced upcoming things about Minecraft and released Minecraft 1.0. Even deadmau5 was there and played at the into the Nether party. attendees were given a welcome bag with a creeper face on it, full of goodies like a Minecraft mouse mat, a bottle of coal cola, paper figures of Minecraft blocks and mobs, and other things.
What about the user-generated content?
Mods are a big part of Minecraft! Texture packs too!
Wait, can I try before I buy?
I'm not sure! Can I try it first?
Well, if you want to try the game first, you're in luck. PCGamer has a 1:40 hour demo of the game's beta. I doesn't have the full amount of features as 1.2.5, but is still basic Minecraft. They start you out with a few items and tools, but you need to do the rest. The world can still be played even if the demo runs out if you purchase the game. There is a big PCGamer logo built out of wool near the spawn. There is also a special skin for the cows! Click the picture to go to the page and download the demo!
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So where can I buy this awesome game?
Minecraft does not come on a disc nor through Steam download. The game can be purchased at Minecraft.net and put on your account. Once you buy it, the game is yours. You can play it on any computer as long as you log in. Minecraft is available for 26.95 and 1.2.5 is the current version (The game was available for a discounted purchase in Alpha and Beta.) Minecraft is also being constantly updated and patched, so expect more features to come along. There is also an Xbox 360 Edition, which is a version of beta 1.7, available in the XBox Live Arcade for 1500 Microsoft Points, and a mobile version which is still in its alpha for iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android, available for $6.99.
Useful Links - Minecrafty links!
Here are some links to Minecraft stuff.
- The official Minecraft website, where you can purchase the game.
You can purchase the game from this link. Also, you can play Minecraft Classic for free.
- Jinx, the official Minecraft merchandise store.
Here you can buy lots of Minecraft/geeky stuff!
- The (sort of) official Minecraft wiki
Already bought the game? Learn the mechanics and crafting, trivia, and more at the wiki.
- The Official Minecraft forums
The ultimate place for Minecraft discussions.
- The Mojang website
Minecraft updates and such are announced here.
- Notch's blog
Want to know what he's up to? Find out here.
- Jeb's Twitter
Here you can stay updated with the development of Minecraft.