Minecraft is a popular sandbox-style video game that involves navigating a character through a randomly generated virtual world. In addition, gamers can use blocks of virtual material to build everything from simple to complex structures. This video game also allows players to set different modes including Creative Mode and Survival Mode. Below is a detailed primer Minecraft.
According to an in depth article published by Wired Magazine, the first version of Minecraft was uploaded onto the indie developer site TIGSource by its creator Markus Persson on May 17, 2009. Although Markus reportedly warned that his video game was an alpha version and may crash at times, it proved a hit among the first people to download and play it. Some of the structures created during its early days include a secret treasure chest, a bridge, a castle, and a fortress.
Since then, Minecraft has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide and racked numerous awards including the Best Downloadable Game Award, the Seamus McNally Grand Prize, the Best Debut Game Award, and the Innovation Award. Minecraft can be downloaded onto desktops (Windows, Linux, Mac), video game consoles (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360), and mobile devices (Android, iOS, Amazon Kindle Fire, Windows Phone). In 2014, Microsoft acquired Minecraft developer Mojang and Minecraft’s intellectual property for $2.5 billion.
In essence, Minecraft is an open world video game that allows players to roam wherever they want with very few or no limits imposed on them. By comparison, most video games come with restrictions on where players can go and what they can do. At the same time, Minecraft is a sandbox-style video game. This means players can use the available tools/features to modify and interact with their virtual world in unique ways. At this point, it is worth noting that Minecraft’s virtual world is made up of 3D objects such as tree trunks, stones, and lava that players can use to build complex structures.
Moreover, Minecraft’s virtual world consists of different environments including water bodies, forests, deserts, mountains, rivers, and plains. When traversing these environments, players encounter in-game characters that are friendly and hostile as well. Friendly characters are mostly domesticated animals such as chickens and cows. Players can hunt these characters for food. On the other hand, hostile characters such as zombies, spiders, and skeletons normally inhabit dark places such as caves. Besides the main virtual world, Minecraft has two alternate worlds: Nether and End.
The Nether is a hell-like dimension that contains many unique resources and allows players to traverse great distances easily. On the other hand, the End is a barren dimension inhabited by a dragon appropriately called Ender Dragon. In spite of its cult-like following, some players have railed against Minecraft’s unrealistic game physics system. For instance, most of the game’s solid blocks do not obey gravity laws. Nevertheless, Minecraft follows an earth-like day-night cycle with one cycle lasting 20 minutes.
Minecraft comes with several play modes including survival, creative, adventure, hardcore, multiplayer, and spectator. In survival mode, players gather and use available resources to ward off predators and as food. For example, players must build shelter at night to avoid being killed by monsters that appear at night. Players can also trade with “villager mobs” to acquire food or tools that they need to build weapons or other implements. Hardcore mode is a variant of survival mode and is the hardest gameplay setting available.
Creative mode allows players to access all in-game resource via the in-built inventory menu. This mode is suitable for players who want to build large structures. Adventure mode enables one to explore Minecraft’s virtual world and experience player-customized adventures. However, this mode introduces some restrictions to the video game. If you select Spectator mode, you will be able to fly around and explore the game without actively participating in any of the adventures. Finally, Multiplayer mode allows various players from different parts of the world to participate in this virtual video game.
Apart from upgrades to the main Minecraft game (released periodically by the game developer), players can download user-generated content such as custom maps and texture packs from the Internet.
Minecraft is a popular sandbox video game that was first uploaded to the Internet in 2009 by Markus Persson. Since then, it has garnered a cult-like following and won numerous video game industry awards. Available game modes include multiplayer, survival, adventure, hardcore, creative, and spectator.
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