10/8/10

What is Minecraft?

Before we continue, I would like to thank the commentators on my previous post for their help and support. I now finally know how to embed a video. Praise the Gods!

Anyway, about a week ago I stumbled upon this sandbox game called 'Minecraft', and I have been in love with it ever since. Allow me to show you a screenshot so that you can get a rough idea what it's all about.

For some reason the animals in this game just love to swim

Please excuse my inability to post larger screenshots. Once again, if you know how to properly post larger pictures without wrecking the blog, do not hesitate to let me know! Let's get back on topic.


As you can see, the world of minecraft is made up mostly of huge blocks of about a meter by a meter by a meter. There are dirt blocks, stone blocks, gold blocks, wood blocks, etcetera etcetera. The goal of the game, if there is any at all, is to collect these blocks through various means, refining them, and finally constructing buildings and creating tools with these refined blocks. Through a randomly generated, interactive world, the game provides the -in my opinion- ultimate sandbox.

A screenshot of my very first building project
There are so many things you can do in this game that it's probably impossible to list all of them, but allow me to try and list them anyway. The things I have enjoyed so far in this game are:
  
Exploring the literally endless world 
Every time you come near the borders of your world, the game generates a whole new chunk of world for you to explore. There is literally no end to it.

Exploring and exploiting underground dungeons, mines and caves
The world generator creates many caves and the like, some so massive that you could spend entire days wandering around in them. Many minecrafters, including myself, have at one point gotten lost while exploring one of those.

Constructing the most daring things
Probably the most important aspect of Minecraft is the fact that you can build pretty much anything you can come up with given the different blocks in the game. Skyscrapers, bridges, underwater bases, fountains, entire networks of railroads, the list is limited only by your imagination. 

Battling zombies, creepers, etcetera
At night, different kinds of enemies show up who will attack you on sight. Hungry zombies, exploding creepers, arrow-firing skeletons, giant spiders, and the list goes on. Home-made armor and weapons are not a luxury in this game!

Inside of my first building
Minecraft is often accused of being rather addicting, providing you with a world just begging for you to explore, exploit and enhance it with your self-made structures. This accusation has proved itself to be true in my case. Nevertheless, unlike MMORPG's, Minecraft does not force you to continue playing for several hours straight every single day. It is possible to load your world, collect some coal or work on one of your projects or whatever, and exit the game again after ten minutes or so. That is, in my opinion, the beauty of this game: it is addicting, yet it does not force you to give up your hobbies and social life for the sake of in-game rewards and satisfaction.

The basement of my house where I store my valuables
You can also play the game online with friends or strangers, however this is still somewhat buggy and under development (the entire game is still in its alpha phase). You can buy the game for €9,95, which is in my opinion a very low price considering the hours of gameplay this game provides (in fact, the amount of time of gameplay this game provides should probably be measured in whole days instead of hours). I will end this post with one last screenshot and the link to the official Minecraft site. I hope I have made you interested in this game.

Screenshot taken from the roof of my building


45 comments:

  1. I have played it before, but I seem to wander around aimlessly for a bit, and then get bored and stop D:

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  2. I need to get into this game. Every time I play, I always just give up when darkness falls.

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  3. minecraft is great, been playing it a lot. nice to see you like it too :p

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  4. Been wanting to check this game out.

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  5. That game looks awesome, but the level of freedom and size of the world is a bit intimidating, honestly.

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  6. MineCraft is the best game evar. Right after Starcraft 2 :P
    The best thing about this game is that it is soo stress free.

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  7. This is awesome, keep it up Bro !

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  8. gonna wait till they perfect online play

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  9. kinda wish i didnt build on a snow level now- its getting super annoying

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  10. Minecraft = crack. Welcome to your new addiction.

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  11. you keep making me want this game more and more

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  12. Yeah, I actually want to try it now too, might have to go to one of your ads....

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  13. I do loves me the Minecraft. Game is time consuming and lots of fun, lets you be real creative.

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  14. I can't wait to see your next post!

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  15. nice work here... btw, I have Hayden Panetierre bubbled on Enhanced by MS Paint :P

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  16. I actually bought minecraft last week and i'm loving it too :)

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  17. This game looks like it could be fun

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  18. HAvent played it but everyone seems to rave about it must try

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  19. i love this game...will check for updates requently :)

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  20. looks like fun man keep the good bloggin

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  21. maybe i start playing it when i get a new pc and more free time :)

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  22. epic game.. may possibly buy? :P

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  23. I have been playing it since yesterday. Pretty addictive alright but i can feel my love waning already.

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  24. cant wait to play the shit out of this

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  25. I'll try to downloaded then see what happens

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  26. haha this game really looks fun. all those endless possibilities

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  27. minecraft is so cash, thanks for visiting my site bro.

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  28. This game is so addictive. I love it.

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