You may have heard of a little, unpopular game called Minecraft. Last I heard, only four other people played it besides me. What's that? 3 million people play Minecraft!? Wow. Why do so many people play a game with no obvious objective, blocky graphics, and weird trees that you can knock down with your fist?
Because it's so much fun.
To an outsider, Minecraft seems stupid. It's once you start playing when you realize how addicting and fun it is. Why though? Let's take a look.
When You First StartThere's a reason why it's amazing to watch a new players play. Well, actually there's two reasons. It's really cool to see them discover that you can hit a tree, that you have to build a house before night, that there are tons of crafting recipes, etc. The second reason is that most of us remember when we were the new player, trying to knock down the tree, but not holding the mouse button down. We remember how cool it was to discover all of the layers of Minecraft. You just start in an empty world, where you can do, build, and create almost anything that you can imagine. Ever wanted to build a giant bridge? Well you can. Ever wanted to recreate the USS Enterprise? Well, you can.
Two Ways to PlayMinecraft can be played two ways, Survival and Creative. That said, you can mix the two together quite easily. If you were to play on a server where there are no mobs and you can give yourself items, this would be considered Creative. The focus is solely on making awesome stuff. Then there's Survival, which is what Single Player is (unless you turn the difficulty down to "Peaceful") There are also servers that have mobs and damage on, but people still manage to build amazing stuff. There's just more danger put into the game.
Singleplayer and MultiplayerSingleplayer is great. You have to focus on surviving by yourself. But eventually, you just want to build. But, when you build something awesome in singleplayer, who will see it? Just you. So then there's multiplayer. Where you can create amazing stuff for other people to see. It's great to be able to take the great time you had in singleplayer, but then have it with your friends in mulitplayer. There are many great servers out there for you to join. One of the best things to do when you join a big multiplayer server for the first time is to just walk around, looking at all of the great things that people built.
The Thriving CommunityIf you go to Youtube and type in "Mi" the third thing on the list that pops up is Minecraft. If you search "Minecraft" then you will find pages and pages of videos. There are Let's Play's, Music videos, Skits, Mod Spotlights, and many more. Then there's Minecraft news sites, forums, sites dedicated to Minecraft Skins, whatever you can think of, they probably have it. The community for Minecraft is great.
Minecraft is great