So… Minecraft.

October 24th, 2010 by Crusader

I’ve mentioned this game obliquely before, but not formally… yet.

Minecraft is a Java-based game about placing blocks. While running from skeletons.

No, wait.

Minecraft is a game about logging for wood and mining for ore.

No, wait.

Minecraft is a game about securing resources while a hostile world does its best to murder you. Minecraft is a sandbox game. Minecraft is a survival game. Minecraft is a construction game. No, no no.

Minecraft is an addiction.

Developed by Notch, Minecraft pits the player, in single or multiplayer, against a harsh wilderness with the primary limits being your own ingenuity and creativity. There’s a laundry list of places, devices, and wonders people have made while fending off creepers, skeletons, zombies, and spiders, but the best way to learn about the game is to try it for yourself.

The current build is available to paying customers (a Minecraft account is €9.95 at present). Notch releases free updates for existing customers; the next update having already been previewed by PC Gamer:

The Ghasts are flying cuboid jellyfish that shoot fireballs at you, blowing chunks out of the world around you and setting it on fire. Luckily, they’re only found in hell. And Notch has told us exactly how to get there, why you’d want to go, and how portals to this new dimension are built.

Minecraft is very popular, and I only discovered why fairly recently, so I highly recommend giving it a shot. While learning the game, Minepedia is an invaluable resource, and there’s lots of player-created tools and content that I’ll be mentioning in the near future. In the meantime, what do you think of Minecraft yourself?

4 Responses to “So… Minecraft.”

  1. Nemoder Says:

    I finally got around to trying this again and it’s sooo much better than the early versions. The only disappointing part is that multiplayer still has a lot of bugs (no damage, no minecarts, no tnt) and it looks like Notch’s focus is still just on single player for the next update.

  2. nod51 Says:

    multi player does have tnt.
    /give [your player name] 46 64

    All I want is multi player damage which has a chance of being in the next (31st) update if I read his tweet correctly.

  3. jebblue Says:

    The graphics in the video look very dated, like 1990s. I think the Cube 2 or even 1 engines are far superior
    and on servers that allow it, just hit e while in a map and you can start editing cooperatively.

  4. nod51 Says:

    @jebblue: Minecraft is not a multipleyer game editor which is what I understand Cube Engine to be. If Cube Engine allows for mining, gathering resources, making items, inventory, ability to equip armor/weapoins and exploring randomly generated world then a lot has changes since i played with it 3 years ago. Comparing Minecraft to Cube is like predicting the future RPG Rage game interest based on the FPS Quake Live usage.
    I found the videos “X098 – X’s Adventures in Minecraft” to be very interesting. I watched around 20 of those before I bought Minecraft.
    As for the look, IMO it looks better than most games, except for some SNES games. I do hope he applies dynamic shadows and such at some point but I am happy with what it has now.

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