I’ve mentioned this game obliquely before, but not formally… yet.
Minecraft is a Java-based game about placing blocks. While running from skeletons.
Minecraft is a game about logging for wood and mining for ore.
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?