Friday, September 30, 2011

Minecraft Your Hearts Out!



Minecraft. A world made up of blocks. That could be summed up the first time you lay your eyes on this awesome game, however....there's more to this game than meets the eye. Moving on from my Transformers reference, I will talk about why Minecraft is such an awesome game.

Minecraft, inspired by Infiniminer and created by Markus Perrson, aka "Notch", founder of Mojang AB, is a sandbox game centered around cubes and other things, but mainly cubes. Though, it's more than just removing and placing them in the randomly generated blocky world...there's mining and crafting, as implied by the title of the product. When I mean 'randomly generated', I mean, when you click 'generate world' in singleplayer, you won't get the same exact world all the time. No two Minecraft worlds are the same! Not to mention, even if you're playing an existing game save, it keeps generating terrain. Pretty cool, eh?

Originally, before Survival mode, all you could do, technically, was remove and place blocks, build a few houses and some other things. Not that that's a bad thing, of course, because I do love creating things, and so does a good chunk of the community, but I am going on a tangent. Wait, survival mode? Before I get too ahead of myself, let me just break down what Survival mode in Minecraft is. You start your game off with nothing. No blocks...just your bare hands. What would be the first instinct for a survivor be? Build a shelter! But, ah! You have no blocks, so what do you do? You obtain the resources! "How?", you ask? Simple. Start by beating down the nearest tree with your fists. What? Don't look at me like I'm insane...everyone does that, right? Okay, maybe not...but beat down the nearest tree with your fists. Ah....now you got some wood! Now you can turn those log blocks into wooden planks, which then you can craft many other things.

I am not listing off the things you can craft in the game as that would take an ungodly amount of time...you'll have to figure out that on your own. Perhaps by going to the Minecraft wiki? Though, that would probably end up making this article a waste of time as it explains Minecraft in more detail, but whatever. Anyways, at night...well let's just say some things happen. No, you perverted freaks...monsters come out at night! Yeah, that's right, start freaking out....stuff just got real!

Seriously, though...you should probably make some sort of shelter. If you've not enough wood to make a small square house...your best bet is to just dig yourself a hole a few squares deep, get in....and...well...put dirt over you so monsters don't get in. Yes, it does sound a bit morbid and in reality you would've buried yourself alive, but this isn't reality, is it? Luckily, dirt doesn't fall on your face in Minecraft and suffocate you, unlike gravel and sand.

The bad thing about digging yourself a hole and sitting in it the entire night, is that you won't know if it's day or night, because you're literally in pitch black darkness unless you punch a hole upwards and see what time of day it is, but it's a dangerous risk. You've got to ask yourself if it's worth it. In our reality, you're literally waiting only 10 minutes in that hole until the sun rises, but sometimes it feels like an eternity. You must be a very impatient person if you can't wait 10 minutes, but I won't judge anyone here. However, if you've actually built a house and actually have some torches lighting up your place, you've had a pretty good first night I assume, and wouldn't have to worry about the nightmare I've described above. Granted, this is if you had found a coal deposit in the nearest mountain as well so you can craft said torches. Anyways, moving on, because at this point I'm just rambling.

While singleplayer is certainly fun...the multiplayer, especially survival multiplayer (shortened to SMP), even more so, if you know what multiplayer servers to look for. Feel like creating things and not wanting to worry about people or creepers blowing up your stuff, but want to show people your creations? Then find a creative server that disables monsters! Want to survive with other players and maybe roleplay a bit? Find a survival server! It's as simple as that. If you don't know what the term 'server' means, then go look it up! If you don't know what the word 'multiplayer' means, then you probably shouldn't be playing video games in the first place, but don't let that stop you.

Multiplayer is one of the major things of Minecraft. You can share your creations with your friends...and even people you don't know. I've seen videos of amazing things that people have created! The features of Minecraft are almost endless. While there maybe some sort of limit somewhere, well...that only boils down to the game engine (go look up that term if you're not familiar with it) or Java (again, look that up, I am not explaining it). Technicalities aside, you're only limited by your imagination. I've seen entire mountains being turned into homes! I've seen things ranging from pirate ships to underground secret layers with many traps to mansions and the list just goes on. If it's been thought of, it's most likely been mined....and crafted.

If you're going in expecting a full fledged and deep story, then you can just forget it. That's not what Minecraft is about. You create your own story! Minecraft is all about imagination. If you don't like using your imagination, then this game is not for you.

So if this seems like the kind of game for you and you haven't purchased it yet, then I personally recommend going to buy it. It's not that much...and totally worth it in my opinion. If you're still not convinced, well what can I say? Just move on, I suppose. Will the fact that you can have your own custom player skin sway you a bit? And not to mention, if you do not like the default look of Minecraft, you can download texture packs to make it appealing to you? Eh, it's up to you. It's a fantastic game and I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It would be a full 5 when it gets out of beta. So there it is....Minecraft! Mine, craft, build, survive, and create - it's your own blocky world! It's time to get out into it and create amazing things! On with you, get!

A few links for you guys to check out if interested!
http://www.minecraft.net
http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Minecraft_Wiki
http://mojang.com/

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