I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but I’m 21 years old and I still play Minecraft, get on my level. There is a lot that this game has offered different aspects of video games and the sandbox genre overall. A certain charm and simplicity coupled with an extensive modding community and fanbase are the real components of what makes this game was noteworthy. Without further adieu, let’s dive into this title that has seen lots of attention over the past 10 years.
Minecraft was created back in 2009 by Markus “Notch” Persson for personal computers (PC), but wouldn’t see the official release until 2011. The objective of Minecraft can take two main routes: Survival and Creative. In Survival mode, players are placed into a random, procedurally-generated world, where their objectives are to gather materials, find shelter, explore the land, fight monsters, and ultimately fight the Ender Dragon. As players move throughout these worlds, different biomes, mobs, which can be designated as animals, villagers, or enemy creatures, and generated structures can be found. There is the option to play the game in a “Hardcore” mode, which makes the standard survival much more difficult and if you die in this game mode, your world will be deleted. In Creative mode, players are given infinite items, the ability to fly, and general invulnerability. Players have been able to create massive structures, new landscapes, and other marvelous builds through this game mode. Though many people like to play the vanilla game, Minecraft has cultivated one of the most dedicated modding communities in video games. Many mods have been able to change the atmosphere and tone of the game and produce an entirely different gaming experience for many. The game has grown to be one of the most popular video games of all time, and has established itself as the best selling game of all time and one of the greatest video games of all time.
Now Minecraft is one of those special cases of it being applicable to many STEM fields and other academic disciplines. Spatial awareness, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork are some proven benefits of playing this sandbox game, but that is not why I chose this game for this category. Rather, I want to point out the level of potential that this game has offered the gaming community and it’s continued approach at expanding the creativity of gamers. The mods that have come from the community are incredible, some requiring large teams to see them fully recognized, and show what people are capable of. The creative projects and structures built by the community have inspired other to reach even further than they thought was possible in their own mind. I mean someone created a 1:1 replication of Earth recently and is already inviting builders and other community members to add famous structures and locations to this world. It is not very often that a video game can bring people together in this caliber to achieve a common goal. It is truly remarkable what this Java-based game, that was designed and programmed in a person’s spare time, has evolved into one of the most widely played games to date.
If you haven’t ever played Minecraft, I would suggest trying it on one of the many platforms it has released for. Your opinions of the game might change after playing and seeing what it has to offer.