:: Minecraft :: Fall in and you may not be able to climb out again.
by, 05-13-2011 at 01:52 PM (11158 Views)
Hey there everyone. I feel like writing about Minecraft, one of the most addicting games that I know of. So, whether you're somebody who has no idea what Minecraft is or are someone who has been playing since the Alpha stage, I hope you enjoy this little blog post.
First of all... what is Minecraft? If you're asking that question, you might want to stop reading now, as if you continue you may likely find yourself immediately addicted to this game, if not at least to the idea of it. Minecraft, simply put, is a sandbox survival game: You begin in the middle of a lush world, a world that is 6 times larger than Earth, a world that almost has no end. You are alone, you have nothing... but the world has everything you need. Materials, animals, other resources... you will harvest the fruits of this strange earth and create, well, whatever you choose.
So... why am I saying it's so dangerous? Well, you see, since Minecraft is whatever you want it to be... it is strangely addicting. I stumbled across the game from the wonders of the internet and have been playing in my free time ever since. Not only that, but I have created texture packs for my own personal use, installed over 40 modifications to the game, and am now making a "let's play" that (I hope) will help those who are new to the game.
If you won't take my word for it, perhaps you should take a look at youtube.com, or the minecraft.net webpage. According to their statistics, over 8,000 people purchase the game every day, and it isn't even complete; it's in its beta stage. If you have a look at their forums, you can see the hundreds of mods people have created, the thousands of servers that are being hosted, and so much more. If you don't want to look at their site, just type "Minecraft" into youtube and look at some of the results. Besides a full 1:1 scale model of the Enterprise, you'll find that people have spent hundreds of hours making structures, music, and more... From actual functioning computers to Flight Of The Bumblebee to a full-scale Monopoly board city, the creations users have made are just astounding.
Now that you've read all this, some of you may be wondering... how can I get in on the fun? Or if you're already playing Minecraft, you may wonder how you can maximize your experience. I have news for both of you, don't worry! Getting started is easy, as is making your experience enjoyable.
If you've never played Minecraft before, head on down to minecraft.net and download the free 100 minute demo. It's enough time to give you a slight feel for the game, but you may not get much accomplished, and you might be frustrated that you run out of time just as you are nearing the end of your fifth minecraft day. You also might get frustrated that you keep dying or can't figure out the game. If you want to really make sure you "get" Minecraft before you waste those precious 100 minutes, watch some "Let's Play Minecraft" videos on youtube before starting so you can know what to do and expect. It may spoil the surprise, but at least you won't waste your demo time.
If you've played the demo and want more, you can buy the game for 15 euros or around $20 US. This is a very small price for the entertainment it brings, trust me. If you'd rather not pay for the game, some sites offer free gift codes in contests, and like just about anything on the internet, there are always other ways to get things that you want... not that I'm condoning downloading illegal content.
If you're already playing minecraft... join my hamachi server! Haha, just kidding. If you're already playing and don't have a "home" server (a server that you are on all the time) or haven't played multiplayer, give it a try! Minecraft is ten times more fun when you're playing with other people. There are lots of threads on the Minecraft forums that have lesser-known servers, if you just want to play with a few people, and huge servers with hundreds of players. Or you can just google "Minecraft Servers" and see what comes up.
Maybe playing with others isn't for you. I understand, I'm kind of like that too. There are still other things you can do to make your experience better. You can install one or more of the hundreds of mods people have made for Minecraft. From beekeeping to chocolate making to fighting Lions to NPC cities and more, there is a mod for everyone. You could even program one yourself if you have java knowledge. Finally, if you don't want to alter your game, you could always post a video, join a clan, or make a series about Minecraft. You could pick your favorite level seed and turn it into a challenge, or make a texture pack. You could also try seeing how many blocks you can destroy with a single stack of TNT. There are tons of fun ideas to try that will get you back in the game.
So, in closing, I hope you've learned a little about Minecraft and what it has to offer, and if you want any more hints or tips, or if you want to join my server, send me a PM and I'll get back to you no problem. Remember, hitting bedrock doesn't mean it's the end... there are always diamonds to be found!
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