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Minecraft

Minecraft

Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and released by Mojang in 2011. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, requiring creativity from players.

Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and released by Mojang in 2011. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, requiring creativity from players. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available. These include survival mode in which the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, adventure mode where players can play custom maps created by other players with certain restrictions, and spectator mode where players can freely move throughout a world without being affected by gravity and collisions, or without being allowed to destroy or build anything. There is also hardcore mode, which is similar to survival mode but the player is given only one life, and the game difficulty is locked on hard. If the player dies on hardcore, the player does not respawn, and the world is locked to spectator mode (as of 1.9).



The Java Edition of the game allows players to create mods with new gameplay mechanics, items, textures and assets. Minecraft received critical acclaim and has won numerous awards and accolades. Social media, parodies, adaptations, merchandise, and the MineCon convention played large roles in popularizing the game. It has also been used in educational environments (Minecraft Education Edition), especially in the realm of computing systems, as virtual computers and hardware devices have been built in it.



By late 2018, over 154 million copies had been sold across all platforms, making it the second best-selling video game of all time, behind Tetris. In September 2014, Microsoft announced a deal to buy Mojang and the Minecraft intellectual property for US$2.5 billion, with the acquisition completed two months later. A spin-off game titled Minecraft: Story Mode has also been released. By mid-2018, the game had around 91 million active players monthly.



And what do you actually do in "Minecraft?" Build stuff? Perhaps you've seen some of the incredible worlds people have created from within "Minecraft," like this one of King's Landing from "Game of Thrones":



The word "minecraft" is a portmanteau of two verbs: to mine and to craft. Punching a dirt block and retrieving a dirt block to build with is the first verb -- the mining. When you start "Minecraft," it's the first thing you should do.



Once you've retrieved enough blocks, the second thing you'll need to do is craft: combine the resources you've mined to create more complex tools. "Mining" for wood (punching a tree) enables you to create basic tools. Those basic tools enable you to mine more complex resources, which enable you to create more complex items and tools.



It's this highly satisfying cycle of mining resources and creating from those resources that draws in millions of players around the world. And that's the most basic level of "Minecraft."



These green, exploding monsters are exclusive to the "Survival" mode of "Minecraft" -- if you just want to create ad infinitum, there's a "Creation" mode that enables exactly that. No day/night cycle. No enemies. No mining if you don't want to mine. Just endless creation.



Minecraft is a creation game that allows users to create worlds or learn to survive in pre-generated worlds.



Freedom. Expression. Creativity. Infinite. These aren't words you'd associate with traditional games you'd find in stores, play for a few weeks, then throw onto a shelf to collect dust. Minecraft is a form of expression that has no true conclusion. As long as your imagination is flowing, the game keeps on going. Many people who play Minecraft understand this, and those who don't may question why Minecraft is the most important game of this generation.



To understand why Minecraft breaks the rules of traditional games, you need to first understand that Minecraft is not a game, but rather, a toy. Minecraft is the modern, digital equivalent of Legos. You take these digital cubes and build anything your heart desires. While Minecraft is addictive in nature, it is addictive for all the right reasons. Minecraft is a medium for you to express raw, unfiltered creativity, and allows you to explore potentially untapped regions of your imagination to create what you otherwise wouldn't have been able to.



If you didn't understand Minecraft before, you might be able to understand it now. The appeal of these digital Legos is vast and truly infinite. It can inspire any gender and any age group. Minecraft's language is unlimited and universal. Raw creativity knows no bounds, particularly in a digital universe where the only limit of your creations is yourself. The only limitation of Minecraft is time. It is, otherwise, limitless, and there are some great shortcuts, cheats, and walkthroughs that make it even better!

Timeline

2018

By late 2018, over 154 million copies had been sold across all platforms, making it the second best-selling video game of all time, behind Tetris.

September 2014

In September 2014, Microsoft announced a deal to buy Mojang and the Minecraft intellectual property for US$2.5 billion, with the acquisition completed two months later.

2011

Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and released by Mojang in 2011.

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Microsoft Corporation

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Zach Epstein
December 26, 2019
BGR
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Sam Shead
December 12, 2019
BBC News
Humans usually take minutes to learn how to find diamonds in the game, but AI agents struggled.
Shawn Knight
December 9, 2019
TechSpot
Mojang on Monday announced that Minecraft for PlayStation 4 will be updated to the Bedrock Edition on December 10.
Cohen Coberly
December 7, 2019
TechSpot
Today, the apparently-endless ingenuity of Minecraft's players has been put on display yet again, courtesy of one particularly-impressive in-game build: a massive, sprawling city with a decidedly cyberpunk aesthetic.
Jeremy Hsu
November 29, 2019
Scientific American
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October 28, 2019
Hindustan Times
Call of Duty: Mobile launched in October this year. The battle royale-multiplayer game hybrid competes with PUBG Mobile and has already achieved over 100 million downloads since going live.
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Geekologie
This is a video created by RED SIDE visually comparing the sizes of various large video game maps (previously: another take on the same idea). It begins with the 2.75km2 map of Assassins Creed: Unity, and ends with not...
Jack Schofield
September 26, 2019
the Guardian
What's the best gaming laptop for Minecraft that has a keyboard similar to an old MacBook Air? Photograph: Microsoft
Dani Deahl
September 20, 2019
The Verge
The newest Minecraft beta update comes with the ability to make a customized version of yourself. Minecraft announced the feature in a blog post, noting the change alongside a slew of performance and gameplay fixes.
September 15, 2019
Kotaku
Gaming Reviews, News, Tips and More.
Aaron Mamiit
September 16, 2019
Digital Trends
Minecraft stays dominant in the video game industry with 112 million players per month, even though 10 years have passed since it launched. The game's wide availability contributed to the achievement, but making the milestone more impressive is that it is not free-to-play, unlike today's standard-bearers.
Gareth Halfacree
August 19, 2019
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Darrell Etherington
August 19, 2019
TechCrunch
Minecraft is getting a free update that brings much-improved lighting and color to the game's blocky graphics using real-time ray tracing running on Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics hardware. The new look is a dramatic change in the atmospherics of the game, and manages to be eerily realistic while retaining Minecraft's pixelated charm. The ray-tracing tech [...]
BBC News
August 19, 2019
BBC News
However, the update will only be available to those with expensive Nvidia RTX graphics cards
BBC News
August 13, 2019
BBC News
It's just blocks from now on says Minecraft developer Mojang as it ends development on the update.
BBC News
June 10, 2019
BBC News
The John Wick star's surprise appearance and other highlights from Microsoft's video games event.
BBC News
May 21, 2019
BBC News
Ten years since Minecraft was first released, we've had a sneak peek at what the next ten years hold.
Zoe Kleinman
April 29, 2019
BBC News
Phil Watson is "killed" by a zombie baby and a spider.

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