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By Sebastian Haas and Everett Smith
So what is Minecraft? Well, Minecraft was a game that was created in 2009 and has been flourishing since. Minecraft was created by a Swedish gamer called Markus Persson, or “Notch.” Notch actually got the idea from another game called “Infiniminer” in which you mine underground and collect minerals and resources. Notch originally called Minecraft the “Cave Game” but then later renamed it Minecraft. The very first version of Minecraft was created in just six days from May 10th to May 16th, 2009. But even till this day Minecraft is still a very well known game and is played by tons of famous YouTubers and gamers.
So how popular is Minecraft? In May 2012, the game was released for Xbox and sold nearly half a million copies in under 24 hours. According to Visual.ly.com, Minecraft has about a couple million players log on each day to play.
But what is the point of Minecraft? Minecraft is a game that takes skill and time. The main point of the game or big part of the game though, is having to survive. There are two main game modes--Creative and Survival.
In Survival, the name explains everything. The player, “Steve,” begins completely empty-handed and has to live in a naturally generated world with many resources, some that are hidden and some out in the open. Once the player collects certain resources, they can begin to craft. Crafting is the gateway to survival. The crafting table opens up all the resources to your fingertips and you can basically make any block in the game, given you have the right resources. Example: put in wood to make sticks; put in sticks and wood to craft a sword, a great defense against harmful mobs. Mobs are the AI creatures in the game, many of which will try to kill you. There are six main mobs in the game including Creeper, Zombie, Skeleton, Spider, Enderman and Slime. All of these mobs do different things to try to kill you. As the game has evolved, there have been new mobs added to the game such as the Husk, Baby Zombie, Zombie villagers, Elder Guardian, etc.
Creative is the other game mode. In this mode you can literally control the game. You spawn with a full inventory of each and every resource in the game, not to mention you are invincible and can fly. Many people use creative mode to build massive structures and contraptions, create incredible maps and just explore the world without the burden of being hunted or starving. With this game mode, you can literally build anything with no hassle of worrying about death. With being invincible, that means you can try and explore everything with no mobs attacking you. This game mode can come in handy when building and exploring.
All in all, Minecraft is a building and exploring open-world game played by millions each day. It is available on many platforms, including PC, mobile, ps4, Xbox, wii u, and more. It features online play so you can join the game with other players, and more exciting updates are coming in as often as once a month, not to mention the billions of user-made mods. It has being running steadily since 2009 and been growing in its popularity ever since.
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