Why Minecraft is so damn awesome

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“This is Minecraft” by CrowbarTK-Hullo

If you consider yourself a gamer, there are some games that you just should have played in your life. Games like Super Mario Bros., GTA and the older Sim City come to mind, but one title I would consider a must-play for every serious gamer is Minecraft. If you haven’t heard of it by now, I can only assume that this is your first day on the Internet, no, in the real world. I feel sorry for you, and hope that you spend the next five minutes buying & downloading the game.

Done? Good! So, Minecraft is damn awesome, and that’s why every serious gamer should have played it. However, “damn awesome” isn’t a convincing argument on its own, so I will have to provide you with reasons for my view. Presented in this article are the three reasons why this pixelfest is so marvelous, and why you should spend some more time in its blocky world!

It’s Lego
Really, if you get down to it, Minecraft is a digital, living box of Lego. There are different kind of bricks, and the ways to combine those bricks are endless. Though real Lego doesn’t have exploding bricks (not yet), both games are about the use of creativity and clever thinking. Sure, you can just stick to the blueprint provided by someone else, but isn’t it more fun to build what you want? The two are even so much alike that they share a really annoying thing: finding the right brick. When playing with Lego, it’s damn annoying to find that one flat brick with six duds. In Minecraft, you will curse the fact that you have just spent another thirty minutes digging for gold. Oh well, can’t have the good without the bad, right?

It’s moddable
The modding community that surrounds Minecraft is huge, and by now, there’s a mod for everything. You can add anything from armor racks to a real economy to your game, and the amount of fancy client and server plug-ins grows every day. There’s even something for the people who want to give Minecraft a more up-to-date look, so you can see beautiful sunrises in the blocky realm. Talking about looks: there’s texture packs for everyone, giving you the possibility to give your blocks any style you want. Minecraft doesn’t just give you the tools to play with blocks, but also ways to change the blocks themselves.

It’s lightweight
In a world where AAA title chases AAA title, and where graphics and specs are a game’s phallic replacement, it is great to see a succesful game that doesn’t devour twenty-five gig on your hard drive and requires you to buy a new computer. I think that 99% of modern computers can easily run Minecraft, making it the perfect game to spread around your circle of non-tech-savvy friends. Also, the client itself is small, and running your own server doesn’t consume all of your processing power. This makes the game accessible, and open for a wide audience.

So there you have it: three reasons why Minecraft is awesome. If you aren’t convinced yet, and haven’t downloaded the game before reading it, head over to the official site and get your fix! I’d love to hear your opinions. In the mean time, I’ll get back to fiddling around with this gorgeous, fantastic game!

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4 comments

  1. My friends have been saying I need to get this game for the Xbox. It does look like a lot of fun, and it’s crazy what people are capable of building in Minecraft! It truly is a playground for the imagination.

    1. Indeed it is! Unfortunately, I can’t say how good the Xbox version is in regards of modding or the likes. It is however just as brilliant as the PC version when it comes to building with digital bricks and running away from zombies. Give it a try! 😀

  2. I teach how to make games and also make them myself. I have attempted to get into every version of Minecraft. I started with the Pocket Edition for my iPad/iPhone and was bored in seconds. I watched the XBox version that I got for my kids and nearly fell asleep. Every kid in my class plays this damn game and I am also supervising a guy who is modding it for a high level class. So I got the Mac (PC) version because everyone said how exciting it is. I have spent most of my time in this version BUT I am still not convinced. It is rich, it is creative but it is also running around, doing a lot of menial tasks for reward only if you know what you are doing.

    I agree with every other game you mentioned on your list as a must play but I am not sure that Minecraft belongs there. I am in awe of it as far as it’s specs go. This game would run well on a computer bought in 2000 and it encourages creativity so heck, give it a go. It is cheap too! Personally I am more excited by the new game the developer of Minecraft has moved onto. A re-envisioning of the space game Elite from the late 80’s early 90’s. Bring it on!

    1. Have you ever tried playing Minecraft in Creative mode? It cuts down on the menial tasks, and turns the game into a box filled with colourful bricks. Maybe that is more your cup of tea?

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