Monday, October 28, 2013

Minecraft: simple yet satisfying

For those of you who don't know much about Minecraft here is a quick overview. Created in 2009 by Swedish programmer, Markus Persson, better known as "Notch," Minecraft is a game that centers around breaking and placing blocks.

A full release version of the game for PC came out in 2011 and in 2012 it was released for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Arcade.

The graphics of Minecraft are very simple 3D blocks, which are set up in a grid formation. The player starts out in a virtually endless game world that continues to generate randomly as the person travels.

The terrain varies from forests to deserts to mountains and plains. It also features a day and night time cycle lasting 20 minutes in real time.

Minecraft has several different modes that players can choose to build in. The first is Survival mode and this is where the character has to collect supplies to maintain his or her health and hunger. Also at night monsters are spawned, making the building of shelter necessary.

In this mode it is also common for the player to use the natural resources to craft items such as armor, shovels, pickaxes, and swords. All these items help the character collect more blocks of various material such as wood, stone, or ore. When a person is killed in this mode all of their materials are dropped, but they can sometimes be recovered if the player reaches the location they were killed before the items despawn.

The second is Creative mode and this allows the player to access most of the resources and items found in the game from the inventory menu and place them anywhere. While in this mode the character is not affected by hunger or damage from the environment and can fly freely. The purpose of this mode is to allow the player to focus on building large projects without distractions.

Adventure mode is the newest addition to Minecraft. This mode allows players to explore custom maps and adventures. It is similar to Survival mode's gameplay, but there are certain player restrictions that cause the character to obtain the items needed and cause them to play through the map as its creator intended.

Multiplayer mode is self-explanatory. It is simply when player-hosted servers allow for multiple players to explore and interact on a single map.

The concept is simple, but the possibilities are endless. Minecraft is an example of a game where the graphics don't really matter because even as a kid we all loved to play with blocks.

Below is a link to a video of me talking some more and my friend Scot showing what his world in Minecraft looks like. Feel free to watch or ignore.

Click here to watch my vlog about Minecraft

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