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What is the game Minecraft all about?

Mojang created Minecraft, a sandbox video game, developed by Markus “Notch” Persson.   After several early test versions, it was released as a paying public alpha for personal computers in 2009. Later with Jens Bergensten taking over production in November 2011.

Certainly, Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time. Above all, around 200 million copies were sold. Other than that, it has 126 million monthly active users as of 2020.

How to play?

A blocky, procedurally produced 3D environment with infinite terrain is explored by the players in Minecraft. They find and extract raw materials, crafting tools and objects. In addition, they also construct structures or earthworks. Moreover, players can battle computer-controlled “mobs,” as well as cooperate with. Or else they should compete against other players in the same environment, depending on the game mode.

There are 2 game modes. A survival mode, in which players must gather resources to create the environment stay healthy. The second is the creative mode, in which players have unlimited resources. Additionally, modifying the game allows players to build new gameplay mechanics, objects, and properties. 

How was the response to the game?

Minecraft has certainly received widespread praise. As a result, it received several awards and was hailed as one of the best video games ever made. Moreover, its popularity was aided by social media, parodies, adaptations, merchandise, and the annual MineCon conventions.

Other than that, it has also been used in educational settings, especially in the realm of computing systems. It has virtual computers and hardware devices built in. Notably, Microsoft paid US$2.5 billion for Mojang and the Minecraft intellectual property in 2014. Minecraft: Story Mode, Minecraft Dungeons, and Minecraft Earth are only a few of the spin-off games available.

More about the game

Aside from the overworld (the main world), Minecraft has two additional dimensions: the Nether and the End. The Nether is a hellish dimension accessed through player-built portals. It contains several unique resources and can be used to travel great distances in the overworld. 

However, one can make the Wither, an optional boss mob, out of materials contained in the Nether. The End, on the other hand, is a barren land with many islands. 

On the main island, there is a boss dragon known as the Ender Dragon. Killing the dragon triggers an escape portal. This enables the game’s ending credits and a poem written by Irish writer Julian Gough when entered.

Players are then teleported back to their starting point. Here, they can continue playing indefinitely.

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