10 months ago
hances are that if you don't play Minecraft yourself, you've probably at least heard of it or know someone who does. The charming indie game has invaded nearly every facet of pop culture, casting its blocky spell on everything from Legos to feature films and has even been used for tourism. With over 54 million copies sold, Sweden-based developer Mojang made $128 million last year largely thanks to Minecraft and has become one of the most successful game studios in the world. But what actually is Minecraft? We're glad you asked!
WHAT IS IT?
At its core, Minecraft is a massive, open-ended, first-person game with a focus on exploration and crafting.
Every time you load a new game, the environment is randomly assembled so no two plays will be exactly alike. Unlike most games, Minecraft offers little in the way of directions, or a campaign/story mode to work through for that matter: It's a free-form, easygoing affair with the player figuring out what they can and can't do through trial and error (or by scouring a wiki). Think something like Grand Theft Auto's gigantic environment, but instead of attempting a hyper-realistic world, everything is pixelated blocks.
Objects in the world are made of gravity-defying, 1 x 1 blocks that can be stacked and manipulated to form just about anything one could imagine, from intricate recreations of Game of Thrones' Westeros, to movie posters, and even Game Boy emulators capable of playing the first level from Super Mario Land. ****, the Danish government has servers running so would-be tourists can check out a 1:1 recreation of the happiest country replete with highways, houses and landmarks.