Level Up: A Look at the Highly Popular Minecraft

By Samual Cale on April 03, 2016 from Level Up via Connect-Bridgeport.com

Ever since it rose to popularity in late 2010, Minecraft has been among my favorite games. Despite being cartoonish and simple, it is a great game in its own right. Being a sandbox game, you will truly never run out of things to do if you have some imagination. What really makes Minecraft different from most mainstream games, is the fact that everything is made of blocks that are equal to one square meter.
 
Being a sandbox game, Minecraft itself doesn't really have a storyline. The ultimate objectives of the game are to get diamonds, go to The Nether, go to The End, and slay the Ender Dragon. Beyond that it's all about building whatever you want with the materials at your disposal.
 
Minecraft has two main game modes, Survival and Creative. In Survival, you have to collect your resources, fight monsters, and eat food. Fighting and eating only apply in difficulties easy and above. In Creative mode, you cannot die, are able to fly, can break blocks with a single hit, and have infinite resources at your fingertips. If you want to feel that you've worked to achieve a goal when you accomplish something you play Survival. If you want to mess around and build huge monuments with ease, play Creative.
 
You can play alone offline or on a server. Many servers are dedicated to minigames, which can be quite entertaining. Many YouTube video producers host their own public servers and have themes and minigames specific to their channel. Of course, there are servers dedicated to regular survival mode.
 
As was mentioned before, Minecraft is made entirely out of large blocks. In the default textures, each block has 16 pixels on each side, which makes for poor graphics. However, this can be changed with a texture pack. Some high definition texture packs can even achieve a degree of realism. Texture packs can also change the sounds in the game, which can make things interesting sometimes.
 
Minecrafthas inspired a huge fan base, along with thousands of videos and the like on various media platforms. Some people even used Minecraft to rise to fame, such as YouTube producer “Sky Does Minecraft.” There are Minecraft music videos, Minecraft merchandise such as T-shirts and foam swords, and even books about Minecraft.
 
Another thing is that Minecraft's simplicity allows for easy modification of the game code. This has led to the development and release of dozens of mods for the game. Unfortunately, downloading and installing mods is a risky business, and if you aren't careful you can end up with a ton of viruses on your computer. Mods have added a huge amount of content to the game. Some mods add a few items, some add a whole new zone with its own unique characteristics, and some are for utility. Some mods are entirely ridiculous, and end up more just for laughs than for actually playing the game.
 
Minecraft is a completely multi-platform game. It is available on PC, Xbox 360 and One, Playstation 3, 4, and Vita, Wii U, and Mobile, to name a few. This makes for an accessibility that few games have achieved. Unfortunately, the game features are not the same on all platforms. For example, PC has always been way ahead of console as far as updates are concerned. The developers have been working to bring all systems up to date, which all Minecraft players are thankful of I'm sure.
 
All things considered, I give Minecraft a rating of 8/10. Despite having close to no storyline and minimal graphics, it is a great game. The gameplay is incredibly addictive once you get into it, and what the community has done with the game is amazing at times. Depending on what system you play it on, Minecraft costs between $20 and $30, which is entirely worth it. There aren't a ton of good sandbox games out there, and this is most definitely one of them.



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