Minecraft is a sandbox game in which people can build almost anything they can imagine out of blocks. It was developed by a Swedish video game developer Mojang, and Xbox Game Studios resident in Stockholm the capital of Sweden. Xbox studio was founded by Markus Persson in 2009 as Mojang Specifications and transformed into Mojang AB in 2010 with Jakob Porsér. Minecraft is a trademark of Mojang Synergies AB.
Mojang, the developer of Minecraft was bought by Microsoft, for $2.5 billion in 2014. Markus Persson exited the firm after the completion of the deal
Since the launch of Minecraft in 2009, they have been on the rise and constantly enjoyed a bullish trend.
What is Minecraft game all about?
Minecraft is a 3D game and a style of game in which minimal character limitations are placed on the gamer, allowing him/her to roam and change a virtual world at will. Minecraft just like every other sandbox game stresses on roaming and allowing a player to pick tasks. It provides the gamer to a “world” to which he creates and has unhinged access from beginning to the end.
A multiplayer in Minecraft allows multiple players to connect, interact and canvass with each other.
According to Wikipedia, there is an achievement system, known as “advancements” in the Java Edition of the game. Gameplay is in the first-person perspective by default, but players have the option for third-person perspective. The game world is composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes and fluids, and commonly called “blocks”—representing various materials, such as dirt, stone, ores, tree trunks, water, and lava. The core gameplay revolves around picking up and placing these objects. These blocks are arranged in a 3D grid, while players can move freely around the world. Players can “mine” blocks and then place them elsewhere, enabling them to build things. Many commentators have described the game’s physics system as unrealistic; liquids continuously flow for a limited horizontal distance from source blocks, which can be removed by placing a solid block in its place or by scooping it into a bucket. The game also contains a material known as redstone, which can be used to make primitive mechanical devices, electrical circuits, and logic gates, allowing for the construction of many complex systems.
Minecraft has five different types of modes; survival mode, hardcore mode, creative mode, adventure mode and spectator mode.
In survival mode, gamers have to work with the substance(s) available around them to build protection to survive from attacks. The survival mode has a health mode which suffers exhaustion from attacks from starvation, suffocation and many other factors. In this mode, the player can also sustain the hunger by eating food. If the hunger bar is at any time exhausted, health will suffer deterioration until the hunger bar is refilled again. There are many other interesting content/provisions in this mode, but all sums up to survival, protection and preservation mindset.
Though hardcore mode looks so much like the the Survival mode, the Hardcore mode on another hand provides new set of challenges for gamers to pass through while playing and surviving. Imagine a version of Minecraft where a player is spawned into a world with only one life. If a player does not survive the multiplayer server set to hardcore, they are put into spectator mode.
Creative mode provides players with unfettered resources. In creative mode, players have access to all resources and items in the game through the inventory menu, and can place or remove them instantly. Players can fly freely around the game world at any time without restrictions when mining. They also do not get depleted by hunger neither does their characters take any form deterioration. This mode presents gamers with the opportunity to invest their attention on building and creating projects of any size without any distraction or disturbance whatsoever.
Adventure mode comes with limitation just like the survival mode. It is designed with the intention of providing gamers the feel of player-created maps and adventure. Just like the survival mode, players can suffer environmental impact, making dying possible. Players must also manage hunger to avoid health deterioration. All the same, there are many differences as well; like the Java Edition makes it only possible for blocks to be destroyed “with a tool that has the CanDestroy NBT tag, and not by the player’s fist. In the same vein, blocks require the CanPlaceOn NBT tag to be placed.
However, players are able to make use of the environment in other ways – including interacting with mobs and other entities (for example, killing them), turning a redstone mechanism (such as a lever) on or off, and trading with villagers. Additionally, players are able to craft items as they normally would in any other game mode. Another feature is that players always spawn exactly on the world spawn point, no matter where it is – unlike Survival mode, where players can spawn anywhere within a certain grid”( https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Adventure)
In Spectator mode, a player is allowed to fly around and observe the world without interacting with it in any way. Spectators in their invisible mode can fly to other players to observe or view their blocks. Spectators are completely invisible, except to other players who are also in Spectator mode.
Is Minecraft a good game for kids?
Is Minecraft a good game for kids? A question asked by many people across the world especially parents, giving the fact that this video game is dominated by kids and adolescents. If that has been your question, then the answer is an emphatic yes!
Minecraft can be reckoned as one of the best video games for learning. This can be attributed to the fact that Players can interact with others in the game, from all over the world. This synergy can bolster team work and tests between players which is very beneficial in this 21st century where technology is gradually killing every element of human bonding and collaboration in many ways. Imagine kids practicing and developing skills such as planning, teamwork, strategizing, negotiation, etc. This means that kids get to learn how the world really works and before they are grown, they will not find it hard to bond, relate and collaborated with one another to foster solutions to myriads of challenges that they might be faced with.
Minecraft also presents a reminder of the world that we live in, the challenges that we are human beings are faced with on regular basis and how our life depends on it. If children can learn this truth at a very young age, it is very priceless. Having the survival mindset and how to daily overcome the monsters that attack us is invaluable, and this I think makes Minecraft a more lovely game.
Minecraft is an imagination game, and playing it could strengthen the minds of the kids to think outside the box to do great things.
Minecraft has remained profitable since the inception of the company in 2009. In fact in 2013, the video game company bagged a revenue increase of $330 million, a 38 percent increase from the previous year, according to the report from Wall Street Journal. This puts the company on a $129 million profit in 2013 business year according to time.com. In 2019, Microsoft and Mojang officially announced that Minecraft has sold 176 million copies across the globe with 200 million registered users in its free Chinese release. That was the 10th year since the launch of Minecraft.
As at the end 2019, Minecraft was the single bestselling video game with 180 million copies in sales and monthly user base in the neighbourhood of 112 million.