Luckily my hotel internet blows and I cannot play at nighttime this week. Otherwise, I would be fully digital by now.
What the frak is Minecraft?
This, the frak, is Minecraft:
Okay, let’s check-off the things on “Matt’s Wacky Game Requirements List”:
– Sandbox? This game is the ultimate.
– Permanence? Yup, we already have a server.
– Simple, yet fun? Minecraft embodies this.
– Vomit-inducing graphics? You bet!
So, what do you do? Well, quite simply, you mine and craft. Brilliant! And no, this isn’t stupid, repetitive, level-up crafting existent in massively multiplayer online games. You change the landscape, drastically.
From something like this:
To something like this:
Here’s how it works. The game generates a random world roughly 8 times the size of earth. You enter the universe with nothing but your fists and your blocky, digital avatar.
From there, you punch trees (fuck yeah!) until you have enough wood to craft some crude tools: axe, pick, shovel, etc. With those tools, you mine deeper and find different types of materials to build whatever your imagination can conjure, lego-style. Castles? Underground cities? Squid aquarium? City in the sky? Powered train that transports materials/players from one city to another? CHECK and CHECK, to everything and more.
The game allows your imagination to run wild without imposing too many rules. The gameworld does cycle between day and night (roughly 10 minutes each), and the monsters come out at night! Your best tactic is to head indoors or somewhere safe. You can kill them with crafted weapons, but there’s no experience/levelling/grind. So, there’s not too much reason to fight them (besides fun) if you can avoid it. Of course, you could develop clever traps to kill them for you.
I’ve played creative sandbox games many times in the past, but they’ve all been single player. The cooperative elements of the Minecraft server may just prove to be something quite special.
I’m just a noob, so I won’t bore you with any more of my own screenshots (the only one from our server was that 1st one). Maybe I will in the future, if I blog about Minecraft again. In the meantime, there’s a hole that needs to be dug.