You’ll Dig Minecraft


Do you know why? Because that pun was awesome. And because Minecraft is the single most addicting game ever designed by only one person. Notch is the creator, programmer, designer, the almighty lord of Minecraft, and for less than twenty dollars, his creation can be yours to play with. It’s a one-time price, and what the game lacks in direction it makes up with in raw, infinite potential.

To any pro-gamer, even to a casual gamer, likely enough, first opinion on the graphics of Minecraft wouldn’t stray anywhere above, “You call these graphics?” Considering just how big (literally infinite, walk anywhere and you’ll never reach the end) the game is, HD visuals would likely result in framerate drops in even the more powerful gaming computers. Besides, the blocky look is part of the game’s charm. But now that you know how big the game is, you should want to know of the content.


The only directions in Minecraft are as follows: Survive, and build stuff. They have modes specifically to cater towards these goals, aptly named the Survival and Creative modes. In Survival mode, the player is spawned in a random biome (the common biomes being desert, extreme hills, grasslands, tundra, swamp, and forest) with no supplies.

The player must then gather supplies by punching various blocks until they break and can be stored in the inventory, at which point they may be placed in the crafting square and used to create other objects. After building an initial shelter, the player faces the challenge of finding food. Mob spawns include cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens, so if you ever really need to eat, you can always punch one of them to death and use some mined coal to cook the meat. Of course, then there are the unfriendly mobs who spawn and try to kill you. Creepers explode, skeletons shoot you with arrows, and zombies and spiders will bite you to death. A wide array of other creatures await the long-time survivor, so don’t get comfortable swinging a wooden sword like it’s Excalibur.

Speaking of mining, which is what the game is named after, anyway, you will need to dig deep if you plan to make any more complicated devices. Hell, even the simple devices need coal and iron. Craft yourself a pick and head on down, but be sure to watch out for lava, monsters, long falls, gravel traps, and all the things down there that might just want to murder you horribly. Which is a lot of things, just so you know.


That covers Survival mode, but what of us who want only to make snazzy statues and dramatic dwellings? Creative mode! You have access to almost every material in the game, and you have an infinite amount of it. You’re also invincible and capable of flying. What else could an imaginative mind ask for? Just go anywhere and build anything! Don’t be fooled by the lack of description I give for Creative mode, though. With every resource at your fingertips, there’s no end to the clever creations you can craft, which might be a little overwhelming, considering building a massive sky fortress can take a while. Here’s a hint: Download MCEdit, InvEdit, and other programs that will make your Minecraft experience less redundant and more enjoyable!

It’s a good game, and a greater time killer. I’m endorsing it because I play Minecraft, and I often have much time to kill, and it is killed well. Enjoy punching wood, and watch out for Creepers!

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