Pushing Creation to the Limits

Minecraft Gamers Can Build Worlds

Imagine you are in a world surrounded by zombies, skeletons, and creepers, a world where you can build whatever you want, fight monsters, and be creative and, most importantly, survive.

Welcome to a world of Minecraft. Minecraft is a video game, and playing it is like entering a world of blocks where you can build anything you want. If you want to mine, for example, you have to break a block with your bare hands or make a pickaxe or shovel. If you want to build, first you have to mine. While living in Minecraft can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Creepers, zombies, and skeletons are always waiting to attack. Amidst fighting monsters, you also have the power to create, like when building houses.

Minecraft was created by Markus Persson, nicknamed "Notch." Persson was inspired by Infiniminer, an earlier video game that sends players to collect resources in a randomly generated landscape of stone blocks. In 2011, Jens Bergensten, also known as Jeb, took over creative control of Minecraft so that Notch could concentrate on new projects.

Minecraft costs $26.95. Introduced to the world at the MineCon convention in 2011, it was made available for the Xbox game console in May 2012. The game sold four million copies in only five months. Today, it has sold over 35 million copies to 100 million users worldwide.

If real life reflected Minecraft, we would not only live in a block world, but also in a world ruled by imagination.

[Source: minecraft.net]

It's interesting to see how a video can allow players to explore their creativity! – Eleazar WawaUW-Madison (2015-02-24 17:05)
Very well-written article! I love playing Minecraft, I love how it teaches kids to explore their imagination and creativity. – Andreanna WrightSennett Middle School (2015-03-19 21:38)
WOW! I play Minecraft a lot, but I never knew that Notch got inspired by an earlier game called Infriniminer. Thanks for that! – MarianaLa Follette High School (2015-07-14 17:42)