Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang Studios. Markus “Notch” Persson created the game in the Java programming language. Following several early private testing versions, it was first made public in May 2009 before being fully released in November 2011, with Notch stepping down and Jens “Jeb” Bergensten taking over development. Minecraft has since been ported to several other platforms and is the best-selling video game of all time, with over 238 million copies sold and nearly 140 million monthly active players as of 2021.
In Minecraft, players explore a blocky, procedurally generated 3D world with virtually infinite terrain and may discover and extract raw materials, craft tools, and items, and build structures, earthworks, and simple machines.
Depending on their chosen game mode, players can fight hostile mobs and cooperate with or compete against other players in the same world. Game modes include a survival mode (in which players must acquire resources to build in the world and maintain health) and a creative mode (where players have unlimited resources and access to flight). There is also a wide variety of user-generated content, such as modifications, servers, skins, texture packs, and custom maps, which add new game mechanics and possibilities.
Minecraft received critical acclaim, winning several awards and later being cited as one of the greatest video games of all time. Social media, parodies, adaptations, merchandise, and the annual Minecon conventions played prominent roles in popularizing the game. The game has also been used in educational environments to teach chemistry, computer-aided design, and computer science. In 2014, Microsoft purchased Mojang and Minecraft intellectual property for US$2.5 billion. Several spin-offs have also been made, including Minecraft: Story Mode, Minecraft Dungeons, Minecraft Earth, and the upcoming Minecraft Legends.
1. Minecraft was initially released 10 years ago:
Minecraft was initially released 10 years ago, on the 18th of November 2011.
2. Markus “Notch” Persson created the game:
The game was created by Markus “Notch” Persson and was developed by the Swedish video game developer, Mojang Studios.
3. There are five different ‘game modes’ in Minecraft:
There are five different ‘game modes’ in Minecraft. They are Survival Mode, Hardcore Mode, Creative Mode, Adventure Mode, and Spectator Mode. (Seriously if you didn’t know this what kind of gamer are you.)
4. Minecraft is the biggest-selling video game of all time:
Minecraft is the biggest-selling video game of all time! It has sold 238,000,000 copies – that’s enough for the entire population of the UK to have more than FOUR copies EACH!
5. Minecraft has been taught at school:
Minecraft has been taught at school! In 2013, a Swedish school named the Viktor Rydberg Secondary School introduced Minecraft as a mandatory part of its curriculum for all of its 13-year-old students. A teacher explained that students: “learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future.” Why didn’t my school have that, like my school gave me 3 chapters of math for homework?
6. The Rarest item in Minecraft is the Dragon Egg:
The Rarest item in Minecraft is the Dragon Egg. It only appears when the Ender Dragon has been defeated, at which point, the Dragon Egg will appear on the exit portal! You can now stop feeling bad about not being able even to defeat the dragon.
7. Minecraft was nearly called something else:
Minecraft was nearly called something else…it was originally nicknamed ‘Cave Game’ before the creator decided on Minecraft. Just imagine the Youtube thumbnails if it would have been named ‘Cave Game’.
8. One day in Minecraft is 20 minutes in real-time:
One day in Minecraft is 20 minutes in real-time. Imagine if our days were that short…a year would take just over 5 days! If you want to live longer just go live in Minecraft like Steve.
9. Every 1 in 10,000 times you play Minecraft, the main menu will display a typo of the game’s title:
Every 1 in 10,000 times you play Minecraft, the main menu will display a typo of the game’s title, saying “Minceraft” instead of “Minecraft.” You probably went past it without even noticing.
10. Each block is considered 1 cubic meter:
Each block is considered 1 cubic meter. That means that the size of a chicken in Minecraft is approximately 3 feet. I don’t know about you – but a 3-foot-tall chicken sounds scary!
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