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Minecraft

Go ahead. Insult me. Give me your worst. Call me a nerd. Call me a child. Call me a baby who actually likes Minecraft. Call me a disgrace and a waste of oxygen for even playing this video game. You can call me whatever you want. I’ve heard it all.

Truth is, Minecraft is undeniably one of the most relaxing but cruel, adaptable but expansive, and simple but intricate sandbox/survival video games. No matter how cringe-inducing the community may be, Minecraft deserves a spot on this list.

It was initially released on May 17, 2009 (approaching its 10 year anniversary!) on PC by Mojang. The rights have since been purchased by Microsoft.

According to Wikipedia, it is currently the second-best-selling PC game with 30 million copies sold, only behind the intolerable battle royale, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (with 50 million copies sold). Minecraft has since expanded to several more platforms and still receives frequent updates.

The simple, iconic block design stands out unlike any other sandbox game. It made building incredibly easy to adapt to and experimentally fun. Minecraft creative mode block building has practically become a form of art thanks to the media and pop culture.

Crafting table in Minecraft

As for its survival mode, Minecraft is ingeniously programmed to place the player in a random seed for every new world they create, which means each world will be different from the last every time you want to start over (unless of course you deliberately insert the same one every time).

Why is this ingenious? It means exploration is unlimited. Starting a new world means fresh possibilities: a new place to build a house, or a new area to gather resources.

Similar to the last entry, Minecraft never holds your hand because the developers do not underestimate their players. Later versions added instructions and explanations, but the raw feeling of loneliness and survival was very much present when it initially hit the internet by storm.

Showing instead of telling works well for a game like The Witness where only one button dictates how the entire game plays out, but Minecraft leaves you in the dark and lacks basic instruction on what you’re even supposed to be doing. It places you in a world with no guidance and no objective. This is disappointing if you have never once seen how the game is to be played, especially for just how vast it really is.

After learning the basics and maybe beyond them, there really is no other flaw with Minecraft. It’s an enjoyable experience in both survival and creative modes, and really hard to get bored with because of its sheer amount of content.

Come back Wednesday when I present the seventh entry: possibly the most addicting video game of all time.

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8 Responses to “Top Ten Greatest Video Games of All Time: #8”

  1. Ian Kaspick on May 13th, 2019 10:45 am

    Agree 100

  2. Brenton Loose on May 13th, 2019 11:24 am

    Thank you

  3. Patricia Pluebell on May 13th, 2019 12:44 pm

    I think Minecraft is a great game that can help kids, who want to be a construction worker when they grow up.

  4. Wheat Yiles on May 13th, 2019 1:14 pm

    Finally, you put something cool on this list.

  5. Jaiden Engle on May 13th, 2019 1:22 pm

    Agree 110%, Minecraft has helped me through years of dealing with annoying stuff throughout my life, ive played minecraft Since the Pre Alpha, and yeah say whatever you want, Minecraft has to me my 3rd favorite game in the world, Right after Rainbow 6 siege and PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds.

  6. Cheyenne Leech on May 13th, 2019 3:05 pm

    I think for me it isn’t Minecraft, but Resident Evil 5 and 6 that have helped me throughout the years.

  7. Remy B. on May 13th, 2019 3:35 pm

    I am genuinely playing the game as I type this. (Well, I paused it to read, but I digress.) I agree completely; I got into it a few years after the initial release, and play on a console that doesn’t get anymore updates; however, these past five-or-so years of mostly playing in creative mode and only recently getting the courage to play survival mode off peaceful, have been so interesting. Getting to see all the different nooks and crannies of this game (being introduced to new biomes, mobs, features, etcetera) as I go on nails home just how much of an expansive game Minecraft is. I went into it unbeknownst everything, and learn things/find things out as I go, and while it is a bit overwhelming and tricky to navigate with (as you said) how vast it is, the payoff is worth it. Sure, there’s canonical/official endings, but the game is essentially whatever you make it to be, and I adore it.

    Perhaps I’m giving it a bit too much credit, but I digress: a brilliant game.

    I’ve rambled long enough; awesome pick, excited for Wednesday’s entry!

  8. Brayden Daniels on May 14th, 2019 10:05 am

    I kinda fink that fortnite is a better game it has a lotof fun and my role l=model ninja pays it its funny yo funny. period Also when i was sad fornite made me happpier

    gang agang
    lolo xd

  9. Taylor Laber on May 17th, 2019 11:30 am

    as memable as minecraft is i do agree with this choice, considering its status as one of the most popular games online in general. also its just fun to do with friends when you have nothing better to do

    brown bricks in minecrap!

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