Minecraft

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Minecraft
Developer(s) Mojang
Publisher(s) Mojang
Designer(s) Markus "Notch" Persson
Jens "Jeb" Bergensten
Artist(s) Kristoffer Zetterstrand
(In-game artwork)
Markus "Junkboy" Toivonen
Composer(s) Daniel "C418" Rosenfeld
Version 1.8.7
Platform(s) Computer (Java), as Browser Applet, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Raspberry Pi.
Release date(s) Classic: May 17, 2009
Indev: December 23, 2009
Infdev: February 27, 2010
Alpha: May 17, 2009
Beta: December 20, 2010
Official Release November 18, 2011
Genre(s) open world, survival mode
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Minecraft is a video game. It was made by Markus Persson who is Swedish. He has the nickname "Notch". This is a open world and survival game where the player can play as a block person in a world made of cubes. The player can walk around and break the blocks which make up the interactive landscape. The player can then put the blocks back together to make new constructions.

The first (alpha) version was released for PC players on May 17, 2009. After some gradual changes to the software, the full version was released on November 18, 2011. A version for Android was released on October 7, 2011, and an iOS version was released on November 17, 2011.

The game was released on the Xbox 360 as an Xbox Live Arcade game on May 9, 2012. It was released for the PlayStation 3 on December 17, 2013, and for the PlayStation 4 on September 4, 2014. It was available for Xbox One the next day; and for the PlayStation Vita on October 14, 2014. On December 10, 2014, a Windows Phone version was released.[1]

History[change | change source]

Minecraft was created as an experiment to test random creation for caves. Minecraft was inspired by Infiniminer, a game created by other people. The first version of Minecraft was released on May 17, 2009. A significant update known as "The Halloween Update" containing the Nether was released on October 31, 2010. The beta was released on December 20, 2010. The full game was released on November 18, 2011. At first, Minecraft was created only by Notch. Other people started to work on it when Persson started an independent video game company called Mojang. Later in 2011, a version of Minecraft named "Pocket Edition" was released for iOS and Android. In 2012, Persson gave Jens Bergensten the job of being the main developer of Minecraft. In 2012, Minecraft came out on the Xbox 360 as a download and was available for 1600 Microsoft Points ($19.99). In 2013, Minecraft came out as a disc for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were released in September 2014. And a version for the PlayStation Vita was released in October 2014.

Gameplay[change | change source]

In Minecraft, your first goal is to survive the night. In the night, several monsters come out to kill you. You can build a shelter to protect yourself from these monsters. There are other dimensions like the Nether and the End. In the End is the Enderdragon, the final boss monster. After killing it, there's no more set goal, allowing you to make your own goal. There is an option to kill the Wither, another boss monster you can create as many times as you want. Creepers, a popular symbol in the game, were created when Mojang failed at making a pig. They succeeded in the end and there are pigs in the game.

Controls[change | change source]

The player uses the W, A, S and D keyboard keys to move around by default, but the controls can be changed in the menu options. The spacebar is used to jump. The Computer mouse is used to look around, the Left mouse button is used to attack or break blocks, and the right mouse button will use an item or place blocks. If you have a middle button on your mouse (Called button 3) simply click it when hovering over a block to "pick" it.

Game modes[change | change source]

There are 5 game modes in Minecraft.

  • Survival Mode - The player must gather resources, kill monsters, mine minerals and make items such as tools, armor and weapons. The player must also gather food in order to survive starvation. If the player dies, they then are given the choice to re-spawn into the game and continue play (usually dropping all the current items held in their inventory unless you have selected to keep inventory[2]) or to return to the main menu of the game.
  • Hardcore Mode - It is the same as "Survival Mode", but with two differences. If the player dies, the world they play in is deleted and they cannot play in that world again. Also, the game is locked on hard difficulty and cannot be changed without any help from a third party program and if you play in a hardcore server if you die you are not allowed to go to the server anymore.
  • Creative Mode - The player gets an unlimited number of blocks, and tools. This mode was created to let the player build whatever constructions they wanted to. They do not need to deal with surviving in this mode.
  • Spectator Mode - Released in version 1.8. This allows players to go into other players viewpoints and "spectate" them. But not just players, players can spectate mobs too. Each mob has its own viewpoint effect. (Ex: Creepers having a green filter, and spiders having a kaleidoscope view, hence their 8 eyes) Spectating players or mobs is done by right-clicking them. Also, when in this mode, the player has no-clip and can fly. The inventory is invisible, thus making it impossible to place blocks in Spectator mode without modification of Minecraft. You can access Spectator Mode by typing in the chat bar "/gamemode 3".
  • Adventure Mode - This mode is designed for community maps. The only way to access this mode is to enable cheats throughout the more world options, then changing the game mode by typing /gamemode 2 in the chat bar. The player can not place or break blocks, until the release of versions higher than 1.3.2, where they player is able to break blocks when holding the matching tool in their player's hand, this feature is also introduced placing blocks in adventure mode. You probably won't use this mode to often unless you like to create public maps.

In all modes (except Spectator Mode), players can build things such as houses, pixel art and towers. There is also a multiplayer mode, where players can play together through the internet. This requires the player to enter a server address.

Multiplayer[change | change source]

Multiplayer mode, as mentioned above, requires a server address. This is more commonly known as an IP address. Once a player has one of these, they can connect to the server and play with their friends. They can also connect to a server that is very popular and has people the player has never met before. and go on any profile they would like.

The best way to play multiplayer is to find a server. Some include:

  • Mineplex
  • The Hive
  • Hypixel
  • Arkham Network
  • Superior Gaming
  • squad craft
  • GommeHD
  • 2b2t.org

The other way is to create a LAN world, so people connected to the same wireless can play with you. These are the two ways you can play with other people on Minecraft.

Minecraft Realms.[change | change source]

Minecraft Realms are a special version of the original Multiplayer. When buying a "Realm", you can get your own server, but hosted by Mojang. This makes the process of creating a server easier. In Minecraft Realms, there are several "mini-games", which are maps/games created by popular Minecraft users.

Mobs[change | change source]

The term "Mob" is short for mobile, or any monster, animal, or Non-Player-Characters (NPC). Some blow up, some shoot arrows and some just attack you with their limbs (arms and legs).

  • Hostile: These will attack the player on sight. They include Zombies, Skeletons, Wither Skeletons, Spiders (only attack at night unless you hit them during the day), Slimes, Creepers, Ghasts, the very destructive Enderdragon, and the very powerful Wither, witches, zombie pigmen, endermen, magma cubes, etc.
  • Passive: These are mostly animals such as Cows, Pigs, Chickens, Sheep, and Mooshrooms (mushroom cows). They will run away when hit. They cannot hurt the player at all.
  • Neutral: These will only attack the player if the player attacks them first. They may also attack under certain circumstances such as "only attack at night", "if the player attacks a member of their group", or "if the player looks at them." They are Wolves, Zombie Pigmen (who fight back if the player hits one of them), Endermen (also if the player puts the crosshair on them/looks at them) and Spiders (only neutral during the day).
  • NPC (non-player character): This group so far only includes villagers which, like passive mobs, they will run if hit and cannot hurt the player. They are mobs that will not attack you in any way, and they will help you. The Iron Golem is not a NPC.
  • Boss: These mobs have much more health than the normal mob. They include the Enderdragon and the Wither. They have different means of killing you and drop unique and important items on death.
  • Herobrine is one of the only mobs which is rarely , never seen. Said to be Notch's brother who was trapped in the game, Herobrine haunts players. Or in Minecraft language, trolls them. Herobrine is a made-up character to scare players but he dosen't exist. He is removed in every update to stop scaring players. He can only be seen by installing mods.

The Nether[change | change source]

Players can build a nether portal out of 10 block of obsidian blocks and go to a place called the Nether. In it, they can fight fire-ball-shooting Ghasts, avoid the Zombie Pigmen, attack Magma Cubes, duel Wither Skeletons, search for brewing ingredients, dodge the fiery Blaze, and try not to fall into the unforgiving oceans of lava. Players can find a Nether Fortress, where Blazes and Wither Skeletons are common. It is mainly constructed of Nether Brick.

The Nether has, besides the oceans of lava, many other things. The ground is mainly Netherrack, which can be lit forever with a flint and steel. Players can also find Quartz. The top of the Nether is made of Bedrock (as is the bottom) so the only way to get through is by "cheating" or through Creative Mode.

The End[change | change source]

The player can make an End Portal which will teleport them to a deadly realm. If they can fend off Endermen and kill the Enderdragon, they will be shown the credits screen, which also shows a backstory. They can still play after defeating the dragon. After you kill the Enderdragon it drops a black egg with purple spots which can't be moved easily, but you can move it with a piston or by placing a torch two blocks underneath the egg and breaking the block between.[3] Unlike the Wither boss, the Enderdragon can only be fought once. In the Console Edition two of the Enderdragon's health regenerators, known as Ender Crystals, are in iron bars.

Useful tutorials[change | change source]

There a lots of minecraft tutorials on the web but famous ones include Paulsoaresjr's survive and thrive alpha series and his survive and thrive series from updates 1.0 to 1.7.

Starting off[change | change source]

At the start of the game you need to get some wood by punching out around 8 pieces of wood logs to survive the night.

First you will want to craft a wooden pickaxe and mine some stone

Versions[change | change source]

1.8[change | change source]

1.7[change | change source]

1.6[change | change source]

1.5[change | change source]

1.4[change | change source]

1.3[change | change source]

1.2[change | change source]

1.1[change | change source]

1.0[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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