According to game makers, one of the tell-tale signs of future stardom when it comes to a videogame is the type of audience the game attracts. Critics have noted video games with the highest potential for success are often games that are received well by adults and kids alike, and Minecraft is no exception to that rule.
Minecraft is a videogame originated in Sweden by the company Mojang. The game claims enthusiasts of all ages, shapes and sizes. In fact some have stated “It’s about as diverse of an audience as you can get. “From ten-year-old kids playing their digital devices on the school bus, to the 40-year-old virgin who has not seen daylight for 88 days because he has got a city to build.
Minecraft is a game of building. A player can mine for materials and use them to build unlimited structures or even cities, all in one’s own private world or a person can invite friends to help them build or just explore the areas they have created. One player said, “However imaginative a player can be, Minecraft is more than willing to accommodate.” The game is not completely without fighting and there are enemies in the game to battle, however not anywhere on the scale of what can be seen in games of modern warfare. Some claim the fighting can even be seen by some as almost a mockery of violence in the sense that it is so unrealistic.
Parents have reported to be happy with the fact that kids are able to create and build in a way that some say “could even be helpful in real life.” One parent went on to tell reporters how after the first time playing the game with his own kids, he felt that the game was worthy of being used in schools as part of the education curriculum, citing the creative thinking process it can bring about in players.
The original creative mind behind the game is a man by the name of Marcus Persson, who many fans may know as “Notch,” who came up with the idea for the game in 2009. By summer of 2010 Persson decided to let a larger audience know about his new game by mentioning it on the blog site of another popular videogame TF2. Nearly two months later, an overwhelming amount of users signing up caused the game makers webserver to crash. Since the games release, Minecraft has reached amazing heights of success that some speculate could never have been predicted by “Notch” when he was first tinkering around with the idea. Reports suggest over 100 million registered users have tested their creative abilities playing the game on either their home gaming consoles or other supporting computer devices.
Xbox 360 users have been patiently waiting for the game’s Title Update 14 which is expected to be released sometime in the near future. The company has stated that it is busy finalizing and working out all the “bug fixing,” and other details. One loyal fan tells reporters, “I can’t wait to see what type of content they are planning for the future, but I will be eagerly anticipating it.”
By Aaron Thompson