Minecraft is a 2009 sandbox indie video game title. Notch, the creator of Minecraft, was inspired to create it after he and a few friends played Infiniminer. The first published video of Minecraft was called "Cave Game". Only later on did it become Minecraft.
The player first spawns in the Overworld. A massive world with features such as mountains, oceans, and Biomes. The Overworld is essentially an infinite clone of earth. The player upon spawning, is free to fully explore the overworld. Unfortunately, without equipment such as a sword, or food such as a porkchop, the player is hindered on how much they can explore. The player has a hunger bar, and a health bar. The hunger bar if full can slowly recharge the health bar, but not vice-versa. If either of the bars reaches zero,the player is at risk of death, either from starvation, lack of health, or other instances of death. The hunger bar normally decreases slowly. However, activities such as sprinting or mining can lower the bar faster than usual. Usually foods such as Porkchops and Steak can fill the hunger bar back to healthy levels, and can be acquired by simply punching the animal to death.
But for long-term survival, the player is recommended to take or build a shelter. Building a shelter is a critical first part to exploring a world. Shelters are important, as they can protect the player from hostile mobs, and can serve the same purpose as a home in real life. Most shelters take the form of houses such as to the right. Houses are favored often because of their simplicity, and the short amount of time necessary to build. The player usually starts mining after the house is made. Mining is a very important part of Minecraft, hence the name.
Mining is a very important part of the player's Minecraft experience. Mining is important to completely experience the full extent of what Minecraft has to offer. Mining is also important for long term survival, as you need metal ores to craft armor, swords, and much more. However, The ore is only found on mountains and underground, as most of Minecraft centers around the mining experience. Mining is necessary to get the resources needed to build portals that can access the Nether, a hell-like world, and to fully explore the expanse of Minecraft. There are many ways to go about mining in Minecraft. Some ways are more common than others. Below listed are two strategies Minecraft players commonly use, please note these don't cover all the tactics.
- Cave Mining: This is one of the most commonly used mining tactics used by players. Usually cave mining is the easiest, as it requires minimal effort for the player, and entrances to caves are usually found all over the surface. Cave mining usually consists of picking blocks off the walls of the cave, coal and iron are the most common ores, but if the cave goes deep enough, gold ore can be found. Cave mining is also slightly dangerous as the average sized cave has multiple openings and one cave might lead to other caves, or ravines. Players can easily get lost in a labyrinth of caves and ravines. This can be avoided if the player sets landmarks, such as torches or cobblestone. It's also very easy to die, and lose items forever without a way to find them.
- Strip mining: Is often used to find valuable ores like diamonds, as it is easier than hollowing out an entire chunk. Strip mining however requires plenty of resources such as stone or iron to build pickaxes, and plenty of patience. Usually the player mines underground then when he or she reaches bedrock starts strip mining. The player usually mines in one straight line, stripping through the ground, hence the name strip mining. Usually these lines are separated by a one block wall, though that's not often the case. Strip mining is not recommended for mining common ores like coal or iron. It is recommended that for major strip mining operations to bring plenty of torches to serve the purpose of preventing hostile mobs from spawning, and to create a guide way in case the player is lost. It is also recommended that the player mine between the 0 and 16th layer if he or she is in search of diamonds. It is also recommended to always bring a bucket of water, as often times the player might run into a lake of lava. Its good to bring a furnace and a crafting table with you so you can smelt items and craft new items without having to run up and get them.
- Minecraft was released on PC on May 17 2009
- Pocket Edition came on Android on October 7, on iOS on November 17, both in 2011
- Xbox version came on May 9 2012
- PS3 on December 17 2013