Minecraft is a sandbox survival game orginally created by Swedish programmer Markus Alexej "Notch" Persson and was later developed and published by Mojang.
- Main article: Version History
- Main article: Blocks
Blocks make up the Minecraft landscape, and are integral to gameplay. They can be used in crafting and can be manipulated in many ways. The facea of a block are 16x16 pixels each, but the use of texture packs allow them to reach as high as 1024x1024 pixels.
As the uses of natural blocks are limited, it is imperative that players make use of the crafting interface in order to survive. Players can combine items in a 2x2 interface (extended to 3x3 by use of a Crafting Table), with each item taking up one square. Different arrangements of items create useable items, which players can exploit to further their collection of resources, and in turn create more items.
Any computer with the following hardware should suffice, however, for an more fluid experience, we suggest looking at the Recommended Requirements.
- Minimum Requirements:
- CPU : Intel P4/NetBurst Architecture or its AMD Equivalent (AMD K7)
- RAM : 2GB
- GPU : Intel GMA 950 or AMD Equivalent
- HDD : At least 90MB for Game Core and Sound Files
- Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 or up is required to be able to run the game.
- Recommended Requirements:
- CPU : Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
- RAM : 4GB
- GPU : GeForce 6xxx or ATI Radeon 9xxx and Up with OpenGL 2 Support (Excluding Integrated Chipsets)
- HDD : 150MB
Many fans with not enough money to buy it legitimately create illegal copies such as MinecraftSP and the famous Play Minecraft for Free Website that was taken down after Notch's Quake 3 Challenge.
Other software causes Premium Accounts to be created in order to download and play it without buying.
The main reason for downloading a pirated copy of Minecraft is because one does not have a credit card, mainly because there are few or no uses for credit cards in their country.
The Minecraft Official Release is when Minecraft was publicly released. Minecraft was officially released on November 18, 2011 during Minecon 2011. The starting version is 'Minecraft 1.0.0' and the latest version is Minecraft 1.7.2, Minecraft 1.0 was also known as the second part of the Adventure Update, the first one being Beta 1.8.
To see the changelog for the Official Release versions, see Version History
Minecraft has experienced several stages of evolution throughout the years.
- Main article: Minecraft Classic
Minecraft Classic is the traditional version of Minecraft. In this free version (which can only be played In-Browser), players are granted unlimited health and blocks, thus creating the classic sandbox and later the idea of Creative Mode. There are no mobs in the game except the player. This version supports both Singleplayer and Multiplayer. A list of multiplayer servers is available on the Minecraft website.
Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition
- Main article: Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition
Minecraft Xbox 360 edition, or Minecraft XBLA, is the third release of Minecraft. This is its first move to another gaming medium (the first being the PC). In this version, players may freely build and explore as they please. Like Minecraft, mobs are randomly spawned in the world, hostile and peaceful ones alike. Players also have access to the various dimensions of Minecraft. Crafting has greatly changed from the first Minecraft to this version. Crafting is no longer done by the player, but is listed preset combinations based off of items. For example, when the player visits his or her crafting table, instead of selecting the items and moving them into combinations, they are automatically placed in a list from which the player can choose their desired product, provided they have the necessary materials. A retail disk version of the game was released on June 4, 2013. The game featured every update that was added to the game at the time including The End.
Minecraft Pocket Edition
- Main article: Pocket Edition
Minecraft Pocket Edition is the second release of Minecraft onto another device. This version contains all modes that Minecraft has, unlike Minecraft XBLA. Crafting and interacting is all done by touching/stroking the touchscreen. This edition excludes some content. Movement, jumping, and turning, are all done using the d-pad and action button replicas on the screen. Some features in PE are not in the computer edition, such as stonecutter block. Also Quatz Blocks were first released on pocket edition, then on Minecraft PC.
Minecraft Xbox One Edition
Minecraft Xbox One Edition is the fourth, upcoming release of Minecraft onto another device. Not much of this version is known, except that it was announced and confirmed at E3 2013. After the show however, it was leaked the the Xbox One Edition will include larger maps and support more multiplayer features such as more players and possible Adventure Maps.
Little is known about how the Playstation edition(s) of Minecraft are planned to be developed. What is known, however, is that Minecraft will be available for the Playstation 3, 4 and Playstation Vita
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