I lost my entire Monday to Minecraft. I don’t know where it went… I got on around 9am and suddenly it was 9pm. I played the Alpha and earlier versions of the game something like a year ago and had lots of fun in free-build mode but never got to try the Survival. Graev and I both picked it up and absolutely love it. We have our own personal server going that houses Me, Graev, and Bartlebe (with room for more) and it’s been days of mining, building a castle, and trying to survive against the onslaught of monsters that seem to attack us in droves.
Minecraft captures that perfect feeling. It has basic graphics, slightly better than ‘just enough to get by’, but shines above the rest with its gameplay. When playing it I can’t help but allow my imagination to take over and suddenly the graphics do not matter at all. This is how it felt back when playing games like EverQuest and UO. Neither of those had great graphics but both did something amazing with gameplay that essentially propelled gaming forward and created the foundation for what we have today. It’s so, so rare to see a game come around that is pure and captures that old feeling that got me hooked on gaming.
There are so many great things you can do with servers that augment the game’s natural design. There are PvP FFA servers, Faction PvP servers, PvE coop, free-build, and servers with enormous tournaments and battles. The players get to really determine how the game is utilized. Minecraft is the quintessential sandbox. You start with a generated landscape and from there it’s up to you. Do you simply dig a hole in the ground or do you build a castle? Craft armor, beds, weapons, tools, harvest the conductive power from gems, terraform the landscape to our needs, and literally whatever you can imagine.
It’s impossible to overstate the fun factor. Definitely get it. I want to look into setting us up a server for PvP battles where we build bases and attack each other. If you’d be interested let us know.