Minecraft is a low requirement/very addictive game that is pretty much an open sandbox of creativity. The graphics are circa 1990′s but don’t let that deter you. You can deconstruct the environment to build stuff(Highly technical term, I know.). More specifically, you can create all kinds of items and other blocks of varying durability that allow you to dig, mine, cook, smelt, kill, etc.
As I mentioned, the added twist of survival includes surviving against monsters but one does need food to stay alive as well. Never let your food monitor run dry or else you start taking damage over time until you almost starve to death. The more filled your food bar, the sooner your health regenerates. The above farm features some of the edibles. Make sure when you get meat to cook it. The game may be made of pixels but you still have to eat!
While you are busy building, crafting, dominating the livestock, make sure to take in your surroundings and scenery. What makes the game very fascinating is the randomly generated terrain. Some formations of mountains and caves will catch your eye and make the imagination run wild when you think of what you can build somewhere or how to make yourself safer. Remember: location, location, location!
Of course, if one manages to survive the perils of working on the surface and manages to mine deep enough for it, you can get enough materials to venture in the abyss of the Nether! Think of it as the hell of the game. Lots of fire, lava, and oh hello, Zombie pig men!
The Nether can only be gotten to with a Nether portal which any player can craft. If you venture into the Nether regions(haha) of Minecraft, make sure to bring protection(couldn’t help myself). It’s a very treacherous area of the game with Ghasts flying around and Pigmen. Again, try to take in the views when you can, you might catch something that looks cool for a game that’s so basic in appearence.
Overall, I recommend everyone should play Minecraft at least once. You don’t fully experience the game until you play it with others. Which brings me to my next thought process.
The game has a nice added twist of multiplayer survival mode where it feels almost like an MMO you run for your friends to play in while building homes, castles, villages or whatever while surviving the hardships of monsters in dark places and when the beasties spawn at night. We’ve had fun with the guild Minecraft server and we foresee that it will be up for a long time.
We currently have a survival multiplayer world where we have established some roads, towns, and keeps for players to explore. When you spawn in, we have a protected area with signs to help guide you on your way. If you would like to participate on our existing Minecraft server, make sure to sign up at our forums and read the rules we have posted!
For those that don’t have this game, I recommend bouncing over to Minecraft.net and getting a copy of the game to play. If you are a retro fan like me, it certainly makes for a great time killer of a game!