Minecraft is a fantastic game that in my mind has something special in store for people of all ages. Don’t let the pixelated world of Minecraft keep you from giving it a try. In what we can consider to be a technologically advanced world, with games that aspire to become more and more visually realistic, I too was hesitant to starting this seemingly simplistic game. What Minecraft lacks in its visual appeal in comparison to its larger-than-life counterparts is made up with by other means. I would even go as far to say that the art of Minecraft is perfectly suited for creating another world that does not have to look like ours – an alternate world that we can explore extensively with others. I promise that an unbelievable adventure awaits you in this pixelated work of art that people call Minecraft.

Minecraft is a first-person sandbox game. The game has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, giving players a large amount of freedom. As a kid, I played with Lego and was ultimately limited by the amount of blocks my parents would comfortably buy for me with their hard earned cash. Imagine a world, unrestricted and continuously generating as you explore it – a Lego world with unlimited blocks where you can let your creativity run free. Within the world of Minecraft, lie endless building blocks to satisfy the inner Lego-loving child within us all.g

For those of us that are not extremely creatively gifted, there is a still ton to do in the world of Minecraft. This alternate world comes with a single curious protagonist – you. But the world is also filled with a variety of biomes and environments from mountains to deserts to the underground mines and caves. A variety of other inhabitants of the world include a couple species of farm animals and monsters that are usually seen at night including, skeletons, zombies, and creepers to name a few. Thus the game is not free of combat and conflict against these enemies. Due to the flexible nature of the game, monsters can be disabled for those that enjoy a pure clean and peaceful environment.

I found playing by myself became a bit limiting fairly quickly. Part of the Minecraft experience is the opportunity to play with others through public and private servers. A simple server hosting a couple of friends can allow everyone to enjoy an adventurous time together while a larger public server can open up an endless amount of possibilities with using the malleable game of Minecraft to create a structured world with laws and an economy or a free-for-all world where the strong survive and the weak perish. The creativity behind different servers really surpasses my expectations of what Minecraft could be. Every server that was crafted by the many talented and creative people out there becomes a unique alternate world open to everyone to discover, explore, and enjoy.

Minecraft can really be as fast-paced or as slow-paced as you would like it to be. Everyone has a different playing style and different expectations of the game. I cannot stress how amazing this game is for catering to basically every type of gamer out there.

How I approached Minecraft, an open ended pixelated game, was to express my creativity to build whatever my imagination conjured up. It taught me that good things come with hard work, time, and a ton of fun. Minecraft represents a part of my youth but also just another building block that made me who I am today. Hopefully it can bring some joy to your busy day as it has for me time and time again. Enjoy.