Games of 2010: Minecraft

One new thing I’d really like to do this year is to write about other indie games I like on this blog. It’s something I used to do years ago, but at some point I let it slip… Anyway, as a place to start, I thought it might be a good idea to write about some games I really enjoyed in 2010. I’m gonna try doing one a day for the month, but we’ll see how it goes.

First up: Minecraft! I’m not doing these writeups in any kind of order, but even if I was, Minecraft would probably still be the first post.

My first “real” minecraft world was a pre-biome frozen winter world, covered with ice and snow. I’d played the game enough to understand the basics, and liked my spawn point in this one enough to call it home.

Before I’d really established any kind of shelter, I came across an open cave directly below a sheet of ice, and decided to explore. It led all the way down to magnificent lakes of lava near the bedrock. But I got so lost on the way down that I wasn’t able to find my way back. I was stuck underground, carrying precious materials I’d gathered over the course of a few hours, and dangerously low on health and torches before I discovered a huge vertical shaft that just seemed to go up forever – so, I slowly scaled it, making a staircase of cobblestone as I went. Eventually, though, I hit a ceiling.

I figured I had to be pretty close to the surface, so I decided to punch through it – only to come up under the ocean floor. Feeling brave and lost, I swam up.

Right away, I knew I’d made a mistake. It was pitch dark underwater where I emerged, and I couldn’t even find the tiny hole I’d punched for myself to get back into the cave. So, I swam up. Only to knock my head against a huge sheet of ice. I desperately tried to smash through, but it was no use. I drowned.

If you haven’t already “gotten into” Minecraft, it can be kinda hard to explain why it’s so compelling. Mostly it comes down to stories like this – the time I spawned beside a floating island, or the first time I found a mossy green tile and what I found after that, or the time my portal back from the Nether unexpectedly sent me right into a dungeon swarming with skeleton archers…

Minecraft’s story doesn’t come from clumsy cutscenes, it emerges directly from its mechanics; it’s a game where you make up stories for yourself as you go along, a world where unexpected and wonderful things happen as you build in it. This game is revolutionary. It’s without a doubt the game I’ve played the most of this year, and the one that’s most inspired me as a game designer.

Minecraft is in beta, and costs 14.95 EUR. It’s available at http://minecraft.net/.

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14 Comments so far

  1. Paul on January 2nd, 2011

    The stories emerging from what you do aspect is certainly a great accomplishment and shows that we’re really only scratching the surface on the sorts of stories games can provide.

    The great thing about Minecraft is that that’s only one of it’s great accomplishments. The world generation, exploration based gameplay, base camp building and the crafting system are great achievements in themselves as well.

  2. SoulEye on January 2nd, 2011

    WHO made that Viridian?! 😀

  3. Terry on January 2nd, 2011

    Heh, it’s actually from one of my own worlds 😛

  4. SoulEye on January 3rd, 2011

    😀

  5. UrASmurf on January 16th, 2011

    Minecraft to me, looked sorta like roblox, the online lego building world thing, expecially when i saw the big blue guy 😀 But it looks awesome

  6. Cheshirecat on January 20th, 2011

    I was doubtful about minecarft until I tried it. Now I have fallen in love with the game.

  7. C on April 15th, 2011

    That game is too addicting. I spent way too many hours playing it. Be warned!

  8. Wtf on July 17th, 2011

    UrASmurf TRY IT. Its way different.

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  10. Sendy on August 18th, 2011

    This is one of my favourite games ever, as well! I’ve been building on the same map for over a year now. I should post it one day! It has rollercoasters 🙂

  11. xXstealthsniperXx on November 12th, 2011

    hi ppl i am inlove with minecraft it’s the best game ever apart from CoD MW3 well there both awesome and if u guy’s play MW3 if u want a friend ad (Dumborwhat) it’s me and i am a noob at it so be warned well atleast my bro said that i’m a noob but i don’t give coz i’m better at it then him 🙂 so soz for how long i made it but my bff on youtube is jet10xminecraftpro plz subscribe and don’t be mean to him he’s nice BYE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 D: 🙂

  12. Whirligig on May 22nd, 2012

    Did you honestly get enough diamonds to build that Viridian yourself? Because there’s no way I would ever do that much mining. Sure, I’ve built a Viridian out of cyan wool on my SMP server, but cyan wool is much more easily obtainable, and besides, mine was only 1×1 pixels instead of 2×2.

  13. john on July 2nd, 2015

    Do you please send me posted curd

  14. amihan on June 2nd, 2017

    oh good

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