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Minecraft is a SandBox-style Game, originally created by Markus “Notch” Persson, and with the exception of the Xbox Studios who is responsible is the team of the Microsoft products, is completely from Mojang Studios.
Despite having started its development in May 2009, where it was already possible to “throw it”, in a flat world limited with the possibility of falling forever, and there were only blocks of grass and cobblestone.
When they added depth to the terrain, along with the blocks of earth, stone and boards, the game was released for the public to be able to test, and changed the name of the game "Cave Game" for Minecraft.
Minecraft was only officially released only on November 18, 2011, where a great development had already taken place since its initial state, however the game continues to update itself and add news.
Now that we have a basic sense of the history of Minecraft, what is Minecraft really and how is it these days?
Minecraft has different game modes each to serve a more specific audience, from those who want to create works of art and ways to relax to fans of a hardcore style with everything to lose.
Minecraft is a SandBox construction game, that means it is a place that offers complete freedom for the player to edit the world around them and create whatever they want.
Minecraft involves its players interacting with the game by creating, breaking and placing different types of blocks in their world, creating an environment that allows the creation of structures, and even art.
But let's go by parts, as this was the initial promise of the game, it has a great focus, the so-called Creative Mode is a possibility to play the world in your Sandbox mode with complete creative freedom and access to everything Minecraft has to offer.
The game also has the mode Survival with difficulty ranging from peaceful to difficult, you have life bars in it like any other game of the kind, which you can fill by eating food
It also has a hunger bar that can be filled, you guessed it, by eating!
Survival mode has an intriguing adventure with many possibilities to interact with the world, can you defeat a magical dragon that threatens the world in some way?
Purchasing and manufacturing equipment of superior quality to the last one and thus proceeding in Minecraft, it is interesting to see where you can get with limited resources
Giving you the opportunity to learn the way Minecraft works, discovering where to find each type of specific block to finally complete your next goal.
Within the Bedrock Version, Minecraft still promotes trophies for great discoveries and achievements.
Moving quickly Minecraft still has the Hardcore mode, as the name suggests, it is for advanced players with great experience in the game, this is because in death the whole world is lost, as simple as that.
In a normal game for a novice player, one death or another is common and even part of the game's learning process, which greatly limits your chances of survival in Minecraft Hardcore.
So think twice before starting because losing your World on the first death can lead to a small fit of anger.
Remembering that being in Hardcore mode only influences the system of death, not of difficulty, currently Hardcore Mode is only available in Minecraft Java Edition, which is the Pc version, but we will come to this.
Despite being similar to the survival mode, the adventure or adventure mode is aimed at maps created by other players
In these prefabricated worlds, some gameplay options may be limited, in this mode the player cannot destroy any block placed by its creator
It makes sense, after all it would be bad to spend months building castles and scenery so that others could enjoy them and a moody player to destroy everything with TNT.
The objective of this mode can vary from world to world, after all they are built by other players, but here you will find diversity and much of what the Minecraft community has to offer.
Perfect for when you're not sure if you want to play a world or don't want to change the experience while in creative mode.
You can use the spectator mode with special commands to fly around and observe the world without direct interaction, but I must warn you that within the BedRock edition this mode is literally Buggy.
If you are not sure if Minecraft is the game for you and are afraid to buy the game, you can use Demo mode to have a demo of the game.
You can access it directly from Minecraft, using a Mojang or Microsoft account.
Minecraft currently has more than 200 million copies sold, making it the second best-selling game in history, second only to Tetris.
If Minecraft were a country it would have more than 480 million inhabitants, while in Brazil we have just over 209 million.
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Now we know Minecraft and we know the basics, let's take a closer look at its mechanics and gameplay.
One of the main system of the game, which is part of the name, Minecraft, is the act of extracting ores and jewels such as diamonds, iron, gold, emeralds etc ...
Mining can be done by digging holes, exploring caves or even the surface of your world, areas called Mineshafts (mining pit) offer mineral-rich sites.
To mine you just need to hold the destruction button on the mouse or control, that's right, the name of this action is to destroy.
Although most blocks are possible to destroy with bare hands, some specific ones require the use of tools in particular to obtain ores from a metal-type block it will take a pickaxe.
Higher quality ores like obsidian and iron ore will require picks made from higher quality materials.
In addition to ores, there are other types of collectable materials in the world and each has a type of tool that makes better use of time and tool wear.
- Ax: For wood-type blocks
- Bucket: Used to collect liquids
- Pickaxe: Mining, rocks and ores
- Scissors: Spider webs and leaves
- Shovel: Earth and snow
- Scythe: Plants
- Sword: In addition to attacking it can be used to remove webs and cut bamboo
If you are wondering your maximum mining distance while standing is 5 blocks in a straight line, in the Bedrock version.
The second part of the Minecraft name, just as important as the first. Allows players to create new tools and different blocks using items within their inventory
Purchasing new materials increases the options for creations already owned
You can create items from a 2 × 2 creation grid in the inventory or a 3 × 3 grid if you have a Crafting Table (creation box), for foundry you will need an oven.
The breeding system available in the 2 × 2 player's inventory will always be available but limited to what can be built into it
For some creations it is necessary to position the items in a specific way, and to change the material partly or totally in some cases will provide better quality tools
There are also items that can be created by being positioned anywhere, you can create 'fermented spider eye' by placing the ingredients anywhere on your construction grid.
Such creations are called formless containers
Minecraft is a world that revolves around its blocks, it has become its identity and its cubes are easily recognized.
The entire world of Minecraft is made up of these blocks, this means that every piece of the world is possible for interaction and nothing is beyond your reach
It may not be the best idea to mess with the blocks that are blocking the lava path, but it is a possibility.
With a single exception, the air in Minecraft is made with a special block that cannot be destroyed, and in Minecraft Java Edition it has two variations, cave air and air of emptiness.
Another curiosity is that most blocks are not affected by gravity with the exception of sand, red sand, gravel, anvil, dragon egg, powdered concrete, snow and scaffolding.
Each block still emits a particular sound when destroyed and emits particles according to its structure.
Despite their funny shapes and being quite cute, these can still provide a headache.
The Minecraft world contains several passive creatures, which can be killed to acquire food, and hostile creatures that attacked upon seeing the player and neutral creatures that attack if provoked.
Within passive and neutral creatures we find ourselves:
- Pigs: They give pork ribs and can be used as a mount, if it is struck by lightning it will become a zombie pig.
- Cattle: Give meat and milk if you have a bucket.
- Cows Mushrooms: A variation that appears near biomes with mushrooms.
- Sheep: They give wool, but they can be clipped to give even more wool.
- Chickens: They give chicken meat, feathers and eggs.
- horses: Gives leather and can be used for riding.
- Bats: They do not give anything and can be found in caves.
- Villagers: They live in villages and offer an exchange system.
- Parrots: Imitate the sound of Nearby Creatures.
Within the hostile creatures we have:
- Zombies: They attack from short range, in the difficult they can destroy doors.
- Mounted chickens: There are baby zombies and they can ride chickens.
- Skeletons: They attack from long range with an infinite bow and arrows, in the difficult their aim is more accurate and they shoot more quickly.
- Witches: They play potions with varying effects.
- Spiders: They skip a considerable distance and can climb walls.
- Mounted Spiders: Skeletons can use riding spiders.
- Enderman: They become aggressive if you look at them directly, teleport and can throw items at you.
- EnderMites: are small creatures that appear when Enderman teleports or throws pearls at you and does not offer anything when killed.
- Creepers: Explode when close, difficult damage is fatal unless you are wearing enchanted diamond armor, and can still be struck by lightning, making your explosion more dangerous.
- Slime: Appear inside caves and wetlands.
- Wolves: Can be tamed and named, attacked other creatures if the player goes into combat.
- Defenders: Villagers who defend a wooden mansion, attack at close range.
- Summoners: They stay in the wooden mansion and can use spells, they also provide one of the rarest items in the game the totem of the immortals.
- Plunderers: They stay in outposts and can loot nearby villages, who would do something like that?
- Silver fish: They are found in fortresses or when a specific type of block is broken, they can appear in large quantities.
There are also those that can only be found in the Nether.
- Ghosts: They are big and float with jellyfish, they shoot explosive fireballs.
- Zombie Pigs: They use gold swords but if they try to fight with everyone nearby they become hostile.
- Withered Skeletons: They use stone swords and stay in fortresses.
- Blazes: live flames that throw fireballs and float above the ground.
- Cubes of magma: They are similar to slimes but more dangerous and stronger.
- Shulkers: Guard treasure rooms in calls End Cities, have a protective shell.
- Ender Dragon: The boss of the game, flies and attacks from a long distance and protected by a healing field, is in a specific area of Minecraft.
There are even more creatures, which are at the bottom of the sea:
- Squid: Despite their appearance they are harmless, they give ink when dead.
- Guardians: Protect aquatic monuments, attack with a kind of laser and have spikes giving damage when attacked at close range.
- Elder Guardian: There is one for each monument, they are stronger versions of normal, bigger, stronger guardians and have a tiredness spell that makes it difficult to break blocks.
- Turtles marine: They are harmless but cannot be tamed.
- Pufferfish: They defend themselves by swelling their poisonous spines, they can be captured using a bucket.
- Fish: They are harmless and can give, dead fish bone and meat.
- Dolphins: They stay in groups, they can play with items floating in the ocean and they can also follow the player for short periods of time.
- Drowned: Zombies that have fallen into the water and are a little more decomposed, behave like normal zombies.
There are still other creatures like the panda, bees and even other bosses, but these are the ones you will see less often and in specific biomes, let's leave the total list for another day.
Minecraft has a different name for its version on each platform, known as Editions
Minecraft Java Edition
The original version of Minecraft, for Windows, macOS and Linux computers, has been available since its early release in mode single player alpha May 2009.
Following the updates that came was officially launched in 2011.
Minecraft Legacy Edition
Legacy refers to the edition made for consoles, Minecraft on the consoles receives continuous updates by $ J Studios.
Minecraft was initially launched for Xbox 360 in 2012, followed by PlayStation 3 the following year 2013. The versions on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Will U and Nintendo Switch experienced their versions replaced by Bedrock.
Minecraft Education Edition
This is an educational version of Minecraft developed especially for use in the classroom, it was launched in 2016.… Why didn't my school use it?
The Bedrock edition refers to the multiplatform version, using cross-play, developed and maintained by developers Mojang in conjunction with Xbox Games Studios.
Despite their Different Editions Minecraft and Mojang Studios were purchased by Microsoft in September 2014, for the 2.5 Billion Dollar bargain.
Minecraft Pocket Edition
there was also a version focused on mobile, called Pocket Edition, it was the origin of the rowing boat, among other creations to improve performance on mobile.
It was discontinued from its free version and joined the Bedrock Edition under the name Minecraft.
For more details of this version see: What happened to Minecraft Pocket Edition.
Skins are textures that can be added to Minecraft, they can be equipped by players or creatures, but skins cannot load transparecia in the first layer, only in the second it is already transparent.
Skins do not affect the game directly, they are just cosmetics, what affects the game are the Mods.
Within Bedrock Versions, skins have more customization and can even create hair in three dimensions, it is also possible to change the size of the character but only with game skins.
Changing the size of your character, making it too big or small like a baby will not affect your Hitbox.
PewDiePie and Minecraft
PewDiePie is the largest individual YouTube content creator focused on games, and his influence is something that completely affects the gaming world, on July 21, 2019 he started a series playing Minecraft.
The series has been completed so far, and has 45 parts, each video with about 40 Million Views and time varying from 20 to 40 minutes.
Now how did Pewdiepie's influence save Minecraft? with numbers, of course, his followers, even the most rigid, decided to give Minecraft a chance.
Although it is an extremely popular game with children for its creative way, it has given more attention to the survival mode in its series, apart from the pretext that Minecraft is a game for children and easy.
But this alone does not prove that it was necessarily PewDiePie that brought Minecraft enough popularity to make Fortnite the most watched game on Twitch.
There is no way to make a direct comparison, however the numbers do not lie after the end of the PewDiePie series for confidentiality or not the views of Minecraft on Twitch have increased on a large scale.
Fans wanted more, and found it on Twitch.
In the number of surveys it also received growth, its biggest peak had been 2013 so far and started to fall from 2015 but in 2019 it started to rise again.
A curious fact, Fortnite was used in the movie Avengers: Endgame for being the most popular game in 2019, but right after PewDiePie started its series the game ended up overtaking Fortnite.
If PewDiePie had started his series before, would we see Thor playing Minecraft in Avengers Endgame?
You can watch the complete series on your Youtube channel, watching someone else have fun with Minecraft is one of the ways to start liking yourself.
Don't worry, someone has already subtitled the complete series.
After regaining popularity, the creators of Minecraft finally started listening to their Fanbases, adding updates focused on caves, larger mountains etc ...
Keeping the popularity maintained even after the end of the series, it can be said that thanks to the PewDiePie bump, the series gained the strength it needed to stay on high.
Minecraft's future looks promising.
Impact on culture
Minecraft with his pixel art became iconic, his cute face made him especially popular with children, which led to the creation of several products.
It is not strange to see a section dedicated to Minecraft in toy stores, the strange part is that its products become equally popular with adults, causing the site to create different sections for selling products aimed at adults and children.
You can buy the products and see the most popular ones directly on the Minecraft official website.
MineCon is also organized, an event similar to BlizzCon or Comic-Con, being exclusive to Minecraft events and news.
The first MineCon was organized in a park in 2010 and had 30 people, in 2019 the last MineCon was broadcasted as a live stream and then was replaced by the Minecraft Festival.
Minecraft Festival is planned to be hosted in 2022 after the pandemic, and will be held in Orlando Florida, being a meeting event, it still does not have a specific date for its realization.
Minecraft even generated some articles and comic books and even a movie.
Minecraft: the story of Mojang
The story of Mojang, is a documentary created by 2 Players Productions telling the origin and development of Mojang Studios, it was directed by Paul Owens.
Follow the development of Minecraft by the studio, still follow with several people talking about the influence of the game and its popularity.
Minecraft: The Movie
That's right, the launch of an American / Swedish live action film about the game of the same name is planned, directed by Peter Sollet.
In it we will follow a teenage girl and her unique group of adventurers must defeat the Ender Dragon and prevent its path of destruction.
There is not much information yet, but the film is scheduled to open in 2022, remembering that the development of the pandemic may influence this date and change it.
Minecraft: The Island
Minecraft the Island, is a short novel released in 2017 with 224 pages written by Maximillian Brooks, which can also be found as an audiobook.
In it we follow the story of a person who wakes up on the beach with no memories in a world full of blocks, with little time to think because it is getting dark, he needs to find food and shelter in a strange world that demands exploration.
Minecraft: The Crash
The second lightweight novel written by Tracey Baptiste with 272 pages, was released in 2018.
In it we follow the story of Bianca, who was never much to plan, she is more of the type who acts first and thinks later, the consequences cannot be avoided forever.
Minecraft: The Lost Journals
It is the third 272-page light novel by writer Mur Fafferty, published in 2019.
In it we follow Max and Alison, who will prove that differences do not get in the way of friendship, Max always looks for the next adventure or that he needs to get in trouble, Alisson prefers to follow the rules.
Even so, both are fascinated by an old diary that they found with an enchantment for a different realm called the Nether.
Minecraft: The End
Published at the end of 2019, it is a novel written by Catherynne M. Valente, making it the fourth published book.
Following the brothers EnderMen Fin and Mo, who live in the lands of End, exploring ruins over the lookout of the mighty Ender Dra.
They have everything they need and know everything there is to know about the End, or so they think until the moment when strangers start appearing from a portal from another dimension.
Minecraft: The Voyage
The fifth novel written in the world of Minecraft, was written by Jason Fry and has 304 pages, released in 2020, and as usual has an audiobook version.
In this one we see the life of Stax the rock cutter who lives peacefully in a small town somewhere in the world, being the son of great adventurers and wise builders. Stax prefers a calm life.
His peace and tranquility are destroyed when a mysterious stranger arrives with a band of mercenaries, in a single night his way of life and taken from Stax
Now Stax embarks on a journey full of enchanting and dangerous encounters.
Minecraft The Shipwreck
Written by CB Lee, it is the sixth novel with 368 pages and an audiobook version, both released in 2020.
In this novel, Jake Thomas is the new child, always, as his family is always on the move, creating the custom of keeping his head down and not clinging to anyone, until they finally stop moving.
Jack now has a chance to make friends, but the discovery of an old laboratory in a forgotten corner of the city, finds a game of riddles, which he decides at all costs to solve before that part of the city is demolished.
There are still two novels in production, Minecraft: The Mountain e Minecraft: The Dragon. both scheduled for launch in 2021.
Now about Children's Books, this until now has only been books dedicated to teenagers and adults!
Minecraft: WoodSword Chonicles
A series written by Nick Eliopulos, illustrated by Luke Flowers and Alan Batson, was launched in 2019 and has 6 chapters.
Still own Minecraft: Stonesword Saga, which will be launched in 2021.
Produced by DarkHorse, there is a comic series of Minecraft: Volume 1 e Volume 2. There are also Minecraft: Wither Without you, your Volume 2 is due to be launched in 2021.
these are just main stories, there are others.
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