Originally released in November 2011, Minecraft has continued to endure unlike most games of its kind. With over 238 million copies sold, Minecraft is one of the best-selling games of all time. With almost 140 million monthly active users in 2021, it is also one of the most consistently played. With these huge numbers and no signs of slowing down with the Wild update, the question comes up every few years as a new wave of players and updates arrive. What makes Minecraft so popular?
Why is Minecraft so popular?
Before we dive into what makes Minecraft so popular, it might be important to know exactly what Minecraft is. Everyone has heard of Minecraft, but what exactly is it? In short, it’s an open world sandbox game where you can build anything you can imagine. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of videos online showing the craziness people have put into Minecraft. From Titanic to Minas Tirith to The Lord of the Rings, there has been no limit to the incredible level of scale and sculpting that goes into the game.
Although it appears simple on its surface, Minecraft is much deeper than its blocky exterior might initially suggest. Redstone and other mechanics allow players to become fortune makers, making the creations of their dreams. While some will design elaborate mansions, others will settle on something smaller and simpler.
However, with subsequent updates, Minecraft introduced a story game as well as interactive MMO features. There are multiple modes where you can focus on different ways of playing. Survival mode, the traditional and most popular way, is all about collecting, building, and exploring. Players undertake epic quests both in the Nether and ultimately fighting the Ender Dragon. Creative mode is where you can build those crazy scale models of amazing places from real life and the movies you love. Adventure mode allows you to explore maps and locations created by other players almost like a new game in the Minecraft universe.
Minecraft thrives on simplicity and creativity
With constant updates and new locations and ideas that extend the limitless potential of the original game, Minecraft has truly created an ever-changing environment that encourages exploration and community growth. Freedom of creative expression is a big draw. The amount of materials that exist in Minecraft seems almost limitless. It’s like playing in a virtual toy box.
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Mojang Studios and Mircosoft also focused on rewarding the community and making it easier for Minecraft players to stay closely connected and interact with each other. The unlimited possibilities, creativity, and ability to explore seem almost unmatched by any other game of its kind.
Minecraft has truly created a world that you will never be able to explore or use.