Since its release, Minecraft has become that doorway for a great many players of all ages and demographics, especially those that might not label themselves as a “gamer.” Like Farmville or Candy Crush, it is entry-level gaming. Minecraft is casual; there are no explosions or politics or machismo-heavy protagonists. You are in control of its world and it is only as difficult as you want to make it.
What Microsoft has essentially done is buy a very popular doorway. As new players enter the world of video games through Minecraft, either in its current or possible future versions, Microsoft will now be the doorman ushering that player into its game room instead of the competition’s.
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This summary has only scratched the very surface of Minecraft. It isn’t so much of a game as a platform upon which an infinity of games live… some of which do involve explosions, politics and all the rest.
I can’t believe I’m too lazy to go buy a microwave but I’m not too lazy to knit a tea cosy so my tea doesn’t go cold so fast.
I will pick knitting over shopping every day of the week… to the point where when my son made a word cloud about me int included ‘non-shopper’. Eventually we need things (like yarn and food) so we go and get it done.
Alex, you can live a long time without a microwave! I refuse to get one for the country, and at home the microwave lives in the basement for popcorn use only.