As a longtime gamer, I was very surprised at the triumph of Minecraft and a series of similar games. Even the 1996 Duke Nukem looked a lot more streamlined. Since then, tens of generations of video accelerators have been born and died, and it is already possible to make scenes for Star Wars on home computers. And so, in the fifteenth year of the twenty-first century, on the screens of our mobile devices, that … pixel-cubic Minecraft.
What's the secret, maybe no one has done this before? Nothing of the kind, Activeworlds came out in 1995. This virtual universe even worked on 486 computers with dial-up modem. The graphics are almost the same, build whatever you want. Where is Activeworlds now and where is Minecraft? And the thing is that such universal games are ideal for mobile platforms. It's just that Activeworlds hastened for 20 years, and Markus Persson has successfully fitted in time, collecting all the cream …
When I first discover the Minecraft universe, the Lego comparison immediately comes to mind. The use of 8-bit retro graphics is quite appropriate here, it allows mobile devices to cope with drawing virtual worlds, and does not require a high speed of the Internet connection. You can play at any time when you have free time: at a meeting, at school at a lesson, in a toilet … It is there that new universes are created.
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A distinctive feature of Minecraft and games based on it is creation.
You can kill monsters in 3D shooters as much as you want, but no matter how cruel, selfish and bloodthirsty a person is, out of all living beings on the planet, only he is able to create something new and beautiful. In games based on Minecraft, blocks are the universal building blocks. With their help, you can build any item. Starting small, you can't stop. The construction process is so simple and fast that you want to keep building buildings indefinitely.
Both in Minecraft and in other similar games, the user has an unlimited opportunity to create his own cozy corner based on endlessly generated worlds. The classic sandbox game has no timeline. There is only a change of day and night. Appearing in a new world, the player is free to do whatever he wants – to mine blocks, craft new items, experiment, build and fight. Minecraft is that complete freedom from any restrictions that you can only dream of.
Minecraft has spawned a huge number of games with 8-bit graphics. Some of them repeat the gameplay of the original with some variations, such as Survivalcraft and Exploration Lite. There are adventures – Terraria, The Blockheads, arcades and even games that combine two popular applications like Crafty Steve – Flappy Fun Minecraft Edition.
The popularity of Minecraft and similar games continues unabated. Even the departure from the project of its creator Markus Persson, who became a multimillionaire at the age of 30, did not have a tangible role in the number of purchases of the legend of the gaming world. Cube games will always be popular, and no one will refuse the opportunity to become the creator of the whole world.