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Minecraft overview

Minecraft is not a game that needs an awful lot of introduction – you’d be hard pressed to find anyone under the age of 40 has not already heard of it. Regardless, here’s a summary: Minecraft is a  sandbox game that allows players to interact with a world formed from endless lego-style “blocks”. The game features a range of modes. The classic one is “Survival mode”, which sees players harness their environment to protect themselves from the monsters that spawn at night. There’s also “Creative Mode”, which takes away the element of scarcity that dominates Survival Mode and allows players to better flex their creative muscles. The big appeal of Minecraft lies with its massive and dedicated modding community. Want to go to space? You can do that. Want to build massive nuclear reactors to meet all of your energy needs? You can do that. Want to become a fully-fledged minecraft wizard, with the power to create magical golem servants? Yup, you can do that too.

What’s the genre?

Sandbox.

When was it released?

November 18 2011.

What platforms is it on?

PC, Mobile, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows Phone, PS3, PS4, PSV

Is it an esport?

While competitive minecraft does (kind of) exist, the scene is incredibly small. The common consensus seems to be that Minecraft’s strength lies in its ability to harness creativity, and although player vs player combat and a more competitive focus is possible, other games probably do it better.

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