The World As You Know It 2012-07-25 17:56:55
A few months ago, I was in a slump. I didn't feel like playing any video games at all. I felt burnt out for some reason. I know it usually happens to every player, but it was something that never happened to me. The problem was never "I don't feel like playing a game" the problem was always "which game should I play today".
I was in this slump for a good long while, which drove my brother crazy, because he constantly needs to be doing something so with over 100 games to choose from the fact that I didn't want to play had him both worried about me and was making him insane.
Now I have had some personal problems and that is one of the reasons for my lack of interest in games, some of you I may have talked to about said problems. However my brother got Minecraft for his XBOX 360. I never played Minecraft, but I heard stories and was shown worlds. It did look interesting, but nothing entirely appealing for me. He ended up dragging me into a chair and handing me a controller to play this game with him when I honestly did not want to.
After a while, we built a fort together on top of a mountain. We went mining, found some nice things. I decided it was time for me to build a place of my own, so I built a little log cabin beside a size-able lavafall. It was all nice. Then I started mining and found a lot of interesting things. As I explored the world there was just so much to do and so little time. It was a game that brought my video game mojo back so to speak. I have been playing video games just about non-stop now. There is a question to this though...
What is it about this video game that makes it fun? From my first impressions, from the stories I've heard to what I have seen people create, I saw a First-Person Level Editor combined with an open-ended adventure. After playing it, my thoughts and opinions on it haven't changed it is still a First-Person Level Editor with an open-ended adventure. So what is it about it that I enjoy and that others enjoyed? What is it about this game that has fueled my video game senses to a point that they haven't truly been at since 1998? I can't explain it.
The only thing I could possibly see is that everybody is creative to some extent and the game is only limited to that of your imagination. I personally have a broad imagination and so the possibilities seem endless to me much like the game. It is a perfect mirror into my player soul. That doesn't completely explain it though. For those who have mined I implore that you please tell me more.
1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?
2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?
3. Can you share one Minecraft story?
4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?
5. Is it a chicken or a duck?