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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.

Questions of the Day
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?

Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-25 18:30:24


At 7/25/12 05:56 PM, The-Great-One wrote:
Questions of the Day
1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

Nope

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

Dont have any

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

Cant

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

Nope

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

Obviously a duck

Ive never played Minecraft or terraria. I feel like i should try out Minecraft though....

Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-25 21:06:24


Yeah I sometimes get those days too usually I force myself into playing a game and I get over that feeling.

Questions of the Day
1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

Yes I play it all the time. Its pixel 3Dness, I had to play it.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

I thought the game was a RPG and had a story so I ran around my world as if I'll find a NPC to start my quest. Lol yep I derped.

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

A three creeper blew up my house and I rebuild it all over again. THE END.

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

Meh its basically like Minecraft but in 2D but I play it anyway for the hell of it and its a pretty alright game.

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

I have no fucking idea what that thing is...


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Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-25 21:40:04


1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

Yep, I saw a thread on Newgrounds around two and a half years ago and played it a bunch back then. I had a large break from it, then started playing again. Last summer I pretty well played Minecraft non-stop with my personal friends and Newgrounders. I even hosted a server for Newgrounds. After that summer I stopped playing for a while only to get back into it again early this year. I hosted a small server for just my friends to play on. I also bought the Xbox 360 version when it was released a few months ago. I haven't played it recently, but I do enjoy watching the Yogscast occasionally. Also, the Tekkit mod pack is really amazing.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

Unlike most people I actually thought it was pretty cool when I first played it. I saw screenshots and thought, "holy crap, that could run on my PC" so I played the free browser thing online. I showed it to a couple friends and we played together for a bit until realizing Adventure Mode existed. It sounded amazing, so of course we all downloaded it without exactly paying for it and played online through Hamachi. Played a lot with Squidbit and Xports and other Newgrounders back then too. I bought the full game soon after.

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

I was playing on a server with really interesting rules and plugins called Minerpocalypse or something like that. Me and two friends built a vault like in Fallout that ended up getting raided. We logged in to find them just outside of it and they chased us into a nearby forest and slaughtered us. We spawned again and decided we needed to take them out, but they were much more powerful so we had to take some of their stuff and kill them with it carefully. We stalked them for about 2 hours straight; hiding in trees and underground. The server had a plugin where you could only see text from people in a certain range and we got just close enough to where we could here them. Eventually all of them left their base and we ran in there and took a bunch of stuff. We set up some traps and killed one of them, but in the end we were taken out by the rest of them and our spawns were destroyed. Good adrenaline pumping times though.

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

Yeah, I just didn't find it as appealing. Still fun for a while.

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

You should definitely try the PC version of the game. It is way ahead of the Xbox version and frankly, much more enjoyable.


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Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-29 13:27:40


At 7/25/12 09:40 PM, Makeshift wrote: You should definitely try the PC version of the game. It is way ahead of the Xbox version and frankly, much more enjoyable.

Yes, I have heard a lot about the PC version and seen a lot about it as well, it looks a lot better than the XBOX version.

Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-29 14:14:21


1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

Yes. The idea of a 3D world editor with RPG elements sounds awesome.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

I was disappointed. I wanted to play a 3D world editor RPG and got Roblox in 1st person.

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

I got bored within an hour. Even after adding mods it was still boring.

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

Yup. And I find it loads more fun. It's not in 3D, but beggars can't be choosers.

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

It's definitely a horse.

Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-29 21:00:50


At 7/25/12 05:56 PM, The-Great-One wrote:

tl;dr

Questions of the Day
1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

It was cheap in Alpha and decided what the hell could provide some entertainment.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

Am I really going to have to explore all that shit?

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

I played co-op and my friend decided it would be a good idea to fill my house with lava while I was inside.

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

Yea, it's fun, I like the 2D nature of it and the fact you can actually see shit without everything getting in the way of your vision.

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

It is a moose.


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Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-29 21:12:41


When i got introduced to programming and then eventually game development. My want to play games ended. Now i want to make them. I still play video games though from time to time just to see what good game developers do and how it should look and operate. I practice QA testing too sometimes.

As for minecraft, you get a small taste of what designing and creating something is like. If you like minecraft because of your creative imaginative abilities and exploration, you should look into a scientific field or technology. Even though you think you have endless capabilities, the fact your using a modeled game is limiting your creative power. Strip the game, then think of the possibilities.

Sorry i didn't ask your questions. I would of, but those seemed like for people who play minecraft. Honestly, its not as visually interactive for me. The fact its made of huge blocks and plxels makes me hate everything about it. Even though the idea behind it and concept is great, i wont play it.

Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-29 21:20:51


At 7/25/12 05:56 PM, The-Great-One wrote: Questions of the Day
1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

Yes,Killing dogs robbing.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

I mined with a wooden pickaxe I right away found gold.

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

I made one tournament called Village
Villagers fight Zombies,skeletons and get flamed by ghasts

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

Da Fuck is that?

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

In Minecraft?
Its a chicken ducks would normally be in the water


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Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-30 19:17:24


At 7/25/12 05:56 PM, The-Great-One wrote: Questions of the Day
1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

I have played minecraft, at the moment I'm stuck with the 360 one because my current laptop can't even run firefox. What drew me to it is the complete freedom it provides.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

Honestly, when I first played MC I had not one goddamned clue as to what to do. It took me about half an hour to figure out how to even use the crafting system.

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

My first house was a hideous thing made of cobblestone. I was still a bit of a newbie when I made it so I was loathe to depart from it fearing that creepers would explode it while I was away. I also didn't know that caves formed naturally and that wood could be used to smelt things. At on point I ended up leaving my house to go look for caves. I found one and returned with my haul of iron and coal. Now I didn't even have a door in my house and I didn't even have any torches set up to keep the place lit, the instant I walked through my entranceway I heard that hisssssss and my house detonated.

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

No I have not

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

It's a dolan.


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Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-30 20:03:09


At 7/30/12 06:51 PM, MikeyS9607 wrote: I once built a house out of TNT, and a creeper came nearby. Guess what happened next.

KABLAM!


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Response to The World As You Know It 2012-07-31 16:29:20


At 7/25/12 05:56 PM, The-Great-One wrote:
1. Have you ever played Minecraft?

Yes.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

It is an okay game that is really over hyped.

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

I played it for a month, and got bored. I have stopped playing it.

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

No.

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

It is an egg.


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Response to The World As You Know It 2012-08-06 05:35:11


At 7/25/12 05:56 PM, The-Great-One wrote: Questions of the Day
1. Have you ever played Minecraft? If so what drew you to it?

I don't remember why I started playing it, but yeah I've been playing it for a long time.

2. Can you share your first impressions with Minecraft?

I wanted to make the best house ever. Actually just made a dirt cube.

3. Can you share one Minecraft story?

When I first started, I had no idea how to craft anything, so I was just tossing everything I could into the furnace to see what would cook, and trying all kinds of combinations in the crafting table to see what I could make. Most of the tools were easy enough, although the axe took me a while. I spent like a week hiding out in my dirt shack every night waiting for morning cause I didn't know beds were a thing.

4. Have you ever looked into Terraria?

Yeah, and they're very different games.

5. Is it a chicken or a duck?

Chicken, but I called them ducks for a long time.

Also for why minecraft is fun, I've always been a fan of making up my own goals in games.