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What is Minecraft?

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What is minecraft

We’ve all seen these amazing things made in MineCraft, but when I ask people if they’ve ever played, or wanted to play the game, they simply say “It’s just a sandbox game”, or “I’m not creative enough to play it”. These two comments are the greatest misconceptions of what MineCraft is really all about.

Yes, MineCraft is a sandbox game, and yes, it is also a game that you can be very creative in, but it is so much more. The game is also a survival game, it’s an RPG, it’s a multiplayer game, and yes, it does have a story behind it.

Survival

The core of MineCraft, when left on the default settings, is that it is a survival game. You start off with absolutely nothing, and very little time before the sun goes down. You have to act fast, finding food and building weapons and a rudimentary house (or hovel, or hole in the ground) to keep out the Zombies, Skeletons, Creepers and Spiders. Your chances of survival dwindle very quickly if you’re out in the open when night comes.

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RPG

MineCraft is very much an RPG. While many would disagree, a levelling system has been included with the improvements and patches to the game. These levels are gained by killing players, mobs and animals, mining blocks (like Iron, Gold, Redstone, etc), smelting metals, fishing and getting animals to breed – all provide you with experience orbs. Once you gain enough experience orbs, you level up. There aren’t “stats” like your average RPG, but these levels can be used to enchant your armour, weapons and tools at an enchanting table. The enchants give you different abilities like mining faster, greater defence against fire and slowing the rate that items break.

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Multiplayer

The multiplayer in MineCraft is actually what “makes the game”. You can team up with your friends and create grand castles, or go into the Nether to fight harder mobs, or you can build an arena and have epic PVP fights to the respawn! The possibilities for multiplayer in MineCraft are almost endless. To really create a thriving, beautiful and fun world, you need to play with a group of people, it makes life that little bit easier, and it’ll make MineCraft a lot more fun.

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The Story

Not many people are aware that MineCraft has an end boss, never mind a story behind it. The actual aim of MineCraft is to prepare yourself for the epic battle against the Ender Dragon in The End. Once the Ender Dragon is defeated, then the story (however vague it is) comes to the fore and you get an idea of why you’ve been gathering all that diamond equipment in the first place.

Etiquette

For the most part, MineCraft is about having fun and playing around with each other. However, just a couple small etiquette reminders – not just for our server but for any MineCraft server. Please remember that people work hard to build their creations. Whether or not you like them, it’s not for you to break their stuff. So, if you didn’t build it, assume that you shouldn’t be breaking it. On a similar note, people have to slave for hours to get their precious materials, putting them in chests until they build their dream creation. Just as you wouldn’t go into someone’s real home and take their stuff, it’s not right to take other players’ things in MineCraft.

So now you know a bit more about MineCraft, and if you’ve only just acquired the game, go play a little single player, and then head over to our MineCraft server (minecraft.lazygamer.net:25655) and join in the fun there. We do have Nether portals, but no one has found a portal to The End just yet.

Last Updated: March 3, 2014

95 Comments

  1. RinceThis

    March 3, 2014 at 13:43

    Awesome. I actually didn’t know most of what is in this article. Very tempted to get cracking.

    Reply

    • Axon1988

      March 3, 2014 at 13:49

      Do it! We have actually been having fun on that server. And there’s been a reasonable amount of new players as well. In the end it depends on you, and what exactly you want out of Minecraft.

      Reply

      • General JJ the annihilator

        March 3, 2014 at 13:50

        I need to get minecraft.
        I have to get minecraft.
        I will get minecraft!
        Where do I get it ?

        Reply

        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 3, 2014 at 13:52

          http://www.minecraft.net to get the PC version… getting a physical copy for PC in SA is pretty hard.

          Reply

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 13:53

            AH. But alas. We are of the new generation. Who needs a physical copy? πŸ™‚

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 13:55

            Before you go out and grab it… there might be an interesting article about something MineCrafty soon… how soon, I know not.

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 13:56

            Ooh!
            You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.

      • RinceThis

        March 3, 2014 at 13:52

        My boet recently gave it so me on Xbox. Not sure how many play it on that platform,…

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        • Axon1988

          March 3, 2014 at 14:07

          While I have no knowledge of what the xbox version is like, I’ve heard that it’s not as good. Mostly for the usual reasons: MODS

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      • Grimthwacker

        March 3, 2014 at 14:53

        Yeah, there’s been more people popping up on the server. Nice to have things get busier and more lively πŸ˜€

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 3, 2014 at 15:48

          Nice to see you lot commenting on here too instead of spending every waking breath on MineCraft.

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          • Ottokie

            March 3, 2014 at 15:53

            I dont spend every waking moment on Minecraft, sometimes I just like to climb up your rolarcoaster and walk up to the top of your house and swandive Assassins Creed style to my death πŸ˜›

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 15:57

            just leave my snowmen alone plz πŸ˜›

          • Ottokie

            March 3, 2014 at 15:58

            You mean Rickybobby and Vince the snowmen, we are pals they always give me constructive criticism just before i jump off.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 16:15

            Are you the reason why I’ve got a snowman at the bottom of my rollercoaster?

          • Ottokie

            March 3, 2014 at 16:17

            nope I broke nothing, was just enjoying the view πŸ˜›

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 16:19

            Wonder how it got down there then :/

          • Grimthwacker

            March 3, 2014 at 16:56

            The Minecraft server seems to have cured a bit of my anti-social behaviour :D… Look, this is my SECOND comment of the day!

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 3, 2014 at 13:48

    Is that Donald Duck in the one image?

    Reply

    • General JJ the annihilator

      March 3, 2014 at 13:49

      Apparently that what that Batman reviewer who did Thief looks like under the mask.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 3, 2014 at 13:59

        That would explain why his surname is Blockhuys :/

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        • General JJ the annihilator

          March 3, 2014 at 14:00

          Hahaha

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        • ElimiNathan

          March 3, 2014 at 15:25

          Classic

          Reply

    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 3, 2014 at 13:51

      Lol yeah… it’s a skin… we have Batman on our server.

      Reply

      • Axon1988

        March 3, 2014 at 14:07

        We had 2 batmans at one point… lol you remember that. I was there when it happened! One batman took out another, we still need to build an Arena for them.

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 3, 2014 at 14:08

          Yeah… need to build an arena either way… will be a fun addition.

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          • Axon1988

            March 3, 2014 at 14:10

            My vote is for close to spawn, as it looks so barren…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 14:15

            will decide on somewhere and we can start construction

          • Axon1988

            March 3, 2014 at 14:24

            Okay maybe we can get a blueprint going tonight… I will be online around 20:00

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:12

            Shut the fuck up Louise. EDIT? Odd, I was posting this on your comment about my always getting your name wrong,. and it appeared here? 0-o

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:17

            *whispers Gravity was d d dull

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:17

            What’s up with Rick today anyway?

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:18

            I’m heart broken cus I didn’t get to sit next to you on Sat…

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:19

            There will be another time. Don’t worry.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:21

            Hahaha! Thanks man, that makes my feel better πŸ˜‰

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:21

            your bday on the exact opposite dates as mine.. scary thought.

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:22

            Does that mean every time Rick inhales you fart?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:23

            something like that..

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:24

            Eh? It’s next Tuesday, when is yours?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 14:17

            Gravity? What’s that?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:19

            an overhyped movie..

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:19

            Just cus you didn’t understand it tehehe

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:20

            wasn’t hard to understand.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 14:41

            Welcome to Disqus πŸ˜›

        • Ottokie

          March 3, 2014 at 15:25

          I got killed because of my Batman skin…*raise fist at Survivorguy*!

          This weekend im building my revenge arena πŸ˜›

          Reply

          • Axon1988

            March 3, 2014 at 15:31

            More like back stabbed. I was a witness…

          • Ottokie

            March 3, 2014 at 15:34

            Went back to kill him with a mushroom but he armored up and knocked the stuffing out of me again XD

  3. TiMsTeR1033

    March 3, 2014 at 13:55

    Nice Article Gareth, moving up in the world I see.

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 3, 2014 at 14:00

      Thanks man. I literally wrote it on Saturday, it got edited today and posted… I had no idea it would be up today! lol

      Reply

      • General JJ the annihilator

        March 3, 2014 at 14:03

        Your name is Gareth? πŸ˜‰ I always imagined it to be something something like Khorne or Avitus.

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 3, 2014 at 14:04

          Lol! Yeah I’m a Gareth… Nick is the one that always gets it wrong on purpose though.

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          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:12

            You always start getting his name “wrong”, there are certain words that rhyme well with Nick.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:13

            Like Beaver?

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:15

            O_o
            Stick.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 14:26

            DICK! Is it DICK? Tell me I’m right.

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:27

            Only Rick can tell you that for sure. But we all know in our hearts what the truth is.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:29

            Mmm, I am not sure. What you just suggested I have never heard before, not even when I was at school. So it COULD be that…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 14:30

            That’s why I was asking. I’m not a poet so rhyming isn’t my forte.

          • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

            March 3, 2014 at 14:44

            Yes I do like beaver… Wait, what are we talking about?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 14:16

            Very many… I’m not sure if Rick has noticed though.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:19

            Silence Avitas.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 3, 2014 at 14:19

        One day I will write an article… one day.

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 3, 2014 at 14:25

          If you think about it, you just did write an article. mind BLOWN!

          Reply

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:26

            Tanya doesn’t write articles. She becomes the article.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:28

            I don’t think spell check would be able to deal with an article from Tanya 0-o

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:29

            The day AI learns what embarrassment is.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:30

            The day Banana Error 37s πŸ˜‰

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 14:29

            *Run spell check* “Error: Everything is wrong, please rewrite”

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:29

            HAHAHAHAHAH

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:37

            Like the maths test from school. 0 out of 50 and completed the entire test.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:36

            You cut me deep! Gravity sucked! There I said it!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 14:37

            I didn’t hear anything.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:37

            Hearing aid turned off again.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 14:38

            Because you’re talking πŸ˜›

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:38

            ;(

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:40

            Hehehe. That’s cus in space, no one can hear Tim scream?

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:38

            My work here is done πŸ˜‰

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 14:28

            0-O

  4. AchtungBaby_

    March 3, 2014 at 14:09

    I never thought I would enjoy Minecraft. Didn’t look like my kind of game, but then I got it on PS3 and got hooked on it. It’s extremely addictive though and hours will just disappear.

    Reply

  5. Scruff304

    March 3, 2014 at 14:31

    Is there voice in minecraft? And I’m not talking about using team speak or an external app, I mean within the game, like BF4 or Dayz…

    Reply

    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 3, 2014 at 14:35

      There are mods to add it in, they thought Twitch integration was more important apparently.

      Reply

      • General JJ the annihilator

        March 3, 2014 at 14:36

        For Tim there’s always a voice, but only he hears it.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 3, 2014 at 14:38

          say what!

          Reply

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:38

            I didn’t say anything. You hear something?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:39

            The voices talk to me… Tinkies deep fried hmmm that’s a good idea John.

          • General JJ the annihilator

            March 3, 2014 at 14:40

            *silently walks away*

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 14:41

            *whispers* come back, come back Jack!!

      • Ottokie

        March 3, 2014 at 15:40

        We could always use the Mumble server that is used on Friday Community games for Minecraft.

        *Thanks again for the Mumble server Kromas πŸ™‚

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 3, 2014 at 15:44

          hmmm… will need to get that past Kromas… will see what we can do on that front.

          Reply

          • Ottokie

            March 3, 2014 at 15:45

            I might still have a vent server from my old WOW raiding days, will check if its still up when im home. We could use that aswell since it is now just dormant.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 3, 2014 at 15:46

            Vent works too… Used to have one of those when raiding in WoW too lol… mine’s dead though.

  6. tyler

    July 25, 2014 at 18:11

    i play minecraft on my xbox360 and my ipod

    Reply

  7. bartek gondecki

    August 7, 2014 at 12:57

    ale minecraft by mody

    Reply

  8. jason

    September 4, 2014 at 06:35

    i Love MineCraft

    Reply

  9. HvR

    July 25, 2016 at 19:07

    Nothing about cactus farming, sheep sheering or cow love and reproduction etiquette. I give this article a 4/10

    Reply

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