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Minecraft is a hugely popular video game that can be legitimately described as a phenomenon. People who play Minecraft tend to adore the game, while those people who don’t play it can’t quite see what all the fuss is about. So, Minecraft players, it’s time for you to educate the rest of us about your beloved game. What’s the appeal?
Mining The Crafty Minds Of Minecrafters
We want to know, What Is The Appeal Of Minecraft? Because, to be perfectly frank, those of us on the outside looking in cannot immediately see why this game has grown in popularity to such an extent. We need answers, dammit.
Over 50 million copies of Minecraft have been sold to date across every platform you care to mention. This means there’s a high probability that some of you reading this right now will play Minecraft. And even if you don’t, your kids may do so. Either way, you can tell us exactly what it is about Minecraft that keeps you (or your children) coming back for me.
This desire to learn more about Minecraft was prompted by the news of Microsoft buying Mojang for $2.5 billion. Mojang, for the uninitiated, is the company responsible for creating and maintaining Minecraft. Well, at least it was. Now, it’s Microsoft’s responsibility to keep the franchise going for as long as possible.
Our main mission with this discussion is to discover from the people who actually play the game what keeps them coming back for more. Is it the open-ended nature of the game? Is it the desire to build the biggest and best constructions? Is it the fun derived from surviving waves of monsters who visit your precious Minecraft world every night?
We realize that dedicated Minecraft players may also want to take this opportunity to voice their opinions over the acquisition by Microsoft. Feel free to do so, but please also answer the question asked in the title. Perhaps you can tie it all in together by explaining why you think Microsoft might ruin the essential appeal of Minecraft. Sadly, it could happen. Because Microsoft.
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