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Posted December 9, 2014

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All About Minecraft

Learn more about this extremely popular online video game.

Minecraft is an online independent video game that boasts over 100 million active users. Microsoft recently purchased Minecraft for $2.5 billion.

Minecraft is known as a 'sandbox' game, meaning that there is no end to it and no overarching goal. The user is largely responsible choosing how to play the game and what to accomplish.

The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world (think, 3D Tetris or Legos).

For more information about Minecraft, visit Common Sense Media's review.

Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival modes where the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build and the ability to fly, an adventure mode where players play custom maps created by other players, and a spectator mode where you can simply watch others play without interacting.

Facts about Minecraft:

  • 17,076,695 people have bought the PC/Mac version of Minecraft,
  • In the last 24 hours, 11,145 people bought the game,
  • There is an educational version available of Minecraft,
  • Over 20% of the Minecraft player base are children and young teenagers.
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