Minecraft. What's Minecraft? It is sandbox, indie, video game inspired by Infiniminer. Ninety percent of all users playing Minecraft is on a personal computer (PC) or Macintosh computer (Mac). Breaking the compound word name into its components, mine is the ability to extract ore from the earth, and craft is a skill or ability allowing one to create a new object from raw materials. Together, it is the most addictive game I've ever experienced. Minecraft is only two years old and still in its beta phase. It has approximately 3.6 million users who have purchased the game, and customers are growing by about a million sales every quarter. Today more than 14 million customers have registered an account with Minecraft (Mojang AB) from all over the world.
Thirty-year-old Swedish game developer, Markus Persson also know as "Notch," started Minecraft development around May 2009, with pre-orders for the beta release game being accepted in June 2009. After a rapid initial success, Markus started his company, Mojang AB, and enlisted the help of multiple employees including Jens "Jeb" Bergensten, who became his design "right-hand man" for Minecraft. Its official release date is planned for the middle to end of November 2011.
The game involves players creating and destroying various types of building blocks, each based off of a one meter cubed measure, in a three dimensional environment. There are different types of blocks such as grass, stone, and various ores. Players can craft other items such as furnaces and crafting tables to help them to create and survive the environment. Blocks may yield resources that can be used to produce other materials; others yield nothing as of yet. The only unbreakable block is bedrock which is used to build barriers between Minecraft and the empty void of the digital world.
The player chooses an avatar (which can be personalized) and destroys or creates blocks, forming imaginative structures and fantasy-based artwork. Through singleplayer adventure, creative modes and online multiplayer servers, one can build communities and relationships with other Minecraft fans.