If you haven’t heard what Minecraft is yet, then please go away and look it up on YouTube. The game, made by indie Swedish studio Mojang, has taken over the world in recent years. The reason that I do this is because whenever I am sitting around and just playing Minecraft, many people will come up to me and say things like:
Why are you playing Minecraft? Its gay and it has really bad graphics.
What’s the aim of the game anyway?
If I had enough time to explain to them without them still saying it’s ‘gay’ then they would get the answers they desired.
Anyway, on with the argument, however one-sided it may be.
Many people, who haven’t played, will give reasons for Minecraft being a bad game like:
- It has really bad graphics, so pixelated.
- What can you actually do? There’s no aim to the game.
- It’s boring.
- It’s childish.
- It gets really repetitive.
- It’s outdated.
- It’s gay.
And for people that have played:
- It gets really laggy (slow) sometimes.
- You can’t ever find diamonds. Why not?
- I always get killed by a creeper.
- A creeper always blows up my house.
- I always die.
- Whenever I “get” diamonds I have to say I fell in lava to make people think that I actually got some.
- Even when I don’t have diamonds I still fall in lava.
- When you do finally get to the credits they take so long!
But the game is still absolutely amazing. Let me explain why, by dismissing the most common arguments that I have come across that are against it.
It has really bad graphics, so pixelated.
Seeing as the game is made by a few Swedes and is based around blocks, it is only right for the game to be all blocky. How would it ever work if you were continuously taking out spheres out of the Minecraft ‘world’? I mean, I think the designers of the game would have thought about graphics if it wasn’t part of the game. There is actually something you can do about this. You can design you own or get someone else’s texture pack which will give the game of Minecraft a completely different look, and in some cases make it HD quality.
What can you actually do? There’s no aim to the game.
If you had decided to pay attention, the game has been updated and now has a start to the aim of the game. It will take you a while to do, and a lot of preparation, but when you finally find the portal to get to the “end” then you can kill the only (at the moment) boss. Again, that might take you a while if you haven’t prepared properly, but it is still achievable.
It’s boring. It’s childish. It gets really repetitive.
That’s your problem. If you get bored of computer games then don’t play them. I personally have been playing Minecraft for two years, for the plain reason that it is being continuously updated. If you really think its childish then, I’m sorry that you have grown up so fast. Seriously, did your guardians just not let you have a childhood? Did they just deprive you of games and instead make you read books all the time? If they did, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, then I feel for you. It gets really repetitive. This is stupid. There is so much you can do. You can make potions, build massive houses, build a farmhouse for all of your sheep and pigs, go and find a dungeon, get a saddle and go and fly a pig off of a mountain! There’s even an achievement for that.
You may say this because you don’t like indie games (refer to above) or you may say it because it is never updated. Well, Minecraft is updated so often that you have to read Twitter every day to check that there isn’t an update coming out with new features. I managed, within a week, to download a new Minecraft three times because of bug fixes and general updates.
I know you are, but what am I?
It gets really laggy (slow) sometimes.
Get a better laptop. Or, you could even use the functions that have been implemented into the game to make it better/worse.
You can’t ever find diamonds. Why not? I always get killed by a creeper. A creeper always blows up my house. I always die. Whenever I “get” diamonds I have to say I fell in lava to make people think that I actually got some. Even when I don’t have diamonds I still fall in lava.
The simple answer is get better. The more complex answer is on the way.
When you do finally get to the credits they take so long!
Try the escape button. It does wonders for the impatient.
Minecraft is a really good game and there is always a valid reason why something is the way it is. There is always a forum, mod, texture pack or even multiplayer server that can answer all your prayers. If you have any questions or qualms then feel free to express yourself in the comments section below and I will be happy to reply, when I’m not digging for diamonds, of course.