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Getting Started with Minecraft

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Minecraft is a fun game to play and a way to learn about games and programming. But first you have to learn the basics.

If you’re into video games, there’s no doubt you’ve heard about the game called Minecraft. Taking the internet by storm, Minecraft is a game about exploration, creativity, and daring adventure. Perhaps you’re looking to get started playing, or perhaps your friends have already jumped in and are begging you to join in the fun!

But what exactly is Minecraft about? And is it the game for you?

What Minecraft Is

Unfortunately, the title ‘Minecraft’ doesn’t really give away much of what the game is about. The game does contain mining and crafting, but what does that mean? And why are so many people finding the game fun?

In actuality, there’s a lot more to it than simply mining and crafting! Minecraft is what’s known as a sandbox game, where there is no pre-set game conditions or story that the player has to follow. There is a way to ‘end’ a Minecraft game, but it’s entirely up to you if you want to chase that. Otherwise, the game simply hands you a world to explore and lets you do whatever you please. As such, Minecraft isn’t a game you play expecting it to tell you what to do. You’re the one that takes the initiative and decides what you find fun, and ignore what you don’t.

So, what kind of things can you do?


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