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The Wonderful World of Minecraft

on 17/04/2011

Minecraft, love it? Loath it? Or never heard of it! What ever your feelings about it, Minecraft is becoming a global phenomenon. This unusual game has come from a one man developer, before the game even hit beta had sold over a million copies allowing this one man development team to grow. The company goes by the name Mojang and the game just keeps going from strength to strength. If you wish to know more about Mojang, Minecraft and the man who started it then check out this documentary.

I found this game in November and have had a hesitant start, not knowing exactly what I had to do or exactly how to do anything. But after looking on YouTube and the Minecraft Wiki I started to figure stuff out and started building. After a little while I found a multiplayer server and joined in the fun, and to begin with my buildings were basic but ambitious but as time went by the quality of my building and ability to build increased significantly.

It’s a wonderful game but personally I don’t see it as a game. A game has a goal, Minecraft has no set goals! This is more like a design tool or a sandbox environment but its fun and unlike a tool you have to find your raw materials and refine them, the same goes for tools (wiki guide for crafting).

When I first joined the multiplayer server I was a little intimidated as there is a load of tall towers around the spawn and the rules written on little sign posts state that stealing is prohibited and so is “greifing” (the act of messing with or destroying another players creation). So I went exploring the surrounding area looking at other peoples creations until I found a giant picture of a head that turned out to be Bryan Lunduke.

I wandered around a little more till I realized I was unable to see any other players creation in any direction. Upon further investigation I found a hole in the ground and thought “this is a good starting point!” so I dug down creating a stair case that descended all the way to bedrock (the lowest possible level a player can reach). After making myself comfortable in my little hole in the ground I started to feel as though I needed to hide my little base. So I built a tower covering the hole covered the outside with glass and left a block gap all the way around the inside so that I could place water at the top and it would flow down the inside of the glass without spilling inside the tower. I also hid the entrance to my mine in the water so that I knew it was there but no one else would be able to find it.

But as soon as I had finished this I wanted to make something more ambitious so I started work on a pyramid, it is a part of my tower but quite a bit larger than it. took me a week to create a pyramid out of cobble stone and then cover it with sand (as sand wont be placed without support). That creation lead to others and before  I knew it I’d taken over a little corner of the map.

As time goes by this game get’s stronger and stronger, don’t let the simple graphics fool you this is a game with more depth than almost anything else on the market. It is simple in its approach but what can be achieved in this game can at times be awe inspiring. I will include a few YouTube video’s of some creations that have just taken my imagination and impress me.


Space creation’s in mine craft


Tetris music


Star Trek (there are newer video’s since this one where the ship is more complete but the latest one he waffles for a bit at the beginning, but check it out your self)


16 Bit ALU in Minecraft (there are more since this video where he has completed the CPU)

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3 responses to “The Wonderful World of Minecraft

  1. I need some minor questions answered. . 1) do you need tnt to mine diamonds? 2)how do u make a lava bucket? 3)is gold good armor, if not then wat is? 4)wat do redstone torches do? 5)whats the best way to find diamonds? 6)how do you make an easy monster trap? 7)how many diamonds do u get from one block? finally 8)does magma dig into the ground that it is poured onto, like if you dump a magma bucket does it dig into the ground or does it do like water and flow above it..

    • Thank you for reading my Minecraft article, I will try to answer all your questions.

      1) do you need tnt to mine diamonds?
      No you just need an Iron or diamond pick axe, if you use TNT it will destroy the diamond.

      2)how do u make a lava bucket?
      Well it’s basically a normal bucket but you right click on some NON flowing lava. If you click on lava flow you will not pick it up.

      3)is gold good armor, if not then wat is?
      no gold does not make a good material for any tools or armour but it can be used for booster rails (to make a mine cart go faster)

      4)wat do redstone torches do?
      they can be used to make basic circuits, and power booster rials.

      5)whats the best way to find diamonds?
      usually I find them around lava pools near bedrock (near the bottom most layer of the world.

      6)how do you make an easy monster trap?
      there are tutorials for various types of trap on you tube, to discuss it here will mean I may as well write another article.

      7)how many diamonds do u get from one block? finally
      One block = One diamond

      8)does magma dig into the ground that it is poured onto, like if you dump a magma bucket does it dig into the ground or does it do like water and flow above it..
      Lava just flows across the surface. although that’s if the surface is dirt, smooth stone, cobble stone, sand, sand stone basically non wood non flammable stuff. wood it will just burn.

      Hope that answers all your questions, if you want to try this out and you don’t own the game then there is a free trial version on Minecraft.net web site

  2. Contessa says:

    LOL Minecraft is awesome, even if it looks like an older game I’m a minecraft addict now. Best thing is it plays smoothly on my notebook so I can play in the world of Notch whenever I want. But I have a question and The Wonderful World of Minecraft WTF!!! must be a a place for experts so I hope someone can help me. Does anyone know some nice military Minecraft textures? Many thanks. 😉 Contessa

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