Minecraft is considered by many tech experts as one of the most surprising and amazing success story of the last 10 years. It was first created by Marcus Persson in 2009. Marcus was the principal programmer and the game’s introduction was helped along by a small team of associates. In the beginning, the game was advertised mainly by word-of-mouth. Today, there are more than 100 million users. To show how successful this fun to play game has been, Microsoft recently paid over $2 billion to purchase the game.

Most people know someone, whether it be adults, teens, or kids, who are talking about or playing Minecraft. The game itself provides many excellent features for both young and old. This article will discuss a few of the many reasons why the game has become so popular over the past 10 years. Of course, each player will need to decide whether this particular game is right for them or not.


Most people have heard of Lego. It is a type of family affair activity that includes fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. Lego lovers will spend hours building whatever their imagination dictates. They then take everything apart and rearrange it into another wonderful creation. Minecraft is similar in regards to this type of creative freedom you will experience. However, Lego pieces can be extremely expensive and then there is always the excruciating pain of stepping barefoot on a loose Lego piece hidden from view.

Minecraft, on the other hand, takes you into a very blocky world because everything is constructed from blocks. The ground is constructed from blocks, plants are blocks, vehicles are blocks, and even your avatar character is quite blocky looking. You advance through the game by mining or scavenging a variety of blocks made from different materials such as wood, lava, stone, and so forth. You gather these items and use them as a base for all of your creations. You can also combine the gathered blocks into recipes that will create even more advanced objects, tools, and materials.

You will be amazed at some of the things that Minecraft players are building. There are intricate, gigantic skyscrapers, awesome looking cars and trucks, working computers, and there is even an exact scale replica of the country of Denmark. The game includes “mods”, or modifications, that allow the player to add more advanced items to their creation.

Every Day Skills

One of the best features of this game, especially for kids, is the real world skills that are learned. The game encourages its players to learn all about resource management. Each player will only have a specific amount of resources during each phase of the game and they will need to effectively decide on how to use them.

For example, should you immediately use a wood block or should you save it until later when you can upgrade your ax? Maybe you should keep the block for the beautiful house that you are constructing. Is it best to travel on an exploring adventure or should you be mining? Players may not realize it but they are actually learning all about cost-benefit analysis. They are learning valuable later-in-life lessons on financial and budgeting skills.

Children also learn how to be patient when playing Minecraft. Unlike most things today, there is no instant gratification in Minecraft. It takes time to gather all of the resources that you require for any given project. This will benefit children later in life when they need to save money for a down payment on a house or car.

Another valuable lesson is perseverance. For instance, a player might construct a fantastic building or monument that unfortunately crashes down because of improper building techniques. This will allow the player to understand their mistakes and recognize that they will need to try again.

Minecraft is a game that can be played solo but it also has various online options that will allow you to play with other players from around the world. Teams of players can work together and construct incredible things. This will teach each player that cooperation is beneficial when trying to accomplish difficult tasks. There is also a parent monitoring system in place that will prevent ne’er-do-well strangers from playing with your children.

Other features of the game include that it is kid-friendly and fun for the whole family. The only concern that a parent should have about this game is that it can become quite addictive. Therefore, many parents put strict conditions and limits on how long their children can play each day.