Trippin' on Minecrack. er.., Minecraft.

Monday, February 14

Back when I as a kid, we had this neglected medium-sized tank outside our house. Once a fat load of sand got dumped into it for some construction work, which never saw the light of day.
So in effect, me and my bro ended up with a new playtoy, a friggin sandbox!
For an outsider, it was just a dirty little tank filled with sand and dirt and decomposed skeletons of insects... but only to the untrained eye!
For inside the four walls of the tank rose Cities and Palaces and Roads. A cemetery for the deceased Gold fish from the aquarium. The big beady ants made excellent slaves. Sometimes the rain came down, wreaking havoc all over the place and massive reconstruction had to follow... Nothing went on in our little world without our consent, well, except the ants mutinying once in a while.. the revolting ones got burned at stakes or drowned in boiling water. We reigned Supreme.

We were friggin' Gods!

Moral of the story : Sure you can have the meanest, beastliest computer in the world and play the most state-of-the-art action game on it, but the sheer kick that you get out of it, can come nowhere near what you get playing with a sandbox!

Such is the power of sandbox-styled gameplay, you are not tied to any particular Storyline, and the possibilities are endless.

Now, this post is in regard to this sandbox game that I've been hooked to the past month or so, MineCraft. Thanks to my bud desmond for hooking me up with this game. man you rock! :)

Now, the whole game weighs in under about 100 MB and you can tweak the settings to allow it to run on any PC. You can play online or offline. You can buy it or get it from the dark side, but I encourage you to buy it, cause it's worth it. besides, it's a mere €14.95.

When you start a Minecraft game, you are spawned into a world of epic proportions.

Mark that spawn point cause you're gonna respawn there everytime you die.
The basic objective of the game is simple :
Make use of the daylight. Collect resources, hunt animals, farm crops, build structures, craft items, etc. etc.
And make sure you have a nice comfy shelter ready before the night. Cause in the night, you wanna be tucked away safely, unless you wanna be tossed around in a thriller dance featuring Zombies, Creepers and Skeletons with crossbows ;)

Did I mention this game has an awesome soothing soundtrack that plays in the background and keeps you relaxed during the daytime.
Also there's the creepy music and monster noises during night that will take you completely unawares and make you shit bricks!

I will say no more, cause I think you should play this awesome game and discover the many facets of the game yourself. So I'm gonna put in a few screenshots and leave you at that.

warm, cozy home

Castle in the works

Arsonist ;)

The abandoned mine

dungeons filled with riches... and horrors.

The monster spawner that churns out several monsters per minute

night of the living dead

About to get my ass owned

Beautiful sunset, the calm before the storm

Current goals:
-> Recreate Counter-Strike map cs_assault
-> Build an intercity minecart network
-> Mine Obsidian and open a portal to Nether

Okay then, load it up and get your creative juices flowin!
and if you get any doubts just refer to the comprehensive Minecraft Wiki.

later :)