Minecraft became something of a phenomenon around a decade ago. Its open-world gaming changed the way that people played creative games online – as players have to mine and build houses, weapons, clothes, instruments and more from the world around them. This means chopping down trees, mining for diamonds, and even hunting wild animals. Take a look below for 11 interesting and awesome facts about Minecraft.
1. Minecraft wasn’t originally called Minecraft at all. In fact, it started life known simply as ‘Cave Game’. Thankfully, it took on a catchier title as time went on, being called ‘Minecraft: Order of The Stone’ along the way.
2. Despite the game remaining famously simple, there have been a number of expansions released over the years, such as ‘Story Mode’, a spin-off game which actually brings in plotlines and game targets into the world of crafting and mining.
3. In fact, the Nintendo ports of the game are unique thanks to the fact that you can apply Nintendo-themed skins to your characters and worlds. Therefore, it’s perfectly possible to play as Mario in your own Minecraft world!
4. Believe it or not, the very first version of Minecraft, which was released in 2009, was designed and built in just six days. However, over the next two years, leading up to 2011, it would take its full form – and this is more or less the Minecraft we know and love to this day.
5. While many players prefer to keep things simple, there is an overarching mission in Minecraft where you can eventually explore ‘The Nether’, an alternative dimension in the game. There is also ‘The End’, which is rich in all kinds of beasties and supernatural nasties. You’ll need to build portals to reach these zones. However, the nature of Minecraft allows you to enjoy the game at is base level – as a simple build, create and survive game – without you needing to go any deeper in!
6. Despite the linear, open-world nature of the game, you have the option to tweak the difficulty level and experience if you wish to. In fact, ‘hardcore’ mode is likely to be pretty tough on any beginner players. This mode places you in the world of the game as if it’s the real thing – in the sense that you only get one life! In the normal version of the game, you’ll be able to respawn again and again, albeit randomly across the world’s map.
7. By spectating online, you can learn more about the game. Spectator mode is hugely popular with players who just want to watch the game from afar – the brilliant soundtrack is really peaceful, too – meaning that many will likely find it a relaxing experience!
8. There has been a Minecraft movie in the pipeline for many years – though it is still yet to head to the big screen, funnyman Steve Carell has been attached for almost as long as the project has existed.
9. Minecraft is truly massive in Denmark. So much so, a full scale model of the nation exists within the Minecraft world – created by government employees in an attempt to get citizens more interested in the local geography.
10. A rare Easter egg you might spot in the game occurs right at the title screen! It’s thought that there’s a one in 10,000 chance that the title of the game will appear as ‘Minecraft’ instead of ‘Minecraft’. If you’ve loaded up the game around 10,000 times, it’s highly likely you’ll have seen this trick pop up!
11. While it’s easy to assume that there’s only going to be one type of wood in the game to begin with, there are actually six different types of tree available for you to chop down and harvest. You can even create trees from scratch, though it’s going to need a fair amount of work! Keep a close eye on your inventory and materials!