With the advancements in technology, everything around us is getting better day by day. With it, modern-day gaming has also come a long way; people familiar with the gaming scenario are aware of its progress and have heard of Minecraft. Many games played a vital role in where modern gaming is currently among them; one stands out tall from its release to this current day and its Minecraft.
Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish developer Markus Persson, released by Mojang in 2011 and purchased by Microsoft in 2014. It is the single best-selling video game of all time, selling over 180 million copies across all platforms by late 2019, with over 112 million monthly active players.
Before we dive into the game, let us have a look at what the system requirements are for running Minecraft across all platforms.
Minecraft Minimum Requirements
CPU: Intel Core i3 3210 | AMD A8 7600 APU or equivalent
RAM: 4 GB RAM
HDD: 180 MB to 1 GB available space
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or AMD Radeon R5 series | NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 or better
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Minecraft Recommended Requirements
CPU: Intel Core i5 4690 | AMD A10 7800 or equivalent
RAM: 8 GB RAM
HDD: 4 GB (SSD recommended) available space
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series | AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series
OS: 64-bit Windows 10
Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 or better
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Optimal Hardware Suggestions
What Gaming PC Do We Recommend?
The recommended specifications are a great starting point and should be more than enough for most players to experience Minecraft in all its glory;
CPU: Intel Core i5 4690
RAM: 4 GB
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series | AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series
If you need a push in the right direction, we recommend our $500 PC build. It’s more than powerful enough to handle everything. Even heavily-modded Minecraft can throw its way. 16 GB of RAM, a versatile AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, and the great XFX Radeon RX 570 make it a budget-friendly option that doesn’t skimp on performance.
Now that specifications are covered let us dive into what Minecraft is and discuss its gameplay.
Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game that has no specific goals set; it allows players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. However, there is an achievement system. The gameplay is by default set at a First-person perspective but is also available from Third person perspective. The game world is composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes and fluids and commonly called “blocks”—representing various materials, such as dirt, stone, ores, tree trunks, water, and lava. The core gameplay revolves around picking up and placing these objects. These blocks are arranged in a 3D grid, while players can move freely around the world. Players can “mine” blocks and then place them elsewhere, enabling them to build things.
The game world is virtually infinite and procedurally generated as players explore it. There are limits on vertical movement, but Minecraft allows an infinitely large game world to be created on the horizontal plane. Due to technical problems, it is challenging to reach extremely distant locations. However, there is a barrier preventing players from traversing to places beyond 30,000,000 blocks from the center. The game achieves this by splitting the world data into smaller sections called “chunks” that are created or loaded when players are nearby. The terrain includes plains, mountains, forests, caves, and various lava/water bodies. The in-game time system follows a day and night cycle, and one full period lasts 20 real-time minutes.
Minecraft has two alternate dimensions besides the overworld (which is the leading world players start from): the Nether and the End. The Nether is a hell-like dimension accessed via player-built portals; it contains many unique resources and can be used to travel great distances in the overworld. The End is a barren land consisting of many islands. A boss dragon called the Ender Dragon dwells on the main island. They are killing the dragon cues the game’s ending credits, and Irish novelist Julian Gough wrote a poem. Players are then spawned at the starting point and can continue to play the game indefinitely.
The game consists of five game modes: survival, creative, adventure, hardcore, and spectator. It also has a changeable difficulty system of four levels. For example, the peaceful difficulty prevents hostile creatures from spawning, and the hard problem allows players to starve to death if their hunger bar depletes.
So now that we discussed core gameplay, let us discuss some questions regarding gameplay that is widely asked by players and fans alike.
HOW TO MAKE A SADDLE IN MINECRAFT?
In Minecraft, a saddle is an item that you cannot make with a crafting table or furnace. Instead, you need to find and gather this item in the game. Most commonly, a saddle can be found inside a chest in a dungeon or Nether Fortress or you can catch a saddle while fishing.
HOW TO TAME A HORSE IN MINECRAFT?
Steps to Tame and Ride a Horse
- Find a Horse. In Minecraft when you find a horse, you can tame it. …
- Tame the Horse. First, select an empty slot in your hotbar (because you must use your hand to tame the horse). …
- Put a Saddle on the Horse. …
- Mount the Horse. …
- Dismount the Horse.
HOW TO MAKE A SHIELD IN MINECRAFT?
In Minecraft, these are the materials you can use to craft a shield:
TIP: You can use any type of wood plank! You don’t have to gather them all.
How to craft a Shield in Survival Mode
1. Open the Crafting Table
2. Add Items to make a Shield
In the crafting menu, you should see a crafting area that is made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make a shield, place 1 iron ingot and 6 wood planks in the 3×3 crafting grid.
When making a shield, it is important that the iron ingot and wood planks are placed in the exact pattern as the image below. In the first row, there should be 1 wood plank in the first box, 1 iron ingot in the second box and 1 wood plank in the third box. In the second row, there should be 3 wood planks. In the third row, there should be 1 wood plank in the second box. This is the Minecraft crafting recipe for a shield.
Now that you have filled the crafting area with the correct pattern, the shield will appear in the box to the right.
3. Move the Shield to Inventory
Once you have crafted a shield, you need to move the new item to your inventory.
Congratulations, you have made a shield in Minecraft! Now customize it with patterns, stripes, and colors.
HOW TO MAKE A BOOK IN MINECRAFT?
In the crafting menu, you should see a crafting area that is made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make a book, place 3 papers and 1 leather in the 3×3 crafting grid. When making a book, it is important that the papers and leather are placed in the exact pattern
HOW TO ALLOCATE MORE RAM TO MINECRAFT?
- Check your computer’s available RAM. …
- Open the Minecraft launcher. …
- Click the Launch options tab. …
- Make sure the Advanced settings switch is on. …
- Click the profile you want to change. …
- Turn on the JVM arguments switch. …
- Edit the amount of RAM that Minecraft can use. …
- Click SAVE.
HOW TO BREED HORSES IN MINECRAFT?
Select each horse.Right-click or left-trigger each of the horses with the golden apples equipped. Doing so will prompt red hearts to appear over each horse’s head, signifying that they’re ready to breed. On Minecraft PE, you’ll face each horse and tap Feed at the bottom of the screen.
HOW TO MAKE A FENCE IN MINECRAFT?
In the crafting menu, you should see a crafting area made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make an oak fence, place 4 oak wood planks and 2 sticks in the 3×3 crafting grid.
HOW TO MAKE A LEAD IN MINECRAFT?
To make a lead, place 4 string and 1 slimeball in the 3×3 crafting grid. When making a lead, the strings and slimeball placed in the exact pattern, there should be 1 string in the first box and 1 string in the second box.
So now that we discussed some core gameplay, let us have a look at what critics had to say and the awards Minecraft has received.
Critic Review and Awards:
In July 2010, PC Gamer listed Minecraft as the fourth-best game to play at work. Gamasutra named it the eighth-best game of the year as well as the eighth-best indie game of the year, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun called it the “game of the year.” Indie DB awarded the game the 2010 Indie of the Year award as chosen by voters, in addition to two out of five Editor’s Choice awards for Most Innovative and Best Singleplayer Indie. PC Gamer UK also awarded it Game of the Year. The game was also nominated for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Technical Excellence, and Excellence in Design awards at the March 2011.
At Game Developers Choice Awards 2011, Minecraft won awards in the categories for Best Debut Game, Best Downloadable Game and Innovation Award, winning every award for which it got nominated. It also won GameCity’s video game arts award. On 5 May 2011, Minecraft became one of the 80 games that got displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of The Art of Video Games exhibit that opened on 16 March 2012.
At the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards, Minecraft won the award for Best Independent Game and got nominated in the Best PC Game category. In 2012, at the British Academy Video Games Awards, Minecraft was nominated in the GAME Award of 2011 class, and Persson received The Special Award. In 2012, Minecraft XBLA was awarded a Golden Joystick Award in the Best Downloadable Game category, and a TIGA Games Industry Award in the Best Arcade Game category. In 2013 it was nominated as the family game of the year at the British Academy Video Games Awards. Minecraft Console Edition won the award for TIGA Game of the Year in 2014. In 2015, the game placed 6th on USgamer’s The 15 Best Games Since 2000 list. In 2016, Minecraft placed 6th on Time’s The 50 Best Video Games of All Time list.
Minecraft was nominated for the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite App but lost. It got nominated for the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Video Game. They later won the award for the Most Addicting Game at the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards. Besides, the Java Edition was nominated for “Favorite Video Game” at the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards, while the game itself won the “Still Playing” award at the 2019 Golden Joystick Awards.
Below are the streamers who stream Minecraft on twitch daily and are very popular
TOP 10 STREAMERS:
It may be up for debate who is number one on the list, but this is strictly our opinion, and it is subject to change.
Now that we had a look at how you can learn more about the game and get entertainment via popular streamers, let us have a look at how much the game costs.
The price for Minecraft varies, depending on where you buy it. If you buy it for a PC from the Minecraft.net website, expect to pay around $27 as of July 2017. You can also buy gift cards on the website. If you want to download Minecraft to your favorite console, expect to pay $20 to $30 for the base game, and about $30 or more on the Wii U if you opt to buy the Favorites Pack. Minecraft: Pocket Edition allows you to play the game on a variety of mobile devices and costs about $7 for the app.
Above, we discussed all the progress Minecraft has made over the years, but now let us look at some fun facts about this game.
FUN FACTS ABOUT MINECRAFT:
1. THE FIRST VERSION OF MINECRAFT RELEASED IN JUST SIX DAYS.
In 2009, Swedish programmer and designer Markus Persson (known affectionately to fans as “Notch”) set out to create a sandbox game—one that allows for free and organic exploration of a virtual world. Persson began work on what is now Minecraft on May 10 of that year, amending the product in increments until May 16. The “alpha version” of Minecraft made its public debut the very next day.
2. THE GAME WASN’T DEEMED COMPLETE FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS.
Following Minecraft’s release on PC, Mojang would periodically update and tweak the game until delivering what the company considered its full version on November 18, 2011.
3. THE GAME’S FIRST NAME WAS MUCH MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD.
When Persson kicked off the development process, he referred to the project as “Cave Game.” The name was soon changed to Minecraft: Order of the Stone, and, ultimately, just Minecraft.
4. SEVERAL OTHER GAMES INSPIRED MINECRAFT.
Minecraft’s creator has heralded PC video games Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keeper, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and Infiniminer as the primary influences for Minecraft.
5. CREEPERS BEGAN AS A CODING ERROR.
One of Minecraft’s stranger native species is the creeper, an electrically charged predator with a haunting mug. Persson didn’t set out to design such a monster; he was trying to create a pig, but accidentally switched the figures for desired height and length when inputting the code. The result was the monstrosity that players know and love.
6. THE ENDERMAN LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH IN REVERSE (OR PITCHED DOWN).
Another haunting Minecraft species is the Enderman. While this creature’s speech is nearly incomprehensible to the human ear, most of its exclamations are English words and phrases (including “hiya,” “here,” “this way,” “forever,” and “what’s up?”) played backward or lowered in pitch.
7. A SLEEPING CAT VOICES GHASTS.
One other Minecraft monster owes its vocal rumblings to a real-world creature. Any player can recognize the high-pitched whine of the ghast, the game’s resident block-shaped fire-breather. These sounds are the result of an accidental audio recording of Minecraft music producer Daniel “C418” Rosenfeld’s cat as it woke up from a nap.
8. MINECRAFT PLAYS A BIG ROLE AT A SWEDISH SCHOOL.
In 2013, the Viktor Rydberg secondary school in Stockholm introduced Minecraft as a mandatory part of its curriculum for all of its 13-year-old students. A teacher explained what made the game worthwhile for students: “They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future.”
9. BUT IS AN EVEN BIGGER DEAL IN DENMARK.
Sweden’s neighbor to the south has touted an even more deep affection for Minecraft. In 2014, state employees Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of the Danish Geodata Agency completed a scale replica of the entire nation of Denmark within the digital world-building game to help drive interest in geographic data.
10. GAME’S FAME IS THE PRODUCT OF FREE MARKETING.
According to a study conducted by Annenberg School of Communication doctoral student Alex Leavitt, one-third of early Minecraft users first heard about the game from friends, and another third discovered the game through YouTube videos.
11. DESPITE CLAIMING AN INFINITE SPAN, THE GAME’S WORLD HAS SEEN ITS LIMITS.
In 2011, Persson took to his blog to address the limitations of the allegedly boundless world of Minecraft:
The terrain generates itself, saves and loaded, and (kind of) rendered in chunks of 16*16*128 blocks. If you go outside that range (about 25% of the distance from where you are now to the sun), loading and saving chunks start overwriting old chunks. At a 16/th of that distance, things that use integers for block positions, such as using items and pathfinding, start overflowing and acting weird.
12. HOWEVER, ONE DEVOTED FAN CHOSE TO SET OFF ON AN ENDLESS QUEST.
Players would have to walk an extreme distance—the digital equivalent of approximately 7500 miles—before witnessing severe coding meltdown. This virtual wasteland was known, appropriately, as the “Far Lands.”
13. THE CREATOR’S AVATAR BOASTS A UNIQUE TRAIT.
Appropriately enough, Persson reserved a unique trick for his personal Minecraft avatar. His character is the only game resident who drops an apple when he dies.
14. PERSSON OPENED UP BIDDING FOR MINECRAFT WITH A TWEET.
Ostensibly fed up with the corporate politics that accompanied running a video game developer, Persson sent out a tweet in June 2014, hoping to gauge the interest of any outside parties in purchasing his Mojang shares. Three months later, he officially sold the company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.
15. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, THE GAME GETS ITS NAME WRONG.
One in every 10,000 times you play the game, its primary menu flashes a misspelling of its title, reversing the “E” and the “C” to read, “Minecraft.”
Now that we talked about the fun facts let’s have a look at the most FAQ (frequently asked questions) regarding this game.
Q: How can I get a custom skin for my character?
A: To use a custom skin for Java Edition, you must first purchase the game. You can then go to your profile page on the Minecraft website, download the reference skin, edit it to your liking and finally upload your customized skin also at the preferences page. You should now appear with your new look whenever you play. You need to log into your account for it to show. Be sure to keep the picture the same size, name, and location as it was when you first opened it, or else Minecraft may not recognize it and may not function correctly. Although this method causes your character to wear your custom skin all of the time, other people on multiplayer servers may not see your skin because they are not using the “minecraft.jar” in which you changed the default player skin. To ensure maximum over-all visibility of your custom skin, one might recommend that do both processes mentioned in this paragraph. However, the second process mentioned in this paragraph will probably not work for Minecraft Classic.
Skin packs are available for purchase on the Legacy Console Edition and Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, most of these cost money, but some of them are free. Additionally, you can upload a skin from the internet. Use a search engine or Minecraft skin website to find one, then upload it to Bedrock Edition. You can also create your skin using the Minecraft: Skin Studio or any image editing software of your choice. Then upload it to Bedrock Edition. See skins for more information.
Q: Can the water level change?
A: Yes. Water can be picked up with a bucket and placed in other locations to form a spring. Water drains downwards and outwards when filling spaces adjacent to the spring, and the flow stops when the source block is picked. However, the general “sea” level never changes.
In Classic, the water level set by the level of the ocean border surrounding the map, and so cannot change. Water fills any adjacent space, and even a single water block acts as an infinite source that is capable of flooding everything at or below its height. Some custom multiplayer servers allow players to “build” both active and static water blocks, and it is also possible to add water to your maps by using an editor.
Q: What are the controls?
A: See, Controls. The controls can be found beneath the creative mode gameplay window and are customizable from the pause menu (accessible by pressing Escape). In Minecraft, the “Controls…” menu is available in the “Options…” menu. By default, these are:
W = forward
A = left
S = reverse
D = right
Space = jump
Left Shift = sneak
Left Ctrl = sprint
Tab ↹ = list players(for multiplayer)
E = inventory
T = talk/chat
Q = drop item
F = swap item with offhand
Esc = cancel
A two-button mouse for mouselook. In general, hold the left mouse button to destroy blocks or punch Mobs, right-click to place blocks, activate certain blocks, or eat food. An alternative to Left Ctrl for sprinting is double-tapping the direction key. Sprinting can only be in the forward direction.
Q: How can I drop a stack of items?
A: You can drop a complete stack of items by picking it up in the inventory screen and then closing the inventory screen. The stack of items you were holding gets dropped. You can also grab a stack and click with it outside the inventory window to throw it. Pressing Ctrl+Q throws a stack of items.
Leaving items in a crafting square of the inventory or the crafting table cause them to drop when the inventory closes.
Q: How do I save and reload my position (spawn point)?
A: In the full game, spawn location is where you start at the beginning of a map, and you return there if you killed. This spawn point can be changed by sleeping in a bed or using the /spawnpoint command. There are also unofficial mods in which you can change the spawn point. There is a command entitled /setworldspawn, which changes the spawn point of the entire world.
In Classic, your spawn location starts as the default that the admin set. This can change by pressing Enter, saving your current location so that you respawn there when R is pressed.
Q: How do you make plants grow? They keep disappearing on me.
A: This depends on the plant’s needs for its surroundings and the light level. If you are growing underground (not directly exposed to the sky), you need to have adequate lighting, or the crop will uproot itself. Grass only grows on dirt and needs a light level of 4 or higher to spread (see its requirements for more details). Mushrooms, however, will only spread onto solid blocks with a light level lower than 12 (see mushroom farming for more details).
Bone Meal will speed up growth on individual plants (like planted seeds to fully grown wheat, saplings to trees, and grass blocks to tall grass and flowers if used multiple times.
Q: Why does my building collapse / get destroyed on its own?
A: Sand, gravel, anvils, and concrete powder are subject to gravity. A sand, gravel anvil or concrete powder block that has no blocks underneath it will fall until hits another block.
Wood, wood planks, and many other materials are flammable and may be set on fire if placed near fire or lava, or lit by Flint and Steel. Other possible causes of a missing or damaged house could be Endermen carrying away the blocks of your house (If made of blocks that an Enderman can carry) or explosions caused by a creeper or TNT. If you are playing on multiplayer, your house could have been griefed (destroyed purposely by other players). Also, however unlikely, your house may have been hit by lightning and set on fire.
Q: What are the blocks affected by gravity?
A: Sand, gravel, anvils, dragon eggs, Armor Stands, and concrete powder will fall into space directly underneath them. TNT is subject to gravity only when primed (because it turns into an entity). Lava and water are fluid and will flow from their source block. All other blocks — dirt, stone, glass, etc. — are not affected by gravity. In Bedrock Edition, snow layers are affected by gravity.
Q: Do the small plants grow into full trees?
A: None of the plants naturally present do, but if you plant saplings in a lit area with enough space above and around them, they will grow into small or large trees if given time. You can also use bone meal to make them grow much faster. Mushrooms can also be grown; however, they can only be grown by using bone meal.
Q: How do I play an external map in Survival Mode?
A: You must place the folder containing your map in one of the following folders:
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Minecraft/saves/
Q: Who is this, Notch guy?
A: Notch is the creator of Minecraft, as well as its former lead developer. He was the Lead Developer for a long time until on December 2, 2011, when he stepped down and gave developer Jeb the title of Lead Developer. Notch stated that he would not work on Minecraft any longer as he is testing his new coding skills on making different games. Notch later left Mojang after Microsoft acquired it.
Q: Are multiplayer servers safe?
A: It depends. However, some servers can have bullies, inappropriate language, or griefers (griefers are people who destroy player-made buildings for fun and annoyance). Generally, small servers have fewer griefers, as well as servers with anti-griefing plugins. If you don’t want exposure to inappropriate language, most servers do not have to swear words. If you don’t want bullies, having a private server for you and your friends should completely fix your problem. On Minecraft server websites, read the comments as well as the description, because the commenters can expose nasty information about the server that you would have otherwise learned first-hand (the hard way).
So there we go, we tried to compile as much data as possible about the game you know and love Minecraft. Some passages are strictly our personal opinion, while others are facts collected from several websites. Hope you have had a fun ready we would like to know your opinions, constructed criticism is highly appreciated.