Minecraft for the Uninitiated

Build by destroying, Minecraft gameplay

Minecraft has introduced millions of children to the digital world.

Minecraft is an open-world game, which means that it does not have a specific goal, so the player has a lot of freedom in how they want to play. However, the game does have an achievement system. The default game mode is first-person, although players have the option to switch to third-person mode. The game focuses on the placement and destruction of blocks, which consist of three-dimensional, cube-shaped objects arranged on a fixed grid.

These cubes or blocks mainly represent various elements of nature, such as earth, stone, minerals, tree trunks, and others.

Players are free to move and modify the environment by creating, assembling and moving the blocks that make up the game, although the blocks can only be placed on a fixed grid. Players create «farms,» which are used to facilitate the acquisition of certain materials, such as a gold farm. Minecraft: Java Edition for PC/Mac [Online Game Code] The game features special structures such as villages, mine tunnels, sea temples, pyramids and jungle temples.

Rome was not built in a day.



At the beginning of the game the player is in a world generated by an algorithm, so theoretically the world could be infinite, and no two worlds are the same. The player is free to move around the terrain, which consists of various biomes, including deserts, savannas, jungles, oceans, plains, tundras, etc. The game has its own time cycle of day and night, with a game day corresponding to 20 minutes in reality.

Map Creation


The map is not created all at once, but is divided horizontally into sections of 16 blocks each. The plots that are close to the player are loaded into memory.

Difficulty Level

Independently of the different game modes, the difficulty level can also be adjusted. The most relaxed mode is Peace Mode, where, unlike other difficulty levels, no monsters appear in the game to interact with the player.

Construction and Destruction Modes for Creativity


Survival mode is based on real life combined with fantasy, and consists of surviving the attacks of various creatures that appear in the dark or at night.



Extreme mode is identical to Survival mode, except that the player cannot be resurrected after death, and the difficulty level is set to Hard.


Creative mode focuses entirely on the free building aspect. Players have an unlimited supply of all blocks and objects in the game, which they can place and destroy immediately. In addition, they are not attacked by monsters, take no damage, and are free to fly around the stage.


In spectator mode, players can fly through blocks and observe the game without interfering with it. In this mode, the access panel becomes a menu that allows the player to teleport to players around the world.


Adventure mode is designed for players who are dedicated to creating maps for users who want to play online or single player.


Custom Game Modes

Some experienced users or programmers create their own game modes and use them on server or single player adventure maps. However, such game modes are rare, and most servers change some extensions to give the impression that they have a custom game mode.

Minecraft Editions

The main version is the PC version with JAVA, but there are three other editions: the Bedrock Edition, the Console Edition, and the Education Edition.

Minecraft Rocks

This edition of Minecraft was originally developed primarily as Pocket Edition, that is, an edition for cell phones and tablets. There is also an edition called Windows 10 Edition, which is based on the same line of development and code as Pocket Edition, although it is only available for Windows 10 and is also ready for Holo Lens, Microsoft’s virtual reality device, and Oculus Rift. The regular Pocket Edition also had support for these devices, as well as the Samsung Gear VR . Other variants of this edition include the Apple TV Edition and the Fire TV Edition.

Legacy Edition

Previously known as the Console Edition, this edition of the game was intended for consoles such as the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PS3 and PS4. The edition was very similar to the Java Edition, and could be played in multiplayer mode on multiple consoles with a subscription, such as the Xbox LIVE Gold service.

Minecraft Education Edition

This edition of Minecraft was designed for schools and has its own features, such as NPCs and a classroom mode.

Minecraft: Story Mode


Minecraft: Story Mode is a point-and-click game, developed and published by Telltale Games, based on the Minecraft sandbox video game. The game has been released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android and iOS. The game was developed in collaboration with Mojang, the original creator of Minecraft. The game follows the episodic format that Telltale Games has used in its titles The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones.

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