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September 30, 2012, 11:30:44 PM
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Minecraft is not a game whose appeal can be described in simple rhetoric.

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October 01, 2012, 06:09:15 AM
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I've always wondered this to myself.
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October 01, 2012, 10:51:15 AM
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October 01, 2012, 11:16:36 AM
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I for one don't play Minecraft. I prefer Dwarf Fortress. Wink

Minecraft is your old-new digital lego. Though it's get boring after a while, if you play alone.

If Minecraft is a digital Lego set, DF is a digital ant colony. Well, if your ants were drunken, bearded assholes that occasionally went crazy and killed all the other ants. I can't stand the original graphics, though.

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October 01, 2012, 12:54:07 PM
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If Minecraft is a digital Lego set, DF is a digital ant colony. Well, if your ants were drunken, bearded assholes that occasionally went crazy and killed all the other ants. I can't stand the original graphics, though.

I don't use original graphics set, Mayday or Ironhand graphics packs are way to go. Though DF still has long way before ver 1.0. But the feature list is enormous. Grin
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October 01, 2012, 01:39:01 PM
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Minecraft is not a game whose appeal can be described in simple rhetoric.

I feel the same way. It's not about the graphics...it's about the creativity. I can defy physics and build whatever the hell I want. I got bored once and built a giant penis tower that had a lava moat and a tree on the head. And if you traveled into the testicles you'd find a portal to the netherworld.
What other game would allow you to do all that ridiculous stuff!!?!?

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October 01, 2012, 04:23:27 PM
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Assembling a group of people to build something cool in coop... is cool. The game's not perfect by any means, still it ranks pretty high, can't think of any recent game I liked better.

Some of the things we built:

  • Strong room with timed key combination and piston construction to move a 4x4 security gate into the wall
  • Railway system through Skylands, complete with automated train station, automatic gates, timed stops, and all those little gimmicks
  • Hidden arrays of rapid-fire arrow dispensers. The trolls love doing that: pistons open up innocent-looking earth, thousands of arrows make the landscape furry seconds later.
  • Automated monster spawners and killers for XP (Survival mode)
  • Chicken-powered timer loops Huh Okay, that doesn't really work, but it looked funny.
  • ROM, transistors, and some of the more fancy logic devices
  • Labyrinth with riddles inside
  • Pointless buildings with red buttons. DO NOT PRESS. Sometimes, obsidian parts remain. Tongue
  • Large Skyland castle which I'll not bother to list all parts of
  • A controlled railway system with a redstone torch display that shows the current routing
  • RANDOM SUPER NINTENDO PIXEL ART
  • A stage with a Deus Ex Machina to make people appear where there's no exit visible
  • I like building bridges. With layers of arches, for water and rail and stuff. Cool
  • Terraforming! Voxelsnipered a 100-height mountain range with a temple inside, river coming down from it with a large waterfall, little hot springs in the snow on the top. Smiley
  • Yin-Yang disks. MAY IT BE AS THE PATTERN'S CHOSEN, OH WHEEL OF TI... *coughs*
  • While we're at that, someone scripted Waygates. And Stargates. Admittedly awkward on the same map, but still awesome. Cool
  • Proud when people notice architecture ideas are stolen from Fate of Atlantis! Grin

I admit most of that is sitting there unfinished, or just made to never be finished. But even a construction site can look awesome. Tongue I'd show pics, but the modded-to-death creative server with the big structures is offline and a survival one running instead. And we're all too lazy to fix the big one atm. Oh well.

Bottom line, it's just awesome fun to build stuff. Normal games get boring quickly, 'cause you've soon seen everything. Games like SupCom or Anno allow to scale up a bit, and that makes them cool. Oh, I remember our 1404 empire, "Yamanote Sen" is now a ship transportation ring! Grin But they too just max out. Minecraft holds for a bit longer by supplying a world of practically infinite size and very basic building blocks.

I won't deny the Lego link. Same group that was on the server built a Lego cathedral a few years back. Maybe you just gotta like that sort of thing to like Minecraft.



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October 01, 2012, 04:32:27 PM
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Its definitely popular for the same reasons why EVE: online and DayZ are popular. You're playing in a massive sandbox where there are no definite rules and you can make your own game out of it. Its the idea of ultimate freedom that makes it so massively popular.

In EVE you can be a pirate, a space technician, a space trucker, a spy, a troll, a bounty collector, a diplomat and etc without ever having to change some skill set or characters. Its all based on your personal imagination and intellect.

In DayZ you can create your own survival story as a bandit, survivor or hero and do whatever you want with your story without ever bowing down to some quest master. Or you can bow down to a human squad leader from a bandit squad developed itself with no clan system of any kind doing missions that are only relevant to that moment.

In minecraft you can create your own world and environment. You can choose exactly how the aesthetics of the game will look like and form anything you can imagine. You can create a town with banks, hospitals and police stations or you can build a massive castle adjacent to another equally massive castle and have wars. Or you can escape to the wilderness and build a small hut that leads to an a massively majestic underground mining city full of redstone contraptions and railways.

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October 01, 2012, 04:50:05 PM
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So, uhm, why do people play Counterstrike? Huh

Coming from an experienced CS player, we play so we can scream "BOOM, HEADSHOT" into our mics.

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October 01, 2012, 07:03:08 PM
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Its definitely popular for the same reasons why EVE: online and DayZ are popular. You're playing in a massive sandbox where there are no definite rules and you can make your own game out of it. Its the idea of ultimate freedom that makes it so massively popular.

In EVE you can be a pirate, a space technician, a space trucker, a spy, a troll, a bounty collector, a diplomat and etc without ever having to change some skill set or characters. Its all based on your personal imagination and intellect.

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oh neat. I know a lot of people who play eve, but never really thought to compare it to minecraft. I've played eve myself, just can't really justify to myself spending ~150 USD or so per year on it when I could instead use it for travel expenses to take a round-trip bus somewhere in meatspace or get a BFL jalapeno or something.
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October 01, 2012, 07:40:00 PM
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 Shocked What is minecraft?

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October 01, 2012, 08:15:38 PM
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Shocked What is minecraft?

It's a game where you craft mines...

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October 01, 2012, 08:28:21 PM
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Shocked What is minecraft?

It's a game where you craft mines...

AHA,,, shud of thought of this one meself!!! After all, it makes total sense.

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October 01, 2012, 08:31:47 PM
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Shocked What is minecraft?

It's a game where you craft mines...

AHA,,, shud of thought of this one meself!!! After all, it makes total sense.

And it's actually pretty accurate, so far as it goes... The official site says it even better: Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens. It also has music by C418!

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October 03, 2012, 09:48:26 PM
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I for one don't play Minecraft. I prefer Dwarf Fortress. Wink

Minecraft is your old-new digital lego. Though it's get boring after a while, if you play alone.

I apparently suck at Dwarf Fortress.  My dwarves don't last long Sad

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October 03, 2012, 10:08:36 PM
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To release the inner artist in everyone. Cheesy I played it for a little bit on xbox but realized its just not my style yet i've heard PC version is alot better.

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October 04, 2012, 12:07:20 AM
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To release the inner artist in everyone. Cheesy I played it for a little bit on xbox but realized its just not my style yet i've heard PC version is alot better.

It is better on the computer. The game runs a bit better.

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October 04, 2012, 03:31:15 PM
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It'd be awesome if you could buy Minecraft with Bitcoin. Smiley

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October 04, 2012, 11:39:52 PM
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I stopped playing it when I bought the 'real' version and it ... well sucked balls, I just want to build so it was a total waste

Before i stopped i made these, http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1444930370086.2061135.1437953884&type=3 ... I like optimus prime and gumby the most.

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October 04, 2012, 11:45:20 PM
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I'd like minecraft better if you could save what you build on your own machine. I like Roblox, but still I think you need to pay monthly to build more than 1 place. It's fun to build stuff and blow it up especially when others are visiting the place and they have no clue what is going to happen. kaboom!

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