"If you haven’t been paying attention to the internet lately, a little game called Minecraft kind of took it over. It’s been around for a while, existing in an alpha state for quite some time now, but recent coverage from an excellent Rock, Paper, Shotgun Minecraft play journal, as well asrecent coverage from Penny Arcade, seem to have brought Minecraft to the masses, actually flooding the servers with new traffic and sparking the creator, Notch, to instate a free-to-playweekend while the servers are down.
For the uninitiated, Minecraft is an indie game with a humongous cult following, consisting of gameplay representative of the two words that make up its name. Basically, you mine, then you craft. Though the game features breathtaking (don’t let the deliberately old school art style fool you, courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun) exploration in a randomly generated world, the main meat of the game takes a cue from creation games like LittleBigPlanet or Spore, and provides a very comprehensive crafting and building mechanic that routinely causes players to realize it’s now six hours later."
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