Shortly before I rejoined the world of the employed, Strife convinced me that I should purchase a copy of Minecraft… so I did.

I’m hooked.

I’ve just taken all the Sims 3 expansions and stuff packs I had on my Amazon Wishlist and removed them. Gone. Don’t want to play the Sims anymore. Not as cool as Minecraft. There’s only room for one sandbox game in my life at any given time. I don’t have huge amounts of time to spend playing video games… hell I’m still working on Twilight Princess and Phantom Hourglass on my Wii and DS respectively.

If you don’t play Minecraft yet, you need to.

It’s so much more than what it was presented to me as. It’s not just the worlds most awesome Lego world that you can run round in building things. It generates wonderful landscapes… you can go on a jungle exploration trip, or go spelunking down giant chasms with picturesque waterfalls…. and I know you’re asking me how on earth I can describe a game which is rendered almost entirely in cubes that are meant to represent a squared meter, with the exception of living creatures and constructed objects which may have more than 6 polygons to construct themselves out of, but nonetheless are still measured in increments of about one meter squared. (Pig 1 X 1 X 2, Chicken 1 X 1 X 1, Cow 1 X 2 X 2 Spider 2 X 1 X 2…)

The world is ever generating and always simulating. The wheat grows, the grass spreads to dirt, the trees grow, the animals move, ice melts, snow falls… and all the while you’re capable of moving around any part you need to… digging thru piles of gravel to new cave entrances, dropping off torches, constructing railway tracks for minecarts… constructing minecarts.

My favorite activity is just to go thru areas and explore them thoroughly, set up signs so those who come behind me cannot get nearly as lost as I did, connect bodys of water with canals for easy water travel, cut passes thru high hills for foot travel… oh… and I’m playing on single player.

I must be crazy… yeah… definitely crazy.


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