I’m still playing Baldur’s Gate II, and doing well, but I’ve also got a new addiction called Minecraft. I’ve been looking at this game for quite some time now, but have always put it off, concerned that it wasn’t really a “game”. Well, for whatever reason, I decided to buy it the other night and I’m absolutely hooked.

In any game I’ve played that featured an explorable world, be it an MMO or an open world game like Oblivion, I’ve always enjoyed exploring the land. If I see some unique feature off in the distance, I’ll want to head over that way and examine it closer. If I see a mountain in the distance, I’ll want to climb it. This is the beauty of Minecraft; if you see something in the distance, you can go there, you can climb it, you can destroy it, you can build on it, etc.

The game doesn’t tell you how to do anything at all, so I was quite lost when I first started and when night fell had no shelter or tools to defend myself. Sure enough, I was killed pretty quickly. I brought myself up to speed with some reading on the Minecraft wiki and started a new game. By nightfall I had a very crude, very small shelter and waited until sunrise. I could hear a creeper outside, shuffling around outside my shelter and it was definitely kind of creepy. When morning came I burst out of my shelter and managed to kill the creeper with my pickaxe. By the second night, my shelter had expanded, and it has continued to do so and now I’ve got a nice little multi-floor castle complete with a balcony over looking the water to call my own, which you can see a bit of if you expand the above picture.

Each day I ventured further and further from my castle until off in the distance I could see an interesting looking mountain. I figured it would be a cool spot to build a lookout so up I went and started to build. Not far away from my lookout mountain was another peak, just across a wide chasm (pictured above). I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be cool to build a long bridge across to the other side?”, and so I did.

The above picture is my work-in-progress bridge connecting the two peaks. I have just started making a new lookout tower on the other side, and my current plan for that is to build up crazy high for no other reason besides the fact that I can. Eventually I think I’ll make some sort of roller-coaster ride using the rails and carts that links up with my original shelter which is a fair distance away.

Minecraft isn’t for everybody, it’s fairly obvious, but I think if you posess even the slightest bit of a creative mind you’d enjoy it. Since starting to play I keep stumbling into things which make me say this game is so cool! While mining for materials to construct my tower I stumbled into a larger cavern under ground that I just had to go and explore. I got completely side-tracked, and just kept going and going, actually getting lost along the way. I’m finding a tonne of things to do in this game, which surprised me given the number of negative reviews that say there’s nothing to do in it. When I bought the game, I was a little worried about getting my money’s worth out of it, but I’ve gotten that and more. I don’t know how much staying power it’ll have, but I’m absolutely hooked, and as soon as my kids are asleep tonight, I’ll be heading down to the computer to do some more digging and building.

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