Minecraft-photo credit-Peter Pham

Minecraft-photo credit-Peter Pham

 Minecraft is widely regarded as one of the most popular and addictive games ever created.  It has more than 100 million players worldwide. Minecraft is nothing but an online version of the Lego game paid, free and pirated versions of this game is available. The single most captivating factor about this game is that it caters to the imagination of its gamers whereby they get to bring their own fantasy version to life. This game is the brainchild of Swedish game programmer Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, he is also the co-founder of Mojang. The soaring popularity of the game through social media has had a positive impact in garnering the attention of gamers world over. These social media sites are a platform for many gamers to participate, interact and play with other gamers. Online channels like YouTube has opened a gateway for gamers to reap monetary benefits by turning their passion for the game into a source of wealth.One such example is Irish twin brothers Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons, aged 25 years who made financial gains to the tune of 1 million euro from posting videos of themselves playing Minecraft on their YouTube channel.

Gamer experience

There are several such cases where people in the gaming community are making notable profits adding to that is the fact that this game allows its users to hone their creative skills, thereby giving them a chance to experience the programmer’s world and serves has a gateway for a unique career choice. The Gamers experience the Minecraft world of pixilated blocks through a character called Steve. Steve can build these blocks in any form to create objects, such as shelters to protect him from the monsters that come out at night or torches to keep the darkness away. In recent years, this vibrant community of independent game developers has grown and evolved by leaps and bounds.

Unlike other games Minecraft’s ever increasing popularity is the result of its affordability, creativity and its power to connect gamers through the virtual world as a means of escape from reality.It is noteworthy that Minecraft is also used as an educational tool in schools and has even been used by urban planners as a planning tool to address the demand for public spaces. The primary reason this game thrives despite heavy competition is because of the fact that it has established a thriving community of loyal gaming fan base.



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