Did you know? The fastest growing new online multiplayer game is an odd looking virtual world-building game called Minecraft. Players in Minecraft are “miners” whose role is to construct a virtual world by mining the randomly generated landscape. Players are able to manipulate the landscape by using their tool belt or workbench to ‘craft’ various items. Crafting plays a big role in the game, as you can ‘craft’ constituent items into larger items. E.g. Craft an axe by putting 3 pieces of metal on top of a row of wood sticks. It is this sort of ingenious and thought provoking gameplay that has taken the online gaming world by storm and ensured that Minecraft is the fastest growing online game in the world! Particularly popular in the UK, Europe and North America right now, the game taps into the psyche of young men who love to build. Examples of this can be seen in young boys who like to play with toy dump trucks and sandpits, or build sand castles and fortresses on the beach.
Did you know; you can play Minecraft with your friends, on a hosted server
To get access to the game, you need to go online and join up to a multiplayer Minecraft server. Many of these are public servers and many of them are private. The benefit of playing on a server is that you get to enjoy the world with thousands of other Minecraft gamers. This means that players all over the world can build and collaborate in the adventure together.
You can even have your OWN Minecraft server
The other way to enjoy the game is by having your own private server or shared server hosted on a large company. This gives you the benefit of having a bunch of friends who you will play and build with, while maintaining control of the settings and authority over the world. You can then launch into building large-scale building and projects in your own private island! To get started, visit a site like this one and you can see a list of plans starting from very cheap prices to get you started in your 8-bit crafting immersion experience!
Once you have your hosted server set up, you can then install your plugins and configure the game to your satisfaction. From there it is simply a matter of sitting back and enjoying the multiplayer experience that has the online world buzzing. The game offers you limitless possibilities, you can literally mine your way through the entire virtual world, and construct whatever your heart desires. The added fun is that when you are running the shared server hosting, you can invite your friends and build things along with them, which is simply more fun than playing by yourself!