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If you haven't yet heard of Minecraft in a some magazine or homepage article, you likely will soon. The game is currently in beta but already has one million "subcribers".

I'll provide a link at the end.

The game has no objectives (yet). You simply start out in a randomly generated world with nothing but your own hands. You then may start gathering resources (wood, dirt, rocks, coal) and building a shelter for the first night, when monsters will spawn.

After continuing to gather resources you can created tools, such as shovels, axes, and pickaxes to increase your efficiency. The world is full of underground cave systems to explore, and the deeper you go, the more valuable resources you'll find, as well as many dangerous monsters.

Eventually, you'll have plenty of gold, steel, and other natural resources to craft whatever it is your mind can think up. Simply Youtube minecraft structures to see some of the amazing original designs and historical re-creations people have made.

One reason this game is so great IMO, is the fact that you are rewarded for advancing technologically. You can survive with just your hands, but when you craft tools you can be so much more efficient. The game doesn't punish you for crafting the Earth to create a house. In fact, scultping the Earth to your desire is basically the point of the game.

It's nice to play a game that doesn't throw in some environmental messaging somewhere, and that spawns pure creative genius. It seems like a game Howard Roark would approve of. If he played video games. Which he would by the way, because they are awesome.

Expect to hear more about this game.

This trailer is great. Especially because the guys building has a $ on it, which reminded me of Galt's Gulch.

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If you haven't yet heard of Minecraft in a some magazine or homepage article, you likely will soon. The game is currently in beta but already has one million "subcribers"

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This trailer is great. Especially because the guys building has a $ on it, which reminded me of Galt's Gulch.

Well, you were right... most people have heard of Minecraft now.

Model railroads, of a few decades ago, were a small form "creating a world of your own". Of course, being something physical, one was limited to a small footprint. Pretty expensive too. Someone once posted here, saying their model railroad was the Colorado Division of Taggart Transcontinental. Well, with Minecraft, one could do that at a fraction of the cost! In fact, one could model your own little Atlantis.

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Well, you were right... most people have heard of Minecraft now.

Model railroads, of a few decades ago, were a small form "creating a world of your own". Of course, being something physical, one was limited to a small footprint. Pretty expensive too. Someone once posted here, saying their model railroad was the Colorado Division of Taggart Transcontinental. Well, with Minecraft, one could do that at a fraction of the cost! In fact, one could model your own little Atlantis.

 Some of the things that people create in it are breathtaking. Most of them would be completely impossible in an engineering sense, but it's like painting of a canvas. It's your world, you can make whatever you want!

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Some of the things that people create in it are breathtaking.... ... it's like painting of a canvas.

Yes, I've seen some cool stuff. Some of it seems to require add-on "texture packs" (if that's the right term).

"Painting on a canvas" is apt: one can use the game to re-create reality in much the same sense as an artist does.

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