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What is MineCraft?

MineCraft is a video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson in 2011. It was later developed by Mojang. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world. It runs and depends on the creativity of players. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat.

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Development:

Minecraft was first released to the public on 17 May 2009, as a developmental release on TIG Source forums later becoming known as the Classic version. Further milestones dubbed as Survival Test. In-dev and In-dev were released between September 2009 and February 2010, although the game saw updates in-between. The first major update, dubbed alpha version, was released on 28 June 2010. Although Persson maintained a day job with Jalbum.net at first, he later quit in order to work on Minecraft full-time as sales of the alpha version of the game expanded. Persson continued to update the game with releases distributed to users automatically. These updates included new items, new blocks, new mobs, survival mode, and changes to the game’s behavior (e.g. how water flows)
To back the development of Minecraft, Persson set up a video game company, Mojang, with the money earned from the game. On 11 December 2010, Persson announced that Minecraft was entering its beta testing phase on 20 December 2010. He further stated those bug fixes and all updates leading up to and including the release would still be free. Over the course of the development, Mojang hired several new employees to work on the project.

Releases and editions:

Personal Computer Versions:

The game can run on multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux. Apart from Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft for Windows 10, there are other versions of Minecraft for PC, including Minecraft Classic, Minecraft 4k, and Minecraft: Education Edition.
Minecraft Classic is an older version of Minecraft that was first available online and can currently be played through the launcher. Unlike newer versions of Minecraft, the classic version is free to play, though it is no longer updated. It functions much the same as creative mode, allowing players to build and destroy any and all parts of the world either alone or in a multiplayer server. There are no computer creatures in this mode, and environmental hazards such as lava do not damage players. Some blocks function differently since their behavior was later changed during development.

Pocket Edition:

On 16 August 2011, Minecraft: Pocket Edition was released for the Xperia Play on the Android Market as an early alpha version. It was then released for several other compatible devices on 8 October 2011. An iOS version of Minecraft was released on 17 November 2011.
A port was made available for Windows Phones shortly after Microsoft acquired Mojang. The port concentrates on the creative building and the primitive survival aspect of the game and does not contain all the features of the PC release. On his Twitter account, Jens said that the Pocket Edition of Minecraft is written in C++ and not Java, due to iOS not being able to support Java. Gradual updates are periodically released to bring the port closer to the PC version. On 10 December 2014, in observance of Mojang’s acquisition by Microsoft, a port of Pocket Edition was released for Windows Phone 8.1. On 18 January 2017, Microsoft announced that it would no longer maintain the Windows Phone versions of Pocket Edition.

Console versions

An Xbox 360 version of the game, developed by 4J Studios, was released on 9 May 2012. On 22 March 2012, it was announced that Minecraft would be the flagship game in a new Xbox Live promotion called Arcade NEXT. The game differs from the home computer versions in a number of ways, including a newly designed crafting system, the control interface, in-game tutorials, split-screen multiplayer, and the ability to play with friends via Xbox Live. The worlds in the Xbox 360 version are also not “infinite” and are essentially barricaded by invisible walls.

Modes:

Multiple modes are present in Minecraft.

Survival mode:

In this mode, the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health. The mode also has a health bar which is depleted by attacks from monsters, falls, drowning, falling into lava, suffocation, starvation, and other events. Players also have a hunger bar, which must be periodically refilled by eating food in-game, except in peaceful difficulty. If the hunger bar is depleted, automatic healing will stop and eventually health will deplete. Health replenishes when players have a nearly full hunger bar or continuously on peaceful difficulty.

Creative mode:

This mode is the one in which players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, layers have access to all resources and items in the game through the inventory menu and can place or remove them instantly. Players can toggle the ability to fly freely around the game world at will, and their characters do not take any damage and are not affected by hunger. The game mode helps players focus on building and creating large projects.

Adventure mode:

This is another mode of Minecraft where players can play custom maps created by other players with certain restrictions, Adventure mode was added to Minecraft in version 1.3; it was designed specifically so that players could experience user-crafted custom maps and adventures. Gameplay is similar to survival mode but introduces various player restrictions, which can be applied to the game world by the creator of the map. This forces players to obtain the required items and experience adventures in the way that the map maker intended. Another addition designed for custom maps is the command block; this block allows mapmakers to expand interactions with players through scripted server commands.

Spectator mode:

In this mode, the players can freely move throughout a world without being allowed to destroy or build anything and be affected by gravity and collisions. Spectator mode allows players to fly around through blocks and watch gameplay without directly interacting. In this mode, instead of having an inventory, players have the ability to teleport to other players. It is also possible to view from the perspective of another player or creature.

Multiplayer:

Multiplayer mode in Minecraft is available through direct game-to-game multiplayer, LAN play, local split screen, and servers (player-hosted and business-hosted). It enables multiple players to interact and communicate with each other in a single world. Players can run their own servers, use a hosting provider, or connect directly to another player’s game via Xbox Live. Single-player worlds have local area network support, allowing players to join a world on locally interconnected computers without a server setup. Minecraft multiplayer servers are guided by server operators (op for short), who have access to server commands such as setting the time of day and teleporting players.

WHAT IS MINECRAFT: EDUCATION EDITION?

A game-based learning platform with standards-aligned content across K12 subjects and special features designed for classroom use. Minecraft is already supporting thousands of educators in over 100 countries.

IMMERSIVE STEM LEARNING

Through project-based lessons, students build critical 21st-century skills like collaboration, creative problem solving and digital citizenship.

CLASSROOM-FRIENDLY FEATURES

A set of tutorials and game features brings subjects to life in Minecraft: Education Edition and supports educators in classroom management and formative assessment.

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

From computer science to mixed reality, Minecraft: Education Edition provides endless opportunities for exploration, storytelling and digital learning.

LEARN TO CODE IN MINECRAFT

Learn to teach Computer Science with Minecraft in ‘Building Blocks of Code,’ a set of courses empowering educators to bring computational thinking to their classrooms and explore the open world only Minecraft can bring.

VOYAGE AQUATIC IN MINECRAFT

Practice your coding skills in Minecraft with this introductory lesson in a giant aquarium, Voyage Aquatic 3D. Your students will have fun using commands in Code Builder to decorate and populate their aquarium with marine creatures.

CHEMISTRY IN MINECRAFT

The Chemistry Update for Minecraft: Education Edition introduces a Chemistry Resource Pack to Minecraft: Education Edition! Discover the building blocks of matter, combine elements into useful compounds and Minecraft items, and conduct amazing experiments with new lessons and a downloadable world.

Engage Your Students

Students can use chemistry to create new Minecraft items like helium balloons and sparklers, view elements in a complete periodic table and build a customized chemistry lab. “Bringing chemistry to Minecraft helps educators engage students in the scientific process, reinforcing creative problem solving and engaging experiments,” says Minecraft Education director Neal Manegold.

Teacher’s Lab Book

The Lab Book provides a reference guide for teachers on how to use the Chemistry Resource Pack in Minecraft. It provides a visual glossary, explains how to use the new crafting tools and access sample Minecraft chemistry lessons.

IMAGINORMOUS CHALLENGES 2018

In February, Minecraft Education joined the second annual Imaginormous Challenge in partnership with the Roald Dahl Estate. This creative writing competition invited students across the U.S. to pen short stories. We are thrilled to announce that Madeline W. from Houston, Texas, was awarded the Minecraft prize for the 2018 Imaginormous Challenge.
Madeline’s story was selected for its inventiveness by members of the Minecraft team and YouTube creator Stacy Hinojosa, known as Stacy Plays on YouTube, where she has nearly 1.9 million followers and posts creative videos building, exploring and storytelling in Minecraft.
As the Minecraft prize, the winning story has been created as a playable Minecraft world by StacyPlays and her team of Minecraft builders, and Madeline was flown to Redmond, Washington, to visit the Minecraft studio and meet Stacy in person. In August, Madeline and her family came to Redmond for an exclusive tour and to work with Stacy and her build team on a design concept for the story world.

Applications:

The possible applications of Minecraft have been discussed extensively, especially in the fields of computer-aided design and education. In a panel at Mine Con 2011, a Swedish developer discussed the possibility of using the game to redesign public buildings and parks, stating that rendering using Minecraft were much more user-friendly for the community, making it easier to envision the functionality of new buildings and parks. In 2012, a member of the Human Dynamics group at the MIT Media Lab, Cody Sumter, said: “Notch hasn’t just built a game. He’s tricked 40 million people into learning to use a CAD program.” Various software has been developed to allow virtual designs to be printed using professional 3D printers or personal printers such as MakerBot and RepRap.
In September 2012, Mojang began the Block By Block project in cooperation with UN-Habitat to create real-world environments in Minecraft. The project allows young people who live in those environments to participate in designing the changes they would like to see. Using Minecraft, the community has helped reconstruct the areas of concern, and citizens are invited to enter the Minecraft servers and modify their own neighborhood.
Minecraft has also been used in educational settings. In 2011, an educational organization named Minecraft Edu was formed with the goal of introducing Minecraft into schools. The
group works with Mojang to make the game affordable and accessible to schools. In September 2012, Minecraft Edu said that approximately 250,000 students around the world have access to Minecraft through the company. A wide variety of educational activities involving the game have been developed to teach students various subjects, including history, language arts, and science. For an example, one teacher built a world consisting of various historical landmarks for students to learn and explore. Great Ormond Street Hospital has been recreated in Minecraft, and it proposed that patients can use it to virtually explore the hospital before they actually visit.