Minecraft reaches 10 million registered users

The hit PC sandbox game Minecraft reached yet another mind blowing milestone on Friday. The game from developer Markus "Notch" Persson has now registered over 10 million users since the game was first released in alpha form back in late 2009. Persson noted the achievement on his official blog with no other comment. The game has continued to be popular among PC gamers even as it hasn't officially launched. Technically the game is still in its beta stage with its final official release due out in late 2011.

In related news, the latest 1.7 update for Minecraft has been released via the game's automatic downloader. The update is a rather minor one with the biggest new feature being that pistons can now be added to the Minecraft game world. However the next update to the game, 1.8, promises to be even bigger with Persson stating in a recent blog post, "The update is pretty big, and will change a lot of how Minecraft is played, focusing on making exploration and combat much more rewarding, and bringing in a bigger sense of adventure to the game." Among the changes and additions planned are a new lighting system, new terrain features and "some experimental new gameplay ideas."

In the meantime the game continues to not only add new registered uses but also still has people buying the full game in droves via the Minecraft web site. At the time of this news post the game has sold well over 2.6 million copies.

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If you can't find any fun in building something great out of interactive blocks, perhaps your imagination is broken. There are texture packs that you can install and additional mods, although it can be hard to get multiple mods working together. The game is written in Java and can bring slower computers to a crawl, so its pretty good where its at. A friend and myself have built a pretty cool world with lava fountains and underwater railways, so its a game that's only as good as you make it. Very relaxing at the end of the day.

The fact that it's now 2011 is enough reason for me not to want to play games that look like they're from the 1980's.

Some people don't mind older graphics, others like myself, can't stand them.

GollyJeeWizz said,
The fact that it's now 2011 is enough reason for me not to want to play games that look like they're from the 1980's.

Some people don't mind older graphics, others like myself, can't stand them.

Minecraft can look how you want it to.

GollyJeeWizz said,
The fact that it's now 2011 is enough reason for me not to want to play games that look like they're from the 1980's. Some people don't mind older graphics, others like myself, can't stand them.
I was in the same boat like you, until my youngest dragged me into this. All I can is this; if you're not a creative person, you're going to hate it, everybody else will understand why millions are so fascinated with it.

As for graphics; there a millions who love the old music records, black & white movies from the 40's and 50's, vintage cars, etc, something doesn't always have to be "new" to be good, heck...in fashion you often see how the pick up on ideas from the past.

But maybe I'm talking to a wall and you're just stuck in your McDonalds-COD-electronic gadgets-latestbooksmovies lifestyle and will you also be clueless forever as why games like CHESS and GO survived for so many centuries.

Tilt090 said,
lego

Precisely. It's how the people who play it get past the fact that the game looks like it's from the 1980's era of computers.

excalpius said,

Precisely. It's how the people who play it get past the fact that the game looks like it's from the 1980's era of computers.

Good Graphics dont make a good game.
If they did most modern games would be pretty good, but unfortunately as is the trend with todays game developers its all about the graphics and ends up with terrible gameplay and zero fun factor.

NightSt@lk3r said,
Good Graphics dont make a good game.
If they did most modern games would be pretty good, but unfortunately as is the trend with todays game developers its all about the graphics and ends up with terrible gameplay and zero fun factor.

Exactly
If good graphics made a good game then better graphics would make a better game.
That would mean that for each game that is released that has better graphics than all other games then that game would be superior.
So, World of Warcraft would be at the bottom of "Best games" (even when it was released) and games such as Crysis 2 and upcoming Rage from id Software would trump ALL other games.
Graphics mean nothing as long as it fits the game itself.
The blocky world of Minecraft fits it perfectly because if it had superior graphics then we wouldn't be able to run it because everything would pretty much be powder, liquids and lumps of metal.
That's far beyond what even the latest and greatest game has to offer.

Tilt090 said,
lego

Digital Lego, don't mind the graphics - they are not part of the story.
Best trailer yet for Minecraft: http://youtu.be/FaMTedT6P0I

I remember playing MUDs and the resolution was pretty crappy in hyperterminal - but yo and behold my imagination was the only limit on how I've seen the games.

You may remember this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ad/MUDscreen.jpg , but I remember this: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iK0a...s_Flower_Field_1024x768.jpg

Dinggus said,
I never understood this game.
Then you never understood life Also that screenshot is the best you've got Neowin?

Kavi said,
Then you never understood life Also that screenshot is the best you've got Neowin?

Help me understand life!

Kavi said,
Also that screenshot is the best you've got Neowin?

I agree, take one from the Official thread, I don't mind.

yowan said,

Get yourself a life

maybe you should go to wallmart and buy one instead of living in some meaningless blockword, boy

Adamb10 said,

Its a game where you build stuff. Whats not to understand?

I just don't see the point in the game then.