The indie sand-box style game Minecraft hit it's 8-million copies sold mark, making it one of the top selling PC games of all time. The makers aren't stopping there, and are still planning many updates and expansions in the future.
“Jeepers creepers! Crikey! Jawch! Inoffensive exclamation native to your home country!” is most of what the company Mojang had to say about hitting the 8 million mark for copies of Minecraft sold. This makes it one of the best-selling PC games of all time. Combined with the sales from the 360 version, the tally comes to 12 copies of Minecraft sold worldwide. That's nothing to sniff at.
Notch, the creator of Minecraft, had only this to say: “69I960EHE0A4A0IVG0EHE02500R4R0G1T30PLJ00V6V0EHE0V1U01V10U5U0VGV0V4R”
No worries: as far as we know, Notch is still human.
For those who don't know the game, I'm sorry. You've been missing out. An indie game, focused around creating, crafting, building, surviving, and (you guessed it) mining, the game is original in that every object in the game can be destroyed (and most can be destroyed and then re-placed). With Minecraft, you can take the massive generated world you are given, and reshape it from the ground up… or from the underground up, if you feel so inclined. The real key to the game… some say the things that keeps them playing the game… is that while you can build, craft, and explore during the day, by night the player will need to have shelter to avoid the many monsters of the dark. Other than that, however, you are free to play as you will – there is no set goal for the game, and therefore the possibilities are endless.
Minecraft was officially release in November of 2011, though it had massive fan-base before it was even a full game. Even with the full version released, the creators are still adding to the game every few months or so with updates. The most recent update, the Pretty Scary! Update, added such things as a new “boss” to battle, new entities like bats and witches, as well as anvils, pumpkin pies, and flower pots.
The game is set to shortly had a modding API update, which will universalize the system by which mods are added into the game. This is sure to boost popularity, and get sales revving up into the higher echelon of gaming. In a game where almost anything is possible, modders want to see how far they can stretch and mold that promise. The modding community is already thoroughly populated, having already crafted their own modding API's – they up and ran with them, creating some of the most impressive mods in any game to date. With the upcoming modding API, modders across the world will rejoice, and glue themselves ever-more permanently to their computer screens.
If you aren't one of the 8 million or more who own Minecraft, I heartily suggest you grab it post-haste. The game has something for everyone – from those who don't consider themselves “gamers”, to the most hardcore, mod-heavy, geek-speaking gamers alive… this game has something you'll fall in love with. With a few more purchases, maybe we can tip Minecraft into at least the Top 3. Hope springs eternal.