Never heard of minecraft? You’re missing out! Minecraft is a sandbox indie game, originally created by Swedish programmer, Markus “Notch” Persson.
The game allows players to focus on the creative aspects of various building and constructing tasks in a procedurally-generated, 3D world. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting and combat.
The commercial release of Gameplay has two principal modes and one gameplay mode. Survival mode requires players to acquire resources and maintain their health and hunger, where the creative mode enables players the flexibility of an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly and no health or hunger.
The hardcore mode is the same as survival, differing only in difficulty, and its difficulty level (which is set to the hardest setting). Furthermore, respawning is disabled; forcing players to delete their worlds upon death.
According to a recent infographic presented by MinePick.com, Minecraft averages 241,920,000 logins per month, and 1,000 logins per hour! Let’s take a look at some other mindblowing, Minecraft facts.
Minecraft in Numbers
As of August 6, 2013, there were 11,624,991 people in the world who purchased Minecraft. In the last 24 hours alone, 14,124 people have purchased Minecraft!
Minecraft averages 4000 logins per second after 1.0 launch, 2,000,000,000 files download by the launcher, 11,000 skin downloads (in game) per second.
In July 2010, PC Gamer listed Minecraft as the fourth best game to play at work! (I’m sure bosses worldwide were ecstatic of the news.)
Minecraft was also selected as the ”Best Downloadable Game of 2010” (Good Game); “Best Arcade Game” (TIGA Games Industry Award), and “8th Best Indie Game of the Year” by Gamasutra. It was also named “Game of the Year” by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, PC Gamer UK, and Gamasutra!
Minecraft is deemed the “Most Innovative [of] 2010” and the “Best Singleplayer Indie 2010” by Indie DB. Independent Games Festival 2011 bestowed Minecraft the “Grand Prize Award” and “Audience Award,” and awards from Game Developers Choice Awards 2011 ranged from “Best Debut Game” to “Best Downloadable Game;” and “Innovation Award.”
Other Minecraft accolades include: “Videogame Arts Prize” (GameCity); “Best Independent Game” (Spike Video Game Awards, 2011); “Best Downloadable Game” (The Golden Joystick Awards, 2012).
In 2011, Minecraft was selected as one of just 80 games that would be displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the 2012 Art of Video Games exhibit.