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What about Minecraft ? For a few years now, it has been almost impossible not to see cubes everywhere. Books, videos, conventions, goodies,… Minecraft is everywhere, and arouses as much interest and passion as it does controversy and debate. If you are visiting Minecraft-France for the first time, let yourself be guided and find out what Minecraft is!

What is Minecraft?

Developed since 2009 by the Mojang studio , Minecraft is a video game now available on consoles, PCs and mobile devices and which consists of a huge sandbox offering players almost endless possibilities. Construction, survival, combat or even mechanisms: Minecraft offers players a large number of occupations and also benefits from a dense and varied community regularly offering new content that we present here.

In Minecraft, the player is free to roam an absolutely gigantic world (almost eight times the area of the Earth) made up of blocks to destroy, craft and transform. Extremely dense and comprehensive, this modern day sandbox will allow adventurers to explore vast biomes and caverns in search of resources, creatives to build whatever they see fit, and engineers to create simple or incredibly complex mechanics. . Whatever your interests or passions, Minecraft is very likely to interest you.

Even if its visual can be unsettling, the discovery of this three-dimensional world composed of blocks with simplistic textures has today fascinated an absolutely indefinable community, as much by its importance as by its diversity. Adults and children alike, Minecraft allows many enthusiasts or neophytes to have fun, learn, create, experiment, and sometimes even live. Gradually, the cubic universe has become the digital successor of these good old LEGOs . The medium has changed, but the pleasure remains and is now shared with disconcerting ease.

This section will allow you to discover the different aspects of this universe: game modes, additional content, communities, multiplayer activities,… Engineers, builders and adventurers, we hope you enjoy your visit!

Minecraft history

The development of Minecraft was initiated on May 10, 2009, by Markus “Notch” Persson. The very first version of the game will be released a few days later, on May 17th, in Classic version 0.0.11a. This version is extremely basic and has little to do with the base game: you earn points by killing monsters and only a few blocks are available. But despite its age, the Classic version is still playable today for free on the official Minecraft site.

The development of Minecraft is growing rapidly in versions Indev (In Development) and Infdev (Infinite Development), which are published from December 23, 2009. The craft is set up and the tools are notably appearing. The Infdev, in particular, revolutionized the Minecraft of the time by offering infinite maps. The Alpha version was launched on June 28, 2010, adding, among other things, biomes, the Nether , the possibility of creating Redstone circuits , but above all the possibility of playing survival mode in multiplayer. The game then costs € 9.99.

The Beta marks a turning point in the history of Minecraft on December 20, 2010. It is released shortly after Minecraft's victory at the Indie of the Year 2010. The beta greatly improves the multiplayer version, fixes many bugs and adds several blocks. . Minecraft price drops to € 14.95.

The development of the Beta version will last nearly a year, adding Endermen, creative mode, NPC villages, sprint, hunger bar, new combat system… All of these features are still central in the current versions and which will prepare the ground for the version. Minecraft “Finale”, released on November 18, 2011, at MineCon, the very first Minecraft convention, held in Las Vegas. This version 1.0.0 will be released by Notch, live, by lowering a lever similar to those in Minecraft. The game then costs € 19.95. Shortly after the release of the final version, Markus “Notch” Persson , creator of Minecraft, left the development team to devote himself to other projects. It's Jens "Jeb_" Bergensten takes its place of Chief Developer.

This so-called final version continues to exist and regularly undergoes updates, most often thematic. Let us quote for example the update 1.5, released on March 13, 2013 under the name of Redstone Update , which adds the essential Command blocks and totally reinvents the way of doing Redstone, but also the “Update that changed the world ”, Published on October 25, 2013 (version 1.7), which gives pride of place to biomes and aesthetic additions.

At the same time, an Xperia version of Minecraft was released shortly before the release of the Final version on PC, on August 16, 2011. Once Sony's exclusivity ended, Android and iOS in turn offered Minecraft, a pocket edition, for 6, € 99, respectively in October and November of the same year.

On May 18, 2012, Minecraft becomes available on Xbox , for around twenty euros. This version is not maintained by Mojang, creator of Minecraft PC, but 4J Studios. This version was very successful and broke the sales records of the time. The same year, a new Minecon takes place at Disneyland Paris on November 2 and 2. A month later, Minecraft is released on Playstation 3 .

On September 4, 2014, Minecraft Console Version (on PS3 and Xbox) was released on Playstation 4 and Xbox. A few days later, Markus “Notch” Persson announced that he had sold his shares in the company Mojang, owner of Minecraft, for 2.5 billion euros to Microsoft. Minecraft therefore falls under the fold of Microsoft, which announces a Windows Phone version shortly after.

The different platforms

Minecraft, a multi-platform game!

Following the success of Minecraft originally developed only on PC, a port was made on different platforms (Windows, Mobile, Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo etc.) for players and also to acquire a new audience. It should be noted that there are platforms where the game was released such as Raspberry or Xperia play which have since been outdated and which no longer benefit from an update.

Minecraft is compatible on many platforms. To buy the game on your favorite medium, you can consult this page which lists all versions of Minecraft .

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