|Mad Building Skills|
I know I'm not alone in this either. Minecraft has a very clever way of drawing you into a seemingly pointless series of events that culminating in you collecting blocks of wood, stone and coal so you can get some decent stone bricks to build your terrible plan for a house. This is because everything I build in Mincraft looks awful so I suppose that doesn't really help my cause. I tend to go for the "completely square" house. It's a good look.
There is a point though. Minecraft's "goal" is to kill the Enderdragon just as Skyrim's goal is to defeat Alduin. Just like Skyrim there are sidequests and things to do that have various benefits for your progression. Building an Enchantment table in Minecraft will allow you to get better weapons to have more of a chance to kill the dragon.
|"I wanna know what love is..."|
I've just proved there is a point, showed how it is similar to one of the largest RPGs available and yet I still feel an almost unexplainable urge to finish a level on a random game so my time wasn't wasted on the incredible time consuming Minecraft.
Is this a big deal though? It gets me thinking as to why I would play any game, especially one where I focus on fairly monotonous tasks to build something which I could already do for 'free' in creative mode. That's the thing though, it's the hunt and the accomplishment of saying, "I built that, I earned it." My other half says to me, "build something in real life," but I don't have the skill. I would actually love to go out, chop a tree down, get the wood and build a shed. I'm just not that guy!
So my biggest admittance. I've never killed the Ender Dragon, I've never even been to The End. I get sidetracked trying to find a cat in a Jungle Biome that's a few minutes walk from my mountain top hill. I don't play in servers, mainly because I don't know the people that play the game regualrly to warrant it. I think that if I knew someone could see and visit my creations that maybe I'd put more commitment into it. In the meantime though, when a Creeper sneaks up on me and blows me up when I'm 200ft down it's liek being jolted from a daydream. Better get on with something important.
|Not a great day for Judy...|
Where do you draw the line then? What's a game and what isn't? Any "game" (videogame or not) is for fun, for escapism or enjoyment. I find it interesting that we sometimes escape into something that isn't too far from our own reality. It begs an even greater question as to why we do anything for fun. The point of this article though is to question that why does Minecraft specifically make me feel like this. Is it because of the graphics? The simplicity? The isolation? I really can't put my finger on it, however I do know that I will play Minecraft again and I will have this inner monologue telling me to play Skyrim.
I don't know, maybe it's just me. Be good top hear some thoughts...