That is a question which some Xbox owners may be asking themselves, because on the face of it, it seems a shallow experience where there is no point, no missions, no story, not even cool looking graphics.
I was one of those people, I was watching E3 in 2011 when Microsoft announced that Minecraft was coming exclusively to Xbox 360 and wondered what it all meant, I have to admit I was curious as to what all the fuss was about, but not much else than that.
Well, when the game finally hit this year I thought, I will download the demo and give it a whirl, but probably wouldn’t buy it and although I enjoyed the demo, I still wasn’t convinced.
That all changed when Mike was talking about it on the podcast and more importantly, the G4TE community server and how they had ingeniously come up with the idea of setting up an Xbox live gold account specifically for Minecraft, buying a copy of the game and leaving it running 24/7, therefore making it a persistent world that the community could drop in and out of and build to their hearts content.
The result? Well see for yourselves.
The first time that Mark showed me around, I was totally in awe of what this small community of gamers had managed to produce in such a small amount of time, from giant pictures of Bart Simpson to most recently The Space Shuttle, I wandered from one part of the world to another, it was like being a tourist in an exotic country, discovering something really cool for the first time and I constantly get this feeling every time I visit, because there is always something new to discover.
So to the question I asked at the beginning, what is the point of Minecraft, well, it could still be classed as a waste of time by some people, but I choose to think that Minecraft is an empty canvas, to let normal people like you and I be able to create whatever is in our heads, not everyone can be Picasso or Dali, but as G4TE have proven, with Minecraft and a little imagination, anything is possible.