Welcome Top10Archive! The video game craze, Minecraft, came along and took the gaming industry by storm. The simplistic design and vast world gave gamers an easy medium to unleash their inner creativity. Like anything else, there are some things about this wildly popular title that many may not know - and in this Top 10 list, we will cover some of the more interesting Minecraft facts out there.
The Stockholm Schooling Mandate
Thanks to an educational mandate in a school in Stockholm, Sweden, Minecraft joined the ranks of educational video games. The game was implemented in the school’s curriculum to encourage development in childhood thought processes, some portions of the process teaching the essentials of how modern cities receive water and electricity. The game’s open concept of being able to build just about anything enforces creative thinking and, to some degree, could be used to enhance problem solving skills.
Markus Persson Takes on Bethesda
In June of 2013, Minecraft developer, Mojang, released a strategic collectible card game named “Scrolls”, on Windows, OS X, and Android operating systems. While the release may have been glanced over by many, it had significance to Mojang lead, Markus Persson, as it garnered the attention of “Elder Scrolls” developer, Bethesda. Bethesda thought the name conflicted with their popular Elder Scrolls series and filed a suit to have it changed. In response, Persson instead challenged Bethesda to a “Quake 3” tournament. In the end, Scrolls was able to keep its name so long as Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax, could keep any further use of Scrolls trademarks.
Denmark Used it As a Learning Tool
The world of MInecraft is so vast that there is quite a bit that can be done with it. Take, for instance, Denmark’s use of the game to recreate its entire nation. This block-for-block recreation was used as a means to get children excited over the nation’s geography. The creation was detailed to include small features such as sign posts and wind turbines, but portions have been left incomplete to encourage others to build out on the landscape. Of course, the open format has given vandals the chance to destroy portions of the map as well.
Minecraft is Haunted… or Is It?
The online craze of creating Creepypasta has spawned many-a popular tall tale, from the terrifying Slender Man to a haunted copy of “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask”. Even Minecraft wasn’t safe from the creative minds of the internet, with stories of a mysterious character named Herobrine, haunting games across the world. Herobrine is said to be an identical model to the player character with white eyes and is often seen in the distance of games. In the wake of his presence, he’ll leave behind structures like small pyramids. Though game creator, Notch, denied the existence of Herobrine at first, a note of “Removed Herobrine” was listed in the 1.5 update of Minecraft – thus fueling the in-game superstition.
Minecraft’s Map is Massive
Games like Elder Scrolls are pegged for their massive landscapes, but Minecraft’s scale deserves just as much praise, if not more. If you try exploring the entirety of a Minecraft map, it’s going to take quite a while to do as the entire world spans over 39,000 miles. To put things into perspective, the Earth’s circumference is only 24,902 at the equator. One gamer, Kurt J. Mac, began an attempt to cover the entirety of his Minecraft map in 2011. Three years later, at a pace of seven hundred kilometers in 180 hours, Mac is approximately 22 years away from accomplishing his goal.
Creepers are the Product of a Coding Error
Sometimes, a little skewing of numbers can be a game developer’s greatest mistake. Such is the case with Minecraft’s tenacious green foe, who was the product of Swedish creator Markus “Notch” Persson, flip-flopping the height and length dimensions of the game’s cute and adorable little piggies. This tall and narrow monstrosity was accepted as a usable mistake that, after a color pallette change, was turned into the explosive nuisances that infest the game’s night cycle.
Minecraft’s Paintings Feature Severals Cameos
Cameos in video games aren’t entirely a new concept, but typically there is some connection between the game and the cameo. Take, for instance, the presence of P.T.’s ghost, Lisa, in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”, both games being a product of Hideo Kojima. In Minecraft, the craftable paintings offer up several different cameos that include Donkey Kong, King’s Quest, and Grim Fandango – titles that Mojang had absolutely nothing to do with.
The Enderman’s Noises are Reversed Words
You know those creepy little garbled noises that Minecraft’s Endermen make as they stalk you through the thick of night? Well, those aren’t random sounds bites. If you listen very closely and reverse their track, you may hear some common, friendly greetings such as “Hi” and “What’s Up?” Kind of ironic for a monster bent on tormenting your life in this blocky world.
Minecraft Was Originally Called Cave Game
Sometimes, a name change isn’t entirely a bad thing. In the early stages of development, Minecraft was given quite the unimaginative name of “Cave Game.” As development progressed, Cave Game grew from a modest sandbox builder to the massive experience with infinite possibilities. As the scope changed, so too did the name, and eventually Minecraft was born.
Minecraft is the Best Selling Online Game for the Xbox 360
Minecraft didn’t just gain popularity as a computer game. When Minecraft was released for Xbox 360, there was no telling that its simplistic, block building format would lead to such a worldwide craze. According to the game’s sales figures, at over 13 million copies, Minecraft stands as one of the best selling online games for the Xbox 360, even beating out some of the systems more budget-heavy power titles like “Gears of War” and “Halo: Reach”. Currently, Minecraft is only trailing behind “Halo 3” and “Kinect Adventures”.