It started as many astounding things do – with humble beginnings. In 2009 (can you believe it’s been a decade already?!) Markus Persson struck proverbial gold and released Minecraft – the game that became insanely popular and now has several somewhat distinct editions: Minecraft Windows 10 and Java. But before all that, Minecraft took the world by storm. It was a seemingly simple game, allowing you to dig, build and craft.
Nothing all too spectacular, it didn’t have graphics or elements that would wow the players of the time. If anything, one might say it was a step back, as there was very little visual appeal in the graphics… Or so you would think. But the purely limitless world gained traction in the gaming industry, as people were sick of being hand-held and lead down the linear path.
Basically, no matter if you have Minecraft Windows 10 or Java, the driving force behind the game remains the same. The virtual world of blocks and destructible environment is yours to do with as you will. It didn’t take long for gamers to be fascinated by the possibilities and boundless gameplay that Minecraft supplied seemingly out of thin air. Anything (and everything) was yours to achieve. And so, people got to work.
Whether you prefer to play solo or join servers with tons of people on it, the truth is this: there’s certain connection that players have with each other. In the case of the solitary game, if you build something cool on Minecraft Windows 10, you still want to show off and hear opinions of others! And games led together in the group goes, without saying, a bit like genuine meetings with friends – you laugh, play around a bit, then someone does the forbidden and you have to scramble to salvage the situation. Playing together is great!
But the tiny negative aspects cannot outweigh the overall good that Minecraft has done. And probably the greatest feat is the boost in creativity and inspiration. Honestly, the internet is full of things that people built with this game; anything from iconic fictional buildings to real cities to – so we hear – an actual functioning computer. Minecraft Windows 10 allows the user to truly feel like there is no limit in the world. If you can imagine it, you can build it.
Another thing that should be mentioned is the famous modding community. While the base game makes for the smooth and safe sailing from start to finish (with some exceptions), mods can toss that out the window. Imagine this: Minecraft is a game that gives great freedom and customization to the player; mods are, at their core, something to spice up or improve the vanilla gameplay of many titles. Put mods and Minecraft Windows 10 together and you have a gloriously fascinating world filled with vibrant surroundings, realistic sounds, outrageous armour modifications and anything else that might float your boat.
In case we haven’t made it clear yet, there really is no limit to where you can take your gameplay. A quiet house overlooking the water and basking in the sunlight; or a never-ending dungeon with traps, tricks and maybe even a dragon! You can achieve this yourself and then share your creation to the great joy of yourself and others, or you can borrow the ideas and designs from community. Connect and be connected!
Windows 10 or Java
Minecraft Windows 10 is probably the newest release in terms of play variations. Before you were able to hop on your Windows 10 and build a house or two, there was the original (and beloved) Java version. Nowadays, there’s very little that separates them, but some distinction still exists.
We would do Java injustice if we don’t mention that, as the original PC version, it tends to have more people associated with it. Both modding community and players, especially those who stuck around since the beginning, hold this version close to their hearts. On the other hand, Windows were never truly cut-off from the game; it’s not like OS users could not play Minecraft, it’s just that now, with Minecraft Windows 10, you gain mobility among the so-titled ‘bedrock’ platforms.
So, to put it bluntly, Java version is all the older releases of Minecraft, while Windows 10 is – as you might guess – meant for the new OS. But surprisingly, despite their differences, the two editions happily live under the Minecraft umbrella. While one has deeper roots within the community, the other offers more user-friendly approach, perfect for newer and younger players.
Minecraft is far from over, yet we can safely discuss the impact it left in the gaming industry. Let’s start with the fact there’re two recognized official versions of the game: Minecraft Java and Minecraft Windows 10. We won’t mention the whole genre of building and crafting games that spawned after the success of Minecraft. Instead, let us focus on the bigger picture. The game is the most popular (no exaggeration) in the world, period. It was been sold over 100 million times, just try to wrap your head around that number!
There are also a bunch of additions to the game in the form downloadable content. Some free, such as mods, some paid – specifically designed by professionals. There’s always something for everyone. And if you want to take a break from the constant building and nightly fights for survival in Minecraft Windows 10, there is also a spin-off developed by the Telltale games called Story Mode, which presents episodic instalments for you to beat.
Additionally, the virtual hype for Minecraft made its way to the real world. There are books, official guides and novel-styled adventures; there is apparel and various themed items. Should you want to immerse yourself in the Minecraft culture, you don’t have to limit yourself to the game. Get yourself some bed sheets as well!
Play how you want it
No matter what your stance might be, no one should disagree that Minecraft Windows 10 cannot be separated from the term ‘freedom’. As cliché as that might sound, it’s undeniable fact. You can do whatever you want in the game? Yes. Can you improve your gameplay with additional elements? Yes! Are you able to play with friends who have different versions? As long as it fits under the Better Together update, yes.
The said update is actually a big deal – it connected all the previous versions of the game (meant for consoles and Nintendo and older Windows), with the exception of the very first PC version, the Java edition; hence the current two-part division. But it’s still a feat, linking together separate platforms all under one title of Minecraft Windows 10.
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