Going outside has changed in meaning and importance in the last few months. We used to sit playing games, laughing about going outside and how all the fun was indoors. Then when leaving the house became something that was only done for essentials, suddenly even the biggest hermits started getting an itch to go outdoors. While some are hitting the road during our allotted walking time, it might not feel enough like exploring the outdoors or being with friends. Thankfully, we have Minecraft.
I am not the only person to feel like this. According to Microsoft, the numbers that Minecraft is doing right now is right staggering. Did you know the game has sold over 200 million copies, and that 126 million play the game every month?
In April the game saw a 25% increase in new players, with a 40% surge in multiplayer activity. Considering the numbers we are talking about, this is massive. I have seen it in my friend circle, where a bunch of my MMO buddies are busy toiling away in Minecraft, building everything from beautiful fishing huts, villages, farms and apiaries to retirement estates, magician towers and some clever machines that automate the killing of enemies in droves to collect their loot for more impressive builds. Gold is in good supply, so I guess my solid gold statue is around the corner now. You can probably guess what it is going to be a statue of… Once I am done with my pyramid, though. Why the hell did I make it so large? Probably because I could, and it felt downright soothing to do something constructive with my anxious energy.
Are you playing Minecraft? It is amazing how nice it is to run up to a friend in game, even if just to share a weapon or some ore, or tour something they built.
Also, I now know a few of my friends aren’t to be provided with my physical address. You should see what they do to villagers that don’t meet their stringent requirements.