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Minecraft is a sandbox based pixel game written in java. The game was invented by Mojang, a company that makes computer games. Their offices are located in Sweden. It was released as an alpha release in May 17,2009. It went into beta in December 20, 2010. The official release happened at Minecon, a convention hosted in Las Vegas on November 18, 2011. It sold a total of 1 million copies sold on January 12, 2011, just a month after the beta release. It sold 4 million copies on November 17, 2011. The game is based on blocks, cubes that make up the entire world. It is mainly based on building this but there is a survival aspect to the game in which you survive against various monsters that attempt to attack you at night.
Terms
Block-The 16x16x16 pixel cubes that make the entire world.
Mobs-Anything that moves that is not controlled by you. EG:Monsters, Animals, NPC Villagers
Monsters-Anything that moves that is hostile towards you.
Gamemode-The mode in which you play the game. EG:Creative Mode, Survival Mode, Hardcore Mode
Creative-The gamemode in which you can instantly destroy anything and have an infinite supply of blocks to build with.
Survival-The gamemode in which you must gather all your resources and survive against monsters.
Hardcore-The gamemode that is identical to survival but you must delete the world when you die.
Mojang-The company that develops Minecraft
Notch-The ex-producer of Minecraft
Jeb-The current producer of Minecraft.
Anything is possible in minecraft, like a model of the Taj Mahal.
This should speak for itself.