Gaming Game Play & Streaming How Has Minecraft Changed Over the Years? By Michael Fulton Writer Michael Fulton is a former Lifewire writer, video producer and a video game enthusiast specializing in the concept of Minecraft. our editorial process Michael Fulton Updated June 24, 2019 Game Play & Streaming Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming Tweet Share Email Minecraft has changed quite a bit over the years. Here are some of the ways Minecraft has changed since the video game was first released. Simplicity Was The Key Michael Fulton Originally, Minecraft was a pretty simple video game. The goal you’d originally have when launching Minecraft was to spawn in, survive, and maybe build a few structures. Your first structure that you built was probably more of an indescribable mess, rather than a structure. You more than likely kept building, however. While you were building, you were probably learning how to properly survive the night. When Minecraft started out, you could really only place and break blocks. There was very little you could actually do. You couldn’t even run! The additions to Minecraft like running and Redstone were added at the perfect time. Players felt the game was too slow without running and too simple without Redstone. After everybody seemed like they understood Redstone fully, Command Blocks were added to further complicate the process. As the structures players created were getting more and more complex, so did the updates that came out. New mobs were being introduced alongside new blocks, biomes, and even new dimensions like the Nether and The End. These various additions to the game shaped the way that players have created their new structures and have impacted the way they play. The Community Michael Fulton The Minecraft community was originally fairly small. The community began changing more and more as new people started playing the game. Players began experimenting in the video game with what they were given. Creators started finding out that within Minecraft, they could essentially build whatever they’d like to, as long as they tried their hardest. The community has also grown in terms of entertainment. Minecraft’s main factor for growth can almost always be traced back to YouTube. The exposure Minecraft gained from videos online very easily made the video game have trends in what was the most popular type of feature. The video game’s community went from being revolved around survival, to adventure maps, to mods, and to eventually mini-games, and now roleplays. As players got more and more creative with their ideas and as their builds got more intricate, the community expanded. Players were beginning to get introduced to Minecraft with expectations of new and improved adventure maps, technical creations, and new features added to the game. A large selling point that shook the community was the ability to modify the game. As new mods were released, players began enjoying Minecraft in a way that not even Mojang had thought of. That is until Mojang began occasionally taking mods and ideas from the community and placing them in the game. Notable inclusions were Rabbits, Horses, Donkeys, and more. Minecraft Spin-Offs Michael Fulton While Minecraft was originally a video game for computers, it’s also had many spin-offs and releases on various other consoles and mobile devices. These re-releases usually revolve around the main game, being an almost exact replication. The video games can have slight differences from their computer counterpart but aren’t too different in hindsight. With nine other editions of Minecraft based on the computer version of the game, you can say Mojang is great at pumping them out. Minecraft has come out of its comfort zone in terms of creating new games centered around their blocky world. In collaboration with Mojang, Telltale Games created Minecraft: Story Mode. Minecraft: Story Mode is the episodic video game series centered on unlikely heroes trying to save the world. Minecraft: Story Mode’s success has landed the video game plenty of new chapters to be experienced and enjoyed. Our favorite game composed of blocks has also recently launched its Minecraft: Education Edition spin-off title. Educators around the world have begun using Minecraft in schools to teach everything from History, to Math, Geography, Visual Art, Computer Science, and much more. If Minecraft being used in schools around the world to teach doesn't say how the game has changed, we don't know what else can. In Conclusion Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon that is constantly changing. The various communities revolving around the video game have impacted the way Minecraft will be played and experienced for many years to come. Minecraft: Story Mode, a future movie, and plenty of other plans talked about by both Mojang and Microsoft (like the Hololens) are reason enough to stick around and to pay attention to this ever-changing franchise. We can only imagine what the future of Minecraft holds for players. With constant game-changing features and other neat releases from Mojang and Microsoft, we can only be excited.