What is Minecraft? - Is It Really A Game?

What is Minecraft? - Is It Really A Game?

My first Minecraft world as it exists today. Taylor Harris

Have you ever wondered,  what is Minecraft?

Freedom. Expression. Creativity. Infinite. These aren’t words you’d associate with traditional games you’d find in stores, play for a few weeks, then throw onto a shelf to collect dust. Minecraft is a form of expression that has no true conclusion. As long as your imagination is flowing, the game keeps on going. Many people who play Minecraft understand this, and those who don’t may question why Minecraft is the most important game of this generation.

To understand why Minecraft breaks rules of traditional games, you need to first understand that Minecraft is not a game, but rather, a toy. Minecraft is the modern, digital equivalent of Legos. You take these digital cubes and build anything your heart desires. While Minecraft is addictive in nature, it is addictive for all the right reasons. Minecraft is a medium for you to express raw, unfiltered creativity, and allows you to explore potentially untapped regions of your imagination to create what you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.

Minecraft Game Modes Explained

Minecraft has two distinct modes. Survival, and Creative. Survival Mode is the “traditional” game. You start off in a randomly generated world and have to collect the supplies required to survive. These supplies are all crafted by you, the player, by setting out and exploring all the world has to offer. As you progress through cave systems, dungeons, and vast over-worlds, the sense of true accomplishment kicks in when you take a step back, and look at what you’ve created.​

Creative Mode allows you a world of infinite possibility. The world that spawns before you can be infinitely customized using the various world creation options. Those options range from customizing how massive the mountains can be, how vast the oceans are. You can even customize if there are any oceans at all. The world can be made completely flat as well, allowing you a blank, vast, open canvas for your creations. Or if you’re like me, spawn a world with a top layer made entirely of TNT, and watch it explode!

My Experiences

To me, Minecraft has been an adventure in many adventures. When I first started playing Minecraft, I distinctly remember digging out the entire section of a small hill, and beginning to form my house around it. While building my first house, I broke into my first cave system. After watching many videos of players experiencing their first run-in with cave systems, I was now having my own first experience. By an incredible stroke of luck, the cave system I encountered was more vast than any I’ve ever encountered since that day. It took me over a week to fully explore and conquer it all.

The amazing thing about this whole adventure is how little my world progressed from the surface, because of all the time I spent collecting resources underground. My desire to build and expand was only just beginning. Throughout the course of many weeks and months, I built anything that felt like made sense to exist from a “Survival Minecraft” sort of scenario. The way I enjoyed experiencing Minecraft is how the players I watched before me experience the game as well, and I felt privileged to experience the same feeling as they did.


If you didn’t understand Minecraft before, you might be able to understand it now. The appeal of these “digital Legos” is vast and truly infinite. It can inspire any gender and any age group. Minecraft’s language is unlimited and universal. Raw creativity knows no bounds, particularly in a digital universe where the only limit of your creations is yourself. The only limitation of Minecraft is time. It is, otherwise, limitless, and there are some great shortcuts, cheats, and walkthroughs that make it even better!