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Minecraft Goldmine

September 19th, 2014

Image courtesy Flickr user BagoGames via Creative Commons

Minecraft. It’s the video game that’s pretty much universally loved by kids and parents alike. Open-ended, creative, simple, fun, safe, free of advertising and …  (gulp) maybe even secretly educational 🙂

It doesn’t follow the rules of most other video games — you don’t have to die, or even make it to the next level. The rules are super simple and the possibilities are endless. We’re pretty sure you know all of this!

The game is just 5 years old (the age of some of its youngest fans!) … but it’s already one of the most popular and successful games in the world. There are over 100 million players worldwide.

And it’s not just for kids. The United Nations recently used it to help people in developing nations design public spaces .

So it’s all definitely going great for Minecraft … and it just got even better.

There was a big announcement this week that Microsoft, one of the biggest computer companies in the world (and Apple’s big competitor), will buy Minecraft for $2.5 billion!

But there are some concerns. What if Microsoft makes changes to the game?

Fans everywhere are emphatically saying, “Leave it alone! It’s great just the way it is!” And they’re hoping Microsoft will listen.

In the meantime, few people are more surprised at the game’s success than its Swedish creator, Markus Persson. He started programming at age 8. Now in his 30s, he started Minecraft as a little spare time side-project. He also claims not to be a businessman. He recently told The New York Times , “I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge I don’t understand … I’m not an entrepeneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer…”

(You can see an interview with him as part of a documentary on YouTube here).

What do you think? Should Microsoft just let Minecraft be? What do you love most about Minecraft?

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