The opinions are different, even between hardcore gamers.
Is this game really such a big thing? Is it really another milestone in the history of gaming? Isn’t it just a big pile of pixelated textures meant for bored geeks? Well, it is a hard question. Obviously, gaming choices are based on taste; it would be hard to get someone to play Doom if he/she is a solitaire fanatic. Therefore, it is rather hard to have an objective opinion which could once and for all decide whether I know Minecraft, but I don’t get it…
Minecraft is a temporary hype, or an all-time favorite.
If we stick to the numbers, and basic facts, maybe we can provide an answer. Firstly, the most important reason for this huge success is the fact that the gaming industry has changed – expectations are high, and hard to meet. We have seen a great advancement in the past decades, while the number of groundbreaking titles started decreasing. There are no new mechanics, only slight changes to the good old recipe. This is the main point where Minecraft dared to deliver something unique. There are no rules and no strict game paths. You create your own story, you build your own structures, you are in full control.
Gamers have grown weary of the usual hack’n’slash and shoot-em-up genre, where the stories and the characters might be different, but all in all, you are doing the same thing again and again and again. On the other hand, the fact that Minecraft’s popularity has not ceased ever since its initial release (to the contrary, it is still rising), gives a hard counter-evidence for declaring this phenomenon only a hype. With over 106 million copies sold world-wide, the 21th century’s Tetris (similar in popularity) is nothing less than a success.