Minecraft (Comprehensive Topic)

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    Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game that has no specific objectives to fulfill, allowing players a great freedom to choose how to play the game. However, there is a system of achievements. The game is in the first-person perspective by default, but players have the option of a third-person perspective. The world of the game is composed of three-dimensional objects, mainly cubes, and fluids, and commonly called "blocks" that represent different materials, such as earth, stone, minerals, tree trunks, water, and lava. The main game mode revolves around collecting and placing these objects. These blocks are organized in a 3D grid, while players can move freely around the world. Players can "mine" blocks and then place them in another place, allowing them to build things.

    The game world is virtually infinite and is generated procedurally as players explore it, using a seed map that is obtained from the system clock at the time of the creation of the world (or manually specified by the player). There are limits to vertical movement, but Minecraft allows an infinitely large game world to be generated in the horizontal plane. However, due to technical problems when reaching extremely distant locations, there is a barrier that prevents players from crossing locations beyond 30,000,000 blocks. The game accomplishes this by dividing global data into smaller sections called "chunks" that are only created or loaded when players are close. The world is divided into biomes that go from deserts to jungles and snowfields; The land includes plains, mountains, forests, caves and several bodies of lava/water. The system of time in the game follows a cycle of day and night, and a complete cycle lasts 20 minutes in real time.

    Players encounter several non-player characters known as mobs, such as animals, villagers and hostile creatures. Passive mobs can be hunted for food and processing materials, such as cows, pigs, and chickens. They reproduce during the day, while hostile mobs generate at night or in dark places, such as caves, including large spiders, skeletons and zombies. Some hostile mobs, like zombies, skeletons and drowning (submarine versions of zombies), burn under the sun if they do not have headdresses. Critics have observed some of Minecraft's unique creatures, including the creeper (an explosive creature that sneaks up on the player) and the enderman (a creature with the ability to teleport and pick up blocks).

    Many commentators have described the game's physics system as unrealistic. Liquids flow continuously at a limited horizontal distance from the source blocks, which can be removed by placing a solid block in place or by picking it up in a bucket. Complex systems can be constructed using primitive mechanical devices, electrical circuits and logic gates built with a game material known as Redstone.

    Minecraft has two alternate dimensions besides the main world: the Nether and the End. The Nether is a dimension of hell type that is accessed through portals created by players; It contains many unique resources and can be used to travel great distances in the world. The player can build an optional mob called Wither out of the materials found in the Nether. The end is a barren land that consists of many islands. A chief dragon called the Dragon Ender inhabits the main island. Killing the dragon indicates the final credits of the game, written by the Irish novelist Julian Gough. Next, players can teleport to their original playing point in the world and continue the game indefinitely.

    The game consists of five game modes: survival, creative, adventure, hardcore, and spectator. It also has a four-level variable difficulty system. For example, peaceful difficulty prevents hostile creatures from spawning, and when they play at difficult difficulty, players may starve if their bar of hunger is exhausted.

    Survival mode
    In survival mode, players must gather natural resources such as wood and stone found in the environment to make certain blocks and objects. Depending on the difficulty, the monsters originate in darker areas outside a certain radius of the character, which requires players to build a shelter at night. The mode also has a health bar that runs out due to monster attacks, falls, drownings, lava falls, suffocation, starvation and other events. Players also have a hunger bar, which must be filled periodically by eating food in the game, except on a peaceful difficulty. If the bar of hunger is exhausted, the automatic healing will stop and, finally, the health will be exhausted. Health is replenished when players have a bar of hunger almost full or continuously in peaceful difficulty.

    Players can create a wide variety of items in Minecraft. Players can create armor, which can help mitigate damage from attacks, while weapons such as swords can be created to kill enemies and other animals more easily. Players acquire resources to make tools, such as axes, shovels or picks, which are used to cut trees, dig dirt and extract minerals, respectively; eg Iron tools perform their tasks faster than tools made of stone or wood and can be used more intensively before breaking. Players can build ovens that can melt food, process minerals, and materials, among others. Players can also exchange products with village NPCs through a barter system that involves the exchange of emeralds for different products, and vice versa.

    The game has an inventory system and players can carry a limited number of items. When dying, the items in players' inventories are removed and players reappear at their point of generation, which is set by default where players begin the game and can be restarted if players sleep in a bed. Fallen objects can be recovered if players can reach them before they disappear, which takes 5 minutes. Players can acquire experience points by killing mobs and other players, mining, melting minerals, raising animals and cooking food. The experience can be spent on enchanting tools, armors, and weapons. Haunted items are usually more powerful, last longer or have other special effects.

    Hardcore mode is a variant of survival mode that is locked in the most difficult configuration and has permadeath, which permanently eliminates the world if the player dies. If a player dies on a multiplayer server configured as hardcore, it is put into viewer mode.

    Creative mode
    In creative mode, players have access to all resources and game elements through the inventory menu and can place or delete them instantly. Players can alternate the ability to fly freely around the game world at will, and their characters receive no damage and are not affected by hunger. The game mode helps players to concentrate on building and creating great projects.

    Adventure mode
    Adventure mode was added to Minecraft in version 1.3; It was designed specifically for players to experience adventures and personalized maps created by the user. The game is similar to the survival mode but introduces several restrictions for the players, which the creator of the map can apply to the game world. This forces players to obtain the required elements and experience adventures in the way that the mapmaker intended. Another addition designed for custom maps is the command block; This block allows map creators to extend interactions with players through server commands with scripts.

    Viewer mode
    The viewer mode allows players to fly through blocks and watch the game without interacting directly. In this mode, instead of having an inventory, players have the ability to teleport to other players. It is also possible to see it from the perspective of another player or creature.

    Multiplayer in Minecraft is available through direct game-to-game multiplayer, LAN play, local split screen, and servers (player-hosted and business-hosted). It enables multiple players to interact and communicate with each other in a single world. Players can run their own servers, use a hosting provider, or connect directly to another player's game via Xbox Live. Single-player worlds have local area network support, allowing players to join a world on locally interconnected computers without a server setup. Minecraft multiplayer servers are guided by server operators (op for short), who have access to server commands such as setting the time of day and teleporting players. Operators can also set up restrictions concerning which usernames or IP addresses are allowed or disallowed to enter the server. Multiplayer servers have a wide range of activities, with some servers having their own unique rules and customs. Player versus player combat (PvP) can be enabled to allow fighting between players. Many servers have custom plugins that allow actions that are not normally possible. In 2013, Mojang announced Minecraft Realms, a server hosting service intended to enable players to run server multiplayer games easily and safely without having to set up their own. Unlike a standard server, only invited players can join Realms servers, and these servers do not use IP addresses. Minecraft: Java Edition Realms server owners can invite up to twenty people to play on their server, with up to ten players online at a time. Minecraft Realms server owners can invite up to 3000 people to play on their server, with up to ten players online at one time. The Minecraft: Java Edition Realms servers do not support user-made plugins, but players can play custom Minecraft maps. Minecraft Realms servers support user-made add-ons, resource packs, behavior packs, and custom Minecraft maps. At Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016, it was announced that Realms would enable Minecraft to support cross-platform play between Windows 10, iOS, and Android platforms starting in June 2016, with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch support to come later in 2017, and support for virtual reality devices. On 31 July 2017, Mojang released the beta version of the update allowing cross-platform play. Realms also support the Xbox One, Windows 10, Android, iOS, and Kindle platforms.

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