The only limit is your imagination. Minecraft buildings xbox 360 other video game has unleashed my creativity like Minecraft.

I’ve spent countless hours chipping away at blocks, gathering the necessary materials to complete the next masterpiece that would otherwise only occupy my mind’s eye. Minecraft stands out not only for the way it inspires me creatively, but also because of its unique aesthetic. Look, I know the visuals look dated and a bit silly, but few games have visuals so endearing and charming. I know I’m not the only one who feels that way either, or else Minecraft’s graphics wouldn’t be so iconic. Could you take a texture from Gears of War, Halo or Uncharted, put it on a shirt and have players identify it?

I love creating in Minecraft, but my gratification is due, at least partially, to the fact that I have to earn everything. Survival Mode generates a random world with nothing to your name, forced to gather resources in order to construct food, shelter and tools. By the time I crafted and installed a wooden door in my first mud hut I felt a sense of ownership . Creating items in Minecraft is one of the most important actions you do. The problem, though, is the necessary information isn’t found in Minecraft.

The first time I beat my way through some trees and gathered wood, I had no clue what to do with it. Thankfully, like many Minecraft players, I had a mentor who pointed me to the various online forums, communities and wikis. Even after you find a good resource, it still takes a lot of effort to learn everything. The sheer amount of recipes and items you work with in the game is intimidating and time consuming to learn. Many games have poor documentation, but Minecraft has none at all, and what’s available isn’t easily digestible.

But Minecraft is still more than fun enough to warrant the learning curve. The addiction, though, really begins as you craft items and gain mastery over your surroundings. Suddenly night time, when monsters spawn and take over the unlit portions of the world, isn’t as scary. Beyond safety, crafting creates a whole new set of goals in Minecraft.

I expanded my repertoire to include superfluous pieces. Crafting slowly became something I did less to survive, and more to complete the next big project I set out for myself. After I secured a plot of land in my world, my intentions during a session with Minecraft changed. Each session became an adventure, wherein I challenged myself to go exploring for the next crucial component parts needed for the next recipe.

That thrill, that experience of unplanned and unpredictable adventure, makes every session with Minecraft exhilarating. Sometimes I might end up spending the evening doing mundane activities like farming or hunting for food, but other nights I might end up stumbling upon a gigantic, randomly generated mine that’s full of monsters and treasure. Because each world is procedurally created, I never know just what I’ll stumble upon next. Of course, adventuring is always better with friends, and Minecraft’s multiplayer is great fun if you can get it working.