What is Minecraft?
In the last year and a half, one title more than any other has swept over the PC gaming scene: Minecraft.
Developed by a small team from Sweden, Minecraft is partially a survival game, and partially a fairly in-depth creative engine. In the main game mode, players spend each in-game day chopping down trees and digging up minerals. They use these minerals to create all manner of objects, including tools and weapons, and building blocks.
You spend your days in Minecraft building structures and crafting tools, because at night, all manner of monsters roam the plains and mines of the game. Most players will spend their nights hiding in their houses, waiting for the next day to explore the world, deepen their mines and expand their dwellings.
The goal of Minecraft is to explore and create, although the game technically has a reachable “end.” There is also a creative mode that lets players build uninhibited, which has led to some incredible, pixelated projects being created in virtual space.
Minecraft is only available to purchase from its official website for a price of about $24. But the game has a pretty huge cult following, and several retailers have created great Minecraft merchandise for die-hard fans.
ThinkGeek has as number of cool Minecraft items, ranging from t-shirts to life-sized, pixelated representations of in-game items. You can also nab 3.5 percent cash back on your purchases, among other deals like free shipping. Nerdy apparel site Jinx also offers Minecraft –related gear, and even has a Minecraft LEGO set available for sale.
While you might not be able to get Minecraft with a coupon or cash back, there are lots of places where computer game deals are available. Amazon offers PC game downloads, as well as physical copies, and you can download games from publisher Electronic Arts using its proprietary Origin portal – which comes with up to 6 percent cash back. GameStop also has a PC site called Impulse that offers digital downloads.
If you’re more of a console gamer, you could try titles such as LittleBigPlanet for the Sony Playstation 3. And if you have an Xbox 360, you can grab a console version of Minecraft from the Xbox Live Arcade store for a similar experience to the original. You can grab both LittleBigPlanet and Xbox Live points that can be spent on games from GameStop, with 5 percent cash back for your trouble.