To be honest, I can’t remember where I first heard of / saw Minecraft – it might have been Kevin’s YouTube channel actually (i’m a fan of his “How to annoy people on Call of Duty series”), but after an initial attempt to not be interested in it, Minecraft sucked me in and I had to take a look.

Minecraft is an ‘Indie’ game, developed by Markus Persson (aka @notch). It’s been under development since about May 10, 2009. You can find out more about it on it’s website, here. It’s still in beta, which means it’s not finished, but it also means that it’s currently available to buy at a discount of 25% off, making it just €14.95 (about £12).

That was just too tempting for me, so i took the plunge.

Oh My God (OMG).

It’s so bloody addictive it’s ridiculous. For a game that’s essentially about mining resources and building stuff (anything you want) out of said resources, it’s just so addictive. That’s not all there is to it, there’s the exploration element as you wander the (deliberately) blocky landscape or delve into seemingly never ending subterranean cavern systems as well as the survival element (don’t find yourself outside at night! – to quote Newt from Aliens “They come mostly at night. Mostly”).

The randomly generated worlds are big, according to Notch they’re about 8 times the surface area of the Earth! That’s a lot to explore, an aweful lot.

It’s also multiplayer! I’ve not really tried this aspect of it out yet, have been far too busy with my singleplayer game – gotta dig those ores and build mah house!

Simply, if you like, big open-ended sandbox games – give this a spin – it’s only £12 quid!

Play game demos in your web browser!

I tweeted this earlier today, but felt it deserved a mini-blog post too…

An article on PCGamer made me aware of this first, essentially there’s a fairly new service out there called Gaikai that streams game Demos to your web browser without the need to download and install them, using a combination of Flash and Java – two things most people on the web these days have installed already. The only downside is that you need a pretty beefy internet connection to enjoy the experience, around 10Mb/s is recommended, probably a bit beyond a lot of home ADSL connections in the UK at the moment.

Still, it’s very nice and works very well, there’s a couple of demos out there at the moment, including Dead Space 2, Spore and Mass Effect 2.

I tried the Mass Effect 2 demo of course.

Have I mentioned that I love the Mass Effect series?