This is great. Pixelkin, a gaming site dedicated to families, made this article so that bewildered parents can understand their kids’ obsession with Minecraft. Which is a great idea in itself, but it also helped me understand the appeal of the game, with this little passage here:
What Minecraft Is—Magic, Basically
Remember when you were a kid and you got a giant barrel of blocks or Legos or, if you’re really old, Tinker Toys, and you dumped them on your carpet and started building? Well, Minecraft is like that, except the blocks are magical and you make them yourself from an endless magical supply of ingredients. And any time you want, you can magically summon your friends to help you build. That’s right! They appear in your living room with their own sets of fresh magical blocks and you can work on cool structures together. You can talk and laugh and play make-believe with the things you build. That’s the appeal of Minecraft.
I still don’t necessarily plan on playing the game, but if I was a kid? Oh man, I’d be all over this. An easily accessible tool for instant camaraderie and make-believe? Sign me right up. I like a different sort of experience with games as an adult, but I’m so glad kids have something like this right now.