Check out your trending section in the gaming category of youtube. Well what is most of the content on it? Fortnite, a game which used to dominate the trending pages, even dance steps from the game’s characters which were circulating around the world, has been replaced. Now Minecraft takes over the once glorious spot Fortnite used to hold.
Minecraft is a game which allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple game modes that change gameplay are available like a survival mode, in which players must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, and a creative mode, where players have unlimited resources to build with. Minecraft used to be selling like hot cakes in 2013 and sales were skyrocketing. Yet, it faced a decline and slowly the hype for it went down as people moved on to other games. So why a game which lost its popularity then is now gaining back their ‘gaming phenomenon’ title in 2019, with Minecraft videos garnering millions of views?
These are some reasons why people think minecraft is skyrocketing again.
Firstly, many say that it is because it is the game’s 10th birthday. Players who stopped playing then decide to join back as a wave of nostalgia hit them. And this marks the beginning of minecraft’s road to relevance when people start hitting search engines, downloading the game and talking about it again. Secondly, a very pivotal factor that contributes to this huge popularity is publicity. Famous gamers who have a large following on Youtube like Pewdiepie start to play Minecraft on a regular basis, which hit #1 on Youtube gaming trending page. Many YouTubers and Twitch streamers start playing Minecraft, which in the end creates more hype. There are even events held like keemstar with Minecraft Monday etc. In conclusion, this hype contributes to a cycle. The more Minecraft is acknowledged by influential people and events, the more people hear about the game, the more people then try out the game. The cycle is then perennial and more hype is created. Other factors agreed by many are the recent updates surrounding Minecraft. Features which gamers screamed for are now included, like Aquatic Update and the Village and Pillage Update. Besides, a popular Skyblock is released which pushes much fresh air into the Minecraft community.
With the dramatic rise of Minecraft, it is certainly a gaming trend now. Personally, I do not have any disapproval of the rise of this trend. This gaming trend has allowed for more players to interact and form friendship bonds, and also provides entertainment for many. Although I do not play the game myself, I know of many of my friends who have jumped on this bandwagon. I hope that this gaming trend can continue as it is truly creative but players should also learn to curb their usage. As a viewer of these minecraft videos, I wish the game will continue to allow creative options.