The Minecraft resurgence

Claire Barnhart, Staff Writer

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Minecraft is a video game titan. It’s been around for ten years and has stayed relevant with more than 91 million active players every month. Even so, the deadly lack of new updates alongside the release of Fortnite caused the game to hit its all time low in terms of popularity. People who grew up with Minecraft slowly forgot about it, and it became strongly associated with young children. Even the biggest of servers were scarily devoid of life. Recently, Minecraft has made a comeback. People joke about it unironically again; they can be seen playing it in class when they should be taking notes. Heated discussions about Minecraft can be heard in the lunch line. 

This hasn’t just happened out of the blue; a number of reasons have caused this titan to re-establish its popularity. For one, Pewdiepie decided to give it a try. With around 100 million subscribers on youtube, Pewdiepie has a noticeably positive influence on the popularity of every game he plays. 

Among the usual games he plays, Minecraft stood out because of a certain power: nostalgia. Sincemore than half his fans areteenagers and young adults, many of them have played Minecraft religiously in the past. After their years worth of breaks, his audience was inspired to return to the game relive bittersweet childhood memories with friends. Over time, more and more gaming Youtubers, regardless of channel size, began posting their own playthroughs of Minecraft, whether returning to the game out of nostalgia or checking it out for the first time. The music and the freedom to do whatever one wants both add drastically to nostalgia. Minecraft’s brilliant mix of sandbox and open world genres will never leave its players bored forever. In addition, around the time its popularity picked up again, Mojang, the producers of the game, finally released new updates for the game including the“Aquatic” and “Village & Pillage” updates, giving returning players new aspects of this classic game

Most importantly, this wave led people to return to the game themselves, and to bring their friends back into it. When playing Minecraft, the player experience is heavily benefited by social interaction. Multiplayer is a a tried and true part of the experience. Minecraft allows players to have many more fun opportunities when playing with their friends rather than just playing alone.

It’s nice to see such a beloved, creativity, and comradery-promoting game make its way back into the spotlight after seeming as though it was dying off. Especially with today’s  strong societal stigma surrounding addictive video games, it’s always relieving to see more positive examples like Minecraft being openly discussed again.

Sources:

https://thenerdstash.com/opinion-why-minecraft-is-back-and-bigger-than-ever/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.polygon.com/platform/amp/2019/8/1/20727946/minecraft-youtube-popularity-memes-pewdiepie-grandayy-keemstar-minecraft-monday