Video Game Storytelling: Why Minecraft Matters

A lot of people don’t seem to realize it, but Minecraft’s survival mode is one of the most effective emergent storytelling games ever made. No linear storyline, quests, dialog, or cutscenes. Just you, your friends, and your story, and once you’ve been playing for a few hours you certainly have one. You don’t need to worry about what you’re going to do in the game. Some people will tell you to build a metropolis while others may expect you to map out the continent. I myself play the game in a manner that matches up with the personality of a Lord of the Rings dwarf. After only a few hours everyone ends up with something in the game that they place value in. Playing with others online just enhances the experience because you all try to work together while each pursuing your own personal goals. As a result your randomly generated world that no one has seen before feels all the more alive as others are shaping it around you.

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