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March 9, 2017updated 10 Mar 2017 10:27am

What is Minecraft?

Find out about one the best-selling PC games of all time.

By Hannah Williams

Minecraft is a video game where players build things out of blocks.

Minecraft is defined as a three-dimensional sandbox video game for single or multi-player use.

The game allows players to create constructions out of cubes in a 3D world.

Minecraft was released in November 2011 after being designed by the Swedish programmer Markus Persson. Later, the game was developed and published by Mojang.

Swedish company Mojang was bought by Microsoft in November 2014.

Kristoffer Zetterstrand and Markus Toivonen are the artists of the game, whilst Daniel Rosenfeld is the composer and sound developer.

 

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As of June 2016, over 106 million copies had been sold across all available platforms. It is identified as the best-selling PC game to date and the second best-selling video game of all time.

The game runs on multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux.

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It is also available on Android, Xbox one/ 360, Playstations 3, 4 and Vita and Wii U.

Minecraft VR has also been developed and, in August 2016, Microsoft launched official Oculus Rift support for the Windows 10 edition of the game.

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