Minecraft, a game of building worlds, mining, surviving zombies and losing hours.
It is also a game that is massively creatively stimulating.
I recently started playing it and have become fully immersed into my realm, ‘Susietopia,’ where I play with Sunny. He builds awesome structures and is just generally brilliant, while I build structures that I manage to trap myself in (yes this really happened) and frequently get either killed by zombies or shot dead by skeleton archers – tbf I’m still learning.
One thing I have noticed is that not only do the hours melt away but that during and after play, I feel super inspired.
All parts active
It is like the game is a fidget toy for my brain.
And while one part of me is building, problem-solving and freaking out at the sound of a stalking spider (seriously, how creepy do they sound?!!!) – The other part of me is freethinking, dreaming up new projects or coming up with ways to enhance my current ones.
Story ideas abound. Thoughts of new things I can paint or draw pop into my mind. And in general, I feel so creative; it is like I could concentrate that feeling into laser beams and shoot them from my eyes (I’m not sure what I’d be shooting at – but I know the result would be incredible and maybe a little bit messy!).
I have been wondering why this is the case. For instance, I love playing Doom (there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishing an excellent glory kill), but while I’m playing, I am not imbued with the same inspired feelings. It is more a case of feeling my heart sweat as I descend deeper into hell (which to be fair, is utterly thrilling).
Minecraft is a whole different fish
It is enthralling, but it still leaves space for my brain to create in a variety of ways other than just in the way that plays out on-screen.
Like I mentioned above, it is like a very similar effect to what happens when you play with a fidget toy.
You play with the tangle, puzzle, clicker or Fidget Cube (how nice would it be to own one!!!) and your fingers and physical side is consumed with the act of fidgeting while your brain is then free to think without distraction.
I don’t know – maybe this is not the same thing. But to me, this is what it feels like.
Eat, Sleep, Mine!
The other thing about Minecraft is that it is just a lot of fun.
Never mind the fact that it inspires the heck out of me. It is seriously enjoyable. I would happily whittle away days learning how to create awesome structures and mining precious metals. (In fact, the game is so absorbing that this scenario may actually be a real possibility!).
And it would be remiss of me not to mention just how wonderful the music and sound effects are.
The soundtrack is simple, emotive, relaxing and probably a huge reason the game is so immersive.
And the sound effects are both terrifying and satisfying. Never has the sound of a door slamming shut been so comforting (especially when there is a spider outside groaning to come in and have a people-feast).
A Minecraft Convert
I haven’t been playing for very long, and I am terrible at it (though I am determined to get better), but I can honestly say that I am now completely addicted.
I think it’s great and I am loving the effect it is having on my creativity (a pretty brilliant side effect of gaming!). In fact, I am even thinking about my sloppy building sessions on Minecraft being my first stream on Twitch…
Are you a Minecraft player? Tell me your stories. Does it inspire you? I want to know. Tweet me (@susiemcbeth) or leave me a comment.