Friday, August 1, 2014 | 19Minecraft is that indie game I was addicted to four years ago which I long ago put down. It is now the game my kids obsess over watching hours of YouTube Minecraft videos while playing it on any device they can get their hands on. I have no idea when it turned into a “kids” game but at least my children are building interesting things in Minecraft instead of mindlessly shooting birds at pigs.
This all changed for me when I finally dug into a heavily modded Minecraft server.
WARNING! The following black hole leads to extreme addiction with loss of sleep, walking in late to work, and you become the butt of jokes to all your gaming friends as they refuse to join you in Minecraft. You will pity them because their lives are less complete and fulfilled then yours without it.
There are plenty of mod packs out there that make playing Minecraft with 100+ mods incredibly easy. Tekkit was probably the first popular pack but has been replaced in popularity with Feed the Beast or Direwolf20 packs. Many of the mods in a pack add a few items or features that tweak the experience while others offer their own progression from start to finish. Some mods deal with magic while others are industrial. Some of the mods are easy to get into and a few involve page long math equations that only insane people would enjoy messing with.
I tried Tekkit a few years ago and was immediately overwhelmed. This time around I try to tackle things in small chunks dealing with perhaps just one or two mods in the pack at a time which is key to enjoying the experience.
Want to mess with magic one night and unlock some new powers or wands? Go for it. Have a part of the game you want to automate requiring machines, power, and piping? Tackle the project! This all taps into that gaming part of my brain and it satisfies like nothing else I have played recently. Finally wrapping up some build or project and seeing it all work flawlessly is extremely rewarding. You slowly crawl from digging mining tunnels with a cobblestone house to a hundred machines processing materials and ores, inventory management systems, automated farms, quarries mining to bedrock, and in depth power systems to run it all.
I am a mmorpg gamer though and I crave the persistent worlds with thousands of players. Minecraft does not offer that but for now I do not care...I have building projects to finish in the king of all sandbox games: Modded Minecraft.