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Know Your Lore: The war begins {WoW}

Nov 30th 2011 7:13PM @Transit

Internment camps? I don't remember them. Were they near the prisons where the defeated invaders were mercifully kept alive instead of being slaughtered to the man or force marched back to the hellhole of a planet they created? I think I would have heard of them by now

Minecraft Adventure mode coming in update 1.8, game launch delayed by a week {Joystiq}

Jun 29th 2011 2:33AM I still stand by a statement I made months ago that Minecraft is not a game, but rather a building tool with a game interface. Perhaps Adventure will change that.

Keep in mind before your post that this is NOT a statement that Minecraft is bad

Minecraft hits the motherlode, reaches two million purchases {Joystiq}

Apr 25th 2011 12:21AM @Colin

Minecraft has game like elements, but has no set goal. You can not "win" Minecraft, therefore as far as I define the word Minecraft is not a game.

Allow me to try and explain my reasoning better by using a similar example. Starcraft 2* is a sport, WoW raiding is not. The difference is in how you play. Starcraft pits two people against each other in real time, allowing players to react in realtime. In WoW raiding, players are compeating against each other, but any reaction to others actions is delayed. Therefore, WoW raiding is a competition, not a sport.

In a similar vain, while Minecraft can certainly be fun and entertaining, it has no set goal at this time. Just because it has game like elements, does not mean it qualifies as a game. Interestingly, in this regard Minecraft resembles real life quite a bit. Anything done in game is accomplished as a personally set goal. Notch gives no direction on what to do, only instruction in the activities the world allows

Again, this does NOT make Minecraft bad, people aren't wasting their time using it, and if you have fun then by all means continue. I'm just saying that, by a specific definition, it does not qualify as a game

*This example refers to online play. Single player Starcraft is not a sport, though it is a game ;-)

Minecraft hits the motherlode, reaches two million purchases {Joystiq}

Apr 25th 2011 12:07AM @Colin

It is a creative tool where a person manipulates blocks of various colors to form patterns

Minecraft and MS Paint are not the same by any means, but they are both creative tools with no set goal. Just because Minecraft is more complicated does not mean the two are not related

Minecraft hits the motherlode, reaches two million purchases {Joystiq}

Apr 24th 2011 11:36PM I've never been able to take Minecraft seriously as a game. It's an interactive creative tool with no inherit goal. Essentially, it's MS Paint with more bells and whistles. That's not to say it's bad or diminish the potential quality*, but I personally can not view it as a game since there is no inherit way to "win" Minecraft. It's no more a game than making a nice garden or building a ship in a bottle or painting something.

Again, this is not a complaint against Minecraft. I'm NOT saying Minecraft sucks, I'm saying that it is not, in it's base form, a game.

*I have not used Minecraft, so I can not judge it as a personal creative tool, nor can I judge it as a game, since I do not consider it one

The OverAchiever: The curious case of the Grey Riding Camel {WoW}

Mar 17th 2011 6:21PM The MOUNT is in the game, the ACHIEVEMENT and title are in the patch

Patch 4.1 PTR: Caster legendary news and speculation {WoW}

Feb 24th 2011 7:41PM No Matthew, Time Wizards evolve your Baby Dragon into a Thousand Dragon to destroy Mai's Harpies

Duh

Officers' Quarters: Speechless {WoW}

Jan 17th 2011 5:29PM Because they require people to pull their weight in order to participate and don't tolerate members who waste the entire groups time failing to preform up to standard?

Archaeology receives stealth buff {WoW}

Dec 14th 2010 11:06PM Holy Crap how did you screen shot my computer from your secret head quarters

Seriously, I had that exact same Artifact found at that exact same level of skill. Quit being magical WoW Insider