What you need to know
- Minecraft is an open world survival and crafting game that features a unique pixellated art style.
- Minecraft's graphics are very much its own, and have been carefully designed over years.
- How We Make Minecraft, a YouTube series discussing the process behind the world's biggest game, tackles this topic.
- Episode 3 discusses how Minecraft is designed from an art style and graphics perspective, with some humorous commentary.
Minecraft is an interesting game from an art design perspective, because while the game has never once been considered a contender for "most beautiful game," its graphics are consistent, thoughtful, scale wonderfully across form factors and hardware, and (most importantly) encourage players to create their own beauty using the game's tools. A lot more thought goes into how everything looks in Minecraft, and How We Make Minecraft Episode 3, Lookin' Good, discusses this exact topic.
If you're at all a fan of Minecraft, I strongly suggest give the video series a look, from Episode 1 - Adding a New Mob, Episode 2 - Crafting a Crafting System, and then finally Episode 3, which discusses art style. The YouTube series is accessible, charming and funny, and goes over some of the design process that sits behind everything that Minecraft has become over ten long years of successful gaming and creation.
A gaming masterpiece
Available everywhere you play.
Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox One, Windows 10, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Play with anyone, and play anywhere.
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.