10 years ago today, the first version of Minecraft was made public

Ryan.

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Oct 27, 2017
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The wiki says May 16 but everyone seems to be celebrating today: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Java_Edition_Classic

Google does say today though:



I first started playing Minecraft when it hit Xbox and then from there got the PC version. Endless hours with friends even if the console version was out of date and extremely limited at the time of launch.

Let me dig straight down if old.
 

Einchy

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Oct 25, 2017
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I remember back in 2009 there being this one dude who was super into it in the 2Fort2Furious forums and I'd click on the thread now and then and have no idea what the fuck was going on. I had to do a double take when it started getting popular.
 

ThatGuyfromMars

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Oct 27, 2017
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The first time I saw anything about it was probably about that time, I remember seeing gameplay footage from Seananners and was incredibly blown away by how much fun it looked, then I was shocked that a game that was still in alpha at that time was almost 30$, though I did pay for it and it had been worth every penny, I love the game, though I haven't played it in about a year, when the Switch version of Minecraft became just plain ol' Minecraft.
 

Ayirek

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Oct 27, 2017
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Despite interest I still have never played this. Hard to believe it's been a decade...! I think I'll finally give it a shot.
 

Masterspeed

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Oct 25, 2017
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When I worked in retail, we sold so many Xbox and Playstation versions of them more than GTA and FIFA, which is wild because it's England and our kids fucking love their footy games, yeauk, nasty.
 

Happy Bivouac

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Oct 30, 2017
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I can't remember who it was, but a GAF poster made a thread on it while the game was in its infancy. It was an immediate buy for me at that $10 alpha access price. I played it for hours on end, mostly in awe of the procedural landscapes and how I could shape them. It was the lego game I had always wanted as a kid. I remember how excited I was with each secret update, and then when biomes! and the nether! were introduced. Weirdly, the nether still feels kinda like a new thing to me.

I was 23 then. Now I'm almost 32. The odd thing is that in its early days, the (offensive) meme was "oh, that's that indie game for autistic people, right?" Now it's just seen as a game for kids. Both are odd to me, as it always seemed like a game to be equally appreciated across all ages and demographics. The joy of exploration and creativity is a great thing, and it's a sad thing if we lose appreciation for it as we age.

I'm ramblin' a bit too much now. Anyway, congrats to Minecraft on a well-deserved successful ten year run! It's been a bumpy ride in places, but it's been worth it all the way.
 

Kyougar

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Nov 3, 2017
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I sunk probably over 1500 hours into it (mostly mod packs) and still playing it today (Project ozone 3 currently)
 

J75

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Sep 29, 2018
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Where did the Miku meme come from? Im aware of the it came from space one but not this one.
 

skeezx

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Oct 27, 2017
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ten years ago i thought it was one of those niche games only big in certain circles like Dwarf Fortress or something. mindblowing to me how the whole thing played out
 

bad_carbs

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah I remember getting the alpha of the game. Fell down from space, it did. Had my telescope handy, as I was on the lookout for new updates everyday
 

MindofKB

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Oct 27, 2017
610
Bay Area
I remember buying the alpha for $10 through PayPal and the client crashing all the time.

Never could I have imagined it would turn into what it has become.
 

ElMexiMerican

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Oct 25, 2017
1,107
I still remember the first time I had heard a friend tell me about this game back in 7th grade. The way I imagine people think back on Runescape is how I think back on Minecraft.
 

The Real Jeremy

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Oct 31, 2017
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I also never saw Minecraft getting where it is today. I registered during the Alpha phase under the name Dr Horsecock, I have no idea where I got that name. Wish I was still 18 lol.
 

Acidote

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Oct 26, 2017
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I wonder where can I check when did I buy the game. Maybe paypal statements? I think it was beta phase. It was already very popular but certainly not the juggernaut it is.

Edit: nope, it only goes two years back. I'll try with emails.
Edit2: found it on emails, October 22nd 2010. Time flies.
 
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microtubule

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Oct 25, 2017
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I can't remember who it was, but a GAF poster made a thread on it while the game was in its infancy. It was an immediate buy for me at that $10 alpha access price. I played it for hours on end, mostly in awe of the procedural landscapes and how I could shape them. It was the lego game I had always wanted as a kid. I remember how excited I was with each secret update, and then when biomes! and the nether! were introduced. Weirdly, the nether still feels kinda like a new thing to me.

I was 23 then. Now I'm almost 32. The odd thing is that in its early days, the (offensive) meme was "oh, that's that indie game for autistic people, right?" Now it's just seen as a game for kids. Both are odd to me, as it always seemed like a game to be equally appreciated across all ages and demographics. The joy of exploration and creativity is a great thing, and it's a sad thing if we lose appreciation for it as we age.

I'm ramblin' a bit too much now. Anyway, congrats to Minecraft on a well-deserved successful ten year run! It's been a bumpy ride in places, but it's been worth it all the way.
I agree about the lego part!
Minecraft was the best game purchase I ever made as I have sunk 100's of hours into it since alpha. I still try to look online for a nice seed depending on the version I am running at the time and the first 20 hours of going from nothing to king of your biome is quite the gameplay hook for me.
 

Kouriozan

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Oct 25, 2017
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I remember playing the Alpha but forgot which one, I lost interest in Minecraft nowadays but it was really amazing back then when you discovered its wonders yourself.
 

Reversed

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Oct 25, 2017
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I remember the online version from the uproaring threads on 4chan's /v/. I didn't play more of it after that, but the screenshots of big scaled sprite constructions were always amusing to see