"Minecraft" is a huge, open-world sandbox game, which was released for the PC in 2009. Since then, it's been released on other platforms, and as of February 2014, it has sold over 14 million copies on the PC, and 35 million across all the other platforms.
There are various activities you perform in the game: combat, exploration, crafting, gathering items, and building things. There are no specific goals to accomplish, but there are different modes. For example, there's Survival mode, where players have to craft items in order to build certain things. There are baddies that come out at night, and there's a health bar that you need to check up on.
Then there's Creative mode, in which players have the freedom to use their imaginations and build things, without worrying about health meters and bad guys.
Building in "Minecraft" is easy. You get tools, like shovels and axes, to chop down trees and cut through stone. And without a time limit or a place to go, some players have taken their creative freedom to the next level.The attention to detail in the Taj Mahal is insane, from the water in the front, to the bushes surrounding the palace.
You can watch a time-lapse video of how they did it here.
And, if you're feeling crafty, here's a download so you can build it yourself.
It took this player two weeks to build the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. He says that he didn't mine for the items himself — he kind of cheated — because otherwise it would've taken him way longer.
Take a tour through the Minecraft Notre Dame in this video.
The Golden City isn't based on anything in reality, but it does show just how creative people can get in the game. Note the flying airship!
Of course players decided to try their hand at building Winterfell from the HBO show "Game of Thrones." But it doesn't stop there: The team that built Winterfell is dedicated to re-creating the entire universe from the first "Game of Thrones" book.
See more of their creations here.
And you can watch time-lapse videos of things they've built here.
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