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* Probably by coincidence, the various types of damage rather nicely coincide with the four elements plus the four horsemen of the apocalypse. fire and lava are fire, drowning is water, suffocation is earth, falling is air, void and the /kill command are death, attacks are war, starvation is famine and poison damage is pestilence. The only question is whether explosions go with fire or war.


** Players were able to vote for one of [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob four]] [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob-b different]] [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob-c new]] [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob-d mobs]] to be added into the game. In the end, Mob B was chosen by the fans and became the Phantoms, while the three other mob ideas were scrapped.

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** Players were able to vote for one of [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob four]] [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob-b different]] [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob-c new]] [[https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/meet-mob-d mobs]] to be added into the game. In the end, Mob B was chosen by the fans and became the Phantoms, while the three other mob ideas were scrapped. There was some backlash for this decision, so in order to avoid this trope in their next poll, they announced the winner would simply be the stuff added ''first'', and the losing choices would be added in later updates.


* The PC version of the game has sold over 25 million copies as of December 2016. Most console, PC, and handheld games can only dream about such a number... and it's still selling about 12,000-13,000 copies daily. On another note, the game sold more than 107 million copies across all platforms, making it the second highest-selling game of all time beaten only by ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''.

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* The PC version of the game has sold over 25 million copies as of December 2016. Most console, PC, and handheld games can only dream about such a number... and it's still selling about 12,000-13,000 copies daily. On another note, the game sold more than 107 million copies across all platforms, making it the second highest-selling game of all time beaten only by ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''.''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''... until May 2019, when the game hit 179 million in sales, beating out ''Tetris'' to become the best-selling game of all time.


** Skeletons are sometimes called "[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries skellingtons]]".
** The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Enderdragon]] is sometimes known as "Joan".

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** Skeletons are sometimes called called "[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries skellingtons]]".
** The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Enderdragon]] Ender Dragon is sometimes known as "Joan".


** Surprisingly averted in one high profile case. After fans [=DDoSed=] the multiplayer servers (because they wanted Notch to release a Minecraft update, no less), they're pretty damn lucky Notch didn't just give them the middle finger and took them down permanently. He was also surprisingly okay with update 1.8 being leaked early, as it gave the fans a chance to find bugs so that they could be fixed before the official release. In fact, ever since that leak, Mojang ''themselves'' have been regularly releasing the updates early, specifically for bug-fixing purposes.

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** Surprisingly averted in one high profile case. After fans [=DDoSed=] the multiplayer servers (because they wanted Notch to release a Minecraft update, no less), they're pretty damn lucky Notch didn't just give them the middle finger and took them down permanently. He was also surprisingly okay with update Beta 1.8 being leaked early, as it gave the fans a chance to find bugs so that they could be fixed before the official release. In fact, ever since that leak, Mojang ''themselves'' have been regularly releasing the updates early, specifically for bug-fixing purposes.


** The stuff found in the Nether is either Hellstone, Bloodstone, Netherstone, or Brimstone,[[note]]Actual name is "Netherrack"[[/note]] the gold things in the Nether are Glowstone, Brittle Gold, Sulfur, [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Australium]], Bananabrick[[note]]Actual name is "glowstone"[[/note]] and the blocks that make you slow are Slow Sand, Mud, or Hell Mud.[[note]]Actual name is "soul sand"[[/note]] Also the Nether is called Hell a lot (a CallBack to before it was {{Bowdlerise}}d; if you press F3 in the Nether it even says Biome: Hell).

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** Netherrack is often called "Hellstone", "Bloodstone", "Netherstone" or "Brimstone".
** Glowstone is often called "Brittle Gold", "Sulfur", "[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Australium]]" or "Bananabrick".
** Soul Sand is often called "Slow Sand", "Mud" or "Hell Mud".
** The stuff found in the Nether is either Hellstone, Bloodstone, Netherstone, or Brimstone,[[note]]Actual name is "Netherrack"[[/note]] the gold things in the Nether are Glowstone, Brittle Gold, Sulfur, [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Australium]], Bananabrick[[note]]Actual name is "glowstone"[[/note]] and the blocks that make you slow are Slow Sand, Mud, or Hell Mud.[[note]]Actual name is "soul sand"[[/note]] Also the Nether is called Hell "Hell" a lot (a CallBack to lot, the name which was originally used in development before it was {{Bowdlerise}}d; if you press F3 in the Nether F3 menu still called it even says Biome: Hell)."Hell" until 1.13.



** ''Minecraft'' itself was a successful result of ''Infiniminer'' clone wave.
* FromEntertainmentToEducation: Architecture + Creativity + Mathematics + Programming + Survival: it has been used in school [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO_cs1DrbhA for years]] to teach these things. Architecture and creativity from building, mathematics and programming from Redstone, and survival from the game's general mechanics. [[https://education.minecraft.net/ Part of the official website]] is even dedicated to this.

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** ''Minecraft'' itself was a successful result of an ''Infiniminer'' clone wave.
* FromEntertainmentToEducation: Architecture + Creativity + Mathematics + Programming + Survival: it has been used in school [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO_cs1DrbhA for years]] to teach these things. Architecture and creativity from building, mathematics and programming from Redstone, and survival from the game's general mechanics. There is even [[https://education.minecraft.net/ Part of the official website]] is even dedicated to this.an educational version]] now.



* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: ''Minecraft'' -> "[=MaiKura=]" (マイクラ)
** Alternatively, ''Minecraft'' -> "[=MC=]"

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* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: ''Minecraft'' -> "[=MaiKura=]" (マイクラ)
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(マイクラ). Alternatively, ''Minecraft'' -> "[=MC=]"



* ScheduleSlip: During its alpha and beta days, the game never had a release date posted for the final version until it came pretty close to being a full version, which was released on time. When a new developer took charge of the game, he gave fairly accurate release dates for each new version of Minecraft.
** ''Minecraft'' has been hit '''hard''' by this. Up until Beta 1.1's release at the end of 2010, updates came out every few days. Then, they slipped to every month. Then, starting with Beta 1.8, they came out every two months. Then, they started having no schedule, coming out every few months, with the gaps ranging from 2-5. Then, it was ''10 months'' between 1.7 (October 2013) and 1.8 (September 2014), then '''''18''''' months between 1.8 and 1.9 (February 2016)! Thankfully inverted with the update with 1.10, releasing a mere four months later (June 2016) and continued with 1.11 five months after that. This can be justified by how updates have added much more in each one.
** ''Minecraft'''s development delay for 1.8 didn't affect the [[GameMod modding community]] much, instead allowing 1.7 modpacks to grow up very well thanks to freshly introduced ease of making massive [[note]]by which is meant [[UpToEleven beyond ''FTB Monster'' massive]], like the DNS Techpack and others[[/note]] modpacks thanks to the new ID name system, whose extensive Forge use [[AntiFrustrationFeatures marked the end of block and item ID conflicts]]. When 1.8 came out, Forge was quick to update, but most mods ended up stagnating due to the rendering overhaul. Slowly, modpack creators and modders have warmed up to the new versions, moreso considering that later versions weren't as drastic a coding change as 1.7 to 1.8, but many mods have still only been updated to 1.7.10 (the last sub-release of 1.7) and replaced by a SpiritualSuccessor (for example, [=DefenseTech=] takes over the role of the ICBM mod).

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* ScheduleSlip: During its alpha and beta days, the game never had a release date posted for the final version until it came pretty close to being a full version, which was released on time. When a new developer Jeb took charge of the game, he gave fairly accurate release dates for each new version of Minecraft.
** ''Minecraft'' has been hit '''hard''' by this. Up until Beta 1.1's release at the end of 2010, updates came out
Minecraft. Nevertheless, gaps began growing between version releases, from every few days. Then, they slipped days (until Beta 1.1), to every month. Then, starting month (until Beta 1.8), to every two to five months (starting with Beta 1.8, they came out every two months. Then, they started having no schedule, coming out every few months, with the gaps ranging from 2-5. Then, it was ''10 months'' between 1.7 (October 2013) and 1.8 (September 2014), then '''''18''''' 8), to 10 months between (from 1.8 and 1.9 (February 2016)! Thankfully inverted with the update with 1.10, releasing a mere four months later (June 2016) and continued with 1.11 five months after that. This can be justified by how updates have added much more in each one.
** ''Minecraft'''s development delay for 1.8 didn't affect the [[GameMod modding community]] much, instead allowing 1.7 modpacks to grow up very well thanks to freshly introduced ease of making massive [[note]]by which is meant [[UpToEleven beyond ''FTB Monster'' massive]], like the DNS Techpack and others[[/note]] modpacks thanks to the new ID name system, whose extensive Forge use [[AntiFrustrationFeatures marked the end of block and item ID conflicts]]. When 1.8 came out, Forge was quick to update, but most mods ended up stagnating due to the rendering overhaul. Slowly, modpack creators and modders have warmed up to the new versions, moreso considering that later versions weren't as drastic a coding change as 1.
7 to 1.8), to 18 months (from 1.8 to 1.9). Since 1.9, the delay between versions has ranged from four months (from 1.9 to 1.10) to 11 months (from 1.12 to 1.13). This can be justified by how updates have added much more in each one. The gap between 1.7 and 1.8 has given time for the [[GameMod modding community]] to develop massive modpacks with the help of the new ID name system, whose extensive Forge use [[AntiFrustrationFeatures marked the end of block and item ID conflicts]]; when 1.8 came out, while Forge was quick to update, most mods ended up stagnating due to the rendering overhaul, and while modders have warmed up to the new versions, moreso considering that later versions weren't as drastic a coding change as 1.7 to 1.8, but many mods have still only not been updated to past 1.7.10 (the last sub-release of 1.7) and have been replaced by a SpiritualSuccessor {{Spiritual Successor}}s (for example, [=DefenseTech=] takes over the role of the ICBM mod).



** Prior to patch 1.8, if you went an extremely-far distance in your Minecraft world (12,550,820 in-game meters, or roughly 820 hours of straight walking) you would run across a place called the Far Lands, where the terrain would suddenly become severely distorted and laggy due to a glitch in the way in-game worlds were generated. Originally, Notch said he liked the idea of a mysterious place so instead of fixing it, he kept it in. But in Beta patch 1.8, he accidentally fixed whatever it was in the world generation process that created the trademark appearance of Far Lands. Currently, the world simply presents you with an invisible barrier, and the Far Lands are only found in Pocket Edition (the version of ''Minecraft'' meant for tablets and similar devices). Since by the twelfth update of the official release they still haven't returned in the computer and console versions, it's quite unlikely the Far Lands will ever return outside of Pocket Edition.
** Creepers are the result of a failed pig model. Oh how far he's come. Also, cookies.

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** Prior to patch 1.8, if you went an extremely-far distance in your Minecraft world (12,550,820 in-game meters, or roughly 820 hours of straight walking) you would run across a place called the The Far Lands, where the terrain would suddenly become severely distorted and laggy distored lands that would generate at the "edge" of the world due to a glitch in the way in-game worlds were generated. Originally, map generator. While the bug could've been fixed, Notch said he liked the idea of a mysterious place so instead of fixing it, he kept it in. But in Beta patch 1.8, he Unfortunately, the bug was accidentally fixed whatever it was in the world generation process that created the trademark appearance of Far Lands. Currently, the world simply presents you with Beta 1.8 (the "edge" now has an invisible barrier, and barrier), but the Far Lands are only found in Pocket Edition (the version of ''Minecraft'' meant for tablets and similar devices). Since by the twelfth update of the official release they still haven't returned present in the computer and console versions, it's quite unlikely the Far Lands will ever return outside of Pocket Bedrock Edition.
** Creepers are the result of a failed pig model. Oh how far he's come. Also, cookies.



* UrbanLegendOfZelda:
** The entity known as "HIM" or "Herobrine", the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange objects and being elusive, a white-eyed version of the default player skin who would stalk the player from a distance, a la [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]]. WordOfGod has jossed the rumor, but the creators like to poke fun at it: almost every update has a line that says "removed Herobrine" or something similar. On top of this, in a multiplayer server, if a player is killed by an arrow shot from a dispenser, the message that displays the cause of death is said to be from Herobrine. Sometimes you may look into a mod of a game, or even a game itslf, and will find the log referencing to a Herobrine of sorts.
*** Notch, creator of Minecraft, has now removed Herobrine from the game several times now (or so the changelog says) but the rumor still will not die. Which makes one realize that no matter what the Dev Team does, Herobrine keeps coming back. Or is it Herobrine who refuses to stay gone?
*** Herobrine exists... as part of many of the over nine thousand mods made by the community.
*** Rendering spasms gives the impression that Herobrine's face appeared on the screen. It is awfully uncomfortable to witness that happen.

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* UrbanLegendOfZelda:
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UrbanLegendOfZelda: The entity known as "HIM" or "Herobrine", the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange objects and being elusive, a white-eyed version of the default player skin who would stalk the player from a distance, a la [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]]. WordOfGod has jossed the rumor, but the creators like to poke fun at it: almost every update has a line that says "removed Herobrine" or something similar. On top of this, in a multiplayer server, if a player is killed by an arrow shot from a dispenser, the message that displays the cause of death is said to be from Herobrine. Sometimes you may look into a mod of a game, or even a game itslf, itself, and will find the log referencing to a Herobrine of sorts.
*** ** Notch, creator of Minecraft, has now removed Herobrine from the game several times now (or so the changelog says) but the rumor still will not die. Which makes one realize that no matter what the Dev Team does, Herobrine keeps coming back. Or is it Herobrine who refuses to stay gone?
*** ** Herobrine exists... as part of many of the over nine thousand mods made by the community.
*** ** Rendering spasms gives the impression that Herobrine's face appeared on the screen. It is awfully uncomfortable to witness that happen.



** Notch recently revealed that he was offered a position at Creator/{{Valve}} in September of 2010, but he turned them down. As Minecraft hadn't been released yet, he says it was one of the most difficult decisions he's ever made, but he felt that Minecraft was his chance to create a Valve instead of just working at Valve.

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** Notch recently revealed that he was offered a position at Creator/{{Valve}} in September of 2010, but he turned them down. As Minecraft hadn't been released yet, he says it was one of the most difficult decisions he's ever made, but he felt that Minecraft was his chance to create a Valve instead of just working at Valve.



--> "(...) But jolly old Steve doesn't really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we're giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles." -- Owen Hill from Mojang

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--> ---> "(...) But jolly old Steve doesn't really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we're giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles." -- Owen Hill from Mojang


* Contrary to what it appears only half of the name Minecraft is [[MeaningfulName meaningful]]. Minecraft comes from ''mine'' and ''craft'' ([[CaptainObvious obviously]]), but the ''craft'' portion is actually a {{Snowclone}} of Starcraft.

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* Contrary to what it appears only half of the name Minecraft is [[MeaningfulName meaningful]]. Minecraft comes from ''mine'' and ''craft'' ([[CaptainObvious obviously]]), (obviously), but the ''craft'' portion is actually a {{Snowclone}} of Starcraft.


** Alternatevly, ''Minecraft'' -> "[=MC=]"

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** Alternatevly, Alternatively, ''Minecraft'' -> "[=MC=]"


** On 9 March 2012 at the GDC, Notch mentioned that "there is one [recipe] people haven't found yet.", this happening about a week after two unused textures for hieroglyphic-covered blocks mysteriously appeared in the texture file. This has sparked a huge number of rumours and speculation.


** Notch is known to throw in several features suggested by fans, such as the ability for eggs to spawn chickens on rare occasion, and much of the speculation about the Endermen.

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** Notch is was known to throw in several features suggested by fans, such as the ability for eggs to spawn chickens on rare occasion, and much of the speculation about the Endermen.

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** The character [[TokenMiniMoe Rana]] which was once shown in pre-alpha, but later removed due to animation difficulty and sizing.


*** A feature that accidentally made it into the mainstream release of ''Minecraft'' was the ability to ''rotate'' the camera on its horizontal axis, which was something created specifically for Deadmau5. It has since been removed.
*** One of the game's most popular multiplayer servers is Deadmau5's own server, which includes several giant statues and effigies of the mouse-headed musician (including one made out of solid diamond blocks) and some pretty amazing architecture.
** LetsPlay/SeaNanners of [=MachinimaRespawn=] also has many videos of ''Minecraft'', some with Deadmau5.

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*** A feature that accidentally made it into the mainstream release of ''Minecraft'' was the ability to ''rotate'' the camera on its horizontal axis, which was something created specifically for Deadmau5.[=Deadmau5=]. It has since been removed.
*** One of the game's most popular multiplayer servers is Deadmau5's [=Deadmau5=]'s own server, which includes several giant statues and effigies of the mouse-headed musician (including one made out of solid diamond blocks) and some pretty amazing architecture.
** LetsPlay/SeaNanners of [=MachinimaRespawn=] also has many videos of ''Minecraft'', some with Deadmau5.[=Deadmau5=].



** Notch uses both [[http://www.twitter.com/notch Twitter]] and [[http://notch.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] regularly to update his fans. He also often manages to cause [[ColbertBump massive web traffic]] on a scale worthy of {{Digg}} or Webcomic/{{xkcd}} when he tweets about a site he likes. Said traffic often involves people taking over chat sessions or forums simply to ask notch to do something in Minecraft. The ban hammer often follows.

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** Notch uses both [[http://www.twitter.com/notch Twitter]] and [[http://notch.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] regularly to update his fans. He also often manages to cause [[ColbertBump massive web traffic]] on a scale worthy of {{Digg}} Digg or Webcomic/{{xkcd}} when he tweets about a site he likes. Said traffic often involves people taking over chat sessions or forums simply to ask notch to do something in Minecraft. The ban hammer often follows.

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**The Minecraft world is commonly depicted in fanworks as an earthlike green-and-blue planet, but in the shape of a cube. While it wasn't implausible, there isn't a particular reason to believe it was the case in-game; within the playable area, there isn't a "world's edge" where the land itself bends at a 90 degree angle. Enter the 1.14 update, which introduces the "Globe" banner pattern, obtained from Cartographers. When printed onto a banner, the Globe takes the shape of a cube with colored landmasses dotting it, just like the fanon depictions.


** {{LEGO}} Minecraft.

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** {{LEGO}} Franchise/{{LEGO}} Minecraft.


** Creator/AchievementHunter has a long-standing weekly [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play series of the game]] - one of their consistently high-rated videos.

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** Creator/AchievementHunter has a long-standing weekly [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play series of the game]] - -- one of their consistently high-rated videos.



** Adminium - The indestructible block that is found in the bottom five layers of the map, because only server admins are able to create or destroy it. Officially known as ''bedrock''.

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** Adminium - The -- the indestructible block that is found in the bottom five layers of the map, because only server admins are able to create or destroy it. Officially known as ''bedrock''.



** Towers that extend upwards only are called 'nerdpoles' or 'dummy poles'.

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** Towers that extend upwards only are called 'nerdpoles' "nerdpoles" or 'dummy poles'."dummy poles". One-block-wide, straight towers built to serve as landmarks are sometimes referred to as "noob towers".



* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Dinnerbone had stated he wanted to add pandas into Minecraft since 2012, but it took over six years for this to actually happen.



--> "(...) But jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles." - Owen Hill from Mojang

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--> "(...) But jolly old Steve doesn’t doesn't really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re we're giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles." - -- Owen Hill from Mojang



* The player is capable of holding 44,518,667 kilograms of material, assuming that they are wearing gold armor and every slot in the inventory is filled completely with gold blocks, as out of all the various materials in the game, gold is the densest - and thus heaviest - one in real life.

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* The player is capable of holding 44,518,667 kilograms of material, assuming that they are wearing gold armor and every slot in the inventory is filled completely with gold blocks, as out of all the various materials in the game, gold is the densest - -- and thus heaviest - -- one in real life.

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