Minecraft: The Epidemic

By Jakob Christy

Our generation, slowly overcoming the plague that these people have called “Fortnite” (which lasted much longer than a fortnight), has decided to go back on a much more nostalgic route–a path in which nobody had expected.

Minecraft has had its up and downs. When Minecraft was first released to the public, it had risen in popularity immediately, reaching 100,000 paying users in just a few months. Minecraft would soon grow into one of the most popular games of all time, becoming one of the most sold games of all time; Right underneath Tetris, who cheated the system, by saying that every version of Tetris was technically the same game.

Minecraft has certainly had its history. From the parodies and Let’s Plays on YouTube, to the merchandise sold all across the world. The game even had its own LEGO set series. Everybody seemed to be on board with Minecraft.

Then, as if all at once, people stopped caring. At least, that’s how it seemed. YouTube, the monopoly company on all things entertainment, had moved on. People were teased for still playing Minecraft, calling it “a children’s game.” The game itself was growing bland, with the updates filled with useless materials and unwanted items.

The thing that put the nail in the coffin for the death of Minecraft was the day Notch sold Mojang to Microsoft. People were flabbergasted as the news spread like wildfire. Was Microsoft trustworthy? It wouldn’t be the first time that Microsoft ruined a game, such as what had happened previously with Banjo Kazooie.

People’s lack of faith in the company, and not the company itself, was what had killed the community. People no longer seemed to enjoy the game. Some people say that the game had never really died, but for the rest of the world, from the outside looking in, it was nothing like it had been before.

And then, on the brink of the game’s 10th anniversary, a spark had reignited. An ember had been left burning. In people’s desperate attempt to reunite their nostalgia, the old was the new again. People began the grind on RuneScape once again. People battled each other through Tetris 99, the “only good battle royale.”

Then, Minecraft had been found once more.

In 2018, the game had exploded, faster than before. “Why did we leave in the first place?” we asked ourselves. The game, which had been quietly updated by Microsoft, was new, interesting, and it had people yearning to play again. Suddenly, Minecraft was cool again. Everyone and their grandma was playing it. Even big-name Youtubers such as Pewdiepie started playing it again.

Years have passed. The battle royale had taken over for three years. But the people have had enough. The years of the floss are gone. Fortnite is dying, and Minecraft has come again.