Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and released by Mojang in 2011. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, requiring creativity from players. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting, and combat.
A wide variety of updates have been released for Minecraft, adding new content, changes to the game's mechanics, and fixes. These updates are usually free of charge; however, some updates, such as the Halloween Update, are charged for.
Since its release, Minecraft has been by critics and has acquired a cult following. The game has also been used in educational settings, with the potential to teach students creative problem-solving skills.