Why Minecraft is so popular. For those who don’t understand.

For about 8 years, Minecraft has been a widespread gaming classic. And while I will admit its very overexposed, there’s very good reasoning for its popularity. Minecraft can be simple, a videogame where your goal is to build a house, survive the harshness of the world, and kill a dragon. But it doesn’t have to be. To put it simply, Minecraft is a way to do anything, and as much as that may sound ridiculous, bear with me and allow me to explain.

Minecraft has two official game-modes, Survival where you can do what I talked about above, and Creative where you are invincible, can fly, and have access to every element in the game, but even then you can do so much more. You don’t have to survive monsters or kill dragons, you don’t have to build forts or explore, you can use the redstone mechanic (the minecraftian version of electricity) to build giant tomagachi machines that need to be fed emeralds to survive, or massive devices that play classics like

(rick-rolled)

on a 5 hour loop. You can use command blocks

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to either change the time of day, or create a complex machine that connects to your online account outside of Minecraft and orders a pizza from Domino’s. People have made new games out of Minecraft with no hacking involved.

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In conclusion, Minecraft’s popularity stems from its possibility. Tons of games are customizable, but Minecraft is the easiest to use where you don’t need to write codes to customize your world and create your own features (an idea that’s expanded on with mods). Compare that to the game-creating social network “Roblox,” which relies on scripting and code. Even if you aren’t controlling the elements with creative mode, or creating new features with command blocks, you have the beginning, the optional end, and the middle, completely controlled and decided by you. That’s what I have to say about Minecraft, and I hope you enjoyed this post. There’s more to come.

 

Credits:

Rick Astley (never gonna give you up)

Markus Alexej Persson (minecraft original idea)

“McMakistein” (lost on earth minecraft game)

Humor is NOT subjective.

When someone tells a joke and you say it’s unfunny, uncreative, god awful, the common defense is, “Well humor’s subjective”, I however disagree. For a long time I have had a problem with smiling or even laughing at someone’s frustration, and for a long time I have tried to figure out why I do this. I have found it seems to be a coping mechanism for tragedy and pressure. I can go one step further and say humor entirely is a coping mechanism for that which can be seen as negative, for a few examples.

Related image(a classic).

Let’s start with deconstructing this joke. You would go in expecting something unpredictable but instead you get the most obvious answer, and well you could see this as shocking or scary that you weren’t correct, humor prevents you from that reaction.

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Think about the darkness of this comic. William Tell’s son is heavily implied to be shot in the head and killed, that’s not funny, but the reason he dies is. Warren’s death involves his irregular head size, the size of his head is unusual and unnatural for humans and that can be perceived as negative, which is where the coping mechanism of humor kicks in, allowing us to enjoy the weirdness and absurd darkness of this idea. There’s even a good explanation for non sequitur’s and modern meme’isms I talked about in my first blog post.

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They’re so stupid, so obviously pointless, meaningless, that we must laugh at them in order to not be scared or angered by their existence. In conclusion humor is not whatever you want it to be, it’s born in a negative situation where you need a positive outlook. Of course sometimes we can laugh in a situation where things need to be serious and there’s no room too take things lightly. Those are my thoughts on humor, and I hope you enjoyed them as well as my next post.

Credits:

Gary Larson (William Tell’s other son)

What are memes, and what negative effect do they have on our culture.

Wikipedia defines a meme as “A meme (/ˈmm/ MEEM) is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture” but this is not what most of the internet thinks it is, they happen to think a meme looks like this,

They are mildly right with the beginnings of these “meme”s being the compacted and quick version of saying something like, “I am going to mimic a confused white trash old lady who does not pronounce things right.”

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My personal issue with memes is how I think it affects our culture’s idea of humor. you see, if Jimmy is with a group of friends, acquaintances, whatever, and he wants to make a joke, he can go with something intelligent like this,

Image result for intelligent joke(basic but smart).

But say jimmy is having trouble coming up with something, the simple answer, the one that most people in this generation come up with,

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A lot of children my age that I have interacted with have this tendency to speak in gibberish when bored or struggling to find a way to reply. A never ending cycle of spouting out memes instead of just saying nothing, because now there’s always something to say. with this random & stupid is funny mindset in modern times there’s a large lack of people learning intelligent humor and witty conversation, which I personally think a valuable part of society and social interaction. That’s all I have to say on the subject, and I hope you enjoyed my first blog post, there’s more coming soon.

 

Credits:

Isaac Morehouse (the “WAT” description)

Bill Waterson (intelligent life/calvin and hobbes)

(no idea who created “i can haz cheezburger”)

(“we our number one” was ORIGINALLY made by tv show “lazytown”)