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What better way to Build a Better World than to build your own?

If you’ve never heard of Minecraft, you might be living under a rock. Minecraft is a game that allows you to create your own virtual world using the basic block as your building medium. Items and structures that you craft start from a block of wood, stone or other material that takes up one square block of space. The possibilities are limitless and a player can craft a whole world complete with monumental structures, farms, mines, towns and even working machines.

Getting Started

In order to play Minecraft, you must create a Mojang account and then purchase and download the client for the game. You will need to purchase the client that goes with the system you are playing on (console system, PC/Mac, Windows 10 or mobile device). You can't play Minecraft without the account, the game client, and an internet connection. You may play offline in single-player mode if you wish after the game is all set up. Minecraft can't be played on library public computers, so remember to bring your own laptop or mobile device if you wish to use the library’s Wi-Fi to play while you are visiting one of our BCLS locations!

Multiplayer: Make New Friends!

You can play with other people by joining a game that is hosted on a server. You can host your own, join someone else’s (some are private, some are public) or pay to have one hosted for you and a few of your friends on Minecraft’s official Realms.

Platform Multiplayer Compatibility: Change Is Coming!

For years, multiplayer Minecraft has depended on the platform you were playing the game on. One system client couldn’t play with another – console players couldn’t play with PC players, Pocket players couldn’t play with PC, etc.

In June, Minecraft announced that it will soon be introducing the Better Together Update which will introduce cross-platform servers that will be available to some systems via an in-game server browser. "Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together.

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See What Others Have Built!