So apparently Minecraft is mere days away from celebrating its 10 year anniversary. That in and of itself is a lot to unpack, but let's move on to the good stuff before I dive-bomb into existential dread. It's only Tuesday, after all.
The folks over at Mojang are feeling particularly nostalgic for a game that they didn't actually make, and to mark such a momentous occasion they have decided to release the original edition of Minecraft - for browser, 100% free.
That's right folks, no need to wait for Google Stadia to hand us the future of browser-based gaming on a crypto-platter. Starting today we can experience Classic Minecraft, which sports an impressive 32 blocks of 16-bit goodness for building all sorts of cool stuff with - so long as it isn't circular, or mechanical, or does, well, anything. But, you can do so all from the convenience of your favorite web browser.
Sorry Flossy, you're gonna have to sit this one out.
I know. You were probably hoping there would be a little more substance here, and I'm sorry in advance to all of you low-key sociopaths that prefer to harness your creative prowess to construct a better(?) chicken eviscerator. Since this is the barest of the barebones Minecraft, there is a noticeable absence of some of the more contemporary additions to the game - such as Redstone - which means you are greatly limited in what you can do and build. You do, however, have unlimited access to all the notch-given, farm-to-table elements needed to construct that Amish-inspired homestead you've been thinking about. See, not all bad!
Ya'll need jesus
In any case, I think that despite being a little bit light on features and content, this new-old Minecraft qualifies as a top contender against the likes of Farmville or Candy Crush for workplace procrastination dominance. Also, it's free, so like, whatever - at least it doesn't have micro-transactions..........