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avatar jman5000555
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
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Today's Big Question: Is Minecraft Dying?


Dying?

Now, I know with upcoming releases (1.8 I cant' wait for you) people think Minecraft is far from dead, but lets take a look to see if that statement has any truth to it. Minecraft has been around for a LONG time, looking back it's original release date was May 17.... 2009. That was almost 5 years ago. It doesn't seem like it's been that long, but it has well at least for some of us. Those of us who aren't hardcore and haven't been there since the beginning we probably joined around the time of it's full release, November 18, 2011. Now even if you knock of the two years, three years is still a long time. Now I know what you are thinking, three or even 5 years is nothing I've been playing (insert game here) for 10 years and it hasn't gotten old. Well as that might be true it doesn't mean that game is relevant anymore.



Minecraft-mania?


For example, lets take a cult classic Pokemon. Pokemon debut in 1998 in North America regions and became a huge success, it was everywhere from clothing, to toys, even as far as having it's own cereal. It was a cultural phenomenon, every man, woman, and child took part in the craze known as Pokemania. However, it was not suited to last. Like so many things Pokemania was naught but a fad, popular one week and gone the next. Now if you haven't already lets draw some connections to Minecraft. Minecraft offically released in 2011 has garnished over 35 million total sales. That's not including the wide range of merchandise that has been sold. Minecraft is everywhere, from every nook and cranny of the internet to the hands of countless children worldwide. It has become a huge hit, but I'm sad to say it is going to face the same fate as Pokemon.


How?

With console sales blooming, and new sales records being reached it might not look as so. However, many of these new players will spend their piece with Minecraft and leave. In the beginning every ounce of play, and every new update meant a lot to the players. They thought their ideas were being heard, and it made them stick around, feeling that they can take some credit for the game's greatness from their contributions as players. But this is slowly coming to an end. With an ever growing amount of console players and overall abundantcy of updates, the group of people who once thought their opinions mattered is dwindling and they aren't being replaced. The core gamers that once played are leaving and those more casual gamers are replacing them. These casual gamers (nothing wrong with them of course) stick around and continue to play the game for a much shorter amount of time. Basically what I'm trying to say is the older more loyal gamers are leaving and younger gamer less loyal gamers are replacing them. This is causing drops in both quantity and quality of user-generated content for the game. Also once well respected sites like Minecraft forum and this site itself are being filled with lower grade content. Now you may not share my sentiments but the proof is in the pudding, Minecraft is dying even if it is doing so slowly. So lets look back at Pokemon for an example. Pokemania lasted three years, guess how many years it's been since Minecraft's official release?


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07/04/2019 10:02 am
Level 38 : Artisan Vampire
Zazorok
I think minecraft isnt dead
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07/06/2019 11:00 am
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
This was made 5 years ago, in a time where other games were passing Minecraft. Even the recent game Fortnite made it seem like Minecraft was dead. However, I was wrong in my initial assumption, Minecraft keeps flaring back to life at any given moment. This website, however, has definitely seen its heyday come and pass. There used to be 15 people in the chat at all times and more booming forums. Now you are lucky to get 5 people in chat.
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08/03/2014 10:27 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Wyatt3
Jman your my friend, but face it, this blog just doesn't have enough evidence behind it.
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08/03/2014 10:17 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Wyatt3
I totally agree with the statements, but the players who joed even frm just say 1.2 or 1.1 are loyal enogh to keep the game alive for 2 or  more years, after that aproximatley 8 or 9 years of minecraft's operation it wil be spiraling downhll unless people sp playing and people feel their ideas are being heard again, in retrospect, all your ideas just go through over and over again in a never-ending cycle.
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08/04/2014 5:08 am
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Wyatt3
sorry terrible spelling in the begening of this fail
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07/16/2014 6:53 am
Level 25 : Expert Toast
Coldshade
Well, other than Minecraft Pokémon still is relevant. Better make your research next time :I It's true Minecraft isn't that relevant anymore, but not just because it's "old" but less players. Servers closing their gates because they don't come up with new ideas. Just copying each other, stealing gamemodes from Gmod and such, $50+ premium membership per month or just stay the same till the last player is gone. I'm actually pretty surprised there are still some "big" servers. Not as big as they were, but still big enough to stay. Let's see for how long...
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07/16/2014 5:56 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
Ok I know Pokemon is still revlaent but that is after a rebirth of the franchise. There was a huge drought that came along with the 3rd generation games, as well as Pokemon's exclusion from pop culture. Yes Pokemon is still a thing, but it's not anywhere near (even now) to the thing it was in the early 2000's
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07/17/2014 6:58 pm
Level 25 : Expert Toast
Coldshade
Sure, but still more Important than other pop culture things, unlike minecraft. I just don't like the comparison. It's like comparing Mojang with nintendo, literaly^^''
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08/03/2014 10:18 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Wyatt3
It is litearly comparing mojang with nintendo xD
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06/09/2014 10:40 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Ranger
COOOCOOO123
I remember about a year ago, minecraft was the most popular thing at my school. Eveybody was talking about thier server, defeating the enderdragon, and just general minecraft stuff. Now, whenever I talk to someboyd about minecraft they're like, "You still play that game?" Its too bad that minecraft is going down. There isnt really a way out of this hole, and minecraft might be just doomed to extiction. D:
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06/09/2014 11:48 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
Hopefully with new games inspired by it, there will be many spirtual sequels
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03/26/2014 4:34 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
ChrisDia09
So, let me get this straight.
You guys WANT updates, but when the developing team works their a***s off, and gives you many updates, you COMPLAIN.
So what?
You want updates, like once in 7 months?
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03/26/2014 5:43 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
I want less frequent and more thought out updates. I'm not ungrateful, but I think they should slow down.
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08/03/2014 10:20 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Wyatt3
I agree, however if they slow down, the devolpers wont be paid enough, causing thm t quit, causing the ame lack of developers which would make it impossible t update at all...

hink before you type
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08/04/2014 12:10 am
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
Your my friend too, but you should think before you type as well (spelling mistakes). Also look at valve they still have devlopers even though they are not constanly making games. They are not getting paid less and less just because half life 3 or left 4 dead 3 hasn't come out. Now I know what you are thinking, that they have steam backing them. Mojang is just the same however they are still going to back their devs even if they are constanly making updates. Their devs work on other stuff besides Minecraft.
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03/26/2014 3:02 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Dolphin
Getoffmycat
Why is this pop reel.... Abosolute terrible blog. First of all, do you not realize how many people still watch and play Pokemon? Yeah, a lot. And Minecraft is far from dying. Just because you started in 2009 doesnt mean anything. You arent "Hardcore" dont tell people that their game is dying. Now I can understand if you were saying the game was dying for you, but it very much alive for millions. You dont decide whether its dying. Ive played since 09 and I dont go around telling everyone im "Hardcore". Let people have fun. Dont be a killjoy just because you think its dying. Terrible Blog.
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06/09/2014 10:42 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Ranger
COOOCOOO123
Although pokemon does have momentum, it has been slowing. Minecraft is coming to a similar fate.
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03/26/2014 7:20 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
Like I've already said, but I'll say again. More then I'm talking about dying completely I'm talking about losing it's widespread popularity just as Pokemon did, regardless of whether you think so or not, Pokemon went from a nationally played and advertised game to a more taboo one. I was just stating how I feel this will happen to minecraft. I'm not deciding it's dying I'm just commenting on how it's starting to, from my point of view. Also about the whole Hardcore I don't mean that's what everyone is reffering themselves as, but people from the outside will, or at the very least consider you a dedicated player which is what I really meant.
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03/30/2014 9:46 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Cake
austin_langreder
Like bakugan it was a hit but it died FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Either way Pokemon is too repetive every soo many seasons they started over  and i got tired of it. The games are the main thing that keeps it alive.
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03/26/2014 3:22 pm
Level 25 : Expert Artist
IceCream_Sundae
Pokemon is still popular, though it's past it's time in the super lime light. I think it's also because it's been taken up and being played by a younger generation, so we don't see it as much anymore with our age groups.
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03/26/2014 4:01 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Dolphin
Getoffmycat
So what yuore saying is, the younger generation isnt allowed to enjoy something we enjoy? Has it suddenly become "Not cool" because some young kids like it?
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03/26/2014 8:47 pm
Level 25 : Expert Artist
IceCream_Sundae
No, it's become less popular as people grow up and change their interests. Some kids are just beginning to like it now, but we notice them less than people our own age.
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03/26/2014 5:48 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
Pokemon is no longer cool to play, I'm not saying Minecraft is going to die out completely, but it is going to not be popular/ be cool the play anymore. It will resort to a more tabbo thing to play, much like Pokemon did after Pokemania. (nowadays it has started to become cool again but that is irrevalent).
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03/26/2014 6:21 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Dolphin
Getoffmycat
Dude. Just because you deem something uncool, doesnt mean others cant like it. Seriously. and Minecraft clearly is not dying.
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08/03/2014 10:24 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Wyatt3
LOOK AROUND YOU how many people that you talk to tat used to play minecraft th you daily even play at all anymore? seriously dude, although youger generations are taking it up, they may be too young, the younger they get, the less loyal they get and it slowly ruins the game, untill it gets sall and people go back to what happened in the begening, which is a whole different story.
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03/26/2014 11:58 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Dragon
Enderborn_
I've played since 1.6 beta and personally, minecraft has bored em now. I only play with friends.
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03/26/2014 3:23 pm
Level 25 : Expert Artist
IceCream_Sundae
Been playing since I don't know when. I like going back to Beta versions to play, or playing on LAN with friends.
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03/26/2014 5:34 am
Level 23 : Expert Cake
Halorules555
Minecraft is one of the fastest expanding game. It was made in 2009 and about 25 million play it already.
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03/26/2014 3:23 pm
Level 25 : Expert Artist
IceCream_Sundae
Released in 2010.
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03/27/2014 2:12 am
Level 23 : Expert Cake
Halorules555
" It was publicly released for the PC on May 17, 2009, as a developmental alpha version and, after gradual updates, was published as a full release version on November 18, 2011" -The Wikipedia

Best to know things before you say them.
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03/27/2014 7:41 pm
Level 25 : Expert Artist
IceCream_Sundae
Fair enough.
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03/28/2014 2:36 am
Level 23 : Expert Cake
Halorules555
There arn't many people that admit they are wrong. Also I checked out that skin you mad for your brother. It's awesome.
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03/28/2014 6:22 am
Level 25 : Expert Artist
IceCream_Sundae
Thanks.

P.S., did you chqnge your avatar from yesterday? It's cool. :p
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03/26/2014 4:44 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Miner
isaac_miner
right when minecraft dies i will die with it,
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08/03/2014 10:25 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Narwhal
Wyatt3
lol DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT
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03/25/2014 4:39 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Dwarf
spires33
its wont die if i have anything to do with it... so ya if its starts to die its dead :/
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03/25/2014 4:02 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Technomancer
Headaxe
Minecraft is a game that stands and falls with the community. We decide if it dies or not. That's how simple it is. And Jiloacom is right, this is a milked topic.
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03/25/2014 4:04 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
Your right but I put my own spin on it, so you can please stop patronizing me.
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03/25/2014 4:08 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Technomancer
Headaxe
Well, what I mean with "it stands and falls with the community" is, that as long as we got an increasing amount of minecraft youtubers, map creators, players and everyone that represents the game we are fine.
As soon as SethBling, Sky and AntVenom, Slamacow and all those people left the game, it is dead.
And you are saying a lot of things like "more casual players are joining the game".
What are your sources, how can you know? All that is just what you think, what doesn't means you can use it as a valid argument in sucha blog.
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03/26/2014 5:40 am
Level 23 : Expert Cake
Halorules555
If "SethBling, Sky and AntVenom, Slamacow and all those people" left the game it would give an oppotunity for others to rise. Just because 20 people leave does not mean the 25,000,000 players will.
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03/25/2014 4:26 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
The statements in my blog are from my personal observations and opinions. Some pieces are fact, as such from the Pokemon part, but not all. And whether you think it's right or not, this is a BLOG, not a research paper. This MY observation of events. I have noted these things occuring and I'm telling you my personal opinion of the question, and drawing comparisons to other events. Youo may draw none of these same conclusions and that is okay, because you have your right to YOUR opinion. So stop complaining about mine...
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03/25/2014 4:33 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Technomancer
Headaxe
I am just giving you criticism here. I am giving you my opinion.
Don't be sad because not everyone is smiling and spamming you with shiny diamonds.
Just accept my opinion instead of telling me that I should stop complaining. -_-
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03/25/2014 4:35 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
I'm not sad, I'm just defending my position, if I was all in tears about your comment I would have just deleted it...
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03/25/2014 9:22 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Scribe
Jiloacom
This is just a milked topic.
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03/25/2014 3:50 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
I'm glad you think so but keep your negative and off-topic comments to yourself
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03/26/2014 3:28 pm
Level 25 : Expert Artist
IceCream_Sundae
It's not off-topic.

You only want positive comments about your blog?
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03/26/2014 7:08 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
I apologize I did not mean negative, (I gave a better explanation down below)
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03/25/2014 4:39 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Scribe
Jiloacom
It's not off topic, it's completely on topic. This topic has been written on so many times it isn't funny.
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03/26/2014 7:07 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
i apologize for saying negative, I just meant that this does not pertain to the content in the piece but merely to the topic I chose to write about.
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03/26/2014 7:14 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Scribe
Jiloacom
Well I wasn't talking about your blog content in the first place, I was talking about your blog topic.
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03/26/2014 7:25 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
jman5000555
Right, but commenting on how you think this is a bad topic doesn't really help. I'm glad you feel that way and I will pick better topics next time, but it makes me feel that no one is reading my content because as soon as they see the topic they stop and just comment that the topic is bad. I want people to debate the topic and critizise my writing, not just what I wrote about. I hope you understand. I just wished you sould have said, This is a milked topic, and I completely disagree with everything said, or This is a milked topic, but the writing was bad and you need to try doing this and this next time. So thanks I hope you now get where I as coming from. XD
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03/25/2014 12:05 am
Level 38 : Artisan Architect
EmpathyHeals
There is a certain charm as well as power inherent within Minecraft that no other game has; I think it will have a dedicated core of good gamers for a very long time.

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