About four years and 5 months, and more specifically, at least 5,000 hours with more than half of that in one world, also created when I started playing; here are the stats for several of my worlds, which total 166.55 days or 3,997 hours over 1,134 daily play sessions (about 3.1 years):
These are the stats for my first world, by far my longest-played world:
My most recent world, and second-longest played world:
The world I had before that, and my third-longest played world:
And before that world my fourth-longest played world:
I've had other worlds as well but don't have/can't find the statistics for all of them; most of my worlds are shown here (World1, TMCWv4, TMCWv3, and TMCWv1 are my 1st-4th longest-played worlds):
Extrapolating the average daily playtime of 3.525 hours for these worlds to 4.4 years gives a total playtime of about 5,660 hours, and I have spent virtually every single day playing the game, with a few breaks of up to several weeks when I spent time working on a mod, and even then I was still doing something with the game.
Sometime around May or June of 2012, during version 1.2.5, was when I bought the game and started playing my first own world. I've been playing that same world since.
For the few months prior, I played the demo version (which was at the time limited to the outdated Beta 1.5 version). So I started early/early-mid 2012.
I knew of the game from practically it's earliest days, but never tried it until later. I wanted to wait until it was fully released, for whatever reason. Then, one day when I was bored, I came across the demo (I can't remember where originally) which went to a PC Gamer website page and got it from there. Then I liked it and got the release, and enjoyed it that much more. The rest was history.
I play since Minecraft was free, yes, free to play on Minecraft.net ! Do you know Blocktopia? it was the best, the greatest server back then.. The good memories I have playing mini games on that server (zombies and lava survival and tnt mini games :>). I even remembered the good old Minecraft custom client, it was called WOM Client (World of Minecraft Client), the coolest thing about the old Minecraft!
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The other day I found some old backups of several of my worlds which I thought were gone forever (I just deleted old worlds after I was done with them), including their statistics, so I now have a much better idea of how much time I've spent playing - more than 220 days, and this still does not include a few other worlds I had (I have not found any old copies of these, and a few were more like test worlds):
World1 = 138.12 days (my first world, and the only one which I've returned to after I've "finished" playing with it):
World1v2 = 8.57 days
World1v3 = 7.27 days
TripleHeightTerrain = 8.25 days
TheMasterCaversWorld = 14.72 days
TMCWv2 = 5.62 days
TMCWv3 = 15.83 days
TMCWv4 = 22.46 days
Total = 220.84 days (for comparison, I spent 52.82 days playing last year and 5.39 days so far this year, and 24.13 more days since my last post in this thread)