The title is simple. How did you discover Minecraft, and what version was the game in when you discovered it? Also what is your favorite moment in your history of playing the game?
Personally my first memories of Minecraft was around 8 years ago almost. At the time my family was preparing to move to a new house, and I was on my grandfather's laptop at the time watching random videos on Youtube until I saw a thumbnail of a video called 'X's Adventures in Minecraft'. A series that started when the game was in Alpha v1.0.15. I didn't think much of it at first, but I was curious and clicked the video. Upon watching I got more curious and watched more and more of his videos as I learned of this 'Minecraft'. Soon I really did begin to want to get the game. Unfortunately being around the age of 14 and no job and without an allowance I could not get the game. That is until a year later when my older brother promised to get me the game as long as I promised to actually do schoolwork. I agreed and he ended up getting the game for me (and HINT: I did not actually do the schoolwork I promised. I got pulled out a year later lol.)
Ever since I have loved the game and one of my favorite moments probably happened on a server called 'Dowse' something or another. I can't remember the name of it, and to my knowledge it's no longer up and running (rip.) It was the first server I actually liked. (The first Server I ended up getting Admin after some time, but a week later one of the staff with access to OP got pissed at me for a petty reason and removed Admin status without asking the real Owner. Of whom did not do much.)
This 'Dowse' something server (I'll just call the server Dowse.) was actually pretty neat. It had a good community and fun stuff, but soon a scourge came across the land. You know how some servers have a 'donate for VIP Rank' or something like that, and those ranks give special perks? Well some ass-hat decided to pay for this rank which gave him Teleportation, a command that gave him a kit of full diamond tools, armor, and buckets of lava as well as access to FLIGHT. Safe to say this guy abused his powers and would teleport to random people and dump lava on them, killing them and destroying their hard earned stuff (this was at a time when potions didn't exist if I recall.) Eventually the Admins of Dowse caught wind and warned him. He pretended to listen before getting back to being a griefing ass. Then he had his VIP rank removed and he was tossed in the server Jail. He then complained that "I'm in a skype call with the Server owner and he's blah blah blah." Obviously a lie as the REAL server owner came on, as he was in a skype call with the Admin's and sweet justice was served as the Owner told him off and banned him on the spot and VIP Rank was modified.
It's my favorite moment as I was a victim of this monster of a player, as he killed me several times with the 'TP to player and dump lava on them' trick. So it was satisfying sitting there watching the chat as he had all his power removed from him by the admin's before the owner finally banned him.
Anyways that's how I discovered Minecraft. How did any of you discover the game, what version was it in, and what was your most favorite moment in your times playing Minecraft?
1.5.2, my new friends peer pressured me and my parents said yes, only because I was in a new school and they thought it would get me closer to them. Turns out it's my favourite game now as well as back then, although I strongly disliked the changes between 1.6.0 and 1.8 and only came back years later for 1.11.x.
What I disliked in 1.6 were the unintuitive methods for taming horses (right-clicking empty-handed after feeding them a whole lot of food) plus chests in nether fortresses because it made them less creepy, and changes to hunger in 1.6. All the new biomes in 1.7 also irked me due to the newfound complexity and how much rarer many biomes were, plus dungeons becoming rarer was just inconvenient. When 1.8 decided to add monuments to make ocean travel harder, remove zombie villagers from dungeon spawning, and then remove the enchanted golden apple recipe given the gold blocks in the monuments had just been added in 1.8.x, I lost faith in the game.
I've been pleasantly surprised since, 1.9 onward have provided many joys to me including a much more interesting End, a better combat system with less OP enchantment combos, new weapons for variety, golden apples being a common find in ruins' chests to make up for 1.8, new biome based monsters, temples, and animals to give 1.7's changes meaning, zombie villages to counter 1.8 as well, more food variety and more potions to counter 1.6, woodland mansions, all the cool newer ocean and illager stuff, and most importantly: A FREAKING CRAFTING RECIPE BOOK SO I'M NOT GUESSING OR WIKI-HUNTING THE WHOLE TIME I PLAY! Having the first enchantment on enchantment tables is also nice, as well as fishing more than just fish and having multiple ways to go fishing.
I've seen IHE's video back in 2017/04/01. Date is not coincidence. Channel dedicated on hating and criticizing stuff put out something as family friendly as MC video? Yeah, not a coincidence.
After seeing him play, I had only one thought in my head: "I can do better." So, I've installed and went on.
My current/old house (depends on context) is still on the very spot, I've built my very first wooden house, back in 2017/04/02. It was version 1.11.2, and seed was 299792458. Speed of light in m/s. Constant, with which I have love/hate relationship. It's important to know it, but it should be waaaayyyy higher. I've kept all the setting in default, no commands, survival, normal difficulty, and generated a world. The same one, where I am to this day. My only world, where I was actually did something. Since then, it was about 6 years and 1 month of ingame time. Note that Isterian calendar is different, much simpler, than real one. 1 week is 10 days, 1 month is 10 weeks, 1 year is 10 months. Each unit has numbers 0 to 9. Constant units, no complications, easy to convert to different units…
Since 2018/05/19 I from time to time save map. It's kind of shame I didn't do this earlier, but I can already see some progress there.
Except for the northwest highway. We don't talk about the northwest highway. We don't build the northwest highway. We just…ignore it. And I'm pretty sure I'm not only one in this. You start building something. It has some purpose etc., but then you go back home, to do some other stuff. And you start doing a lot of the other stuff. And then…you just never go back. You have it in back of your mind, that you should finish it, but…naaah. Rather build an empire, than finishing that one little thing…
Back in Alpha v1.1_02, around the end of September 2010 is when I brought the game. A friend showed me the game and had been playing it, the wonders of making things in your crafting inventory then using a crafting table/workbench to make more things possible was irresistible. I definitely wanted to give the game a try when I got back home. Sure enough I did and bought the game the same night as it was very cheap back then compared to most modern games, and being an "indie game" so to speak.
The first construction (That I never kept) - as I have told this story before, was a wooden hut on top of a very high mountain, although all mountains seemed impossibly high back then. I grew tired of having to keep going up and down the mountain to get wood and supplies so built stairs down, but unlike any normal person - for some reason I dug into the mountain and built them down. They came stupidly long, so much so I named it the "Stairway - TO HELL". (Invoking a Vince McMahon voice). Eventually , still halfway up the mountain I came out the side and didn't know what to do, I think I just built a little platform out and continued the stairs back down into the mountain; double-backing. Unfortunately I never kept that world and either that or another one trying to get across a mountain top (Impossible to jump, had to dirt bridge across) inspired my first saved world World1. This save - which I still have, I built sky-bridges from mountain top to mountain top with a home on each x3 before getting burnt out. (See thread: "What was your first construction")
Favorite moments? - Lots:
*Stairway to HELL (Above)
*After getting burnt out in world1, coming back to it 4/5 months later and converting a large, very large, deep cave entrance that went very far down into an underground home.
*In world2 (Which became my main world and still is to this day), being a fool and digging down from a mountain top to decide where the corridor between two rooms should be in the mountain. Eventually digging into nothingness and falling from a great height into lava.
*Going to the nether for the first time, being terrified as there always seemed to be several ghasts at once or so it seemed they always ganged up on you
so going there was terrifying back then.
*The inspiration for my main world finding a waterfall coming out the back of the mountain and wanting to build a room below it with a window hole so the waterfall flowed over said window hole. Then, finding round the front it was hollow fronted with a lava fall and deciding a floor halfway up behind said lava fall, could be a little home here with a bay window just behind the lava, Is it is still today.
*The second (I think) server I ever played in, it's community - can't remember the name. I built a very square home with 2 floors and water falls in each corner of the outside of it flowing down. Making friends, helping builds like the town square and a pathway to somewhere/another town whereever. ( re-created this in my main world as a shrine)
*The way I planned my third world - snowy mountains one one side, plains on the other and in the middle trees with a bit of a sand pit. I scaffolded up with dirt (Having edged off and tied off some corners of the sandpit) and took a screenshot very high up then when to Photoshop and actually made a house plan for both plans. Of course though it wasn't completely square, by today's standard's it was hideous.
*World2 - my main world again, Demolishing a 16 block or more high mountain for a pool and tennis court, with tools and tnt.
*Discovering Alpha (version of the mod not the game) water shaders for the first time.
*That time (Main world) when I actually hit a pigmen and kept running in unarmed to get my stuff back. Unfortunately near a nether cliff and when I did get my stuff back I died again and saw all my stuff go flying over the side. Not a favorite moment then - but I can laugh about it now, I hoped there was more netherrack ground below, but there wasn't of course, just a lava ocean and all my stuff was gone.