I started playing minecraft around december last year. It was a total late night purchase I just randomly decided to buy it. I heard of minecraft and wanted something new to play so was like "eh why not". Little did I know how much I'd end up loving the game :P.
I decided to go into it completely head on, just one tutorial and everything else I thought it would be fun if I figured out on my own :D. As a result I discovered things late (for example, I just discovered like a few days ago if you die you lose experience points, this whole time I've been killing myself for fun T_T).