I remember I started playing Minecraft in the summer of 2011. I haven't really touched it in any significant capacity since 2015 due to losing my account, and never managing the interest to get it back.
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Apparently this is what some of my friends think of me here:
I remember I first heard of minecraft right before the version where the nether was added in alpha, forget what year it was exactly, i just remember one day watching a video of someone playing and they talked about the nether being new and stuff.
As for the forums, i joined nearly 10 years ago, in 2012. Genuinely forget why i joined other than just wanting to talk about the game with some people. Lowkey really sad to see this place not be nearly as active as it once was, but hey, things come, things go, thats just how life is.
Planet Minecraft is just as dead as far as I can see; I don't care about off-topic, but discussion about the actual game, which nobody seem to care about anymore (I see threads active a week ago on the first page of the discussion for Java Edition); for all I know Mojang is making up their numbers when they claim that 100+ million regularly play. Even Reddit seems to be slower than usual lately, not that I care much about it since there is almost never any real discussion and I never even see anything I comment on again unless somebody replies to me (how does one even find anything on Reddit; nobody spends any time scrolling down to see older posts, and forget about long-running discussions, like Survival journals, which are an extinct genre).
This has also led me to play more than ever to fill in the time I'd otherwise spend online discussing the game; I've already racked up 18 days of playtime on a world I started in late January (a world that I thought would spark more interest given the unique content in my own modded version - the now dead journal (if I can even be bothered to post more updates) I started for it had only one reply in 3 months, a couple posts I made on Reddit didn't do much better, especially compared to a mediocre build like this - both of these cases also shows just how little is known about my playstyle or mods; somebody actually thought I was showing vanilla 1.6.4 world generation when TMCW is as far from it as 1.18 is (only some of the basic rules, like random biome placement, apply); likewise, somebody else thought I was playing in 1.18 as they said I ought to place lecterns to reroll trades until I got Mending, even though it would have been clear that wasn't the case if they actually read the thread).
Also, IMO the forum admins are largely at fault for never actually fixing any of the issues plaguing the forums, with the final killing blow being the mass spam which they simply "solved" by hiding offending links, but not the posts themselves, including removing any notifications triggered by them (I see like 10 notifications but nothing is actually listed) - I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they are shut down soon as literally 99% of new posts/members are spam/spammers (they don't even bother deleting them regularly anymore, the latest news article has week old spam).