Minecraft is a sandbox game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. It is currently in development by Markus Persson, aka "Notch". The gameplay is inspired by Dwarf Fortress, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Dungeon Keeper, and especially Infiniminer. The game has two variants, Alpha and Classic, both with single- and multiplayer options. Classic includes only the building aspects of the game with unlimited blocks, while Alpha includes monsters and a much greater variety of crafting available, as well as requiring players to mine their own blocks. Alpha is currently the latest release of Minecraft, and plans to move into beta sometime in September 2010. Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 16, 2009 on the TIGSource forums, where it gained a considerable level of popularity. It has been continually updated since then.
To run Minecraft on high graphics settings your PC will require at least a 0MB GeForce 8600 GS / Radeon HD 6320 with a Pentium 4 3.0GHz or Athlon XP 2600+ CPU. 1 GB will also be needed to achieve the Minecraft rec specs and get 60FPS. To be able to run at all you will need at least 500 MB system memory. Make sure your GPU can run DirectX 9 or Minecraft won’t run. We suggest a 12 year old PC to play smoothly.