The Resurgence of Minecraft

The Resurgence of Minecraft

Jason Pesigan, Sophomore

Recently, the number one best-selling video game of all time, Minecraft, has had a recent resurgence in popularity.

Minecraft was released back in 2009, and was quickly a fan favorite among multiple generations. Minecraft is a sandbox game. Players can create and build anything, so the only limit is your imagination. 

After it’s popularity skyrocketed throughout media such as Youtube, it began to decline in relevance in late 2016 and continued to decline as other games took the spotlight such as Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Despite the decline, Minecraft celebrated its 10th year anniversary, by having a huge update that added long awaited content to the game. Around that same time, popular Youtuber, known as Pewdiepie, uploaded videos playing the game. These two instances quickly caught the eyes of new and old players which encouraged them to play.

The spike in popularity, once again, caught the attention of the media. This brought a grand amount of Minecraft memes spreading through social media, and Youtubers going back to the game. Popular drama channel run by Keemstar has stated in a polygon interview about Minecraft’s resurgence, that over the last two years, Minecraft has been added to meme culture, making it also cool again.” 

All this attention has made Minecraft once again popular if not more popular than its initial release in 2009.

This made the game more popular than Fortnite. According to google trends, searches for Minecraft has surpassed Fortnite overall.

People have wondered why the most popular Youtuber has not played minecraft sooner. Felix or Pewdiepie, stated in a video: “It felt like people were playing it just because it was popular, and not because they were actually [having fun] doing it.”

Minecraft continues to rise in popularity and the new breath of life in this video game has no ending in sight.