Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Morning HP Boost: End of an Era by Drew Robbins

The preceding week is over and you are weak and weary.  Everything around you seems to be falling apart at the seams, and you just know that this next week will be filled with just as much uncontrollable madness.  It doesn't have to be like that; take a quick swig of this optimism potion known as Monday Morning HP Boost!  A weekly look at an uplifting story to replace all of that fear and dread with a unabridged enthusiasm!

There are a lot of questions I find myself asking when I wake up in the morning, and the most pressing of those questions for the past few months is this:  when will the Minecraft Beta end?  After many months of furious pondering, an answer has been bestowed upon us by the game's humble developer, Markus Persson.

Beginning on November 11th, this year's standalone day that everyone is vying to release a product on, Minecraft will officially drop the beta moniker and become "The Artist Formerly Known as the Minecraft Beta." Okay, maybe it won't be called exactly that, but that's one of the few ways I might actually garner mild interest for the game.

For many of you the HP Boost comes only from hearing that Minecraft's absurdly long beta phase is nearing a close, but to me, I'm instantly invigorated by the implications that said release date could present.  During its beta stage I'm constantly reminded of the game's existence by the millions of stories published on websites or gaming blogs, with all of the game's loyal fans trying to shove its creativity down my throat.  Though I'm always thrilled to see a game of any sort gain such a die-hard fandom, at some point the incessant reporting becomes overkill.

I get it by now, Minecraft is great. Now, lets use the game's announced release date as an official deadline for all mushy praise articles of the product and let it slowly fade from the daily news cycle.  The world will be a much better place for it.  Given the surrounding events of the release date I have few doubts that an end to the 24/7 coverage will finally die down:  most gamers will be too busy playing through Uncharted 3 or buying their copies of Elder Scrolls V:  Skyrim to even bother focusing a brain wave on the enormous indie hit.

HP and MP restored!

But you're still hungry....

Source:  Kotaku


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