Where to start with: Minecraft on YouTube

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few years, chances are you’ve heard of Minecraft, the game created by one man and his team at Mojang who have spent years crafting the perfect creative experience for its actual release earlier this year.

I picked up the game in early beta (eons ago as far as internet time is concerned) after being badgered constantly to play it by some friends but with a game as huge as Minecraft, where do you start?

The start of a million journeys

The start of a million journeys

Fortunately for you, Tube Chum is here giving you the top places to start with Minecraft on everybody’s favourite video hosting site, YouTube.

It’s always important that a game be fun to play but in an age of constant social interaction via the likes of Facebook and Twitter it’s just as important for a game to be fun to play with friends (worried about not having friends? Maybe give the next couple of paragraphs a miss; I’ve got your back later). Undeniably in my opinion two of the best friends playing video games on YouTube right now are Lewis and Simon of the Yogscast.

A long time ago their channel consisted of mainly World of Warcraft gameplay and the story goes that Lewis just wanted a platform for other people to enjoy his friends’ ramblings.  Going on for six million subscribers soon on their main channel and a network of other content creators all working towards the same goal of entertaining people I’d say they’ve done a pretty good job but their Minecraft story starts a few years back.

Not everyone uses Minecraft simply to have a laugh, some people get quite competitive and one of the competitive things you can do in Minecraft is join a Survival games server. You might be wondering what survival games is. Well, it’s basically the Hunger Games without a copyright issue but that doesn’t make it any less nerve racking to play.

In the beginning, there was CaptainSparklez, and Notch saw that it was good. His first Hunger Games video may not actually have been the first of its kind (which ruins my intro if I’m honest) but as an introduction to the format there aren’t many better people on YouTube to talk you through it.

It also gives you a delightful introduction into some of the drawbacks of Minecraft back in the days before its official release.

For more Minecraft Hunger Games try out SkyDoesMinecraft, TheBajanCanadian and Vikkstar123.

 

Don't let its simplicity fool you

Don’t let its simplicity fool you

One of the more complicated aspects of Minecraft is its de facto power system. In the vanilla game, (no mods, no glory), Redstone powers your lights, your pistons, your doors.

But, if at first look you consider Redstone to be a simple beast that you can’t use to do intricate and amazing things then prepare to be shocked.

If you want to learn the basics then turn to SethBling’s Redstone lessons and then check out the rest of his channel for fun inventions and mini games built into Minecraft, using Redstone of course. If you’re looking for something mind-blowing and impressive then look no further than a personal favourite of mine, CNB Minecraft and specifically his Batcave build tutorial.

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Co-founder at Tube Chum
Journalism graduate, gamer, vaguely musical and a YouTube nut. My views are my own unless they're wrong. Co-founded @TubeChum.
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