You drop into a world of forests, mountains, and swamps. It’s made entirely of blocks. You begin mining for bricks and stone to build a home. Suddenly, a group of creepers appears. Luckily, you have a diamond sword to fight them off.
If this sounds familiar, you’ve probably played Minecraft. Since it was released 10 years ago, Minecraft has sold more than 176 million copies. For gamers, it’s hard to imagine a world without it.
“Minecraft changed everything that came after it,” says video game expert Mizuko Ito.
Here are five reasons the game became a hit.