If you're feeling nostalgic for the old Minecraft, the version that launched all the way back in the ancient year of 2009, you can do so now. Straight from your browser, even.
Going over to classic.minecraft.net will open up a browser version of the original Minecraft. Playing in 2019, it's crazy to see how far Minecraft has come in 10 years. Today, Minecraft plays host to a wide variety of different environments and multiplayer servers. But there's none of the exotic new biomes, or anything of the sort here in Minecraft classic. Just trees, sand, gravel, and water.
Ultimately, the core mechanics of breaking down materials and building structures, remains the same and you can do so until you drop here. The game plays exactly as you remember it playing, just on your browser. It's a quick way to pass some time. I almost got too distracted from work while testing it out.
Microsoft purchased Minecraft developer Mojang from creator Markus "Notch" Persson for $2.5 billion back in 2014. While Notch has gone on to have a fruitful career promoting conspiracy theories on social media, Microsoft has built Minecraft into a cornerstone of its Xbox family of systems.
Minecraft is available on nearly every platform, and even supports cross-platform play across Xbox, Mobile, PC, and the Nintendo Switch.
With Minecraft celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, we expect to see more about the future of the series in the coming weeks. Microsoft is already planning what looks like a mobile Minecraft game with AR mechanics similar to Pokemon Go.