The recipient of widespread praise, Minecraft is a game which has captivated millions. Awarded with the Innovation, Best Downloadable Game, Best Debut Game, Golden Joystick, and Audience Awards, this little indie sandbox has sold over 33 million copies as of October 2013; 12.5 million of that on PC alone. Created in 2011 by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and developed by Mojang, Minecraft was said to be “instantly memorable” by IGN. The game has two primary play modes which appeal to adventures and creators alike. In Survival Mode, you can explore the world around you, harvest resources, and build a fortress to keep you safe from the monsters that come out once the sun drops. Defend yourself from zombies, skeletons, spiders, and more if you’re brave enough to venture into the dark. Explore the depths of the Neather Fortresses and see how close you can come to defeating the Ender Dragon in The End. For those who prefer games without battle, Minecraft includes Creative Mode. Use it to create monoliths and labyrinths or even to recreate your favorite locations from your favorite shows. Get together with a group of friends and build a game that’s never been made before. The options are endless.
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Why would you combine these two? A dedicated server for your Minecraft seed would offer the higher performances while supporting a larger number of player slots. This accommodates the ever growing online community around the game. You are provided with optimal levels of flexibility because of the root access you are granted to your server. This enables you to allocate the RAM or CPU however you choose to most benefit your world. A dedicated server is also more secure as the threat of attack is lessened. No need to worry if someone else’s server spikes in traffic, your system will remain unaffected because your resources are not shared across multiple servers. No matter how you look at it, it’s near impossible to go wrong with a server dedicated solely to your Minecraft world.