Have you been bitten by the Minecraft bug yet?  If not, know this, the descent in to the mine is easy…

This brilliantly simple game has sucked up many hours of many gamers all over the globe.  Developed by Markus Persson, alias Notch, the game has spread like wildfire, even gaining mainstream media attention.  Pretty good for an independent game developer!

It’s no wonder the game has become so popular, though.  Minecraft has broad appeal, tapping in to the player’s imagination and creativity while still presenting challenges.  It lets you build pretty much anything you want in a randomly generated world during the day, and then forces you to defend yourself from zombies, skeletons, giant spiders, and the explosive creepers at night.  Exploration!  Adventure!  Building huge, impossible structures!  What isn’t to love?