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Minecraft Unofficial Guide by Chris Boots-Faubert for

The guide on these pages are primarily intended for the standard version
of Minecraft, if you are looking for a guide to Minecraft: Pocket Edition, then follow this link:

Minecraft is an extremely addictive game in which the player's imagination and creativity are widely rewarded.. This is the simple answer to the question: What is Minecraft?

When you read about the game on most websites or ask gamers who are fans to describe the game to you, the most basic definition of Minecraft you will read and hear is that it is a sandbox-style game of building, survival, and adventure that was envisioned and created by the Swedish code-wizard Markus "Notch" Persson, and is now sold by his company, Mojang with versions for PC and some mobile platforms, and a version for Microsoft's Xbox 360 released in 2012. 

No, seriously, LEGO Minecraft - visit the official Minecraft Store and Believe!

A variation of the simple answer I heard from a gamer while I was covering the SecureWorld Expo for work was this: "Minecraft is LEGO for adults!"   There is more truth to that than fiction, because in the end for a lot of gamers that is precisely what Minecraft is, and particularly for players who prefer the Creative Mode of game play over Survival Mode.

A more complicated answer to the question of just what is Minecraft requires us to ask yet another question:  Have you ever heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?  This question has far more significance than it might seem, because the answer represents the entire infrastructure of the game philosophy and easily explains why it is as popular as it is.

Abraham Harold Maslow was an American professor of psychology who taught at a number of impressive schools, including Brandeis University, and Columbia University, and also happens to be the man who created Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs -- which if you think about it worked out really well since you know, it was named after him and all...  

Abraham Maslow -- Father of Modern Management Psychology 

His paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" (written and published in 1943) described his ideas about  human developmental psychology, describing the stages of growth in humans.  This is really significant because among other things, while Maslow used terms like Physiological, Safety, Belongingness and Love, Esteem, and Self-Actualization needs to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through, when you break this down to its core components -- and use a pyramid to depict them which, interestingly, Maslow never did -- you generally see them laid out as follows (with the most important at the bottom):

Self-Actualization: Morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving.

Esteem: Self-esteem, confidence, respect of self, respect by others.

Love / Belonging: Friendship, family, sexual intimacy.

Safety: Security of person, resources, morality, the family, health, property.

Physiological: Breathing, shelter, personal safety, food, water, sex, sleep.

First we should point out that McDonald's is nowhere on that list, and second, that sex appears in several places, but more important than that, the list begins not at the top but at the bottom -- and the world of Minecraft (minus the sex sadly) is the perfect laboratory to simulate the base for Maslow's hierarchy of needs!  That alone makes this one of the most brilliant games ever conceived, because in its simplicity it is an elegant hack that just happens to nail all but one of those base needs to a "T" it does. 

Minecraft as a game focuses upon creativity and building, using a variety of textured cubes within its 3D world to allow gamers to create, build, and experiment by finding and using the resources that exist in that world. 

Originally it included only the single-player survival mode, but as it approaches its next commercial release on the Xbox 360 LIVE Arcade platform, the game has expanded to include three well-defined modes: Survival, Creative, and Hardcore Survival -- with the third mode basically consisting of the Survival mode but locked on the highest difficulty, and having real consequences for dying in the game.

Markus "Notch" Persson, Creator of Minecraft

In Survival mode, the player must construct their own shelter and obtain food to stay alive, while in Creative mode the emphasis is simply to make things -- and when we say make things we do not mean boats, houses, or castles, but THINGS.  Devices, contraptions, pig-flinging canon, you name it!  The sky is the limit!  Literally!

Another interesting aspect of the gaming world and experience that is to be found here is that for the most part it is a game whose fun is created by the gamer -- that is to say that there is no real set way to play it -- it is not a rail-based game, and there is no right way to play.  Having said that, gamers who are new to the world of Minecraft will find this guide to be indispensable, because within it you will find the basic information, tips, and tricks as well as pointers towards a more advanced play -- from obtaining the ability to survive to really thriving in this world of basics.

The alpha version of the game was released on May 17th, 2009, and its beta version followed  on December 20th, 2010 -- emerging from beta on November 18th, 2011, and quickly gaining wide commercial support from the gaming community that has grown up around it.

Minecraft is available on multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OSX, Microsoft Windows, Xperia Play, with a commercial release scheduled on the Xbox 360 console some time in 2012.  In addition to the installation-versions, there is also a web-based version that can be played from any browser as long as you own a game license and login.

That tells you all that you need to know -- and now it is time to go out and buy a copy, register it, and create your login -- at the main screen, create a new world in survival mode and tell the game to construct it -- and once it has done that, it is time to play Minecraft.

The Arch-Nemesis and Vision from Our Nightmares 

As you can tell from the by-line, the Unofficial SuperCheats Guide to Minecraft was written as a collaboration between Peter Boots-Faubert, and CM Boots-Faubert.  While Chris played the game for the purposes of writing this guide, Peter is a fan of the game, and has been playing it since the release of the second beta version.   The game version used for the creation of this guide is the full retail version for Windows PC, played without any mods or added content.

The vast body of the guide was written by Peter, but because it was created through play of the PC version, and because the PC version is at present the dominant version, it was written with a heavy emphasis upon the strategies and play that apply to that version of the game.  This was an error that was not caught until the guide was mostly completed, and passed on to Chris to be edited.

The realization that the guide was narrowly structured for the PC version presented something of a quandary because the purpose of this guide in addition to serving as a useful and entertaining reference source for the PC version, is also to serve as the core resource for gamers playing the Xbox 360 version of the game.  This is important because while the original PC version of the game is widely popular and enjoys an incredible following among PC gamers, it is one of a handful of PC games whose cross-over appeal convinced console gamers to play it on PC -- though among that community there are plenty of gamers who have vocally pointed out that they are just waiting for the console version of the game to arrive.

A prediction of the future for Xbox Gamers

That being the case, the discovery that the guide was not structured to allow for the easy integration of and expansion for the console version (Mojang has confirmed that the only version of the game for console play will be on the Xbox 360) the decision was made on the literal day that the guide was supposed to be submitted for publication to recast it completely -- so we tore it apart and rebuilt it in its present form in order to make updating and expanding it later a more workable process.

Having said all of that it behooves us to point out that this fact notwithstanding, our recasting the guide to make the integration of the console version a major element of its focus in no way detracts from its value to players of the PC (Windows and Linux) and mobile versions (and we do plan to expand the content that applies specifically to the mobile versions later).

Some of the versions are more restrictive, some (notably the Linux Version) require the player to have at least a minimum of system and server administrative skills to really get the best out of the game -- but in the end they all share a common thread of strategy and play style that easily translates into one game, one goal, and one voice.

As we close out this Introduction we want to expressly thank our editor, Rich, for his patience with us while we re-wrote the guide.  He was expecting it on a Tuesday and did not receive it until the following Sunday -- not an ideal set of circumstances -- but we are confident that the quality of its structure and content, and the process of making the guide more flexible for updating and expanding it makes it all worth it.

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mi favorite game add me on ps3 : philiprock123: only if u wanna have fun
i kno how to build everything just invite me

Added 19th Nov 2015, ID #626621

I love the animals and the plants! Especially the cat and dogs! :D

Added 5th Oct 2015, ID #614274

cool game

Added 3rd Oct 2015, ID #613546

guest is an idiot!

Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580673

If anyone wants to add me on PS3 to play on my psn is ntl52_usarmy My name is Liliana btw

Added 19th Jun 2015, ID #572273

How do i hatch the ender dragon egg in minecraft xbox 360 edition

Added 8th Jun 2015, ID #567413

How do you name villagers

Added 29th May 2015, ID #562838

get an anvil then a spawn villasger and name the egg the name u want

Added 8th Jun 2015, ID #567247

Where can u find iron on mincraft

Added 25th Apr 2015, ID #547593


Added 28th Apr 2015, ID #549104

I love minecraft and

Added 13th Apr 2015, ID #542292

Hi I want to know how to get a colourful and sandy world. I can't believe how much I love this game.Hope you reply.

Added 9th Apr 2015, ID #540193

Lol I love Minecraft

Added 19th Mar 2015, ID #530511

yeah it is i play it on pe xbox360

Added 17th Feb 2015, ID #517203

its beautiful game minecraft

Added 14th Feb 2015, ID #516139

How do u get stamps world on your own[size=12][u][i][b][/b] [/i] [/u] [/size] minecraft PE
Pocket addition

Added 7th Feb 2015, ID #513057

How do u build the engies for a spaceship in minecraft please help me.

Added 26th Jan 2015, ID #507747

how do you get mods on the xbox one

Added 24th Jan 2015, ID #506492

Please het me how to get a horses in minecraft thank you if you do that.

Added 11th Jan 2015, ID #499832

To make flint and steel you need a iron bigot and some flint sometimes gotten after a cheaper explodes.

Added 28th Dec 2014, ID #491671

Hi was wondering if you could help me.
My 9 AND 10 yr olds boys have been harrasing me about getting codes for cheats on minecraft XBox 360.
Could you please email me on
Thank you

Added 23rd Nov 2014, ID #475016

you have to kina tap the screen when you have some health taken away then you will re-gen! if it doesent work, try again and again.[THIS IS ONLY FOR PE MINECRAFT]

Added 29th Oct 2014, ID #464590

Lol minecraft is the BEST GAME EVER!!!!😁 love it! [color=purple[img][/img] ][/color]

Added 23rd Oct 2014, ID #462139


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Added 27th Sep 2014, ID #452033

As the PE game begins to catch up with the main version those features will be added.

Added 1st Sep 2014, ID #443118

minecraft is best everyone

Added 23rd Aug 2014, ID #439960

i LOVE minecraft!!! I have minecraft pe version 0.9.5 right now.

Added 18th Aug 2014, ID #437813

give me all the cheats you know
seed to pls

Added 13th Aug 2014, ID #435814

Get flint and steel

Added 10th Aug 2014, ID #434333

i dont know how to change your skin in minecraft pe but i do know how to change it on pc\macc edtion

Added 2nd Aug 2014, ID #429781

Minecraft is really good I recommend it on the Xbox 360 elite

Added 1st Aug 2014, ID #429023

What is a Mac

Added 8th Aug 2015, ID #595472

minecraft is cool

Added 31st Jul 2014, ID #428463

How do you Move around on the ipad ,I'm new at minecraft!

Added 18th May 2014, ID #385130

how do you get mods on minecraft without online.

Added 24th Feb 2014, ID #358601

Minecraf is the best my goal in minecraft is to find hero brine

Added 18th Feb 2014, ID #356246

how to make a rocket engine

Added 10th Feb 2014, ID #353691

Be happy now powwow

Added 28th May 2015, ID #562415

someone please explain how i can get other things into the game for my herobrine obsessed five year old. i completely do not understand the game. How can I set it where other people are in the same world that we are in? Please giver a mama some help here, just trying to make the boy happy. Thanks. Cntct me.

Added 2nd Feb 2014, ID #351174

I love minecraft

Added 30th Jan 2014, ID #349740

how do you get steel I have found gold and other things but I do not know about the steel

Added 14th Jan 2014, ID #343875

Get Minecraft on the ps3 it has the best grafics and really good online servers

Added 27th Dec 2013, ID #334963

The reason you might not be able is that you might not be digging far enough. try going to Y=12.

Added 16th Dec 2013, ID #330202

Minecraft is the best!

Added 14th Dec 2013, ID #329318

minecraft rocks

Added 10th Dec 2013, ID #327830

minecraft is my favorite game of all, thee was a glitch and i made a controllable car it killed me

Added 30th Nov 2013, ID #323989

Here is a great seed for Xbox 360 & PC, seed: theworstseedever no spaces no caps lock just nothing

Added 23rd Nov 2013, ID #321321

you can ride a pig if you get a sadle

Added 18th Nov 2013, ID #320283

How do we use the cheats I'm new at this

Added 15th Nov 2013, ID #319689

Download Skin Stealer and you can change the skin in mc pe ,hope it will help you

Added 15th Nov 2013, ID #319559

I know some seeds for minecraft ( here they are:
Have any questions or want more seeds? Contact me at
I hope that this was helpful!

Added 9th Nov 2013, ID #318646

It was

Added 9th Jul 2015, ID #582127

I love mincraft

Added 22nd Sep 2013, ID #310749

Secret updates are back! (Shhhhhhh!!!)

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