The Hunger Games told us the story of the post-apocalyptic Panem, where two Tributes from each of the twelve Districts are selected each year to participate in the Hunger Games. A fight to the death where in the end there can be only one.
Now you can experience all of the fun of fighting to the death with random strangers, just like in the Hunger Games, by playing Minecraft.
Minecraft? Yes, Minecraft, the popular sandbox game where players can construct their own world by mining materials and building everything from shovels to condos, all made from cubes.
Hunger Games Minecraft survival servers have started popping up all over the internet. Gameplay can vary depending upon the server, but in general you sign up for a specific timed game. The games each host 24 Tributes, just like in the Hunger Games.
The beginning of the game is a re-enactment of the action in the movie. The Tributes appear in a big circle around a pile of supplies in the center. You have only a few seconds before the timer counts down and the games begin. At this point it becomes a mad dash to grab supplies and avoid getting killed before heading off into the wilderness.
Unlike regular Minecraft, in the Survival Games the players don’t waste time building things. Instead they must scavenge whatever they can find scattered about the landscape. Then you settle down to the business of hunting and getting hunted by the other Tributes.
You can form alliances, but you have to be careful because they can turn on you at any moment. In the end there is only one winner, so eventually all alliances must end.
When you run into another player, it is usually a mad scramble to attack each other if you have a nice weapon, or attempt to escape if you do not so that you can keep looking. Meanwhile the cannon will sound every time one of the other Tributes is slain. You can check at any time to see how many players remain.
Eventually you will either win or be killed. You can hang around to watch the action if you are killed, so that at least your ghost can see how it all comes out.
I have to admit, it sounds like a lot of fun. I have never even played Minecraft, but this gives me the perfect excuse to give the game a try. Survival Games servers are showing up all over and you can see a list of them at the Minecraft Survival Games website.
Minecraft itself is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens. It also has music by C418! So far 29,698,515 people have registered and 5,981,579 people bought the game (According to the Minecraft Website).
If you’d like to see the game before you consider buying it, check out the video below that tells you how to survive your first day playing Minecraft.
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