So you’ve finally given in and are going to purchase Minecraft. Congratulations, you’re in for a great time, and you won’t regret the purchase. Hours upon hours of exploration, building, crafting, and creating are ahead of you, and it’s going to be a blast. Only one thing stands in your way- how, exactly, do you get the game?
It’s easier than you might think. Just go to Minecraft.net (the official Minecraft website, if you didn’t know) and make an account. You’ll have to enter you preferred username, password, and email. Make sure it’s a valid email, because you’ll have to validate the account with it. Nothing new or complex, right? Check your email, click the validation link, and then log in using the username and password you just created.
Assuming you just logged in, you should be back at Minecraft.net’s homepage. Take a gander at that big yellow “BUY NOW” button. It’s right next to the video showing you what Minecraft is, and underneath that blocky guy in the blue shirt, the sheep, and the pig. Go ahead and click that. Decide whether to buy a gift code (so that you can give the gift of game to somebody else), or if you’re buying the game for yourself.
Regardless, you’ll be sent to the checkout screen, where you can pay with whatever it is you would prefer to pay online with. Popular choices include Paypal, one of a handful of major credit cards, and a couple more region-dependent choices. Checkout, and congratulations! You should now be able to download Minecraft. If you ever need to re-download Minecraft, you can do it from the Minecraft.net home page, the same one where you clicked the “BUY NOW” button. In its place is a couple of links where you can either play the full version of Minecraft in a browser or download the stand-alone version so you can play without having to use your browser.
It’s generally better to download the stand-alone version, but it all depends on where you are and what you’re doing. If you’re away from home and can’t download programs, the browser version will serve you well. It’s generally slower and doesn’t have the ability to use mods and texture packs, but it’s highly portable and can be played almost anywhere. For most users, the stand-alone downloadable will give you better performance, faster loading, and allows the use of texture packs, mods, and save files.
(If you’re installing the Linux or Mac standalones, you’ve got a bit of work ahead of you. Although this link is called “Setting Up A Server, it goes into fairly decent detail on how to set up Minecraft and your OS to play nicely together: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Setting_up_a_server. It’s not terribly complex, but it can be a good bit of work if you aren’t familiar with this sort of tinkering and mucking about. If you get stuck, there are Minecraft forums: Use them!)
If you downloaded the standalone file, let Minecraft patch and do its thing. Once it’s done, or if you’re playing the browser version, congratulations! You’re well on your way to playing Minecraft, and experiencing everything that the game has to offer!
So, what do you think?
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