According to Wikipedia, Minecraft "is a sandbox building video game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. It is currently in development, originally by creator Markus "Notch" Persson and now by his company formed from the proceeds of the game, Mojang Specifications. Minecraft has been developed on the Java platform. The gameplay is inspired by Dwarf Fortress, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Dungeon Keeper, and Infiniminer. The game is divided into two main modes, Alpha and Classic, where Classic is focused entirely on construction while Alpha additionally contains enemies, a health meter, and additional features and items. Alpha is the currently updated version of the game.
Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 17, 2009 on the TIGSource forums, where it gained a considerable level of popularity. It has been continually updated and patched since then, and while still an alpha release, it has garnered hundreds of thousands of sales and critical notice and acclaim from many reviewers."
On MeFightclub, Minecraft-obsession caused an influx of new players in the late summer/autumn of 2010. Most were drawn by TooMuchPete's survival multiplayer server Aporkalypse.
In case you accidentally update your client, here are the .jar files for older versions. As of March 2013 Aporkalypse was running V1.4.5 as this remained the latest official bukkit enhancement release.
- minecraft.jar, Minecraft 1.4.5
- minecraft.jar, Minecraft 1.4.6
- minecraft.jar, Minecraft 1.4.7
- minecraft.jar, Minecraft 1.5
- minecraft.jar, Minecraft 1.5.1
- Aporkalypse - survival multiplayer server run by TooMuchPete
- Aporkalypse FAQ
- Starter Guide to Aporkalypse
- Minecraft Tutorials