Minecraft is one of the most famous games in the entire world at this moment. The blocks building game has exploded in popularity over the last years. And for a good reason, as this game is fun not only as a single player, but also as part of a party. When it comes to playing minecraft with friends, there are some certain, concise ways in which you can do it for the ultimate experience and fun.
First of all, let’s get some Minecraft facts straight, as you might be unfamiliar with this acclaimed title. It was launched in November of 2011 and it quickly became a favorite with children at first. Then, thanks to streaming services and the YouTube craze, Minecraft turned into one of the most streamed video games ever, which is still the case today. It’s fun for the gamer, and his fans on the various streaming services.
Minecraft generated no less than $415 million in revenue in 2020 alone, with a $110 million plus from mobile revenue. Every month, there are more than 100 million people playing the game. When it comes to all of its formats, Minecraft has sold more than 200 million (yes, million!) copies worldwide. The free edition of Minecraft in China has been downloaded more than 400 million times!
How To Play Minecraft With Friends
Right, now that we’ve covered the basics of Minecraft, let’s dive into the secrets of how you can turn this blocks building game into a fun adventure for the entire crew of you and your friends. Minecraft with friends is an absolute perfect time passer. Why? Because it envelops the entire spectrum of features you’d find with any other multiplayer game, but in the classic Minecraft style.
LAN is the abbreviation for Local Area Network. This is one of the best options for playing Minecraft with your friends, especially when you have company over, or are doing a gaming night, or weekend, and can play on the same WiFi or ethernet network. All that you have to do in order to start this up is a host computer, one that is powerful enough to be able to run the game, as well as act as the server everybody else will be connecting to.
If you've got one of these powerful computers around, this option is ideal, and can be set up in a heartbeat from the game's menu. In terms of safety, LAN gaming is perfect for any parent, as there's no way anyone from outside the house can interfere with the gameplay.
Don't look at the term "server" as if it's some kind of a scary entity. Connecting to a public server that's filled with strangers can be a tad weird if you're a little kid, or a parent of a little one. But making your own private server, much of the risks associated with the open-world of the online are mitigated. You can decide who is getting through and playing Minecraft, be it just your friends and their buddies, or just you and another player, it's all up to you.
For a private server with Minecraft, you'll need a private IP address that's stable and lets you run the server for all of the players who are about to connect to it. Invite the people you know on your server, such as your friends, and never let anyone else from the outside coming in to play. Invite people you know, and trust, and leave others to get their own private servers, as you did.
The third option in our arsenal of playing Minecraft with friends is the Realms. These are virtual servers that you can rent and have your kids and their friends play on them at their will. It's similar to setting up your own private servers, but the entire thing is done for you and you don't have to get your hands dirty with setups and... set downs!
As far as setup goes, you just go on one of the Realms, click on the "Create a World" button and then start the process. It's easy and fast. Realms also come with built-in protections, so that your kids are safe while playing. You cannot get into someone else's Realm without an invite, so there's no risk of having someone jump in, as it is with a private server.
The only downside of this is the monthly subscription fee, set at $7.99 per Realm which lets up to 10 players enjoy Minecraft together for 30 days.