Minecraft for a PC can be purchased and downloaded from Minecraft's official website. Both the current edition as well as the old version are available.
Minecraft must be purchased before it can be downloaded — the downloadable form is called the stand-alone launcher and boasts the ability to be played offline after the first time the player connects. The game also features updates to ensure that user is able to experience the advancements as they come.
For users who are operating on a PC that is unable to download the current version of the game, an older version is provided for purchase. Once downloaded, the game needs to be saved onto the PC rather than run, as stated by Minecraft. Additionally, those who opt for the older version must install Java for Minecraft to work.
The game was created for the purpose of exploration, according to the Washington Post, and features boundless possibilities of constructing and breaking down block figures. Minecraft also allows gamers to connect and play together from different devices, which stresses the importance of teamwork and group development. The video game is available for users of all ages, but should be noted that children 12 and under require a parent or guardian to install the game and register the child.