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How do you play "Minecraft" online?

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Play "Minecraft" online by accessing a player-run server via the Multiplayer menu at the main screen. Players can host servers using tools such as Minecraft Realms or by using a Local Area Network. "Minecraft" does not have its own online multiplayer game outside of player-run servers.

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Players who operate servers set the time of day and other world generation settings and can use operating commands to transport players around the generated map. Third-party plug-in programs such as CraftBukkit allow server operators to implement gameplay that is impossible in single-player "Minecraft." For example, third-party plug-ins allow players to use in-game currency, chat functions and player-versus-player battle. Server operators may use third-party plug-ins to enable specific rules on a given server or to run games and competitions.

While the interface for online "Minecraft" is often much different from the single-player game due to customizations, the online game is the same otherwise. Players on an online server can interact and cooperate in order to mine more resources and build bigger structures than would be feasible with a single person. Multiple players also have an easier time than single players in "The End" and "The Nether," the two alternate worlds within each generated "Minecraft" world. These dimensions feature rare resources, portals for traveling and difficult bosses such as Ender Dragon.

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