Originally Posted by nitynity
I found the option to buy minecraft through microsoft store for $19.99. I do have game pass subscription, so the price comes down to $15.99. But then it states Online multiplayer on Xbox requires Xbox Live Gold (subscription sold separately).
So is it a multiplayer game or can it be played if I purchase the CD or digital copy without additional subscription?
Both. When I first bought Minecraft for my 7yo, I didn't understand it. He had to teach me how to go into the world he created, then he would show me how to build houses and fly around. I honestly did not see the point. I ended up buying him a Realm, which is a world that stays online even when you are not logged into it. So his friends can log in, build their houses etc, and my son does not have to be online hosting a session. Anyhow, to do this, you have to have Xbox Live Gold to do the multiplayer part. (Or, in his case, play on *my* Xbox which has a Gold account.)
Now he goes straight to the Multiplayer tab and joins one of the 5 Featured servers - that's where you can find a place to play various versions of Capture the Flag or other sandbox games. You definitely have to have Gold for this.
I will say that unless you have a Party, there is no interaction between other players except for the onscreen chat. Sure, folks could type stuff that I don't want my child to read, but for the most part I haven't seen that. I guess it takes too much effort. So I have pretty much let him have free reign on multiplayer Minecraft stuff.
But if you aren't quite to that level of trust, then there is still PLENTY of stuff to do in Minecraft without multiplayer. You can create an infinite number of worlds with different characteristics - snowscapes, deserts, ocean life, panda zoos, etc. Google will give you infinite codes called seeds, which will let you do anything. You can play in Creative mode and build without danger. Once you learn the mechanics of the game, you can play in Survival mode where the bad guys come after you.
Oddly enough, I first bought Minecraft after reading an article talking about how it was a good game for kids to learn programming. The article mentioned how kids could code something quickly, then make it rain chickens in the game. Now that I've learned more about the game, I realize that the programming aspect is only for the PC edition. It is not compatible with the console edition! And this is *not* one of those games where you buy it on Xbox and you get it for free on Windows 10... they are separate. However, if you have an Xbox world, you can cross play with other consoles.
I had all of these same questions just a few months ago, so I apologize for the brain dump. I'm trying to answer all of the things that you are looking for! Good luck. (If I missed anything,
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