but I have never played a game where I have been more immersed...as if I was really IN the game.
Minecraft is what took me away from FFXIV. So you're right, and how sad is that for 'triple A' games.
Anyway I want to address your quote. The reason you're so immersed in Minecraft isnt because he did an awesome job at presentation. It has everything to do with the fact that at no point in that game are you EVER wrestling with the interface.
It's smartly designed, minimal, reactive, quick, intuitive. At no point are you thinking about pressing a button 5 times to get it to react, waiting for a menu to load, waiting for a synthesis to end. No. BAM, BOOM, DONE! You never stop 'playing' to wait for the game to catch up to you. Because of this, you can forget you're sitting at a PC pressing buttons, it becomes easy to lose yourself to the simulation.
Minecraft deserves much attention for having made a game RIGHT. Large idiotic studios that have forgotten these simple basics hopefully will be green with envy at his profit margins. Maybe then they'd try to learn from him, the things they established and forgot a generation ago. Edited, Nov 16th 2010 3:47pm by RattyBatty