Minefaire Twin Cities
Photo courtesy Minefaire
Every once in a while a video game comes along, and it’s so special that it ends up changing the industry’s landscape—quite literally in this case. I’m of course talking about Minecraft—a game so popular it holds the rank of the second best-selling standalone video game of all time with more than 122 million units sold, only trailing a little game called Tetris.
Like virtual Legos, Minecraft asks people of all ages to put their creativity to the test, and allows them to build entirely new worlds block-by-block. To paint a picture of this, PC Gamer has put together a list of the 40 best Minecraft custom maps created by users from across the globe. Some of these meticulously built worlds include maps from other popular gaming franchises such as World of Warcraft, Zelda, and Far Cry, as well as inventive original worlds from the imaginations of players.
And now, making its way to the Twin Cities for the first time, super fans can take their love from the virtual playground to the Saint Paul RiverCentre for Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Fan Experience—the nation’s No. 1 event for Minecraft.
Spread out over 100,000 square feet and drawing crowds of up to 15,000—the event has previously set a Guinness World Record for largest convention for a single video game—visitors will be able to engage in a number of hands-on activities, including the Minecraft Virtual Reality Experience, Learning Lab, and YouTube Meet & Greets where Minecraft YouTube superstars will share their tips and tricks, and more.
But don’t just take my word for it, you can check out all the action for yourself:
“Minefaire is an opportunity to connect with your kids through their favorite game and have a blast,” says Minefaire Co-Founder Chad Collins. “We have created a one-of-a-kind Minecraft experience that introduces like-minded children to one another and inspires the next generation of engineers and architects. We want to ensure our children are building valuable learning skills as they play.”
When: Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 55102
Tickets: All-inclusive tickets start at $49, and children age two and under get in free.