nwerner wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 10:52: apparently Lord British considers 'Minecraft' an app--not a game.
Minecraft is more like a "design your own game" kit rather than a game in and of itself (which is what makes it so compelling to play with, frankly). It's a lot like digital Legos. You can have a lot of fun with Legos but the fun comes in what you make of them not from the blocks themselves.
Designers in the game industry have been driven by the publishing houses to "design" more of the same. They do that because it's what keeps them employed. Some of them couldn't come up with an original idea to save their lives and others are just too scared to try. Most of the truly original stuff comes out of the indie game world and anything that truly catches on with players is quickly usurped into the commercial realm and iterated into oblivion. It's not something that is unique to gaming either as it happens in film, TV and novels too. Anything that is uniquely entertaining this year will be next year's, "Jesus Christ! More of this?"