When Minecraft was released more than ten years ago, it revolutionized gaming.

The premise was straightforward: you drop into an open world with nothing but your fists and wits. There are no clear goals, but you’re given a blank canvas to build, survive, or just wander for hours on end. As you keep yourself fed and healthy, you must make sure to find safe cover when the monsters come out at night. So simple, but so engrossing. Once you play, you’ll quickly realize why the game has only grown more popular over time. 

“Besides a short list of rulesets and parameters for gameplay, Minecraft is otherwise boundless,” gamer and actress AtomicMari explained to Complex. “The first time I played Minecraft was in 2014. Those initial moments of discovery—of crafting my first pickaxe and shelter, happening upon diamonds, and getting attacked by skeletons—are preserved by YouTube videos I made at that time.” 

This never-ending story transfixed into an endless game loop has made Minecraft one of the best-selling video games of all time, with over 200 million copies in the hands of players since it launched in 2011. 

The popularity of the sandbox with all the toys and tools you could ever want has created a community that’s never stopped growing. Players have designed replicas of structures from their favorite TV shows, rollercoasters, and even full-scale real world architecture. In short, the game’s only limitation is your imagination. 

Unlike most video games with set linear paths or constant prompting telling you exactly what to do, Minecraft has no real objective and lets you play however you want. And that freedom is what makes the game so appealing to multiple generations of explorers and creators. Your modern AAA video game running on the fastest engine and biggest computer will actually look more dated in a decade than any Minecraft block-creation.