Minecraft multiplayer gaming is one of the most popular activities that players engage in. There are three main ways you can play a Minecraft multiplayer game, and we’ll do our best to clearly and simply explain each of the three:
- Minecraft Multiplayer Gaming on a Local Area Network (LAN)
- Minecraft Multiplayer Gaming on an Online Server
- Minecraft Multiplayer Gaming on Minecraft Realms
Minecraft Multiplayer Gaming on a Local Area Network (LAN)
Two or more people on the same network (your home WiFi network, for example) can play Minecraft together and the process is fairly straightforward. One player takes the role of the host. To do so, they select an existing world or create a new world, and then click the escape key (Esc). From the options menu, the host player then clicks the Open to LAN option and selects whether the gameplay will be survival, creative or adventure gameplay. After setting the games various option, the host player then clicks the Start LAN World option. Once they have done so, other users on the network can then join the game.
Minecraft Multiplayer Gaming on an Online Server
Multiplayer Minecraft servers allow people to play Minecraft together over the Internet. Minecraft provides server software allowing anyone to install and create their own Minecraft server. Minecraft server setup, administration and maintenance are each topics of their own that require their own articles to explain.
Joining a Minecraft server game that is online requires that one knows the IP address of the Minecraft server they wish to join. There are thousands of Minecraft servers available to play on and they can readily be found on sites like this one as well as by performing a quick Internet search. From the main Minecraft menu, click the Multiplayer option and enter the IP address of the Minecraft server. Once connected the player can then select from the myriad of gameplay options available.
Minecraft Multiplayer Gaming on Minecraft Realms
Minecraft Realms is Mojang’s own solution to server hosting. The use the service, the user pays Mojang directly. Mojang claims their benefit as quick and easy server setup. One clear limitation is that games are limited to ten players at the time of writing this article. Setting up a Realms server is done right from the Minecraft game itself.