A discussion essay written by AquaHeart It's very hard to say. The world, technology, and just everything, is developing faster, faster, and faster. New information, new media, are bursting out at an exponential rate. We've already seen many games challenge the popularity of Minecraft. League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, GTA, Overwatch, Call Of Duty, Undertale, Roblox... the list goes on and on. You see, some of us are getting tricked into the mindset of what I like to call the "common talk" mindset. Allow me to explain. Two years ago, barely anyone talked about how much America sucks, how America is losing to all the other countries, and how it's no longer the world's greatest country. Last year, The Donald told us about all that. Not only are all the Americans talking about it and thinking that way, but people from other parts of the world, especially China and Europe, are starting to think the same way: They're gaining power and America is nowhere as powerful as it used to be. Same with Minecraft. In 2014/15, "Minecraft is a dying game" was not at all a major topic of discussion. In fact, thousands of people would bash you for saying that. Then in 2016, Roblox became this huge new thing, even though it's just a single year younger than Minecraft, and so many players believed that Roblox was a new game. People were starting to quit Minecraft and pour into all the other popular games. It kind of disappointed me, but what disappointed me even more, is that there's now a whole new topic of discussion: "Minecraft is a dying game". More and more people quit because of that. Due to this new talk, people thought they were being left out and started to quit. Then, having quit Minecraft, they support the talk and make more people quit Minecraft. Thus the cycle continues. Minecraft first of all is NOT dying. If you want to show me Google Trends data as evidence that it is indeed dying, well my friend, I am one step ahead of you. Google Trends is only a tool to measure how much Minecraft is searched up on Google. Back in 2012/2013, people were pouring into Minecraft and they were all noobs. They needed guides, they needed inspiration, they needed everything. And Google was their perfect answer. I joined Minecraft in November 2013, and it was a very different place back then. People were CRAZY about Minecraft back then. That was back in the day when Survival Games was even more popular than today's Skywars and Bedwars (or Money Wars). When Mitch was the boss. Sky was the boss. Jerome was the boss. Dan was doing OK, but certainly nowhere close to where he is now. Pat, SSundee, Unspeakable, Log, Grian, and a lot more that are now very popular today, were all relatively unknown. I was in fifth grade back then. My classmates would play it so often after school, that it seems like it took over everyone's lives. I have NEVER seen this phenomenon happen before. Nor did a lot of the parents. I don't know about you guys. For many, life suddenly changed from: Get up - Get ready - Go to school - Play tag at recess - Classes - Lunch - Classes - Go home - Do homework - Play soccer - Dinner - Bed To: Get up - Get ready - Build a nice new house on the school bus - Talk about Factions at recess - Classes - Talk about Minecraft songs and YouTubers at lunch - Classes - Play more Minecraft on the school bus home - Play even more Minecraft at home, sometimes with some real life friends - Dinner - Do homework - Bed, but not before watching just a few more Minecraft videos. Now those people, including me, have grown up. We're teenagers now, and many of us are getting tired of Minecraft due to its lack of straight action. And because we have gotten bored of it, we start to think it's a boring game. And so we tell our younger siblings, the would-be next generation of Minecraft players, that it's a boring game, because many of us are jerks. Thus, the new young audience is slowing down its incoming rate and those already in are getting dragged out. Sure, Minecraft is no longer as much of a thing as it was before, but it's still nowhere near dead. And all this decreasing in fame has not many reasons to blame except some of the old generation players. Those selfish people have decided that just because their fun is done, that the fun of all their close ones are also done, too. Thus this "Minecraft is dying" talk. Seriously, 10 million players still play Hypixel, every day. "Dying"? Not even close. In a few years time, if this phenomenon continues, the rest of the relatively new players will slowly leave Minecraft. Some of the old players might find themselves so attached that they find themselves just unable to quit. And since the new updates are starting to get kind-of-good again after that disastrous 1.9 update, there will always be that portion of players staying. But as stated in one of AntVenom's videos, Microsoft is taking a new approach to Minecraft, to make it a Lego-like game. I personally do not appreciate this, and it is in my opinion a big step in the wrong direction. If players start getting robbed of their temptation to create as they please, people will start to quit Minecraft faster than ever before. Then the same "Minecraft is dying" phenomenon will happen all over again. And that might be the real death of Minecraft, which I'm sure none of us here want to witness. I really don't like the things Microsoft has done to Minecraft, especially the Combat Update. The new combat cooldown has made players and entire servers like Hypixel mad. Version switching was never much of an issue before. Now people need to switch versions so often because they want the PvP and creation experience equally much. I think Microsoft is just going to make one silly mistake after another and slowly ruin the game. I have no idea how to save this situation. But what I do know is that we can all do our best by not adding more bad energy. Stop telling everyone that Minecraft is dying, and instead, leave them up to their opinion. Make the community better by being a good member: Don't act like a 6 year old, don't create unnecessary drama, and don't hack or grief. Thanks for reading.