Minecraft is having a major resurgence with YouTubers like Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg making it popular again. In August, it was the second highest selling game according to the NPDs - a group that tracks the sale of consumer goods.
Despite releasing 10 years ago in 2009, the sandbox game has dominated streaming platforms in 2019. However, one YouTuber took it upon himself to show that canines can also build their most deepest desires.
In a video uploaded on September 29, Liam Thompson introduced his channel to his dog Max, who he was going to train to play Minecraft. “Playing games like Minecraft are super fun with your friends. I’m gonna teach my dog how to play Minecraft!" he exclaimed.
The determined YouTuber had a makeshift keyboard setup where he popped all the keys off, only leaving two which he was using for walking and mining. He then took two pieces of cardboard and taped them to each key, so that the canine only had to press his paw down on two squares to interact with the game.
Using positive reinforcement, Liam rewarded the pup with a treat every time he pressed his paw down, which naturally over time would make the dog learn to press the buttons for more food.
Hilariously, the animal was able to destroy some blocks and even managed to kill a spider enemy. The YouTuber seemed happy with the experiment, and said: “We managed to get Max to destroy stuff. We managed to get him to walk. He’s got all the basics covered of a Minecrafter!"
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Minecraft has continued to perform insanely well on YouTube and Twitch. According to TwitchMetrics, it was the eighth most watched and fifth most streamed category overall in September, and is routinely in the top 10 most watched in the daily rankings.
On YouTube Gaming, the popular sandbox title often ranks at number two, largely fueled by PewDiePie who is the biggest channel on YouTube with over 100 million subscribers, and his wildly popular Minecraft series.
While the Minecraft craze shows no signs of slowing down, it’s safe to say now that everyone has tried it – even dogs.
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