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Fans Of Minecraft Converge On NRG Center

Houston Matters visits Minefaire, the convention for fans of the video game Minecraft.

Minefaire Costume Contest
Kids compete in a Minecraft costume contest at Minefaire, a travelling expo for the video game, at NRG Center, May 19, 2018.

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Fans of the video game Minecraft converged on Houston last weekend (May 19-20) for Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience, a hands-on interactive festival of all things Minecraft.

If you haven't played it – or you don't have kids – Minecraft is a series of video games that's like virtual Legos. Players can build an endless possibility of scenes and environments, in which they can do whatever their imagination (and sometimes their coding abilities) will allow.

Michael Hagerty went to NRG Center to meet the event's organizers, some Minecraft fans, and their parents to learn why this game is such a phenomenon.

  • Kids and parents wait in line to meet Houston-based Minecraft YouTube star Unspeakable at Minefaire at NRG Center on May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Kids and parents wait in line to meet Houston-based Minecraft YouTube star Unspeakable at Minefaire at NRG Center on May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Houston-based Minecraft YouTube star Unspeakable signs autographs for fans at Minefaire, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Houston-based Minecraft YouTube star Unspeakable signs autographs for fans at Minefaire, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A young man poses in his Minecraft costume at Minefaire, a travelling expo for the popular video game series. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A young man poses in his Minecraft costume at Minefaire, a travelling expo for the popular video game series. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Brian Dickman, aka "cleverlike" in the Minecraft world, prepares to host a gaming session at Minefaire. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Brian Dickman, aka "cleverlike" in the Minecraft world, prepares to host a gaming session at Minefaire. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Kids and their parents wait for a Minecraft gaming demo at Minefaire, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Kids and their parents wait for a Minecraft gaming demo at Minefaire, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Gabe Young, a founder and organizer of Minefaire, a travelling expo celebrating the Minecraft video game series. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Gabe Young, a founder and organizer of Minefaire, a travelling expo celebrating the Minecraft video game series. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Kids compete in a Minecraft costume contest at Minefaire, a travelling expo for the video game, at NRG Center, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Kids compete in a Minecraft costume contest at Minefaire, a travelling expo for the video game, at NRG Center, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Kids play the video game Minecraft at Minefaire, a travelling expo for fans of the game. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Kids play the video game Minecraft at Minefaire, a travelling expo for fans of the game. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Houston-based Minecraft YouTube star Unspeakable poses with a fan at Minefaire, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Houston-based Minecraft YouTube star Unspeakable poses with a fan at Minefaire, May 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)

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