However, according to game designer and former Microsoft executive Peter Molyneux, the company's initial reaction to the game when it was first revealed was a little more lukewarm.
I can remember being at Microsoft and people laughing at Minecraft, [saying] Minecraft doesn't have a tutorial, it doesn't have any adversaries, it doesn't have any story, it [has] rubbish graphics – but they missed the point.
It was a game that allowed players true freedom, and it nurtured that freedom. It was like this flash of lightning in a clear blue sky.
This should be recognised as the greatest game ever designed and ever made.
On the podcast – which tasks its guests with picking five games they'd include on their fictional dream games console – saw Molyneux also select Wizardry, ICO, Half-Life 2 and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
What would be the name of this console? The Exaggerator, he says. No matter what you think of Molyneux, you can't say he doesn't have a sense of humour.