Every now and then, a game comes along that you just know is going to survive the test of time. Without a single doubt, a lot of us thought exactly that when we first saw Minecraft. It was just so beautiful in its simplicity yet endless in what you can do with it.
As a result, Minecraft has been around forever now, and a lot of use have been playing t since right at the beginning. Here’s the ting though, it isn’t just the loyal old-school fan base keeping it afloat and relevant, there’s also wave after wave of new enthusiasts breaking into it. As a result of this, we’re seeing unprecedented things such as parents passing it down to their kids.
Because of all of this, Minecraft still holds firm as one of the most popular games of all time. And, we think it deserves that title. Admittedly, we may be biased though, as most of us have been playing it from the start and still do from time to time. It’s not the kind of game that you ever just decide that you’re finished with.
So, recently we decided to see exactly who had been playing it for the longest. But, when we went to try and find this information, it actually ended up taking us quite a while to find it. This made us want to check the forums to see were others having the same difficulty, and, lo and behold, quite a few of you were.
So, though we realize this is some pretty niche info, we decided to put together this little guide to help you find out the age of your account. That way, you can settle your disputes much quicker than we managed to settle ours!
How old is my Minecraft Account?…
If you happen to be one of the original wave of players of Minecraft, the chances are good that you started your account so long ago that you can’t even remember when it was. Though younger gamers will joke that our collective lack of memory here is due to the onset of years, we are on your side here.
Unfortunately, finding the answers to this question aren’t anywhere near as easy as you’d expect. We have to admit that we found this pretty strange. With a lot of games from this era, they still track how many hours you’ve been playing and what date you started, but that’s just not the case here.
That being said, this doesn’t mean that finding out isn’t impossible. It’s just that the info can’t be found through the channels that you would have expected. On your current platform, if you have a migrated account, this will tell you what date you migrated. For some of you, that will give you some idea of how old your account is.
Bizarrely, there isn’t a single feature or setting within the entire game that gives you the exact date though. Instead, you will need to go another route entirely to get what you need.
For us, one of us managed to find the exact date they started playing Minecraft by checking their PayPal history and scrolling all the way back to 2013. Another had to go through their banking history by guessing the year of purchase and looking for the relevant online purchase info.
Really, these approaches do work, but they are quite time consuming for such a small and essentially meaningless piece of information. But, after two of us had found the info this way, the next person to find the info had the breakthrough thought, “why not just have a look at your Mojang account?”
This was the “eureka” moment that we had been waiting for. And, to be honest, we were furious that we hadn’t thought of it straight away. But hey, our job is to make these mistakes so that you don’t have to.
So, all you need to do is go into the settings on your Mojang account by going into the “me” section. From here, you can find a menu that shows you the purchase date for all of your Mojang games.
If you have an account with them, this is a huge timesaver and will get you the info you are looking for in a matter of seconds. However, if you are looking to compare, you will need to ask the other person as there is no way to see how old other players’ accounts are.
The Last Words
So, that’s about it for this little guide. Hopefully this helped you to not waste as much time as we did on this! Oh, and in case you were wondering, our oldest account dates all the way back to January 2012. As a matter of interest, are any of your accounts older than that?