I'd like to apply for membership in the I Was Completely Wrong About Minecraft Club.
My wife, brother in law and myself were sitting around a few days ago wondering what game to play so I downloaded Minecraft on a whim. All 3 of us entered the world with no idea how to play, knowing only that monsters were coming at night. The next think we knew it was 3am and we were all addicted. It's been a whole since we gamed till such an hour and it's been a while since I spent most of my day at work thinking about what I could do in the game when I got home.
I'd always been turned off by Minecraft's graphics, and let's face it, there's prettier looking SNES games. It truly is an ugly game to watch. But I completely dismissed the gameplay which turns out is incredibly fun. The sense of discovery and choosing how to build with no hints or suggestions is great and as I talked to my Minecraft playing friends it was interesting to hear just how differently they approached the game when they started.
I still think the graphics are terrible, and I can't imagine why someone would play it with unlimited blocks and monsters off, but I'd always judged the game as a crude, pixillated creation tool that limited you to cubes. I regret that it took me so long to discover the amazingly fun gameplay hidden under the low res, blocky visuals.