A title of dubious merit typically bestowed upon musicians, "one hit wonder" simply means an artist who only created one widely renown piece of art. In the context of this blog post though, I'd like to take the term a bit further and use it to refer to video games in which they do one aspect of the medium extremely well while simultaneously producing mediocre results in every other regard. Let's look at three examples, shall we?
mobs, pixelated textures and blocky environments are par for the course - ditto for the sound design. There's not much of a story either. What this game does have going for it is interactivity. Practically everything can be manipulated, molded or reworked by the player in a variety of interesting ways. The world that the player inhabits is also endless and varied thanks to a terrain generation system that has a wide variety of biodomes. When it comes to open-world sandboxes, Minecraft is the biggest both in terms of breadth and scope.
"Vanilla Ice." "MC Hammer." "C+C Music Factory." These are just a few examples of one hit wonders in the music industry. I'm sure there are some who would disagree with my opinions on pop music in the 1990s. I have no doubt that the same is also true for the choices I made regarding video games. To any would-be critics though, I say this; just because a video game only does one thing well doesn't mean it's a bad game. After all, even a song by a one hit wonder ca still be a good song.