Way back I was in the same boat. Every time I saw Minecraft it just turned me off those graphics really made it difficult for me to get past as I was a person that really valued graphics highly. I thought about it and I said well a few of my friends are playing it maybe I should give it the good college try and go into it open-minded.
Mind you, I started playing modded Minecraft first, but once I realized there were so many mods and technology, magic, quality of life tweak and just how in-depth it could be I was hooked. There are mod that have been made by rocket scientists, computer geniuses and just a wide-range of great people.
It still holds it’s own even today … minus the graphics. No matter what you do you can’t really make the graphics look much better. I got tired of trying and over time realized its quite beautiful in its own way.