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Exquisite Minecraftsmanship
December 9, 2012 11:27 AM   Subscribe

A gallery of The Kingdom of Cipher: a breathtaking world in Minecraft miniature. [sl-imgur; Minecraft previously]
posted by MimeticHaHa (28 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
The gallery speaks for itself; but please also to enjoy a walking tour.
posted by MimeticHaHa at 11:29 AM on December 9, 2012


This is a legitimate work of art. And if the youtube information is to be believed, construction began not two months ago.
posted by kafziel at 11:42 AM on December 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


I thought to myself, "sl-imgur? This had better be good."

It's good.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:48 AM on December 9, 2012


Holy shit.
posted by brundlefly at 11:49 AM on December 9, 2012


I don't usually like large-scale Minecraft projects because they're usually just pixel-art recreations of other spaces (typically nerd fetish stuff), which isn't an aesthetic I find appealing, or an idea that I find novel. This, however, is amazing. Here's a download link for the world file if you care to explore it on your own.
posted by codacorolla at 11:56 AM on December 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah but is it legit survival?

I kid. Very, very pretty.
posted by Jimbob at 12:01 PM on December 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah but is it legit survival?

It's hardcore mode.*

*probably not actually hardcore mode.
posted by drezdn at 12:15 PM on December 9, 2012


Seriously... that is amazing work.

I was hanging out with my sister a few weeks ago and we were watching some fanstuffs of various sorts (probably Pony Gangnam Style) and she brought out good old "Some people have too much time on their hands!" thing - good-naturedly, but still... No! So wrong! We live in an amazing time for art and creation of all kinds and it's awesome that brilliant creative people have the time - not to mention the tools - to make things like this, and we can find them, enjoy them, and share them like no time ever before. There's a lot of stuff that sucks right now and doesn't look to be getting better, but people having time and using it to make things that can't come from an assembly line is the good part.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:16 PM on December 9, 2012 [8 favorites]


I spent hours upon hours on the mefightclub server, which was full of astounding things. This would have fit right in, and is definitely a work of art.

I am curious whether this was built with an editor or by direct player action under otherwise normal world rules. It's quite challenging to design some larger architectures block-by-block.
posted by odinsdream at 12:16 PM on December 9, 2012


Interesting. First Minecraft jrpg type art I've seen. Nice color blending with wool and ore block combo as well.

I dub it.... blockalicious.
posted by clockbound at 12:20 PM on December 9, 2012


Wow! Art indeed! Beautiful.
posted by Mister_A at 12:49 PM on December 9, 2012


Has anyone seen my jaw? I was sitting right here when I clicked the link...it can't have rolled far.
posted by uosuaq at 12:50 PM on December 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Worst. Counterstrike map. Ever.
posted by ciderwoman at 12:52 PM on December 9, 2012 [4 favorites]


This isn't built manually a block at a time is it?

There must be higher level tools that go into this.
posted by yonega at 12:54 PM on December 9, 2012


MCEdit is one of the ones commonly used for map-making, but I wouldn't put it past someone to do this in creative mode. It would be possible even in (peaceful) survival, however.
posted by bonehead at 12:58 PM on December 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here's a snowglobe made in MCedit, from Sethbling, one of the professional (!) minecraft mapmakers.
posted by bonehead at 1:03 PM on December 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


The map is well worth downloading. It's far more eerie and mind-skewing in 3D.
posted by Solomon at 1:39 PM on December 9, 2012


professional (!) minecraft mapmakers.

That's a job?!
posted by yonega at 2:40 PM on December 9, 2012


I don't play games, like, at all, and so as with a lot of what is happening in our culture, the whole Minecraft thing has basically flown right over my head. I mean, I know it's a thing, and I know roughly what sort of thing it is, and I've watched a couple of amusing YouTube videos, but at this point I seem to be basically incapable of developing a real interesting in playing anything.

Anyway, this is a really beautiful piece of work, and I'm super impressed.
posted by brennen at 2:58 PM on December 9, 2012


SSSS that'sss a nicssse placssse you have here....
posted by JHarris at 3:12 PM on December 9, 2012 [7 favorites]


Also: this looks like the heaven that good video game characters go to when they die.
posted by JHarris at 3:14 PM on December 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


I didn't notice it until now, but what mod is being used to fix the lighting engine? God rays, soft shadow blending, and a few other details don't seem to be possible in the vanilla install.
posted by codacorolla at 3:26 PM on December 9, 2012


I would buy these in poster form. Gorgeous.
posted by pmdboi at 3:53 PM on December 9, 2012


I didn't notice it until now, but what mod is being used to fix the lighting engine? God rays, soft shadow blending, and a few other details don't seem to be possible in the vanilla install.

People have come up with Shader Mods for Minecraft that can do some pretty amazing things. Never been able to get one working, personally. I assume you need a video card that cost more than $30.
posted by Jimbob at 4:09 PM on December 9, 2012


I wish there were more detail on what the designs mean, how the artist was inspired and how the build was made.

It's amazing.
posted by dreamling at 6:11 PM on December 9, 2012


That's a job?!

Thanks to youtube, yes. There's a whole community doing design, let's plays and commentary for minecraft (and I'm sure other games) full-time.
posted by bonehead at 6:26 PM on December 9, 2012


Wolfdog: "she brought out good old "Some people have too much time on their hands!" thing - good-naturedly, but still... No! So wrong! We live in an amazing time for art and creation of all kinds and it's awesome that brilliant creative people have the time - not to mention the tools - to make things like this, and we can find them, enjoy them, and share them like no time ever before."

I always turn to a comment by billyfleetwood for my response to that:

"Yeah, I hate it when a person's creative urges aren't completely and utterly consumed by the hectic schedule of wage-slavery and passive media consumption."
posted by komara at 9:32 PM on December 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


That's a job?!

If anyone gets paid to make Minecraft levels, I hope Vechs does.
posted by drezdn at 9:56 AM on December 10, 2012


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