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Vikings vs Creepers

The entire country of Denmark has been recreated in Minecraft. The Danish Geodata Agency has released a 1:1 model of the country of Denmark in Minecraft, complete with buildings and roads. The full model is made up of approximately 4000 billion blocks and takes up a hefty 1TB of hard drive space (first link contains Google Translated links to the agency's website where you can download the map in blocks of 10 km x 10 km).
posted by daniel_charms on Apr 25, 2014 - 25 comments

Auto-mine for 1R/block

If Minecraft was an evil F2P game (SLYT)
posted by Zarkonnen on Mar 31, 2014 - 22 comments

The rate the doors of our universe open.

You don't necessarily have to be into Minecraft to find this video of light speed visualized with Minecraft pretty neat. [SLYT]
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 25, 2014 - 5 comments

Race to the bottom in 3... 2... 1...

How clones, fear, sanitisation and free-to-play soured Apple’s iOS gaming revolution
posted by Horace Rumpole on Mar 14, 2014 - 67 comments

Walking to The Far Lands in Minecraft

Simon Parkin writes 1600 words for The New Yorker online about The Far Lands or Bust!, an ongoing effort to walk to the end of a world in Minecraft. [via Boing Boing] [more inside]
posted by cgc373 on Feb 6, 2014 - 45 comments

Mountains of Post-Mortem-ness

"Last April, I began working on a game. In October, I released it. This is the story of Eldritch." David Pitman tells the story of developing and selling the roguelike/FPS Eldritch, described as equal parts Lovecraft and Minecraft. Includes lots of lovely sales figures.
posted by Artw on Jan 7, 2014 - 22 comments

When you're back here, assume that everything is hot, sharp & poisonous

Making realistic weapons from earlier time periods* is all fine and dandy, but what about watching a blacksmith make Cloud's ridiculously large Buster sword from Final Fantasy VII, or the diamond sword from Minecraft? You can also browse all of Man At Arms videos as sorted into playlists, or watch the complete series. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 8, 2013 - 13 comments

Britain Built By Billions of Blocks

The Ordnance Survey (the national mapping authority for Great Britain) has a large amount of its mapping data available online for free use. Over the past few weeks, one of its summer interns has been using a few of its datasets to recreate the whole of mainland GB at 50:1 scale in Minecraft.
posted by ZsigE on Sep 24, 2013 - 22 comments

Go To The End In Your Underwear

We've seen Dumb Ways To Die before but how about Dumb Ways To Die ....in Minecraft.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 27, 2013 - 12 comments

Minecraft: Can Make You Paranoid as Hell.

Videogames Are Drugs: Dorkly presents a few comics which compare videogames to their analogous drugs.
posted by quin on May 8, 2013 - 33 comments

Minecraft creator interview

Markus "Notch" Persson, the modest Swedish creator of smash hit indie game Minecraft, talks about his life to The New Yorker. The game, Minecraft, a blocks-based worldbuilding sandbox for all ages, has sold 16 million+ copies so far and has been achieved extraordinary popular success as well as huge educational and critical acclaim. [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Apr 6, 2013 - 100 comments

Beetlejuice... Beetlejuice....

Pretty much the best Minecraft rollercoaster ever made. (Warning: Dubstep) Also from the same people. [more inside]
posted by empath on Mar 21, 2013 - 29 comments

800+ days of Minecraft in 8 minutes

A visualization of 826 days of Minecraft development, from alpha 1.2 to release 1.5, shown in 8~ minutes. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Mar 15, 2013 - 8 comments

The Minecraft Hue Project

The Minecraft Hue Project; It’s hard to find a compelling use case for the Philips Hue. But Jim Rutherford and his son hacked the wireless LED lightbulbs to be in sync with the day/night cycle in Minecraft. It creates an immersive setup and is actually useful as creepers start appearing at nighttime. (Via TechCrunch)
posted by R. Mutt on Mar 13, 2013 - 32 comments

"Dad, have you ever heard of Portal?" "I've had Portabella Mushrooms..."

Dan writes about games for a living. Dan's dad does not play games. Dan plays games with his dad. Much amused frustration is had by both parties. 2011, 2012, 2013. Individual Youtube videos after the jump. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 19, 2013 - 47 comments

Dibs!

The Glitch [slyt]
posted by cthuljew on Dec 17, 2012 - 17 comments

Notch, creator of Minecraft: "I love you, dad"

I love you, dad One of my fondest childhood memories is me sitting on a sled, being dragged along a thinly snow covered road by my dad. I was looking up at him and reflecting on the fact that he is also an individual person, just as I am. He has his own thoughts, his own wants, and his own memories. He’d had an entire life to live before I even existed.
posted by winecork on Dec 13, 2012 - 42 comments

Exquisite Minecraftsmanship

A gallery of The Kingdom of Cipher: a breathtaking world in Minecraft miniature. [sl-imgur; Minecraft previously]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Dec 9, 2012 - 28 comments

Nasty, Brutish, and Blocky

Minecraft by itself may represent a post-scarcity world, but one poster at the official Minecraft forums conducted a test of what would happen if you took 30 players and constrained their available resources. The Closed Map Experiment. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 21, 2012 - 34 comments

"Like POOF: diamond. All day long."

The PBS Idea Channel takes a look at how Minecraft can be a useful simulation for what life could be like in a post-scarcity economy where technology like Makerbots has become common. [slyt]
posted by quin on Aug 10, 2012 - 32 comments

A Game of Blocks

WesterosCraft is an attempt to recreate the main continent from George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire in Minecraft. Completed builds include Winterfell, Castle Black and the Wall, Harrenhal, among others. [more inside]
posted by m@f on Jul 18, 2012 - 17 comments

What it is is Beautiful.

Build Lego onto a Google Map [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani on Jun 26, 2012 - 13 comments

Minecraft in Spaaaaaace!

Starforge is a game of mining, building and survival. Sound familiar? Wait until you see the video. It's free to play, and the alpha/tech-demo is downloadable right now. (Forum, sub-reddit). Notch approves. [more inside]
posted by empath on May 31, 2012 - 38 comments

It's Minecraft all the way down.

Minecraft. In Minecraft.
posted by loquacious on May 6, 2012 - 38 comments

The nightmare corpse-city of R'lyeh was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars.

Have you ever wondered what non-euclidean geometry actually looks like? This video uses a custom ray tracer for the Minecraft engine to give some examples.
posted by codacorolla on Apr 25, 2012 - 33 comments

"As you can probably imagine, this took some effort to make."

"The calculator itself is just over 250x200x100 blocks. It contains 2 6-digit BCD number selectors, 2 BCD-to-binary decoders, 3 binary-to-BCD decoders, 6 BCD adders and subtractors, a 20 bit (output) multiplier, 10 bit divider, a memory bank and additional circuitry for the graphing function." Yes, someone built a working scientific calculator, in Minecraft.
posted by jbickers on Mar 21, 2012 - 46 comments

Meowcraft

Minecraft, cats and explosions...what more do you need?
posted by atomicmedia on Mar 1, 2012 - 28 comments

That's a nicccce lego housssse you have there..

Virtual Legos: Now Actual Legos. You can now pre-order the Minecraft Lego set.
posted by empath on Feb 16, 2012 - 66 comments

WOW Inside Minecraft

Within Minecraft’s blocky world, he has spent about 100 hours so far on a re-creation of Azeroth, the enormous setting of Blizzard’s massively multiplayer game, World of Warcraft (WoW). His name is Ramses. Here's an interview he did with Games Beat. You can see his forum posts here. And there are pictures. [more inside]
posted by hot_monster on Feb 12, 2012 - 34 comments

The creeper that can be exploded is not the eternal creeper

Joe Hills is a Minecraft player from Nashville, Tennessee, who's probably best known for his Let's Play videos of adventure map designer Vechs's Super Hostile maps such as Nightmare Realm and Spellbound Caves (he was also the inspiration for Vechs's "Super Docile" map, Hills of Moo, where nothing evil happens and everything is peaceful). But lately he's embarked on a new Minecraft adventure, Minecraft Morning Musings, where he sails perpetually eastward while talking about the Dao de Jing. In each episode, he reads and discusses several translations of a chapter of the Dao. Sometimes, though, things get radical.
posted by mothershock on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 comments

Beyond Vanilla

Minecraft was officially released a few months, back, but that doesn't mean that the game still isn't being updated. Aside from new features like Kitties and Jungles being added in the latest update, there are hundreds of active mods available which are updated constantly. [more inside]
posted by empath on Jan 26, 2012 - 68 comments

Mineways

Minecraft was already pretty cool (previously: 1 2 3 4 5 6). Here's something that brings it closer to the real world: "With the Mineways program you can select from a Minecraft world map and render it, or send it to a 3D printer or 3D printing service such as Shapeways." Examples are within the link, and here are other real-life examples using the Mineways program. Here's something equally (if not more-so) impressive, using a somewhat different technique: an entire Minecraft village, rendered and printed in 3D on a Zprinter 650. [via reddit]
posted by SpacemanStix on Dec 31, 2011 - 17 comments

The deathstar trench run minecraft style

Minecraft - Star Wars - Death Star Run, and the making of.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar on Dec 4, 2011 - 22 comments

Minecraft pre-1.8 leak.

It appears a preview of the 1.8 update to Metafilter favorite Minecraft has been "leaked" to 4chan. [more inside]
posted by Ad hominem on Sep 9, 2011 - 79 comments

Yo dawg, I heard you like minecraft...

The holy grail of minecraft has been achieved.
posted by empath on Aug 31, 2011 - 69 comments

A Minecraft parody

"Revenge" - A Minecraft Parody of Usher's DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love (SLYT). Surprisingly catchy.
posted by cp311 on Aug 22, 2011 - 12 comments

Trial by Deathmatch

A week ago, Markus "Notch" Persson (creator of Minecraft) received a letter from Bethesda (makers of the Elder Scrolls games) warning him that Scrolls (prev) was infringing on their trademark. Today, in a new twist on an old idea, Notch has challenged Bethesda to settle matters without lawyers: Quake 3 Team Deathmatch.
posted by kmz on Aug 17, 2011 - 70 comments

Humble Indie Bundle 3 (or is it 4?)

There's a new Humble Indie Bundle out. (Previously, Previously, also Previously.) The popular pay-what-you-want game distribution offers up Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves for all three major OS platforms, and works with Steam. You set the price; you decide what charity gets the money. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Aug 2, 2011 - 48 comments

Epic doesn't begin to describe it.

Minecraft: Middle Earth - A tour of a nearly full scale recreation of Middle Earth in Minecraft.
posted by empath on Jul 23, 2011 - 25 comments

The future of television?

Warp Prism is a slickly-designed website that makes it easier for you to watch 'eSports'. With streams for all the popular spectator games, including Major League Gaming (broadcasting live from Columbus today), it makes it easy to switch between streams, and even includes picture-in-picture and embedded chat support.
posted by empath on Jun 4, 2011 - 15 comments

I had a dream last night, that I built a universe.

Minecraft Universe
posted by empath on May 24, 2011 - 36 comments

MINECRAFT GHIBLI WORLD

Oz Workshop recreates the worlds of Hayao Miyazaki in MINECRAFT GHIBLI WORLD. Download the map free.
posted by Avenger50 on May 18, 2011 - 24 comments

Never has something more accurately been called a teaser trailer

Terraria is a recently announced game that is currently in closed alpha. It is similar in play style to the Internet favorite Minecraft (previously, and previously-er, and previously-er), except it operates in a 2D, sidescrolling world. Players harvest resources to craft items and structures to defend themselves against enemies. A teaser trailer is available here, and a more extensive gameplay trailer is available here. The developers are currently uploading "let's play" videos on to their youtube account: part one here, and part two here. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 23, 2011 - 46 comments

Beware the creeper!

Meatcraft - Real World Minecraft
posted by Artw on Apr 21, 2011 - 13 comments

Acoustic Version of C418's "Sweden" from Minecraft

A very eloquent and tranquil performance of a young chap from Sweden playing C418's "Sweden" that you may have heard from Minecraft on classical guitar (SLYT)
posted by Cogentesque on Apr 14, 2011 - 6 comments

Legocraft

Many people have described the popular freeform game Minecraft as "kind of like Lego", so a few enterprising stop-motion animators have decided to jump on that idea.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 26, 2011 - 27 comments

Mice on Venus will always be piano3.ogg to me

The soundtrack to Minecraft by C418 has recently been released for sale as an album. Price is whatever you want to pay, so long as it's at least $3.99. [more inside]
posted by inedible on Mar 4, 2011 - 52 comments

I'll trade you three Creepers for a Herobrine card

Minecraft mastermind Markus "Notch" Persson has officially announced his company's next project: a hybrid online board game/trading card system called Scrolls. Spearheaded by Mojang co-founder Jakob Porser (interview) and with backstory penned by Penny Arcade wordsmith Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, the game will consist of turn-based battles between collectible "scrolls," illustrated character cards strategically deployed on an abstract gaming grid. In an interesting inversion of the Minecraft model, the game itself will be free, while updates in the form of additional scroll packs will cost a nominal fee -- a business model gaming analyst Sean Maelstrom decries as "snake oil." Mojang, for their part, is unafraid and even eager to target an untested slice of the gaming market, and is angling to get their playable prototype of Scrolls ready for a possible Alpha release this summer.
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 2, 2011 - 128 comments

You are your life and nothing else, pig rider.

Jonathan Gourlay explores Minecraft, an ugly game with no point and endless possibility.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 21, 2011 - 173 comments

Why, that'ssss a nicccce everything you have there.

Yogscast is already well known for their gaming related podcasts and video blogging, but have really come into their own with their Minecraft story-telling saga of THE SHADOW OF ISRAPHEL... [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Feb 18, 2011 - 22 comments

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