Pixel (pixel) wrote,


So I started playing minecraft this weekend. Which (of course) meant it ate my weekend entirely.

In case you haven't heard of Minecraft, it is a bizarrely addictive open-world game where you hide from monsters all night and spend all day remaking the world to suit your whim. I chopped down trees, mined minerals, and ended up with both a fairly sweet keep built into a cliffside & a house floating on a glass platform high above the sea. It is all fun, but was starting to get a bit boring.

Then last night as I was trying to fall asleep I was possessed of the urge to build a 100block x 100block x50block high pyramid of glass/ Why? because I can. I'm currently torn on making the inside a sort of bio-dome vs something even more insane (stone inverted pyramid shape hole underneath with a "house" suspended in the center is the current thought).

Of course to build a pyramid of this scale I'd be looking at shoveling up every beach in the world for enough sand to smelt into the 10,000+ glass blocks I need, then either leveling massive forests or strip-mining the planet to get the charcoal or coal I'd need for the smelting.

Minecraft. Not only do we destroy your free time, but we encourage you to destroy the planet. :)
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Hee! I've seen that review, I've been watching zero punctuation for a long while now. I also follow ENN & Extra Credits too.
The important question is - Does it allow you to safely exercise your planet-destroying impulses thus preventing you from destroying the actual planet? Or does it teach you that planet destruction is actually awesome and that you should clearly do it in real life?
It seems to teach you that reshaping entire worlds to suit your whim is very slow and time consuming. But ultimately rewarding, assuming they aren't destroyed by an exploding shrub.
Very large model of the Earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWPk5zlKAEM

Did you actually pay $20 for that? I haven't been able to figure out if you're supposed to be able to play it without buying it at this point.

I'm kind of afraid of it. Fortunately I haven't gotten it to run under Ubuntu.
Yes I paid the $20. It is not free to play. I figured I'd paid a lot more than that for games with *vastly* lower replay potential.