Alright. Maybe “blow your mind” is too extreme of an idiom for something as simple and not-so-mind-blowy as Minecraft. However, some Minecraft creations truly are jaw-droppingly awesome. In fact, there are quite a few Minecraft-related creations that have gone viral due to their appeal.
I don’t really play Minecraft much anymore – I would if I had the time. Still, I always find myself smiling when someone else achieves a great accomplishment in the game. Here are some of the best Minecraft creations to grace the Internet. But first…
What Is Minecraft?
Back in 2010, Minecraft exploded in popularity all across the Internet because of its simplistic yet strangely alluring gameplay. It takes place in a world comprised of nothing but blocks, and these blocks represent different things: wood, sand, grass, stone, water, etc. You gather these different blocks and use them to mold the world and form your own creations. Like LEGO.
That’s the basic gist of it. Danny wrote an introductory article to Minecraft a few months ago, so if you’re still not quite sure what it is, give it a read.
And now, without further ado, here are 6 really cool creations that were made in Minecraft!
The Survival Games
In March of this year, the highly anticipated movie The Hunger Games made millions of dollars at the box office. Though author Suzanne Collins already had a rather avid following of devoted readers, the movie’s high quality would inspire a number of new fans – some in the Minecraft world.
The Survival Games is a Minecraft mod that is based on the movie. A free-for-all player-vs-player game full of puzzles, action, and intrigue as everyone fights to outlast the other players. Just like the movie, except with a few twists.
DOTA, which stands for Defense of the Ancients, is a multiplayer arena game where 10 players (2 teams of 5 players) fight to destroy the other team’s base. Of course, there are a lot of intricate design details that go deeper than that simplification, but we’re not here to talk about DOTA. We’re here to talk about Minecraft DOTA.
The Minecraft version doesn’t play out exactly like the original, but the inspiration is definitely there. Towers across the map are rigged with spawners that spawn Zombie monsters, and destroying a tower will destroy the spawner associated with it. There are shops, too, as well as hidden secrets, buffs for players, and a banking system to store your items.
Minecraft DOTA does not require any mods at all. It’s powered entirely by redstone, the in-game equivalent to electricity. The sheer amount of energy and effort that went into building this game is astonishing, and the creators most definitely deserve recognition for their work.
Game of Thrones – King’s Landing
Have you ever read or watched Game of Thrones? If you have, then you know about the city of King’s Landing and its pivotal place in the grand scheme of the plot. However, if you’re like me, then you really haven’t thought too much about the sheer size of the city.
And then comes pizzainacup, a Redditor who plays Minecraft, who recreated the grand city in Minecraft. That’s right. All those brown little squares are individual houses that comprise the city of King’s Landing. Amazing, to say the least.
Game of Thrones – The Wall
Here’s another one of pizzainacup’s Game of Thrones-related Minecraft creations. This time we have the Wall, a massive cliff of ice and snow that stretches across an entire continent from sea to sea. What lies beyond the wall? I don’t really know, but that Wall is beautiful enough to keep me from ever finding out.
Looking at the sheer detail in this picture, I’m left speechless and wondering how much time was needed to make this. It blows my mind – not only that he managed to complete it, but how similar it is to the real thing.
Now this is a massive multi-man project and I can only applaud everyone involved for taking part. What is it? It’s Minecraft Middle Earth, or MCME. In other words, an effort to recreate the entirety of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth (of Lord of the Rings fame) in one Minecraft world.
If you want to take part on this project, you can apply on their website. There are a number of roles necessary for the success of MCME, including Architects (those who build), Foremen (those who oversee smaller tasks), Officers (those who police the world to make sure nobody causes mischief), and Guides (those who lead new players around on tours).
Last but not least, a simple Minecraft creation that simultaneously tugs on your nostalgia heartstrings and evokes a raging fury from within your bones. A Redditor named Matsh has recreated Clippy from Microsoft Office – an act that is both detestable and wildly humorous. Well done.
I’m always looking to find new Minecraft creations, so if you know of any that I missed, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to look at them!