Minecraft Video: 800+ Days of Minecraft in 8 Minutes
Mojang has released a Minecraft video demonstrating the evolution of game development. Part of the initial attraction of Minecraft is the lore of its development. Markus “Notch Persson” had us hooked on this oh-so-simple game of building and survival ever since it came out in alpha in 2009. It was a side job for him, a labor of love. Its blocky graphics and basic gameplay made us feel like we were playing a college project… that would suck us in for most of the day before we realized what time it was. The game was popular worldwide before it even went into beta. Now we can play on different platforms and in several modes.
A new Minecraft video shows us just how organic the process of game development really is. Mojang released “800+ Days of Minecraft in 8 Minutes” to demonstrate how the game has evolved.
“Each dot represents a unique file, and its colour represents a different file type. Links between files are folders. Whenever someone flies by and “zaps” a file, it means they did something with it in real life. You can see as people work on new features or bugs, as they’ll fly past certain files and zap them as they go.”
Just One More Block
I lost myself staring at this Minecraft video that could have been a sea creature or some kind of miniscule amoeba floating in what used to be my coffee (dumping it out now). I found it particularly interesting to see the jump when someone new was added to the team or there was a change in server structure. The First Great Refactoring happens at about 4:10. Cool.
Nowadays, we have vast resources and virtually unlimited space to imagine and create. We can keep it simple or build a Death Star and make our own Minecraft Video. We create our own world and set our own rules… within Mojang’s physics engine.