In case you’ve never been around the Internet, or you’ve just been rescued from a year of being abandoned out at sea (if that’s the case congratulations, and welcome back to the mainland) there’s this game that is called Minecraft that has been quite the rage these days.
In it, you get thrust into an infinite, randomly generated world of square blocks (that look pixel-y!). You can destroy the blocks and rebuild them into certain shapes; different blocks and certain properties, etc. Also, you can mine and craft. In addition, there’s a survival element to the game. Think of Minecraft like Legos meets Bear Grylls meets Roller Coaster Tycoon (because, you know, Minecraft is so cool you can build roller coasters if you have the right supplies).
I’ve previously played Minecraft, but not for about a year. Last time I played was when the game was in Beta version 1.8 and now its a full game and all that jazz. What I mean, is there have been numerous additions and alterations to the game since I started playing.
ANYWAY, enough with this boring technical stuff. I’m falling asleep just typing this! Let’s get into this game! First thing is to create a new world. And what else to name it but:
The First Day
And so it begins that I wake up…. in the WORLD OF THE ABSURD. It front of a giant tree. That’s okay I guess…. Then I turn around.
It’s. So. Beautiful
They’ve really pimped this game out since a year ago haven’t they? Man, they’ve added cool jungles and everything. All right, now that we’ve identified the jungle and this amazing looking spawn point, it’s time to get the basics hooked up.
In Minecraft, you’ve got to find someplace to go inside because monsters (like undead skeletons WITH ARROWS)that want to tear you apart come out at night (sort of like real life). First however, you want to chop down some trees for wood to make some basic tools, and find some coal to make torches for a light source (monsters won’t spawn where there’s light). Also, on a completely unrelated note, light is also sometimes symbolic of wisdom and knowledge. Just thought you’d like to know.
Now off to explore and discover…
After walking for 5 seconds:
…Screw that coal and symbols and knowledge and stuff. This little oasis is gorgeous and I’m making a little house here NOW.
So I go and find some not-so-beautiful looking trees to chop down with my BARE HANDS like Bear Grylls to collect wood.
Now that I’ve destroyed a living thing for my own selfish gain, I can CRAFT AND BUILD SOME THINGS:D (sort of like real life). By the way, that brown thing hitting the tree IS my hand. Everything’s sort of rectangular here…
The first thing is to fancy this wood up a little bit. When I open my inventory there are 4 squares at the top where I can put resources in to craft stuff.
If I put some wood into the crafting boxes, I can make some shiny wooden planks!
These wooden planks are refined wood that I can use to make…
What can a strange-sounding thing like a crafting table do, you might ask. Well, when I right click on a crafting table to craft, I have a crafting grid of 3x3 squares rather than a crafting grid of 2x2, like in my inventory. I set the table down and get to some serious work now. (And yes, my character is Rorschach from Watchmen).
First, using wooden planks I make some sticks (which are an important material for crafting other things).
(It may be useful to point out that in the picture I use 6 wood planks. Actually each 2 planks makes 4 sticks, but I just made 12 sticks because what the hay).
Then I pick up the crafting table and head back to the Oasis and put my crafting table back down. There’s construction work do be done. First on the agenda I need to make a wooden pickaxe. A wooden pickaxe can cut through stone faster than bare fist (which takes forever, because, you know, it’s stone), AND it lets me collect the stone I cut down so that I can use it later (if I destroy stone with my hands it just disappears.).
Making some doors with the wooden planks is also in order, because really, we need to make a proper lair here.
I make perfect timing, because its starting to get dark, and I don’t feel like being skeleton or zombie food. I quickly cut out a little hole in the edge of the mountain with my pickaxe, pick up my crafting table, set up my doors, and run inside, where I put my crafting table back down. Now it’s time to nestle in and get ready for the night.
That’s when I realize: I forgot to go look for coal. Dang it. Well, because you need coal to make torches, it looks like I’m going to be waiting this night out in my little abode in the dark.
The night in Minecraft is pretty scary, but eventually, after waiting ten minutes and almost dying of loneliness and cold, the sun comes up and the world starts to brighten with the prospect of a new day.
The Second Day
That’s when I discover that I’m hungry.
No, not in real-life, I just ate some Ramen. I mean in the game. I guess the scariness of the dark overrided my sense of hunger at night.
I’m not necessarily sure how hunger works in this game. Hunger is a feature that was added after I stopped playing. You might be able to see the hunger bar in some of the screenshots. It’s at the bottom-right and is the shape of chicken legs.
I walk outside. Check out the awesome view right outside my house.
Yep, this oasis is pretty nice.
I decide to start the morning exploring in the opposite direction I explored in yesterday to find food and cool things (nothing notable was in the direction I explored yesterday, just some more attractive jungle).
I come to a nice little river on the edge of the jungle, very close to my spawn point actually. I look at it and contemplate nature. I think about the universe, and the human condition and how we’re all sort of like the river in a metaphorica- I SEE FOOD.
I kill the chicken by using my BARE FISTS again (sorry, vegetarians). I quickly make my way back to my abode and put it in the furnace to cook. I light a fire in the furnace using some extra wood sticks I had fashion from wood and proceed to fail at eating my chicken breakfast.
I CAN’T EAT IT. I’m selecting the chicken on my inventory and right clicking, but I’m not EATING IT. Oh well, I’ll figure this problem of not knowing how to eat later (sort of like real life).
It’s time to explore some more.
I cross the river and walk onto the other side. There’s a slight incline and what seems to be a forest. That’s cool, maybe I’ll find some coal.
I walk through the forest, praying I don’t forget my way back to the oasis when I stumble upon and interesting rock formation-ish cave thing.
Hey look! Coal!:) It’s that stone with those black spots.
I drop down and start harvesting some coal with the pickaxe, but I start to get really creeped out. I’m hearing zombies moaning and I’m in the dark in the bottom of a hole in the ground. I get a couple more lumps of coal before my heebie-jeebies make me GET THE HECK OUT OF THAT HOLE.
It’s starting to get dark now, so I quickly run through the forest, over the river, and through a tiny bit of the jungle before getting to the oasis and inside my “safety zone” indoors.
Then, using the coal I found in the evening and a wooden stick, I craft…
Let there be light! This place is looking homelier already. Now instead of being dark, cold and lonely, its only lonely and slightly cold.
Isn’t it magnificent?:)
By the way, I drew a little, probably inaccurate map of what I have currently explored of The World of the Absurd:
And there is so much more to discover…
Well, that’s it for now. Make sure to tune it later this week (probably on Saturday) to see what new adventures we’ll discover in the World of the Absurd.
And yes, I’ll get to doing some more interesting things. Today was mostly setting up shop.
Who knows? I might just build a giant model of the Earth like that guy on YouTube.
No, no I probably won’t. I don’t have that much free time on my hands:) I’ll at least figure out how to eat my chicken though. Hopefully.
Have a great week everyone,