One man is walking to the end of Minecraft

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I'm gonna be in Minecraft

Minecraft is a game of creation, imagination and building massive dick sculptures. No wonder it’s so popular. Despite the fact that it gives Zoe vertigo and makes everyone here feel small when they see what Gavin’s kids have created inside that game, there’s something for everyone. And one player aims to spend his game walking all the way to the end of Minecraft itself.

Speaking to The New Yorker via Kotaku, Kurt J. Mac spoke about his plans to spend quite a bit of time walking until the end point of that building game. Plans that he had been following since March 28, 2011. According to the interview, the idea to walk until the end came about when Mac noticed a blog post from Minecraft creator Notch detailing the Far Lands of the game.

That particular bit of terrain can’t handle all the generated code, resulting in weird bugs and shapes, but it was no danger to players so Notch left it in the final game. “My gut feeling is that nobody ever has (gone there) so far, and nobody will. Walking that far will take a very long time. Besides, the bugs add mystery and charisma to the Far Lands,” Notch wrote way back then.

Wanting to see these far lands for himself, Mac started walking. And walking. And then he walked some more. And then he walked even more, because damn, Minecraft is big. “In my ignorance, I thought the journey might take a year or so,” Mac said.

Had I known that the Far Lands were so many thousands of kilometres away, I might have been more hesitant.

It’s taken Mac three years in order to walk around 700 Km in the game. Which isn’t bad at all, until you realise that he still has another 12 000 Km to go. So what’s keeping Mac going? The journey and interesting interactions along the way, he says.

And possibly insanity mixed with determination at this point. Mac has documented his odyssey on his YouTube channel, which is worth a look at.

Last Updated: January 27, 2014

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