The re-awakening of Katieland

Since Minecraft‘s free weekend, I’ve had to maintain strict self-discipline to not end up like the other sleep-starved addicts I know. I mean, yeah, collecting blocks is cute, and I managed to whittle away many hours digging directly downwards into the earth with my crudely-made shovel. I had even started a veggie patch (I hoped that was what it would turn into, anyway – the seedlings never reached the germination phase before I gave the game up).

I had a real life to get on with, though. Log cabins and potential home-grown foods weren’t going to help get my assignments done. Giving up Minecraft was something I spoke of constantly and proudly, as if I didn’t miss being able to mindlessly carve into the earth for hours on end. I didn’t even know I was capable of exerting this much self-control, and I vaguely pondered whether I was forging a new life for myself, one in which I stuck with my resolutions and lived productively.

And then I saw this video.

I found myself mesmerised, eyes fixed on that vanishing point as the world and the cycles of day and night washed past me. If you got a Zen vibe from watching this, imagine building it. It must’ve felt like a life’s labour, the continuous creation of a masterpiece.

Katieland – of which I’d explored maybe two square kilometres during my entire experience with Minecraft – suddenly feels quite puny, so much so that I’m strongly tempted to reinstall the game. I’m dreaming of glass cities and a public transport system made of mine carts. I’m sure I could find some other time to catch up on my decidedly more prosaic “real life”.


2 thoughts on “The re-awakening of Katieland

  1. For all that minecraft seems an amazingly open game, with all sorts of awesome things in it, it always struck me as…empty. This vast world with no one but yourself and the animals. Made me feel like any efforts in the game were futile. That video is amazing, but it just re-enforced to me how empty the world is. I never thought of it as quite that big though! :P

    • Citadel! <3

      The emptiness of Minecraft is one of the things that attracted me, initially. I liked the idea of being the only one to shape an entire world, building cities from scratch with my own hands. Of course, multiplayer kind of turns that idea on its head… I haven't gone back to Minecraft, not even since uni finished up for the year. Maybe I'm over my addiction!

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