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Learning Minecraft #4


…The water had swept me back, but thankfully hadn’t completely flooded the mine I’d created. I gathered my senses and decided to begin a new task: to mine down further, as far as possible. With each block smashed, I was one step closer to my goal. After ten minutes of mining and torch fixing – I fell out of the world and died. After a brief read, I found out it’s extremely difficult to die in creative mode but I’d managed it with reckless bombast – excellent.


My next thought was clear and had been lurking in my subconscious for some time, this is no way to learn Minecraft, it’ll take decades – I must concede and learn simultaneously through playing and reading. This thought was flanked by both seeing some of the feats players have achieved and by a piece of information someone had told me about the game. They said there’s a material called obsidian, created when water collides with lava, and if you make a portal from it you can travel to another dimension and encounter a mysterious race of mutant pigmen. I really wanted to know whether they were being serious, or had just conceived an idea that can only be described as immaculate.


I looked up how to make the obsidian portal and constructed one post haste. It was weird, a strange obelisk doorway into the unknown – an ominous black and purple entrance to the realm of The Other. Quake’s portals came to mind – they were gateways to the unknown and what lay on the other side was often fantastical and brutal. Yet again, Minecraft had exceeded my expectations. I stepped into the arcane portal and was engulfed by disarray; the soundtrack became majestic and my eyes were filled with swirling lilac patterns. Then I stepped through. The portal had worked. It was true.

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