We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
Let’s face it: I’m addicted, you’re addicted, we’re all sucking on the sweet smoky crackpipe that is Minecraft. In every single web community or forum I’m a part of, non-gamers are either getting sick of hearing about Minecraft, or the scales have dropped from their non-gamer eyes and they are nipples deep in it, nodding out in a pile of block, a diamond pick deep in their main vein.
The game’s far from perfect, and far from finished, but Mefight Club at least has taken to it like nothing since TF2, back in the misty days of our founding, and the creativity on our multiplayer server is truly, literally astounding. It makes me proud to be a part of it.
But I want more. I want…. SPAAAAAACE.
Here’s my modest proposal for the long-term future of multiplayer Minecraft: that we reach for the stars. Keep the Minecraft we know and constantly jones for, and add THE UNIVERSE!
Make the world on a given server, which is currently infinite (as far as I know), not. Make each one, I dunno, a cube, say, with an edge of 17,000,000 blocks, which is near enough, if we call one cube one meter, to the diameter of the Earth. It’s nicely satisfying that you walk over the linear horizon to a new, huge, flat earth, six times over at most.
Make the moon reachable and cubic too and proportionately sized. It takes 3 days to reach the Earth’s moon, so make it 3 day/night cycles travel time in your 8-bit space capsule, or about 120 minutes, if my numbers are anything like correct.
Populate the solar system with the planets and an overabundance of lumpy asteroids (not scaled correctly for distance, obviously). Make them reachable and mineable. Hell, make ’em naked-eye visible, for the sake of fun. Make those stars in the Minecraft night sky be places you might actually get to!
Expand the tech tree and mineable resources so that we can build rockets and space stations and biospheres, including things like solar power panels and other tree-apex tech goodies.
Litter space with asteroids and comets, rich in water ice (crackable to oxygen and hydrogen), nickel iron and hydrocarbons aplenty. It doesn’t have to be realistic, or realistically scaled. Give us an Oort Cloud to build giant space weiners in!
Put a few Old Ones Wormhole Gates somewhere in the solar system, that, once discovered, will take doughty travellers to new solar systems.
Imagine it! Space elevators, massive orbital structures, solar system mining and exploration! No need to make it ‘realistic’, just fun. A limitless collaborative universe that would actually deliver on the promise of Spore, except not suck. Want to build a Ringworld? You’re gonna need a lot of scrith. A Dyson sphere? Good luck, sister!
I don’t think I’d ever stop playing. It may be the same impulse that led people of little sense and much appetite to take cocaine and refine it down to something even more addictive, but there you go.
Notch: hear my call! Make Spacecraft a reality!