There's this game making a big splash in the "people who play games" circles. It's called Minecraft, and the main draw of the game is essentially the fact that you get a huge goddamn world (8x the horizontal surface of planet earth)for exploration and building. This interests some people, I guess. Up until this weekend, I was one of the apathetic masses.
I want my weekend back.
Here's the thing. My first experience with Minecraft? Terrible. My blocky little avatar got dropped onto a hillside with marauding skeletons and I died unceremoniously. The game has absolutely no tutorial, no help screen, and only a cursory explanation of the controls in order to help the player, but is definitely a game where ignorance = death and boredom. I wrote it off as "not for me." This was maybe half a year ago.
Last weekend, I made the mistake of watching a video "surviving your first night in Minecraft". If you happen to find a video like this, don't watch it. Save yourself. Frankly, it's fascinating
. Should send up all kinds of warning signs, like "Stay away from this if you want to accomplish anything." So I watched it and promptly fell headfirst into the damn game.
I still don't care about building elaborate, pretty shit. I'm not that kind of player. Basically, I built a two-story shack on the beach, a little fenced-off wheat farm, and a grassy area for my logging operations. Nothing fancy, just everything I need to survive. It's all covered in lights so I really don't see any monsters (there are monsters at night now) in my neck of the woods (beach?). Having secured my safety, I decided to abandon my mine somewhere in the hills and just dig into the hill behind my shack. My goal? Rock bottom. I was going to construct a spiral staircase to the bottom of the whole damn world, and find some gold and platinum while I was at it (so I could have the best equipment ever).
So I was putting in the fourth glass floor of the glass-walled lava silo overlooking my hellish lava farm when I lost all of my buckets to a freak lava-related accident. There's still more lava, but I'm not really in a position to harvest it...and what the hell am I doing? When did I plunge headlong into super-villainy? I was just trying to dig!