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Minecraft Creator Developed This Zombie Shooter In Just Seven Days

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shambles

If I tried getting into the game Minecraft at this point, it would take me less than a week to get completely invested. I would put the rest of my life on the backburner, and split my time between actual campaigns and building a replica of my hometown out of blocks. During that same week, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson could put together an entirely new game, such as this first person zombie shoot-em-up Shambles, which he designed in approximately seven days. My own aspirations are dulled in comparison.

No stranger to making games in limited timeframes, Persson created Shambles for the 7DFPS (7 Day First Person Shooter) design challenge. While it doesn’t feature multi-branched RPG elements, or giant complicated boss battles, it’s still an impressive feat, and you’ll be surprised just how addictive the game can be. Plus, you can play it from your browser, so there aren’t any downloads needed. Just click the link above and get to blasting.

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Pacific Rim Meets Minecraft

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By now, you’ve almost certainly heard buzz about Pacific Rim, Warner Bros.’ highly touted big-budget apocalypse movie directed by Guillermo del Toro and set for release on July 12. While the trailer
amps anticipation — human-controlled robots vs. monstrous sea creatures? Yes, please! — Steelehouse Digital’s Pacific Rim trailer remade in Minecraft manages to bring geek excitement to a whole new pitch.

Mirroring, but also somehow surpassing, the synopsis in the actual trailer, the Minecraft version manages to merge incredible graphics with the perfect dose of campiness to plug this movie in a surprisingly compelling way. As it turns out, Minecraft characters are capable of exhibiting more emotion than most action stars. My favorite part is the irony of watching a Minecraft robot stomp down the street as the voiceover explains that the only way to fight the sea creatures bent on bringing about the end of days is for “man and machine become one,” which is a pretty apt description of the trailer itself. I also love the blockhead man giving a pep talk and insisting that “today we’re canceling the apocalypse!” Don’t mess with a blockhead!

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Jurassic Park Recreated In Minecraft

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Minecraft is one of those things where the appeal of it just doesn’t click with me. I get it to some degree — it’s basically digital Legos with lots and lots and lots of blocks — but the sheer devotion and effort some put into the game still drops my jaw. We’ve seen people making Minecraft versions of famous science fiction ships from Star Trek, Babylon 5, HALO, you name it. Hell, there was even one guy who recreated the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back. The latest bit of inexplicable Minecraft devotion can be seen above: a tour of a digital Jurassic Park.

The Minecraft park is the creation of YouTuber Josh Colin, who says it took him four months to complete. Not knowing much about Minecraft, I’m going to assume the process involved digital rock quarries, imported Oompa-Loompa slave labor, and spackle. Nature finds a way…

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Minecraft Users Build Ships From Firefly, Star Trek, And Babylon 5

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We’ve spotlighted quite a few examples of what happens when genre fandom and a love of Legos merge. You get things like Inception remade with Legos, the Spaceballs “They’ve gone to plaid!” scene remade with Legos, or a bizarre Lego mash-up of Star Wars and M.C. Escher. But come on, guys, Legos are so last century. Everybody knows that the hip new outlet for people with creativity and a lot of free time is Minecraft!

If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, it’s a sandbox game that basically allows users to build things. Pretty much anything you can imagine, you can build it in Minecraft. It is, as I suggested above, sort of like Legos only with an unlimited number of blocks and nigh infinite space in which to build. Blastr has pored over the realms of Minecraft and posted two dozen or so pretty amazing recreations of SF and fantasy icons such as Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings and Hogwarts from Harry Potter. You can see the full gallery over there, but we’ve picked out our favorite SF-related recreations and posted them below. I’m particularly fond of the TNG-era Enterprise and the White Star from Babylon 5.