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I started playing Minecraft again. It’s temporary to some degree, but it’s that sort of game for me. It sort of goes like…
Week 1: Discover Minecraft. Holy hamsters! You can build shit with these bricks!
Week 2: I have to stay up another hour tonight to mine “X” because I’m making “Y”, but it’s gonna be SOOO RAD! Oh Enderman, YOU SO CRAZY! Totally not looking at you, btw
Week 3: I totally finished what I was trying to make and it is, in fact, the best thing ever created in all of Minecraft.
Week 4: I’ve walked 500 laps around my creation, basking in it’s glory, bowing in awe in it’s majesty as the sun slowly sets behind it. I guess it’s time to move on to another project.
Week 5: I got nothin’. Laters, Minecraft!
Spend the next “Z” months playing other games.
As far as what I make in Minecraft, I’m the type who enjoys firing up a new map on the game, exploring around a bit for a nice spot and then building something into the landscape that looks natural. I love seeing the big creations in the game as well, those ARE the most impressive, but for my personal space I keep it a bit simpler. Mountainside retreats, tree houses, Supervillain-esque Underground Dwellings (ltd.), etc.
This marks the second adventure in brickland with fellow podcasters Jason and that wife of his Shannon, and so far the construction of our mountaintop fortresses and homes are coming along swimmingly. We’ve hit bedrock in a couple of spots and Shannon has recently erected a tower that touches the sky. In between we have a stone house that was built right into the mountainside and I’m building TreeFort v2 on the far side of our hilltop empire.
I usually don’t give much pause to Minecraft. It’s a brilliant game, I love the look of it, but most of the time I’m going full bore towards a goal. There’s rarely a moment that takes me aback or makes me think, beyond “does this stone penis look too crooked?” But Saturday night I had one.
In real life, we had some hellish rain come through. It was so bad that it brought to light that we had a leak in our roof. We know this now because the water was leaking through the ceiling and into my cloffice. The place we were all sitting due to a tornado warning. Eventually the warning went away so the wife and kids went back to bed. Then I logged in to Minecraft and what was the first thing I saw? A leak. Water droplets were falling from a single block on the ceiling above me. I didn’t realize Shannon had installed a small pool in the upstairs room.
I sat there stunned for a moment and thought, “Games must be art, because this one is imitating my life.”