Sunday, October 14, 2012

Minecraft Fallen Kingdom


The reason for this post is not simply to point out which aspects are not Minecraft (the entire video was made with Maya, ) but rather to show non-Minecraft trained individuals which elements of this video aren't realistic if you're creating this world in Minecraft. It also provides you with ideas on what 3-D graphics could be added to a basic Minecraft world for those wishing to create their own music videos or animated series using Minecraft as a backdrop. 

At present, we are working on a Minecraft animated series... and simply enjoy sharing thoughts about Minecraft with other Minecraft aficionados. We also do this to expand our vista toward new horizons, whether or not the blocks exist to create those horizons is another story... 


The video starts out with a 3-D animation of a Minecraft-built world. You immediately recognize the 3-D animation because there is a squirrel jumping and the edges of the characters are slightly rounded. When the main character (king) walks down the stairs, you can see that his legs, arms, torso, and head tilt and move (swaying back and forth) in a way that is not consistent with Minecraft graphics. 

Obviously, the world for this 3-D video was originally conceived of in Minecraft with a few creative liberties made in 3-D animation.

For example, at 0:36 you see a cart - carts don't yet exist in Minecraft - and at 0:53 there are wheels on the bottom of the traveling puppet show, like the carts, wheels don't yet exist as optional blocks.

If you look to the audience enjoying the puppet show, you'll notice they're wearing hats. Since there's no hats in Minecraft, you know that those were also generated with a 3-D animation program.

Again, at 1:16, if there were wheels, we'd have carts in Minecraft. Obviously, for the moment, we have neither.

At 1:26, a woman is shaking out her rug. You guessed it... there's no rugs, either. And while I'm at it, sorry, Gramps (1:28), but there's no rocking chair or pipes in Minecraft.

While the view atop the castle is an impressive one, I'm sorry to say that there's no moving flags in Minecraft. 

While it is possible to juggle in Minecraft (1:48), it would not look like it does in the video. It would probably resemble someone vomiting up blocks rather than juggling miniature ones.

At 3:26 when the covered bridgeway explodes, the flag gets dislodged and falls to the ground - sorry, folks, not in Minecraft - not yet, at least. (But there's always hope!)

In the end (4:10), the king is found sitting on the remains of a tower, overlooking a fallen kingdom...


I used to rule the world
Chunks would load when I gave the word
Now every night I go stow away
Hide from the mobs I used to slay

They once were terrified
Every time I looked into their eyes
Villagers would cheer my way
For a hero I was, that's what they'd say

One minute we had it all
Next our world began to fall
Away from all that it had once become
They all cried for my help, but I stood there numb

I gaze off into the boundless skyline
Noteblock choirs playing in the sunshine
Turn 'round pick up my sword and wield
The blade that once forced evil mobs to yield
And hope one day that this chaos and
Destruction turns for the better
Never a bow in hand
And that was when I ruled the land

It was the creepers and Skeletons
Blew down the doors and boxed us in
Arrows whizzing by like streaks of light
I tried all that I could to stay and fight

As the undead roamed the street
Families broken at my feet
Life itself suspended by a thread
Oh, why is it that I wasn't dead

I gaze off into the boundless skyline
Noteblock choirs playing in the sunshine
Turn 'round pick up my sword and wield
The blade that once forced evil mobs to yield
If this battle should leave me slain
I know that Herobrine calls my name
Better to take a stand
And that was when I ruled the land

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