The Battle of Hoth Gets the Minecraft Treatment

| 3 Oct 2012 15:48

A great Imperial victory over the Rebel scum has been lovingly recreated through the magic of Minecraft.

Isn't it amazing what you can do with Minecraft and perhaps a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder? The AT-ATs in this video might not actually stride across the frozen wastes of Hoth but the camera work is so good and the audio so well-synced that I hardly even noticed, and while I wasn't gripping the arms of my chair quite as tightly as I did back in 1980, I might have actually enjoyed it more in some ways - if only because I wasn't terrified that somebody was going to get his throat crushed or his arm chopped off.

The downside to watching this with a more "mature and sophisticated" perspective is that it's harder to ignore some pretty obvious questions. Why do snowspeeders have harpoons? Why can't the guy up front fire them? Why doesn't the Empire have air support? And why did they drop the AT-ATs so far from the Rebel base anyway? If I was Darth Vader, I think I'd be pointing a lot more fingers at a lot more guys in that organization.

I don't play Minecraft so I don't know what the maker actually means when he says that the video was "built by hand using the 1.4 snapshot" with no special effects or mods, but I don't think it really matters anyway. This is just too damn awesome to worry about details.

Source: Youtube

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