Minecraft might be the most important and influential indie of all time, but how much do you really know about this blockbuster video game? (See what we did there?)
We've assembled five fresh facts for you to build your knowledge of the sandbox smash hit.
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1. Minecraft was originally called "Cave Game."
In the very early days, developer Markus "Notch" Persson referred to the humble sandbox builder as "Cave Game," but later changed it to Minecraft.
2. Denmark recreated its entire nation in Minecraft.
The government of Denmark recreated its entire nation, block-for-block, in Minecraft to get kids excited about geography. Unfortunately, vandals broke into the server, dynamited the towns and built American flags on the rubble.
3. The Creeper started as a coding error.
The Creeper is based on a pig model gone horribly wrong. The height and length parameters were accidentally reversed to make it tall and narrow instead of short and fat. So they left it in the game, put a weird face on it and made it explosive.
4. In one Stockholm school, Minecraft is required.
A school in Stockholm made Minecraft a compulsory part of the curriculum for 13-year-olds in the hope that it would develop creative thinking skills and creativity.
5. Minecraft's map has some rough edges.
At extreme distances from a player's starting point, a math glitch causes the Minecraftlandscape to warp and disintegrate. In a 2011 blog post, Notch dubbed this "The Far Lands" and didn't intend to fix it because he assumed no one would walk that far.
One man is trying. Kurt J. Mac has been walking west in Minecraft for three and a half years. He's traversed 700 virtual kilometers and he documents his journey on a YouTube channel called Far Lands or Bust!, where he has also raised a ton of money for charity.