If there is one thing that is almost instantly noticeable for newcomers to Minecraft, aside from the overall aesthetics, is just how huge it actually is, with biomes and plains stretching on for what feels like an eternity. With Minecraft having one of the biggest open worlds in all of gaming, the blocky sandbox title offers a near-infinite playground for players to get lost in. Given that, it would seem like trying to dig out or mine almost the entire map would be, at best, a Herculean task, and at worst, impossible. However, that is what one fan has been doing.
Beginning the project four years ago, YouTuber and streamer Minthical has dedicated a large chunk of their in-game playtime to almost hollowing out their entire Minecraft world. A video uploaded to their channel last month shows the enormity of the work that they’ve managed to achieve so far, with the minute and a half footage showing them atop a crafted structure, which looks out into an ever-expanding view of emptiness, save for the very low floor and beacons scattered about. It’s an extremely impressive feat, almost exhausting to look at and think about the work that must have gone into mining all that.
On the YouTube description, Minthical said they have been using the Minecraft classic world, with a size consisting of 862 x 862 blocks, which equals 47 million blocks. At the time of the video being uploaded, the user has managed to mine around 38 million blocks, which puts them on the home stretch for chipping away at the remaining nine million. According to a report from Nintendolife, they’re also doing the gargantuan job entirely in survival mode, rather than creative mode, and so far, they have used around 5,250 pickaxes.
Once this project has been finished, they plan to move onto mining out other areas, such as the Nether, as well as the End where the Ender Dragon resides. It’s hard to imagine just how much commitment Minthical will need to complete this task in full, but having so far taken four years to get to this stage, it’s likely going to be several more years before the whole thing is hollowed out.
With the Caves and Cliffs update having come out recently, Minecraft is continuing to be one of the most successful games of the last ten years. While most are keen to get creative with all manner of structures and redstone inventions, this YouTuber has taken it upon themselves to do what almost seems to be the opposite, completely stripping away the entire map.
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