Some people don’t understand the appeal of Minecraft, a game that has been around for over a decade but offers no real quests, goals, or guidance for players. The procedurally generated sandbox game has developed a thriving community and provides a way for people to express their creativity, allowing Minecraft players to build working tractors, challenging mazes, and even recreations of real-world locations.
One of the keys to the success of Minecraft are the variety of mods available to assist players in bringing their ideas to fruition. There are texture packs that provide everything to add a medieval or fantasy, rustic, sci-fi, horror, and even cartoon look to the game’s building blocks. Entirely new environments can be obtained by adding biome mods to Minecraft, like Terralith 2.0 that adds more detailed and complex caves and mountains to the game, The Graveyard with its red lake and glowing lanterns, or Defiled Lands that gives the game a more creepy atmosphere.
Recently, a Reddit user going by the name of Neozono shared the end results of their first major Minecraft project, Yggdrasil also known as the World Tree. Neozono first began posting photos of the tree around Christmas 2021, but there had already been substantial progress made on the project by then. Altogether, Neozono stated that building the Tree of Life in Minecraft required over 100 hours of work, and some inspiration came from the versions of Yggdrasil that appear in Dragon Quest 9 and 11. “I really love the concept of a giant floating tree,” Neozono said.
The interior of the Minecraft player’s version of the World Tree is a server hub, with space set aside for an inn, a library nook filled with bookshelves, a seating area with lanterns on the tables, and what looks to be a shop or reception desk. Because it is a tree, Neozono made sure to add greenery throughout the inside and outside of Yggdrasil, as well as lights. The entirety of the tree shines, including the roots and leaves, with lanterns, chandeliers, and what must be thousands of light blocks.
The open format of Minecraft truly fuels player creativity, almost like dumping out a huge bucket of building blocks on the floor and saying, “Have at it.” Some of the most popular builds in the game are recreations of well-known locations in movies, books, and folklore. Players have built the College of Winterhold from Skyrim in Minecraft, Oblivion’s city of Kvatch, Rivendell from Lord of the Rings, and even entire Star Wars planets. But it’s not just buildings that make an appearance in Minecraft. The iconic animatronics from Five Nights at Freddy’s have shown up in the game, as have pirate ships and racetracks, and one Minecraft player is even working on recreating the entirety of Breath of the Wild’s world map.
Minecraft is available on Mobile, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.