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How Massive Minecraft Builds Have Changed In 10 Years

From its humble origins 10 years ago, Minecraft's success is attributable to the inspiring, unbelievably complex creations its community has made. What started as a simple "cave game" became a blank canvas that captured imaginations and has practically become its own medium of art. These massive builds have only grown more ambitious in the 10 years since the game was released, and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

One fascinating part of Minecraft's community evolution is watching its players take builds to the next level, time and again. In particular, many of the earliest large builds were often single, iconic structures. But in 2021, the most impressive feats have progressed to the point of entire Minecraft cities—or in some cases, fantasy worlds. Here's a look at how massive Minecraft builds have evolved in ten years.

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It's worth noting that when it comes to complex and jaw-dropping Minecraft builds, they are often made in Creative mode. While it's theoretically possible to create similar things in Survival mode, people only have so much time and it's a much harder endeavor. The most astonishing Minecraft builds in the past decade take years to make in Creative mode, so adding the restriction of gathering necessary materials by hand would push project creation times beyond reason. Just like painters don't have to make their own canvases and paint, Creative mode allows designers to directly realize their visions while others try to kill the Ender Dragon with beds.

As soon as white blocks became available to use, it was only a matter of time before Minecraft players re-created Minas Tirith - the iconic capital of Gondor and final bastion of the realm of men. This monumental city would have been impressive enough on its own, but since its initial creation, the most dedicated Tolkien fans decided to re-create the entire world of Middle Earth.

In addition to Minas Tirith, players who connect to the MC Middle Earth server can visit Rohan, Isengard, and the Mines of Moria. Server developers have even provided a marked footpath for players to follow the steps of the Fellowship from Bag End to Mordor. There are also various mini-games, quizzes, guided tours, and PvP events. Whether it's realizing Tolkien's world in Minecraft, or building the Shire in real life just for fun, Lord of the Rings fans clearly don't mess around when it comes to their favorite fantasy universe.

One player made headlines years ago when they successfully made a quad-core Redstone computer in Minecraft, able to display numbers, solve math equations, and run various programs. For many viewers, this creation demonstrated the seemingly limitless possibilities that the simple crafting game presented. It was only a matter of time before this premise was taken even further.

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A YouTuber named Fundy uploaded a video in which he plays Minecraft within the Minecraft game itself. This feat requires a fair amount of outside work, such as a server program sending data to the game and interpreting each pixel as Minecraft's various colored blocks, but the result begs the question as to whether there is anything that cannot be done in Minecraft.

With Minecraft's unique medieval fantasy vibe at the core of its survival gameplay, it was natural for designers to immediately create beautiful castles and palaces in Creative mode. This allowed creators who weren't trained in more traditional art forms to express themselves and craft digital structures comparable to real-life wonders in scale.

That said, modern Minecraft creations now strive to create things that aren't possible in real life. One striking example is the Kingdom of Cipher, a breathtaking project by prolific Minecraft builder Circleight. Projects like Cipher present a scale of architecture that is almost difficult to process, with towers, shrines, and a gorgeous dragon sculpture that is each comprised of tens of thousands of blocks. Designs don't have to be massive to be true works of art in Minecraft, but those that achieve immense scale are noteworthy. A video of Circelight's work can be viewed below:

The list of impressive Minecraft builds is endless, developed over ten years and documented in pictures and videos across the internet. Mind-boggling creations like these have helped propelled Mojang's title to its spot as one of the most popular games of all time. The only question remaining is what incredible creations players will get to see in another ten years of building in Minecraft.

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