For over three years, YouTuber “kurtjmac” has been walking towards the end of his Minecraft universe. Why, you ask? At the end of each procedurally generated Minecraft world there is a place called the Far Lands (at least in all of the versions of the game prior to beta 1.8) where the game’s code collapses and various glitches and distortions occur. While players have been able to reach this area by using level editors, Mac aims to make the journey without any cheats or mods and has used the 318 YouTube videos (to date) which record his journey to start a walk-a-thon fundraiser for the Child’s Play charity organisation.
A recent article in The New Yorker shed some light on how Mac came to the decision to start his virtual trek after reading a blog post by Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson who wrote:
“My gut feeling is that nobody ever has [gone there] so far, and nobody will. Walking that far will take a very long time. Besides, the bugs add mystery and charisma to the Far Lands.”
Sadly, it seems unlikely that Mac will ever complete the journey as the Far Lands are over 12,000km away from the game’s spawn point and in his three years of walking Mac has only managed to cover 700km. At his current pace, Mac will not reach the edge of the world for another twenty-two years.
“In my ignorance, I thought the journey might take a year or so. Had I known that the Far Lands were so many thousands of kilometres away, I might have been more hesitant.”
Nevertheless, Mac is determined to carry on with his trek and considering that he has already raised over 160,000 dollars for Child’s Play he’s definitely walking for a worthwhile cause.