I was talking with a friend this weekend about Minecraft, specifically how it scares the hell out of me. Seeing all these people make these elaborate, massive works is impressive in the jillions of Minecraft videos is impressive, but I can’t imagine how much time it takes. And as a guy who is often too lazy to play videogames, that single-mindedness both astounds and frightens me. Which means this video is pretty much the most impressive, frightening thing I’ve ever seen.
Yes, it’s most of the worlds of Studio Ghibli films recreated in stunning detail and accuracy in Minecraft. There’s the castles from Spirited Away, Laputa, and Howl’s Moving Castle, Porco Rosso’s cave hangar, a flying, umbrella-wielding Totoro and much, much more. It is, frankly, astounding. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go back to bed and cry for a little bit. (Via Kotaku)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.