From everyone at Minecraft.net! Even Per!
Drat, is it still 2020? I knew I should’ve set the alarm for better times-o’clock. While many of us would’ve preferred to just snooze away this challenging year, it (thankfully) had some bright spots for fans of Minecraft. We journeyed into a new, fiery Nether, announced a new update, announced every update ever, joined Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and released Minecraft Dungeons. We even changed our name, which was so inspiring that I changed mine as well. What? Mojang Studios Landin has a nice ring to it!
It wasn’t all just updates and announcements on Minecraft.net. It was also a year full of useless machines, dazzling decorations, village dictatorships, and as always: awe-inspiring community builds. After all, what would we be without the talented creators that keep blessing our blocky grid with their designs, year after year? I would be posting dirt house designs on a daily basis! Here’s a few favorites of real builds:
Minecraft.net is also about learning, and no one is a better teacher than Duncan Geere, our very own Minecraft historian. Every week, he delivers nitty-gritty details about biomes, items, and blocks – including their real-world counterparts. This year, we’ve seen him dig deep into basalt deltas, campfires, and not to mention my own personal favorite: the shulker box. Duncan has now written over 170 articles, which is quite a feat considering we pay him in cobblestone. Minecraft cobblestone. Will 2021 be the year he passes 200? Only time (and 30 more articles) will tell.
Of course, Duncan isn’t the only writer who made a mark on the site this year. While I’ve been busy crying in the cleaning closet over Tom Stone’s departure, other members of the editorial team have stepped up and risen to the challenge, delivering the latest Minecraft news and updates. I would love to tell you about their year, but typing in a confined space is not my forte, so I’ll let them summarize it themselves! First up: Kelsey Howard!
Hello! I am a recently excavated human-like hologram that has been pulled from a time capsule that was sealed in 1998! Can you tell me about the year 2020? Is everyone still listening to the Titanic soundtrack? Did they find a way to avoid Y2K?
Just kidding everyone, it is just me. Fully human writer at Mojang Studios and person who experienced 2020 firsthand. For me, this has been a year of games! A little game called Minecraft Dungeons released this past spring and it was an absolute highlight to work on. It was also generous enough to provide some solutions to this problematic year. Not able to meet up with friends? At least we have cross-platform play in Minecraft Dungeons! Travel plans dashed again and again? Climb majestic peaks, traverse the wild jungles, and cross snow-covered fields all without leaving the comfort of home! Here’s hoping that 2021 has more Minecraft Dungeons in store. It does? Awesome! So, do I get that wish back or do I only have two wishes left? No, that doesn’t count as a wish! Ugh, I wish I didn’t have to write this article anymore. Wait that’s not what I me-Kelsey
Wish granted, no refunds! Wait, I’m a genius, not a genie? No wait, I’m a degenerate! The genius I’m thinking of is Sofia Dankis, who just so happens to be next in line. Take it away, Sofia!
When Per approached me with the task of summarizing my year, I professionally scarfed down my bánh mì and got started. However, when I had outlined the third sandwich I had eaten for lunch on January 1 – a Reuben – I was rudely interrupted with the request to focus on my work and not on such a granular albeit delicious level. Fine. I guess I wrote some stuff for this website that is worth remembering, even though they all pale in comparison to the grilled cheese that I was prevented from describing. Although it was pretty cool to wish PAC-MAN a happy birthday and deliver news about the Star Wars DLC and the Community Celebration. I even found the time to recap one the most exciting events of the year – perfecting the Croque Monsieur! The trick is to make three and then just smash ’em all together into one grand garçon. Oh yeah, I also gave you a short summary of Minecraft Live. I think that Cristina might have read that last one, because she’s in a very deep sleep. Can somebody else wake her up, I have a tuna that won’t melt itself.Sofia
What an, er, à la carte of words! A, um, fait accompli to a beautiful coup de grâce! I’m not entirely sure what I’m saying right now, so I’m just going to force majeure my way out of this and go wake Cristina Anderca. Hey, Cris, you’re up!
I’m not thrilled about being awakened from my “waiting for 2021” hibernation – but this is the perfect opportunity to let Sofia know that I only accept apologies in the form of pizza. Or any of those sandwiches. And since the prospect of food always puts me in a good mood, I’m willing to look back on what will go down in history as a disastrous year for all of humanity in a positive light. At the start of the year, when we were all sweet summer children, I wrote my first blog article – a review of different Minecraft playstyles that I tried with… varying results. It was my first taste of the Minecraft.net spotlight and I sent it to all my friends. Both of them replied “K.”
Moving into the summer months, I had the opportunity to travel to the Nether – and even set up base there thanks to Sofia gracefully offering me her spare room. While my dream of Nether home ownership remains, well, a dream, I appreciated getting to see all the new biomes and their inhabitants up close. Barb and I still chat sometimes, although there’s only so many facts about gold to delve into. If you still haven’t checked out the new Nether, you’re missing out on the (mis)adventure of a lifetime. And if you’re only in it for the view, there’s always Creative Mode. I won’t tell if you don’t.Cristina
I might. You know what they say: “Tell Per and your entire server will know!” Luckily, I won’t have time to share it since we’ve reached the end of this holiday wrap-up. Time to finally close down 2020. Good riddance, I say!
From all of us wacky writers at Minecraft.net, we wish all of you a wonderful, enjoyable holiday! Build a wonder, watch out for Creepers, and remember that Mobbo loves you. Stay safe and see you in 2021.
- Per Landin