If you’re still getting to grips with the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of Minecraft, you could do a lot worse than subscribing to the Half-Bakes’ YouTube channel… They’ve teamed up with Nosirrah (aka Nosi) to create Minecraft Theory, a series of machinima shorts explaining the workings of the game – at the time of writing, two episodes (Pistons and Light) have been released, with a third in production. The playlist for the series, incidentally, can be reached directly by clicking these words here 🙂
The episodes clip along at a decent pace without being confusing, and the trio share voice-over duties for the script. Speaking of the script, it’s well-written, and quickly and concisely explains what you need to know about the featured topic. So far, the comments on both videos have been very positive, with a number of people remarking that the series has revealed things about Minecraft that they weren’t previously aware of 😀 And the three of them have been on the receiving end of kudos from Minecraft luminaries such as Avidya, Coestar and Eric Fullerton – so they must be doing something right!
The sets are simple, and very effective – no extraneous detail to distract from the factual information – and the science theme is set off very nicely with Nosi, Bethness and Ironfruit (or rather, his doubles – more on that below) dressed up in goggles (safety first!) and pristine white lab coats.
It’s only fair to say a few words about the excellent assistance that Ironfruit, Bethness and Nosi have had in the making of Minecraft Theory (credit where it’s due, and all). SamCube – creator of the web comic Wondercraft – has been supplying the delightful artwork for the opening title cards, while jessartisan created the walrus picture which the Half-Bakes adopted as the closing title card (and the plummy, jowly voice of the walrus was provided by someone with whom you may be familiar… ;)). Additionally, jessartisan and Thefre have doubled as Ironfruit (since he’s the one actually doing the recording), while Teddanator and Imperialistic have been lending their building expertise to help create the sets. I think it’s great when Minecrafters are so well-liked that their friends are more than willing to contribute to a project 😀
The only potential downside I can see – though it’s not much of one – is that as Minecraft advances inexorably towards November’s release date, changes may result which invalidate the existing videos! Let’s hope that things don’t change too much!
Even if you’re a veteran of the game, I strongly recommend you go and take a look at Minecraft Theory – and you might learn something you didn’t know you didn’t know… And remember, this isn’t just for Minecraft – this is FOR SCIENCE!