Minecraft--the popular indie video game that lets people build things using blocks--is known for being extremely addictive and consuming lots of time. Some examples of its rabid fan base include one person who built a 1-to-1 scale of the Starship Enterprise, others that reconstructed Hyrule from the Nintendo 64 game Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the thousands of others who've spent time creating videos of themselves laboring in the Minecraft universe.
Addicted Minecraft gamers are in luck: Now they can build things using Minecraft blocks in the real world.
Lego, the construction toy manufacturer, will soon release block sets based on a Minecraft theme. Ideas for the Minecraft Lego set were pitched to Lego through Cuusoo, a section of the Lego website that allows people to pitch ideas for custom themes. After an idea reaches 10,000 votes, it is sent to a Lego jury where the company decides whether the product will be made.
In a blog post released on the Lego Cuusoo website in December 2011, developers from Mojang, the indie game studio that created Minecraft, commented on the prospect of having the game made into a Lego set:
Minecraft is about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine in the virtual world. You can build anything you imagine with Lego bricks in the physical world. Minecraft and Lego were meant to be together.
In just one month's time, Lego Cuusoo has confirmed that Minecraft will be made into a Lego project. In a blog post on their official site, the Cuusoo team said:
We're happy to announce that the Minecraft project on Lego Cuusoo has passed the Lego review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the Lego system and in Minecraft. We can't wait to show it to you-but it isn't ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.
Lego typically returns 1 percent of all sales to a selected Cuusoo project to the project creator. Mojang says it will donate the proceeds from the project to charity according to Mashable.