Minecraft, the sandbox game that’s been compared to playing digital legos, has been used to build a series of obsessively constructed virtual wonders, including replicas of the Legend of Zelda games, the Star Wars movies, and even a full-scale reproduction of Game of Thrones’ Westeros. But none of those building projects holds a candle to Titan City, a massive two-year project of single-minded madness by an art student named Duncan Parcells.
Mr. Parcells began work on Titan City on Oct. 16, 2012. Brick by brick, he placed nearly 4.5 million blocks in an effort to create what he hopes will be the most notorious, well-known city in Minecraft history, according to his video logs. The city includes over 96 buildings, all of which have basic interiors.
It was designed with pre-9/11 New York City in mind, including a rough replica of the World Trade Center Towers.
“I wanted to take the towers that were iconic to a terrible event and make them iconic to a beautiful city again,” Mr. Parcells said in an impromptu Reddit AMA.
The first instinct of many commenters on the video and on Reddit is excitement at the possibility of “griefing” the city, a Minecraft terms that means wreaking total havoc through sabotage, demolition and vandalism. Earlier this year, a group of Americans did just that to a nationally sponsored Minecraft replica of Denmark, burning it to the virtual ground and planting the American flag — an act Betabeat neither condemns nor endorses.
Luckily, Mr. Parcells made Titan City available for download, so that any Minecraft player can wander the massive, abandoned digital city themselves. Or completely annihilate it, if that’s their inclination.
Check out the beautiful and lonely two-year anniversary video tour of Titan City below, which ends with the words, “Here’s to many more years of building!”