A few months ago I started a little Minecraft experiment on YouTube, purely just to brush up on my video editing skills and practise talking while playing games (turns out I’m about as coordinated as a mentally handicapped gibbon). I didn’t expect it to get any real following – god alone knows the world has enough dudes playing Minecraft on YouTube – but alas, it ended up tickling a lot of people.
As people keep coming across the series, the same questions keep coming up. To save everyone a bit of time, here are the answers all in one place. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is the first video of the series back when I was a bit mumbly and terrified of talking on camera.
Note that I am not responding to comments regarding how to download the planet Earth map if your question is already answered below! If I’ve missed anything, leave a comment right at the bottom and I’ll get straight back to you.
WHAT IS THE PLANET EARTH MINECRAFT MAP?
It’s an awesome scale representation of our fine planet, mapped out at one block per square mile. The creators did a fine job of converting real topographical data into a scaled Minecraft map – check out the map’s forum page here. In the video series, I thought it would be fun to walk from Australia to Britain, and I was totally right.
THAT DOWNLOAD LINK DOESN’T WORK!
I know, and I’ve given out the broken link on YouTube a few times too which made everyone freak out. A working link can be found here.
I’VE DOWNLOADED IT BUT IT JUST SAYS ‘CONVERTING’ WHEN I TRY TO LOAD THE PLANET EARTH MAP. WHAT GIVES?
Nothing I can do about that, squire. It needs to convert to the latest version of Minecraft and that can take hours and hours and hours. It’ll work eventually but you need to have a bucket of patience. Don’t worry if it crashes while converting, it’ll pick up where it left off last time before the crash.
DO YOU HAVE THE OVERHEAD IMAGE MAP FOR NAVIGATION?
Yep, it’s here.
I CAN’T BE BOTHERED/CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT TO WORK… IS THERE A PLANET EARTH MINECRAFT SERVER ONLINE?
I mentioned launching a Planet Earth server at the end of the final video in Season One. Sadly, that server was proving to be a maintenance nightmare and we ended up pulling the plug. If we put it back online – and I’m not ruling that out – I’ll announce it on another episode and update this FAQ.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP. ANYTHING I CAN DO TO REPAY YOU?
Well, now that you mention it, we are raising money for charity on this site. If you have a PayPal account, a spare dollar or two and a minute to kill, do consider donating via the widget below. It all goes directly to Child’s Play and it would mean a hell of a lot to me.
WHY ARE THERE NO ANIMALS ON THE MAP?
If you watch the series, you’ll see that there are some animals but they appear to be exceptionally hard to come by. I don’t know if the lack of animals is fixed when playing in later updates of the game?
HOW CAN I FIND X/Y/Z ON THE MAP?
I have no idea. All I know about the map and what’s in it are the things you see during those videos as I played it. (Side question: are there any villages? I don’t think so, I didn’t see any.)
DID YOU EVER FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT MYSTERIOUS TOWER WAS AT 1:25 OF THIS VIDEO?
Nope, and it’s driving me mad. I wish I’d actually seen it while playing so I could have investigated; I only noticed it while editing the video afterwards. If anyone figures it out, I’d love to hear your insight.
I LOVED THE INTRO THAT WAS ON THE EARLIER VIDEOS. WHERE DID IT GO?
Unfortunately YouTube were getting a bit iffy over the copyright status of the Planet Earth music/footage, so I had to drop it :(
I LIKED SIR REGINALD. WILL THERE BE MORE SILLY-VOICED ADVENTURE?
Absolutely - Here’s a link to the first part of Extreme Heights, which was a four-part mini series I ran. I have also embarked on more Planet Earth adventures, and you can see part one of Season Two here. If you don’t want to miss a single video, click on the banner below to subscribe to the YouTube channel.