One man is on a quest to re-create video game classics. The 23-year-old who goes by “MrSquishy” is currently working on “Pokémon Red,” and he’s already re-created the original “Pac-Man.”
And he’s doing it all within “Minecraft,” the Lego-like game that’s beloved by millions of players the world over. What?
Really! And that’s not just a visual re-creation, but a functional arcade cabinet built within the world of “Minecraft.”
This is the story of how he did it.
Here’s what it’s like turning on the ‘Pac-Man’ arcade machine within ‘Minecraft’:
Since ‘Minecraft’ is a first-person game, the arcade cabinet needs to be built as if it were real life. And thus:
Pretty close to the real thing!
The project began over a year ago. The first version looked pretty rough:
Around seven months ago, the game within a game really started taking shape:
The turning point was the release of ‘Minecraft’ version 1.8 in September 2014, which added lots of new functions to the game:
As ‘MrSquishy’ put it on Reddit:
I set myself the challenge of creating a technically accurate version of ‘Pac-Man’ using the original ghost AI over a year ago. I wasn’t very happy with the initial attempt — it was big and clunky and horrendously inefficient — so I set it on a back burner. Every few months I’ve come back and worked on it for a few days or a week, using the new 1.8+ commands, the new resource pack functionality, etc.
Between all the updates in version 1.8 and what came afterward, ‘MrSquishy’ was able to implement a shocking level of detail. From how the ghosts behave:
To what happens should you ‘eat’ a ghost (after gobbling a power pellet):
To the movable joystick, which approximates the ‘wobbly’ feeling of arcade machine joysticks:
To the sound effects, which are replicated from the original game:
There’s only one level, but it’s incredibly impressive nonetheless. Keep in mind this was all created WITHIN ANOTHER GAME:
We’re incredibly excited to see what ‘MrSquishy’ dreams up next.
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