This year’s edition of r/place, Reddit’s major community internet mural project, has ended. Starting on April 1, 2022, it brings together internet strangers with one common goal – to fill a giant blank canvas, pixel by pixel. The normal thing happens then: lots of scrambling for real estate to create memes, logos, and fan art. But one Redditor decided to follow the project by recreating it in Minecraft, in a feat of code and engineering. The result is dizziness and disorientation.
Redditor NickG365 brought this mural to life in the latest 1.18.2 version of Minecraft. Each pixel in r/place represents a tile in the game, and the results reflect how they are placed in real life, on Reddit – those super-high stacks, in the video below, tell the story of the territorial dispute. territory for pixels.
In a comment on Reddit, NickG365 explained a bit how it’s done. (Just to be clear: They are not set manually!)
I start by seeing how Reddit itself performs r / place in the browser to understand how it works. Then it’s just a weekend project worth setting up servers to run it on and program it Minecraft plug in. The plugin connects to Reddit’s servers and receives the same updates they send to everyone else, but knows which color should be which block in the game.
NickG365 originally designed a flat version of the mural, in Minecraft. Watching it feels like looking out the window when the plane lands, and spotting fields and surrounding areas.
Reddit’s R/place was first implemented in 2017 – founded by Josh Wardlesomeone you may know is the creator Wordle. It’s still the big social experiment going on, until another version is launched this year. In 2017, NickG365 also made Live updated version of the mural in Minecraft.