So Minecraft fever has hit the bava household hard over the last month or so. All three of my kids are pretty deep in, including my 4 1/2 year-old Tommaso. He does some basic mining and battling, but more than anything Tommy’s into the seemingly endless Minecraft user-created music videos. In fact, those videos are what started the Minecraft rage we’re currently living through at my house. Miles came home from school talking about Minecraft music videos like “Don’t Mine at Night” (playing off Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”), “Like an Enderman” (playing off Psy’s “Gangnam Style”), and “Fallen Kindgom” (playing off Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”) to name just a few of the early endless refeshes. My personal favorite music video is “Mine it Out” (playing off will.i.am’s “Scream and Shout”).
The videos refer to themselves as Minecraft parodies, and I guess that makes some sense. But having watched and heard a fair number of them now, many of them don’t really feel like parodies at all. They’re often catchy and tongue-in-cheek reworkings of the original, but they don’t seem to be trivializing Minecraft or the song—-rather they’re often a creative celebration of both. I’ve come to love these music videos, the amount of creative energy invested in each of them is mindblowing. And that’s just a small indication of just how amazing the Minecraft moment has been more globally for an outpouring of shared creativity. It’s gotta be one of the most hopeful elements of the internet I’ve seen over the last three or four years. And if my kids are any indication, it’s got some life left yet.