Minecraft In Pop Culture

Minecraft has had a large impact on the world of pop culture!

Minecraft has had a large impact on the world of pop culture in terms of entertainment, gaming, and many other mediums. Toys based on our beloved pixelated mobs have been created, blocky (clearly Minecraft inspired) figures have been showcased in music videos, commercials and various other types of media including video games, a soon-to-be movie, all the while keeping its reign over it’s audience and consumers continues. Almost anybody of any age can tell you what Minecraft is because somebody they know are more than likely addicted.

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Music Videos

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Lady Gaga - G.U.Y. - An ARTPOP Film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNu_-deVemE)

On top of the fan-created music videos based on Minecraft itself, Minecraft has been referenced in many pieces of work by many musicians. A very notable example of this happening is from the “New” Queen of Pop herself, Lady Gaga. In Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Film “G.U.Y.” (Girl Under You), not only is Minecraft referenced visually with blocky characters, it’s also referenced with a command (/gamemode ARTPOP) that is a reference in itself to “/gamemode c” which allows the player to access a “Creative Mode” within Minecraft. While this music video features an artistic representation of Minecraft itself, the person typing the command “/gamemode ARTPOP” into the laptop is none other than YouTube’s one and only SkyDoesMinecraft.

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The CONAN "Minecraft" Episode That Will Never Be - CONAN on TBS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMHRrdRgfCc)

The man of many talents, Conan O’Brien, has talked about Minecraft many times on his TBS show “Conan”. On the show’s segment “Clueless Gamer” Conan and friend review “Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition” in a humorous, let’s play fashion. Conan has also aired a segment to show what it would look like if his show “Conan” was shot in a machinima-esque way. The video featured many of the funnier sides to Minecraft while keeping the wonderful antics of Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter feeling natural.

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Kate Upton & Snoop Dogg - You Got What I Eat (Hot Pockets Music Video) [ https://vimeo.com/76999129 ]

What do you get when you mix Kate Upton, Snoop Dogg, YouTube creator Kevin Wu (KevJumba), and a parody of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend”? A Hot Pockets live-action music video that will show a very short, interesting animated section within. To explain why Hot Pockets are just so absolutely delicious, this unlikely group of people featured in a music video advertisement. As the character Bigg The Butcher raps his segment of the song, things get a little blocky. Within seconds Bigg The Butcher is transformed into a Minecraft-esque character. A few more seconds later multiple cows and a zombie are in the shot alongside Bigg. The advertisement had many funny scenes and was of very high quality production.

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There have been many documentaries about Minecraft’s success, Minecraft in general, and Mojang as a company. In the next few years though, expect a potential live-action film directed by Rob McElhenney! Mojang has recently announced that they have chosen Rob McElhenney to be the brand new film’s director at Minecon 2015 in London and that they would be starting on the project soon. Not much information has been released besides the small amount that has been given to the public, but expect another medium for Minecraft to rule!

In Conclusion

Minecraft has been effectively running a multitude of mediums either intentionally or on complete accident. Minecraft has been a phenomenon waiting to happen in the gaming industry. With this game getting only bigger and bigger as time progresses I can only assume we will see more and more of Mojang’s creation over the next few years. Minecraft has been used in a multitude of more ways than listed above such as education, creating music, and having it’s own spin-off story mode game created by Telltale Games. There are very few things (and even lesser games) that will ever influence culture the way that Minecraft has.