Minecraft Link's Awakening stop motion video “too perfect,” says Notch

Curious as to what the opening scenes of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening would look like if they were painstakingly recreated as a stop-motion animation in Minecraft? Probably a little something like this...

The video was produced by the MinecraftA2Z's team behind last month's animated Minecraft Tetris short. According to the group's making of documentary, the project took over five weeks to complete, and is composed of 1167 images plus “a few seconds of video”.

The final result is an impressive feat to say the least – so much so it has Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson questioning its authenticity. Critiquing the video on Reddit, he compared it to other stop motion projects he deemed to be fake, saying, “This stop motion video feels exactly the same to me. It's too perfect, it would be much easier to automate, and it spends a lot of effort trying to convince me it's real.”

Members of MinecraftA2Z's attempted to convince Notch no corners were cut in the creation of their animation, and directed him to their documentary video as proof. Regardless, Notch remained wary, adding, “A timelapse video of people building it would convince me. The 1,167 screens won't, as I could extract them myself from that [YouTube] video. I do not doubt the level exists. If you DID do this all legitimately, then I apologize, and I hope you find some pride in having fooled me so bad I openly accuse you of cheating. ;D.”

Your turn, all you Minecraft Mythbusters. Tell us: is this the real deal or a really well made fake?

Oct 17, 2011

Source: via Kotaku


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  • Metroidhunter32 - October 17, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    My money is on fake, it's just a little too smooth.
  • DryvBy - October 17, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    I suck at Minecraft. Making a house impresses me, so this just made me a jizz burger.
  • SeanNorm - October 17, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    I know for a face that this is real, I am a Diamond donator on A2Z and if those that made this said its real it most certainly is real... also come join the server :D
  • firas333 - October 17, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    They did say it was stop motion did they not, the button flashing irregularily may be because of that. Stop mtoion would mean it is not actual pistons doing it, but rather removing adding colors manually then taking next shot. After repeating x number of times you would end up with an animation.
  • Budisawesome - October 18, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    Maybe its just lava?
  • TheiiNumberiiJ - October 17, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    I say fake. I believe they built the Gameboy, but I can't wrap my head around Link trying to interact with the guy in the beginning multiple times before it registered. That is what makes it seem like a recording of the game edited in to the overall production. Props on the Gameboy, but I'm just not buying the video. I also agree with the flashing light being a bit off.
  • minecrafta2z - October 17, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    What we did was record a play through on an emulator, cut the video up and reproduced the screens. His movements are choppy and a bit off because you can't really move on a diagonal using the keyboard. Hope you enjoyed, thanks for the comments! :)
  • mockraven - October 17, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    Every time there's a pause in animation on the "gameboy screen" the battery light stops blinking. That detail leads me to believe that it was animated by a bunch of people and they synched it to a recording of the game, repeating the still frames to fill up the time gap until animation (and sound) starts again. The battery light also blinks at irregular intervals in some parts of the video.
  • minecrafta2z - October 17, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    Battery light flickers because it's made out of lava :).
  • mockraven - October 18, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    Ah, that explains the light flicker. Thanks for the info! I was right about the still-frame being drawn out for the non-animated parts of the video, though, right? You just filled in the same frame on the timeline during the menu parts where no animation was required?
  • Budisawesome - October 18, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Lava might answer your question not 100% sure
  • Thequestion 121 - October 17, 2011 1:24 p.m.

  • UnrealCanine - October 17, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    I'm not sure if minecraft could can even support a view that big
  • MCN2011 - October 17, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    Given that there's also a "making of" video, I'm calling it real.
  • db1331 - October 17, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    It has to be fake. I hope for the sake of all humanity that no one has the vast amount of free time it would take to do it that well. It was still cool to see though. My favorite game of all time.
  • tuomotaivainen - October 17, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    Note that this is a team working on this, so it's not just one person working on this. And, with the new Creative mode it's even more easier to do.

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