This is how it starts. Here's a phone in Minecraft that can make video calls

This is where I normally make a funny pun about calls being blocked but holy shit this is a working video call in Minecraft (opens in new tab). This is it. This is how the real world ceases to exist. Block by block. Yes it's from US behemoth Verizon (opens in new tab) - someone in their marketing team deserves a serious Christmas bonus - but this is just incredible.

Shown off by Minecraft YouTuber Captain Sparklez (opens in new tab), the phone can browse the internet, make calls and even create a selfie stick to send a picture of your Minecraft avatar to a real world phone. Verizon worked with 'Minecraft architects' BlockWorks (opens in new tab) to create the in game masterwork and video calls manage to somehow translate onto blocks in real time. But how do they do it? "In the world of Minecraft, almost everything is made of blocks," explains the Verizon site (opens in new tab).

"We’ve created a web application, Boxel (opens in new tab), that translates real web pages and streaming video into blocks so they can be built on a Minecraft server in real time. Our server plugin uses Boxel-client to handle the communication between Minecraft and the real world as translated by the web application." Follow the link to the main site and it even talks you through working with the application. Or just check out the video above and marvel.

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.