Developing a game that some have described as pure pixelated joy distilled through a computer screen and poured directly into the player's pleasure centers? Whoa, awesome. Managing to condense that masterpiece into a smartphone format for super happy fun time on the go? Excuse me while I change my pants, you've made me damp like a cellar.
Recreating a minature version of the title in 48 hours as part of a speed programming contest? Well, no, actually now you've gone too far. Stop it.
See, everyone's favorite independent developer, Markus "Notch" Persson, has created a version of Minecraft, appropriately called Minicraft, for the Ludum Dare, a 48 hour programming competition where participants attempt to create a game from nothing in just two days.
I would not exactly call a reduced and technically new version of Minecraft "from scratch." Come on, that would be like Miyamoto entering with a "new" version of Super Mario Bros 3. Both games are ubiquitus in a discussion of video game history to the point that they will be displayed in the Smithsonian next year.
Realistically, I'm sure Minicraft was a proof-of-concept and ultimately fun weekend project for Notch. After garnering an unprecedented amount of praise from the gaming community and even spawning a convention dedicated to punching trees, Minecraft certainly wasn't hurting for publicity. Even still, I feel the need to ask -- yo dawg, can you make other games?