Minecraft chunk error in real life

Minecraft's defiantly unrealistic style notwithstanding, players appreciate the game's internal consistency and get frustrated at certain failures of verisimilitude. Chunk errors, for example, are squared-off seams in the world caused by glitches in the landscape-generation algorithm. Right out of the annals of reality is unrealistic comes Roraima Mountain, a pleasing reminder that you are living in a simulation and Notch is God. [Speculative Nonfiction. Thanks, Michael!]


  1. Linking to TvTropes and Minecraft in the same post? Are you *trying* to destroy my productivity for the rest of the day, Rob?

    1.  Tell me about it. I only just managed to extract myself from TvTropes after reading three full pages.

  2. So how many crackpot theories are out there explaining that this is man made (or alien made)?

    Because certainly nature couldn’t make that on its own!

  3. Wow…that is one of the best pix I have ever seen of Mt. Roraima. I have longed to visit that place since I was a wee lad…. This was the setting of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Lost World”. If you scroll around on google earth in the same general area you can find lots of other suare-ish and angular bulges pushing through the canopy.

    1. There are literally dozens of smaller “tepuis” (flattop mountains). And some big ones.  Just to the northwest of Roraima, there’s the smaller Kukenan, complete with the second highest waterfall in the world. The highest waterfall in the world falls from Auyantepuy, another one.  
      I have been on the three the big ones. The bulges are not artifact, but truth in advertisement. And then wonderful things.

  4. 9 comments so far and I for one welcome our new lord and master, Notch.
    -Foamy is not going to be happy about this.

    1. There’s a reason for that. The Pixar team actually went there and used it for inspiration for the movie. 

  5. Because nobody has said it yet I will.

    Herobrine has jumped the divide. The Fourth Wall Will Not Save Us.

  6. OK, we got 3 million votes on our oppo primaries and Mt Roraima is featured on BoingBoing as a glitch in reality. Great day for Venezuela

      1.  Well, Notch left his pick axe in Skyrim, so Notch exists. Also, he shouldn’t leave random items laying around on top of mountains.

  7. Astonishing. I’ve seen photos of it before but none that show it’s true shape. I’d love to see the hydraulics underneath that pushed it up that far.

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