Far Lands or Bust
|Far Lands or Bust|
|Created by||Kurt J. Mac|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7 (as of March 5, 2019[ref])|
|No. of episodes||741 (as of June 18, 2019[ref])|
|Original network||kurtjmac on YouTube|
|Original release||March 6, 2011 –|
|Far Lands or Bust|
Far Lands or Bust (abbreviated FLoB) is an online video series created by Kurt J. Mac in which he plays the video game Minecraft. The series depicts his journey to the "Far Lands", a distant area of a Minecraft world in which the terrain generation does not function correctly creating a warped landscape. Kurt has been travelling since March 2011 and as of September 2018[update] is expected to take another 13 years to reach his destination, the show also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest journey in Minecraft. The episodes typically act as a sort of podcast, with the game providing a backing track while Kurt discusses recent events in his life, news and science. The show also encourages viewers to donate to charity to reach fundraising goals. This charity was originally Child's Play, for which the show raised over $400,000. Since March 2018 the show's charity has been Direct Relief.
The Far Lands
Minecraft is a sandbox video game which places players in a 3D procedurally generated world. As a player walks in any direction, the game generates terrain ahead of them, creating (in theory) a virtually infinite world for the player to explore. However, due to computational limits in earlier versions of the game, at a distance of roughly 12,500 kilometres (7,800 mi) from the center of the world the terrain generation algorithm behaves unexpectedly, creating a sudden warped landscape. Markus Persson, the original developer of Minecraft, commented that "Walking that far will take a very long time. Besides, the bugs add mystery and charisma to the Far Lands." The name "Far Lands" was adopted by the community to refer to this area. Persson also said it would be "impossible to reach the Far Lands" and Kurt took that as a challenge.
Due to changes to the game's code, recent versions of the game do not contain the same error, and terrain continues to generate normally at distances up to 30,000 kilometres (19,000 mi) from the center of the world. Kurt has continued to record his series in an older version of the game where the Far Lands are still present.
In the game, a debug screen can be opened by pressing F3, which displays the player's current coordinates in the world. In Kurt's journey to the Far Lands, he only presses F3 once the season's charity donations goal has been met to wrap up the season. Additionally he builds a monument to commemorate the occasion.
|Press||Date||Distance (Z)||Season||Episode (overall)||Donation goal||Total raised|
|1||November 17th, 2011||292,202||2||096||$8,200||$11,724|
|2||September 1st, 2012||699,492||3||178||$29,220||$70,838.39|
|3||March 6th, 2014||1,479,940||4||334||$100,000||$186,649.13|
|4||March 28th, 2015||2,266,779||5||490||$50,000||$66,061.70|
|5||January 22nd, 2017||3,116,936||6||640||$60,000||$71,431.83|
- 1.^ Initially $820, but raised to $8,200 after goal was reached in under a week
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- Parkin, Simon (January 23, 2014). "A Journey to the End of the World (of Minecraft)". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
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- Racco, Marilisa (July 15, 2014). "There's millions in those Minecraft blocks". Maclean's. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
- kurtjmac (2018-03-06), Minecraft Far Lands or Bust - #671 - New Charity & 7-Year Anniversary!, retrieved 2018-03-06
- "Broken". Digital Human. Series 5. Episode 6. 15:18 minutes in. BBC. Radio 4.
- Times, Tech (4 September 2015). "This Dedicated Soul Has Been Walking Across 'Minecraft' Since 2011". Tech Times. Retrieved 13 October 2017.