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Reaching the Far Lands: one man's journey to the end of 'Minecraft'

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On March 28, 2011, Kurt J. Mac opened a new game of Minecraft and started to walk — and he hasn't stopped. Nearly three years later, he's traveled seven hundred virtual kilometers in hopes of reaching the end of the Minecraft world, a mysterious place called the Far Lands. It's a glitch in the game that fractures the blocky landscape into illogical patterns and shapes when a player travels great distances. Some speculate that the Far Lands were removed from the game and replaced with vast oceans in Beta 1.8, but Mac continues to walk, documenting his journey on the YouTube channel "Far Lands or Bust!", which boasts over 300,000 subscribers. Read about Mac's Minecraft journey in The New Yorker, where he explains how his curiosity to reach the end of the world turned out to be both a personal exploration and a charitable endeavor.