According to this year’s almanac, walkthrough and Let’s Play videos are all the rage with the world’s youths. So if you want people to watch your gaming channel over everyone else’s, you need a gimmick. On March 28, 2011, Kurt J. Mac discovered his hook: He would walk to the end of the popular open-world game Minecraft. And he’s been fake-walking ever since.
The end of Minecraft, dubbed the “Far Lands,” is a glitchy nightmare where logic and sanity have forsaken the player in favor of a pixelated hellscape. Developer Markus Persson was aware of the glitches, but didn’t bother to fix them because he incorrectly thought that no one would ever make it that far in the game.
After four continuous years of walking, Mac has only made it 16.78 percent of the way to the Far Lands, and it’s estimated that he won’t see the end for another couple of decades. This GIF represents Mac’s path as of September of last year, demonstrating the 1,303.1 miles he walked up to that point.
The worst part of the entire endless jaunt is that, in most versions of the game, the Far Lands don’t even exist anymore. Mac is playing on the Beta 1.7.3. version of the game, and the Far Lands wereeliminated in version 1.8. It isn’t all for naught, though. While Mac quickly discovered he was in over his head, he refused to quit his journey. Mac now walks for charity, providing sick kids with books and toys. Mac is like Santa Claus, if Santa took 30 years to do deliver presents because he was busy pretending to walk across an imaginary continent.