June 1, 2023

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Long-lost Minecraft build found via an old tweet

If you’ve ever felt bad about keeping all your old files in a mess, here’s something to make you feel better, as a much sought-after early version of Minecraft has finally been found – thanks to one player who made backups of her old laptop. Oh, and I guess this also means that tweeting everything is useful after all.

As spotted by Kotaku, Twitter user @lunasorcery explained in a thread that she’d helped a group of Minecraft historians find a long-lost early version of the game. Build Alpha 1.1.1 was apparently a “long-running meme” and “holy grail” for Minecraft archivist group Omniarchive, as the historians had never been able to track the elusive build down. It was an exceedingly rare version of the game that was released on 18th September 2010, and was only available for three hours and 25 minutes due to a bug that would turn the player’s screen grey.

Luckily, someone spotted a 2010 tweet by Luna in which she discussed the Minecraft update, and messaged her to ask if she had a copy of the build. She initially ignored the message, thinking there was “no chance in hell” that she would still have a copy, but last Friday another person contacted her about the tweet – and this prompted her to take a closer look.

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