Created by "Vareide", this is a lush and jaw-dropping new Minecraft-based machinima, which shows just how much the subgenre has improved over the last few months:
Vareide achieved the Avatar-worthy helicopter shots with a special mod, and captured the video with FRAPS, with post-production in Sony Vegas Pro 9 and Adobe After Effects. Hat tip: Brett, who's no slouch at Minecraft machinima himself.
Speaking of Minecraft, new Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble also liked the Minecraft review by Zero Punctuation I blogged a few weeks ago, Tweeting thus: "[A]greeing with Zero's summary of Minecraft's strengths (IE: easy to use.)" Update: Actually Humble was responding to Ron "@Zero" Blechner, who Tweeted: "Ask yourselves why MineCraft is more popular than SL. It's the UI, not the content."