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I Had Racist Sheep in Minecraft

May 20, 2019

Author: Bianca Yang
Email: ipacifics@gmail.com

This story is old. It’s from my high school days, when I downloaded Mineshafter to see what the Minecraft craze was all about. I am sad that I don’t have any pictures of my time in Mineshafter, because it would really have lifted my spirits to see that house and farm I created. It would also have made for a more compelling post.

The situation is that I had fenced in a bunch of sheep. They were next to my utterly massive pens of cows and chickens. Despite my efforts to resize the pens, the sheep kept wanting to escape. I don’t remember why I came upon the idea to separate the sheep by color, but that was the solution. Black sheep in a corner. Browns in another. Whites in the remaining space. No more escaping sheep.

The escaping sheep phenomenon revived itself once I started breeding them. A black and brown sheep could produce a brown. The black parent would not want to be in the same pen as its brown child. I guess the parent-child bond is not strong in Minecraft sheep.

I stopped playing Minecraft a while ago because it would make me super motion sick. Around that time, I also found myself getting motion sick from Twilight Princess on Wii. I would often try to push through the nausea, which only resulted in my having to spend 30min - 1hr laying on the ground or couch, waiting for my body to equilibrate. I haven’t played many video games since high school.

I tried playing Mineshafter again a couple of months ago. The motion sickness came on very quickly this time (<20min). I immediately deleted the app. I haven’t touched the game since, though I do want to recreate some version of that very first world I inhabited, even if it did have racist sheep.

I guess I can only safely play games like Tetris.