In class this week we watched clips from Moana and Mindcraft videos. Based on the habit of mind of openness, I researched their origins. I wanted to know how both of these highly entertaining things came about.
Moana follows the story of a girl who sets out to end the curse put on the world by a demigod named Maui. The resident's of Moana's island home haven't traveled in hundreds of years but she changes that and helps to bring an end to the curse so the islanders begin to sail again. Moana is inspired by Polynesian folklore but it also theorizes the story behind the end of the Long Pause. The Long Pause was a time of about 2,000 years that those who were colonizing the Polynesian Islands took a break and did not travel (Herman). There is no verified explanation as to why there was a break in colonization but the story of Moana seems to create a theory.
The origin story of Minecraft wildly different than Moana. A guy named Markus, aka Notch, quit his programming job so they he could make his own game and ended up calling it Minecraft. If you can believe it, Minecraft is actually a combination of the words mine and craft (Larrson)! According to Markus, the idea came from the two things he was incorporating into his game, mining ore in shafts and being able to create something.
Markus was worried that his game would never be successful. When he would tell others about his idea, no one seemed to understand the direction he was going. However, some sources say that Minecraft is actually "the most successful casual game on the planet" (Minecraft).