This past New Year’s Eve, the iconic Times Square Ball Drop in New York City was limited to 15,000 in-person attendees, but 9 more revelers made an appearance virtually in Geopipe's Minecraft New York City– throwing fireworks, running through confetti, taking group pictures, and even swinging through a fast-food restaurant.
Users across generations and spanning various countries worked together block by block to build a countdown clock to the New Year that culminated in a fireworks display set to music. I got to spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square with my best friends, with others from across the country, and with friends that I’ve never met personally.
New Year’s Eve in Geopipe’s Times Square, NYC.
While life online offers a vast smorgasbord of information and activity, it can still be isolating. Much of what we do online- working, watching TV, listening to music, researching hobbies- is done individually. So even if you refresh social media or news platforms every 5 seconds, it can still be lonely and boring. We crave shared experiences: to hang out, to engage in socialization beyond bullet points and life updates. To just play together.