It's awesome when players take on ridiculous, self-imposed challenges, like the time someone beat Skyrim while only using a torch (opens in new tab) or when another player beat Fallout: New Vegas on max difficulty without dying or killing anyone (opens in new tab).
The latest entry in the category I'll call 'There Should Really An Annual Awards Show For This Kind Of Accomplishment' is this Minecraft player who beat the game without ever walking. No walking! At all. With the exception of standing or hopping straight up, this player never used his legs.
Technically, you don't really beat Minecraft because it's an endless game, but you can "beat" it by visiting The End and defeating the Ender Dragon. And that's what YouTuber TheHeightAdvantage (opens in new tab) did, amazingly, without ever taking a single step. You can watch a fascinating and well-edited video of his accomplishment below:
So, how do you beat Minecraft without actually walking? With a lot of patience and creativity. He created a Minecraft world and then immediately unbound the walking keys. Standing in place, he began doing the usual Minecraft things: chopping trees, collecting resources, and crafting items. He just did it all without walking around.
Of course, you do need to actually move in Minecraft, so TheHeightAdvantage crafted a boat. The boat is on land, one block away, but mounting the boat moves him over to it. Collect the boat, place it one block away, and mount it again: it's slow, but it does get you around.
Eventually he finds a water source, and can start scooping it up and dumping it with a bucket to use the boat like an actual boat. More boats are later used to created long, mountable pathways over land. And then, after much boat-mounting, he saddles a pig named "Little Timmy" and rides him around.
In a message on Reddit, TheHeightAdvange tells me it took him around 30 hours to complete the no-walking playthrough, but he eventually rode Little Timmy into The End (leading him with a carrot on a stick) and defeated the Ender Dragon. The brave pig, sadly, didn't survive.
I asked how he came up with the idea for such a challenging run. "I originally thought of the idea when I found a seed where you spawn in a mineshaft right next to a mine cart and wanted to do an entire playthrough without leaving the mine cart," he said. "I had a few failed attempts and then came up with the boat idea to make things easier on myself, plus it would then be possible on any seed."
At the end of the video, the stats are shown, which do show some distance traveled by normal movement—though he explains that colliding with mobs or entities that bump you around is registered by the stats page as walking. But as far as true leg locomotion goes, the player never took a step. As for Little Timmy, he carried his master over 45km. That'll do, pig.