Today we have an unexpected trip down memory lane, which all started when @jessenic sent a screenshot on WhatsApp of an old hard drive he found used when developing the Mac version of the Digiex Minecraft Launcher, a launcher which was very popular back in the day before Minecraft Java Edition had any sort of official launcher allowing you to select the version you wish to play.
By chance I asked Jessenic if he had a backup of the first Minecraft world from the original Digiex server, it turns out he did! This server started around October / November 2010 on an old Mac Mini that lived on a shelf in @Nimrod's bedroom. This was the alpha edition of Minecraft.
Jessenic sent the world over to me and I managed to load it in the latest version of Minecraft Java Edition. Jessenic was also exploring the world, so we decided to explore it together and I uploaded it to an idle Minecraft instance I had on a server hosting Pixelmon for some friends.
I never really played Minecraft much back then, however did play on the Digiex server for a short while. Remembering the bridge system connecting peoples houses / creations well. The first thing I ever built on Minecraft was still there, a little seaside house, with a shark trap by the sea outside it. Little did I know at the time Minecraft did not have sharks in it.
As this world was hosted online for near enough two years I was impressed to see how much people had developed it over time, Jessenic gave me a tour of many of the major builds that had taken place in that time, which does make me wish I’d played Minecraft a bit more back then.
From looking at the map data it seems exactly 840 played on this world over the two years it was online, pretty impressive!
For anyone who might still be lurking on Digiex from the Minecraft days, or for anyone curious on what people were doing 10 years ago on Minecraft Alpha I will leave this server online for a while and open it up to the public.
You can connect using Minecraft Java Edition 1.15.2 (current latest) by adding: <removed, server now offline> as a server.
The server from back in the day did look to have a few mods installed to allow warping to several areas that were built up over the years. Unfortunately these do not work, so I’ve simply changed the spawn area to the one originally used when the server first started out.