“We think we may have created the largest Minecraft World ever built based on real-World data. The resulting map shows the massive potential, not just for using Minecraft for computer technology and geography purposes in schools, but also the huge scope of applications for OS OpenData too.”
Graham Dunlop, OS Innovation Lab manager in an interview with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Minecraft, the indie Social Gaming hit that hails from Sweden has been making gentle strides as a Social Brick Building Game since I last penned Minecraft Apple iPhone and iPad making brick building Games Social. A few Lego Bricks and some 3D Printing replicas later and Minecraft is now apparently great for re-creating block like landscapes of the Real World.
Membership with the Game that Made building and playing with virtual Tetris bricks now stands at a whopping 33 million. A very addictive game, many spend hours combing YouTube for videos on tips and tricks on how to manipulate the blocks that come in Sand, gravel, dirt, volcanic rock into weapons to fight off the creepy crawly demons that come out at night to kill off your character. Trust me, it may appear to be a simple game, but it’s super addictive as the Tetris game from which the leftover blocks come from.
Granted, the World of Warcraft became the first World, so to speak, to get the brick thrown at it! Now Minecraft’s been used by Great Britain’s Governmental-mapping Agency Ordnance Survey, to recreate the Entire Country of Great Britain, all 86,000 square miles. Ordnance Survey achieved this astonishing feat using 22 million Bricks, their detailed survey data of Jolly old England, map building tools OS Terrain 50 and OS VectorMap District……and some serious idle time!
How do you get this mapping wonder, you may ask? First you must have Minecraft installed already on your computer. Then Go to Ordinance Survey Map of Great Britain link and download this massive 3D Minecraft style map. Note that this Map of Britain is big enough to fill a standard sized DVD, so reserve at least 4GB of space. You can them teleport about using the Teleportation Command in Minecraft to move about with OS getamap as you guide to the hotspots worth visiting in Britain – like a real tourist.
If you’ve been a fan of Minecfart since my first article, MineCraft – Indie hit is Social Gaming’s Cinderella, you can begin right away frittering away hours of your time building some grand castle or edifice in this World that look like a throwaway for Tetris Blocks leftover from unfinished games!
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