Minecraft makes real maps
In 2013 the daily telegraph ran an article regarding Minecraft and how they recreated a map of the U.K. using Ordnance survey data allowing for players to explore the country within Minecraft.
This to me is a very good idea as it can allow children and some adults to get there bearings and learn about their surrounding areas in a fun way.
This real map when it was created covered the whole of the 86487 square miles of the U.K. by using the digital mapping products of the Ordnance Survey library and consisted of 22 billion blocks. Another amazing fact is it only took 2 weeks to create!!
The Terrain was built using a 3D model of the earths surface and a backdrop map product which allowed the extraction of rural surface features.
Players are able to fly around the nation and checkout all the famous and not so famous landmarks. For me this just shows how innovative Minecraft can be.
Fast forward to 2017 Minecraft makes real maps is now a past tense as they have created the whole earth!! Forget google earth to learn your way around.
For the kid’s checkout the planet edition., I will be doing a review on this edition in the next few days.
Just a fun fact about planet Minecraft; it took 16,20032400 blocks to build the earth which is a perfect addition and compliments the Education edition perfectly. In perfect Minecraft tradition, when you view the Earth from space it is in fact more of a square for the obvious reason which is we build with blocks!
There is also a separate community for the planet edition where players are able to upload their own building projects for reviews and discussion aswell as other players to download the projects to play on them so they can experience and examine other peoples’ building techniques and interpretation of famous landmarks around the world.
I hope this of interest to you and would love to hear about any projects you have in motion at the moment?
Comment below about what your building at the moment and any screen shots you have I will add to the website!