A MAP OF GREAT BRITAIN has been reproduced using government documents in the blocky world of Minecraft.
The map is the work of Ordnance Survey, the mapping people, and is available to anyone who has a licensed copy of Minecraft, 5GB of space and a passion for maps.
"The world consists of more than 22 billion blocks representing over 220,000 square kilometres of mainland Great Britain and surrounding islands," explained Ordnance Survey.
"We don't include Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, because they are mapped by other organisations."
You start at the Ordnance Survey offices and from there you can fly up and around Great Britain. Southampton is pictured in the image, and Ordnance Survey has provided the locations of other places of interest, including London, Mt Snowden, and Essex.
Great Britain is made up of a number of 32x32 blocks, called regions. Each block works out at 50 square metres. Heights have been scaled down in order to preserve the look and feel of the landscape.
"The raw height data is stored in metres and must be scaled down to fit within the 256 block height limit in Minecraft. A maximum height of 2 500 metres was chosen, which means Ben Nevis appears just over 128 blocks high," said the Ordnance Survey.
"Although this exaggerates the real-world height, it preserves low-lying coastal features such as Bournemouth's cliffs, adding interest to the landscape."
The Minecraft model covers 224,000 square kilometres of Great Britain and we can thank a summer intern for it.
"The purpose of our Labs team is to explore and assess ideas for new products and services. When Joseph Braybrook joined the team as part of Ordnance Survey's summer internship programme, we discovered he was an avid Minecraft fan and we decided to explore the potential educational benefits of the popular video game," said Graham Dunlop, Innovation Lab manager at Ordnance Survey.
"We decided to build a Minecraft world using free to use [open source] Open Data products to display the landscape and terrain of Great Britain."
This follows an announcement from Crytek that it wants to use existing open street map data for video game announcements. µ
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