A few months ago I tried out Minecraft for the first time. I downloaded the free (lite) version of the app and tried to get to work, not having any idea whatsoever what I was supposed to be doing. Oh, I got out the hammer and started demolishing as much of the world as I could, but I figured that couldn’t be all there was to this hugely popular game. I then figured out how to build basic structures, like walls, (this was only the lite version, remember) and realized I could pretty much do whatever I wanted to do. However, I also realized it was going to take a whole lot of time I didn’t have if I really wanted to invest myself in this world-building game and make something creative. So, I deleted it off of my phone and didn’t think about it again until last week when I read about how Denmark uses Minecraft.
It seems the government of Denmark has recreated all of Denmark, block by block, in a massive Minecraft world. And it’s not just the highlights that were recreated – no, the whole country has been rebuilt to scale in the game. So, if you’ve been wondering what’s been happening with their government lately, you now have your answer – they’ve been playing Minecraft.
That Had To Take A While…
Why would their government spend all kinds of hours recreating their city in a digital world? Simply because they thought it would be educational. Since it’s hard to take field trips to certain locales, they decided to create them in Minecraft form so they’d be infinitely easier for kids to visit. I for one hope they’re able to get a t-shirt to prove they’ve been there.
What do you think? If you’ve never been to Denmark, now’s your chance to visit! (In pixelated form, of course).
[Image via PlanetMinecraft]