A team at Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping authority, has created a map of the UK using Minecraft. The resulting landscape imagery makes use of the video game’s blocks, with cities represented using bricks, the forests as shrubs, and major roads in green and gold.
The map can be downloaded and used in the actual game, presenting an interesting cross-over between cartography and gaming. The Minecraft world represents over 224,000 square kilometers featuring 22 billion blocks.
It was created using the Ordnance Survey’s freely available OS OpenData products, OS Terrain 50 and OS VectorMap District. Players can download the new Minecraft GB world and view different environments such as Snowdonia, Poole Harbour and central London.
They can add their own recreations of real-life features like Stonehenge or add imagined environments such as Hogwarts castle. Innovation Lab Manager at Ordnance Survey, Graham Dunlop, said:
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.