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The Minecraft map of BRITAIN: 22 billion blocks are used to create the virtual world that even contains well-known landmarks

Ordnance Survey used 22 billion blocks from the favored constructing recreation

The 3D interactive map covers mainland UK and surrounding islands

Each block represents 50 square metres and the map covers the equal of 220,000 square kilometres

By Victoria Woollaston

Printed: 14:02 BST, 30 October 2013 | Up to date: 15:59 BST, 5 March 2014




In style constructing recreation Minecraft already lets customers create their very own worlds, but a new 3D gaming map now lets them discover the whole of the UK and construct new settlements in their virtual again gardens.

Minecraft Britain was built utilizing Ordnance Survey maps of the UK as a base and was constructed using 22 billion building blocks from the sport.

It covers the equivalent of 86,000 square miles of mainland Nice Britain and the surrounding islands and each block represents 50 sq. metres.

Ordnance Survey used 22 billion blocks from the popular building recreation Minecraft to create the 3D interactive map of mainland UK and its surrounding islands. The OS Minecraft world covers the equal of 86,000 sq. miles. This image exhibits the Minecraft model of Stonehenge in Wiltshire

This is how the Stonehenge landmark in Wiltshire looks in the actual world

To assist players navigate the interactive world, Ordnance Survey has additionally revealed a list of coordinates to varied UK markers, including Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

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The map was built utilizing OS OpenData - maps and mapping instruments that Ordnance Survey lets developers use to develop various maps.

Minecraft was created in 2009. At the beginning of the game, a player is put right into a 'just about infinite recreation world.'

They'll then stroll round different terrains, together with mountains, forests and caves.

Players can even fly up in the air for a birds-eye view of the landscape.

Players are given blocks and tools to build towns and cities. As a player progresses they'll earn advanced instruments and building blocks in numerous supplies. Blog

The sport was initially made for the Computer however there are now Xbox 360 and cell variations accessible.

For every one hundred x 100 km grid sq., developers from Ordnance Survey used peak information for varied buildings and landmarks.

The left-hand picture exhibits the Minecraft model of Snowdonia, whereas the correct-hand picture exhibits how the North Wales mountain vary appears in real-life. Because the top of many buildings and landmarks within the UK is taller than Minecraft's constructed-in peak limit, developers scaled them down so they might match

Minecraft launched in 2009. At first of the game, a player is put right into a 'just about infinite recreation world.' They can then stroll around and build towns and cities. The game was initially made for the Laptop but there at the moment are Xbox 360 and cell versions out there, pictured


Players want a licensed copy of Minecraft and around 5GB disk area on their Computer.

The world covers roughly 3.6GB uncompressed and desires a minimum 4GB of memory.

To put in the map, players should obtain the archive

Unzip the archive to a brief location. Open the readme.html file in a browser and observe the installation directions.

They then loaded images of all UK areas from the OS VectorMap District recordsdata.

Each 20 x 20 pixel region of the map was analysed so the builders may choose the correct color, materials and dimension of block.

The uncooked top knowledge was stored in metres, which means the builders had been scaled down to fit throughout the 256-block peak limit in Minecraft.

Ben Nevis, for example, has a peak of round 2,500 metres and this was transformed into 128 blocks excessive.

Ordnance Survey stated in a weblog put up: 'Although this exaggerates the actual-world top, it preserves low-mendacity coastal options reminiscent of Bournemouth's cliffs, adding curiosity to the panorama.'

Builders used diamond blocks for motorways, emerald blocks for A roads and pumpkin blocks for B roads. Water, forests and constructed-up areas have been created using the usual water, leaves and brick blocks.

Following this, groups of 32 x 32 chunks referred to as areas have been created and assembled collectively. Ordnance Survey said the entire course of took around seven hours.

The River Thames in East London is pictured. Ordnance Survey said the whole mapping course of took around seven hours to complete. Every 20 x 20 pixel region of the map was analysed so the developers could select the proper colour, materials and size of block

These pictures show a birds-eye view of Minecraft London with the River Thames flowing by means of the centre, left, and a satellite tv for pc view of the same area of the Thames, proper. To help gamers navigate the interactive world, Ordnance Survey has printed a list of coordinates to numerous UK location, accessible inside the game

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