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

Ordnance Survey used 22 billion blocks from the popular constructing game

The 3D interactive map covers mainland UK and surrounding islands

Every block represents 50 sq. 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:Fifty nine BST, 5 March 2014




Well-liked constructing sport Minecraft already lets users create their very own worlds, but a brand new 3D gaming map now lets them explore the entire of the UK and construct new settlements in their virtual again gardens.

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

It covers the equivalent of 86,000 sq. miles of mainland Great Britain and the encircling islands and every 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 square miles. This image reveals the Minecraft model of Stonehenge in Wiltshire

That is how the Stonehenge landmark in Wiltshire seems in the actual world

To help gamers navigate the interactive world, Ordnance Survey has also printed a listing of coordinates to various UK markers, together with Stonehenge in Wiltshire.




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

Minecraft was created in 2009. At first of the sport, a player is put into a 'virtually infinite game world.'

They can then walk round totally different terrains, including mountains, forests and caves.

Gamers also can fly up in the air for a birds-eye view of the landscape.

Gamers are given blocks and instruments to build towns and cities. As a player progresses they will earn superior instruments and building blocks in different supplies.

The game was initially made for the Computer however there at the moment are Xbox 360 and cell versions out there.

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

The left-hand image exhibits the Minecraft version of Snowdonia, whereas the precise-hand picture exhibits how the North Wales mountain vary seems in actual-life. Because the top of many buildings and landmarks within the UK is taller than Minecraft's constructed-in top restrict, developers scaled them down so they would match

Minecraft launched in 2009. At the beginning of the game, a player is put right into a 'virtually infinite sport world.' They will then stroll around and build towns and cities. The sport was initially made for the Laptop however there are actually Xbox 360 and cell versions obtainable, pictured


Players want a licensed copy of Minecraft and round 5GB disk house on their Pc.

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

To put in the map, gamers ought to obtain the archive

Unzip the archive to a short lived location. Open the readme.html file in a browser and comply with the installation instructions.

They then loaded photographs of all UK locations from the OS VectorMap District files.

Every 20 x 20 pixel region of the map was analysed so the developers could choose the correct color, material and size of block.

The uncooked top data was saved in metres, meaning the builders were scaled down to suit throughout the 256-block height limit in Minecraft.

Ben Nevis, for example, has a height of around 2,500 metres and this was transformed into 128 blocks high.

Ordnance Survey mentioned in a blog publish: 'Though this exaggerates the actual-world peak, it preserves low-mendacity coastal features comparable to Bournemouth's cliffs, adding interest to the panorama.'

Builders used diamond blocks for motorways, emerald blocks for A roads and pumpkin blocks for B roads. Water, forests and built-up areas had been created using the usual water, leaves and brick blocks. another day another cube

Following this, teams of 32 x 32 chunks referred to as areas have been created and assembled together. Ordnance Survey said the whole process took round seven hours.

The River Thames in East London is pictured. Ordnance Survey stated the entire mapping process took around seven hours to finish. Every 20 x 20 pixel region of the map was analysed so the builders may choose the proper colour, material and measurement of block

These images show a birds-eye view of Minecraft London with the River Thames flowing via the centre, left, and a satellite tv for pc view of the same area of the Thames, right. To help players navigate the interactive world, Ordnance Survey has published an inventory of coordinates to various UK location, accessible inside the sport

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