Anglophile nerd alert: You can now download a geographically accurate, scaled terrain model of Great Britain for Minecraft, thanks to one hardworking summer intern at Ordnance Survey, the country’s national mapping authority.
Minecraft calls itself ”a game about breaking and placing blocks,” and this world contains many–it’s made up of more than 22 million blocks.
Plenty of real-life (and fiction-inspired) structures and cities have been recreated in Minecraft (plus this great working graphing calculator), but Ordnance Survey believes theirs is the biggest dog in the map-nerd pack. Players can build whatever their gamer hearts desire upon the blocky British landscape–whether that’s a full-scale model of Harry Potter’s favorite places, a realistic imitation of London’s streets or something entirely of their own creation. Or they could just zip around being a digital tourist, visiting the most obscure destinations in the British Isles without leaving their computer.
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