Minecraft is a game that's all about creation. From its humble survival mode roots of building dirt huts to keep out zombies to the shared servers of today building metropolises bigger than some major cities, we've always been building, sometimes to the point where we find even more games to build in. Some people though aren't content with regular buildings in their #Minecraft, some people take things a step further.
The Coolest Things People Have Built In 'Minecraft'
Spaceships, Consoles and Calculators, everything you can think of, someone's trying to build it in Minecraft. Whether they're a lone creator slaving away to build the city of their dreams, a group of hundreds working together to construct the coolest creations they can think of, or a government agency building their own country from scratch to educate children about geography, these people have built the coolest, most genius creations in Minecraft.
A 16-Bit Calculator
This one is one of the earliest crazy creations in Minecraft. What makes RedStone Warrior's marvel so impressive is that it was built before the release of Minecraft's creative mode. This means that RedStoneWarrior didn't have access to the infinite resources of later creators and built the entire CPU out of stone and dirt that he mined himself. That takes some dedication!
The CPU was able to be used as a calculator, performing math equations for users. But the real achievement of the CPU was to set the stage for future creations like...
A Working Atari Emulator
SethBling put together a working Atari emulator in Minecraft. The giant machine uses cartridges made from stone and dirt to simulate binary code, allowing the machine to recreate classic games from the Atari 2600. The games include Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and the infamously bad Atari port of Pac-Man.
SethBling has also released all the data you need to play your own Minecraft Atari; be warned though, if you can't stand frame rates below 60FPS, this emulator will be your antichrist. It renders 60 frames every few hours or so, meaning you'll be playing a very long game of Space Invaders indeed. At least you don't require fast reaction times I suppose.
Now for some slightly more advanced technology in Minecraft. German YouTube user TheHaunse created a 1:1 replica of the titular capital ship from Battlestar Galactica that's almost 1500 blocks long and 550 blocks wide. Not only is the exterior of the ship impressively detailed and accurate, but sections of the ship's interior were also lovingly recreated, including the hanger and bridge. Now all we need is for someone to make some flyable vipers to go inside it.
In a project that probably took so long that you could have learned to play a real guitar in the same time, YouTube user FVDisco managed to create a humongous playable guitar in Minecraft.
The creation is controlled through stepping on various blocks which trigger chord changes, allowing you to play 10 basic chords. FVDisco also created a playable piano as well as a drum kit, which is just about enough to get your own band together inside Minecraft.
One day someone woke up, looked at a game of Tetris and thought, "This needs to be in Minecraft, also, much deadlier." That person was primeaustin, who devised this insane little mini game that you can play inside of Minecraft.
The goal is to get out of the Tetris game before you either fall to your death or get crushed by a falling block. It may sound simple, but it's easier said than done. The blocks fall constantly, and to keep track of them you'll need to be constantly looking up and down to see where you're jumping and what's about to hit you.
A bunch of dedicated obsessives over both #GameOfThrones and Minecraft over at WesterosCraft have taken it upon themselves to recreate the entire fictional continent of Westeros in the game. The result is one of the most impressive in-game construction projects ever undertaken.
They've so far managed to recreate almost every major city in the game, including a massive and accurate recreation of the city of King's Landing. What's even more impressive is the sheer scale of the project. This fictional Westeros now takes up more space in-game than the country I was born in does in real life.
Grand Theft Auto 5 may have taken a huge team of designers to recreate their version of the city of angels in Los Santos, but it took only one incredibly dedicated and possibly insane Minecraft genius to put together a recreation of the city in his own game.
The Minecraft Los Angeles, created by Fujiwara 1990, may not be a 100% recreation of the city (yet, anyway), but it's an impressive effort nonetheless. All the major buildings are in there, and almost every structure is enterable and furnished. With the way the real estate market is going in LA, people might start having to move into his server just to find an affordable place.
Denmark, All Of It
This one's a standout, not just for the sheer scale, but because it was created by a government body. The Danish Geodata Agency decided to use topographic data, combined with Minecraft, to create a true-scale recreation of the entire country of Denmark for educational purposes.
The project was made possible by Denmark's open access policy to public information like topographic maps, historical mapping data and other government collected information. The project was painstakingly put together to advertise the benefits of the policy, as well as to provide students a way to explore their own country from their laptops. Wish we'd had stuff like this when I was in school!
A Game Boy Advance That Plays Pokemon
This one's still in progress, but Minecraft genius Reqaug is on his way to creating a functioning Game Boy Advance that plays Pokemon Fire Red. Not just that, but he's attempting to make it fully editable and programmable, so you can create your own personalized world inside #Pokemon Fire Red inside Minecraft.
As you can see, it's still in the early stages, but the idea of building your own maps inside a built map in a game about building your own maps may have just caused my brain to leak out of my ears.
What Will They Build In The Future?!
Who knows at this rate? A full-scale second America to escape from the current one? An emulator that can run Minecraft inside your Minecraft so you can Mine will you Craft? Anything's possible!
Which was your favourite Minecraft creation?
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