We can certainly see the appeal in games like Minecraft where the only limits would basically be your imagination. We’ve seen how dedicated Minecraft players can be, especially when recreating worlds using the game. Now it seems that two very dedicated Danes have taken their time to recreate their home country of Denmark in the game, using a 1:1 ratio, making it the first ever country to be fully mapped out in the game.
The Danes in question are Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of Geodatastyrelsen, the Danish Geodata Agency, who used public data about roads, buildings, elevation models, and so on in their quest to recreate their entire country using Minecraft. It was not mention as to how long it took them to recreate everything, but considering it was a 1:1 ratio, we can only imagine that it took them quite a while, although it does sound like a pretty fun task.
According to the description of the mod, “This means that all of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside the Minecraft, thus you can freely move around in Denmark, find your own residential area, to build and tear down as you can in whichever any other Minecraft world.” Unfortunately the server that is hosting the map will only be temporary, but chunks of the map are expected to be made available at a later date.
In any case if you’ve always wanted to visit Denmark but don’t have the time or money, perhaps this Minecraft mod might be a good and novel way of exploring the country, minus the ability to sample local delicacies and interact with the locals. More information about the mod can be found on the Geodatastyrelsen’s website.