For the last two years, a Minecraft creator has been gradually building a map replicating the Chernobyl Zone. The project, called Chernobyl Universe, got a new update recently, and, though unfinished, already features many of the known sights of the radioactive area. The latest version of the map, v0.02, adds the north part of the nuclear power plant, the substation and locations of new sarcophagus. On the Planet Minecraft page (cheers, VG247), map-maker Janisko explains the plan is to recreate the Chernobyl Zone as faithfully as possibly, using all available data. "I proceed with as much data as possible, which I draw mainly from the Internet, such as Google Maps and other useful things," they write. "Of course, not all information can be obtained from the Internet, but unfortunately I do not have other conveniences of data acquisition, which means that when I am forced by this fact, I have to build a little interior improvisation." From there, the map will stretch out to neighboring areas, like Belarus and Poliske. Janisko primarily used two applications, MCEdit2 and Worldpainting. You can walk around the current build, though the idea is that eventually this is meant to be played in survival mode. Janisko listed their email address for anyone who might have more specific information on Chernobyl they can use in further construction. PCGN
As if we needed any more credence for Minecraft being one of the most important videogames ever made, the best-selling crafting game's been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Described as "perhaps the most innovative construction toy of all time" in the video revealing the 2020 inductees (via PCGamer), Minecraft was chosen not just for its gameplay, but its community, too. Indeed, Minecraft has brought together and inspired players all over the world in all sorts of ways, from education, to game development and beyond, the nigh-limitless possibilities making it a platform all its own for creativity of every stripe. It remains the most viewed game on YouTube, and even the Vatican is getting involved. The World Video Game Hall of Fame was established in 2015, Doom, Tetris, and World of Warcraft being among the inaugural inductees. It's a wing of The Strong National Museum of Play, an American institution dedicated to the history of play. Other games already inducted into the hallowed halls of gaming's elite include Halo, The Sims, Final Fantasy 7, and Solitaire, and joining Minecraft this year is Bejeweled, King's Quest, and Centipede. Good company all around, really. PCGN
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Do you remember that enormous Harry Potter Minecraft map mod that got a playable alpha release earlier this year? The one that recreates the Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a ginormous map and RPG game inside the vanilla version of Mojang’s block builder? There’s some very good news for fans excited to jump in – it’s now launched for real.
Minecraft lets you build anything, so why not the entire Earth, at real-life scale? That’s exactly the project YouTuber PippenFTS has put together, with the help of some mods to break Minecraft’s limitations and pull in real-life satellite data. But that’s only the first step in this incredible project – now it’s time for players to build all the world’s cities, too.
It’s pretty clear from the Harry Potter books and movies that if Hogwarts was real, it would be huge. But that hasn’t stopped modders from recreating the school of witchcraft and wizardry as a ginormous map inside vanilla Minecraft – with quests, puzzles, trade, and so much more included. Best of all, it’s due to release very soon.
There’s no doubt creating a near-constant stream of YouTube content all year round can be pretty hard work, and it looks like it might be taking its toll on one of the platform’s highest profile creators. YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has said he will be taking a hiatus from the video sharing site early in 2020, saying he’s “feeling very tired.”
Nvidia is aiming for 1080p/60fps in Minecraft RTX with an RTX 2060, says a spokesperson for the company. Minecraft is due an RTX update next year, at which point we’ll see a plethora of ray-traced effects switched on in-game including lighting, reflections, shadows, and refractions. But neither Mojang or Nvidia has told us just how much silicon firepower we’ll need for this task – until now.