7 January, 2023
There are tonnes of extremely innovative Minecraft servers out there. One of the more interesting projects is a group of players trying to recreate a region of America in Minecraft.The virtual Albany may soon be available to Minecraft enthusiasts.
The Capital Region is being built by a voluntary group of builders who are part of Build the Earth Northeast USA.
Geoff Henderson, one the digital builders involved in the project, shared the news via a Reddit sub-thread last week.
Henderson was motivated by a strong love for his home town.
He said, "I love my town." "I wanted to pay tribute where I came from."
Henderson and the northeast branch of Build the Earth have made it their mission, although other teams are responsible in New Jersey and New York City. The ultimate goal of the organization is to create Minecraft's entire planet on a single-to-one scale, where each game building block is roughly equal to one meter in real life.
A spokesperson for Microsoft said that the undertaking was entirely community-led and not a build by Mojang Studios, the game's creator.
The spokesperson for the Times Union wrote an email to the Times Union, "We continue to feel inspired by the passions and ingenuity of global Minecraft creator communities, including the incredible recreation of City of Albany in Minecraft," she said.
Henderson says that five builders are currently involved in the project, but that as many as twenty people have contributed to it since its beginning.
The land coordinates are taken from Google Maps or Google Earth and then pasted into a plugin to upload to the local Minecraft server. The users can then build buildings and infrastructure using digital blocks and other tools.
The game had a height limit which limited builders' abilities. The game was changed when "PippenFTS," a YouTuber, posted a video about the release of "cubic chops mod".
Cubic chunks mod was defined by a Minecraft forum as a module that increases the height and depth of the virtual world by making it smaller and more stackable without slowing down the game.
Pippen's vision of every Minecraft builder helping to develop the earth within the game's parameters inspired Build the Earth.
Anyone over 13 years old can log onto the public server to access the virtual city. Henderson said that it is easy to become a builder.
The group requests that potential creators build a suburban house on Minecraft's Long Island before they grant permission to join the project.
Henderson stated, "If we can prove that you can build it,"
The group has already erected the Empire State Plaza and Corning Tower. They are currently assembling the Capitol building, as well as the south mall arterial.
They'll then move on to designing the Egg and Cultural Education Center which will be home to the New York State Museum.
Henderson and his fellow digital architects will be focusing on building everything eastward of Washington Park, heading towards the Hudson River by May 2023. If the manpower is available, it could happen sooner.
They have also reproduced parts of Troy. Henderson is now looking to expand their efforts west after completing the east side Albany. They may recreate all of Troy or Schenectady.
If the group is able to acquire additional plugins and more people willing to help, the 1:1 Albany could be completed by this summer.
Henderson stated, "I believe (it's possible), at the pace that we're going right now." "We are working hard at it."