Take A Tour Of Oakland Via Minecraft

by Jeff Cork on Apr 24, 2013 at 09:29 AM

If you're a Minecraft fan with an ounce of curiosity and access to the Internet, you've undoubtedly seen some pretty insane things. The latest impressive build we've seen may not have the same geek cred as the USS Enterprise, BioShock Infinite's Columbia, or Jurassic Park, but it's no less grand in scale.

As part of an exhibit on customization at the Oakland Museum of California, the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment was tasked with putting together something that showed how customization can be applied within the world of games. As Alex Handy, the MADE's director wrote, his first inclination was to do something with Team Fortress 2. The idea was scrapped considering the game's violent nature, and something more family friendly took its place. 

The solution was to commission a team of Minecraft builders to recreate downtown Oakland with a 10-day deadline. The team worked using Google Street View as image references, and the fidelity that they achieved is quite impressive. The results of their efforts will be shown at the museum on April 26 from 5-8 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. on April 27-28.

For more shots of the build, scroll through the Flikr gallery.