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Minecraft for Makers by John Baichtal

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Introduction

One of the many charms of Minecraft involves translating the real world into the computer realm. How many examples of this have we seen? There is a Minecraft Taj Mahal, Tower of London, Washington DC Capitol, and a million others ranging from famous buildings to one’s childhood home.

Thanks to a simplified building system, anyone from beginners to experts can re-create these structures. Oftentimes the block-like nature of the Minecraft interface makes for awkward translations, but frequently these projects impress viewers with their faithfulness.

Ironically, many of the adorably awkward Minecraft elements—especially the most commonplace ones—have no parallel in the real world. Finding a precise, one-meter block of granite in ...

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