Minecraft has become more than a game, it’s become a social tool for expression. For one man it’s the opportunity to push the limit. Computer science PHD student Christopher Mitchell has created an algorithm that pulls data from Google Earth and elevation data from the USGS EROS service to replicate the entire city of New York.
The undertaking is so enormous that it requires a server cluster containing 300 cores and 200GB of RAM just to render the map. While the city lacks the definition required to appreciate buildings from a street level you’ll still be wise to avoid the armpit of manhattan that is St Marks.