A charity donated Minecraft players the chance to relive a historic Civil War moment by recreating the Battle of Vicksburg brick by brick. Years after its release, Mojang’s sandbox title is still one of the most played games of 2022, its greatest strength being its longevity and providing fans with unlimited creative potential. As millions continue to play around the world, there are still building feats that truly show the ingenuity of the community as a whole.
The knot of Minecraft creates impressive structures, including those from other franchises or even the real world. There are endless ways to play the game, and while the majority of these projects are for fun or even some weight on the internet, it is possible to use the powerful building mechanics and the from Minecraft popularity to spread educational messages.
That’s exactly what the American Battlefield Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving the American Civil War, especially battlefields, has done. As spotted by GamesRadar, the charity managed to build a re-enactment of the Battle of Vicksburg in Minecraft. The battle itself took place between May 18 and July 4, 1863, and this project brings the battlefield and its surroundings to the block game. According to the Battle of Vicksburg website, the map contains mini-games as well as event recreations. It even has fully voiced NPCs, including Abraham Lincoln, who are all wrapped up in a historically accurate build.
There are a number of ways the open world title can be used for educational purposes. For example, earlier this year, Minecraft has been used to teach children about climate change. Built in conjunction with the UK Environment Agency, “Rivercraft” teaches about flooding by challenging players to build in-game defenses, as well as providing opportunities to learn about flood prevention. In this regard, Minecraft is more than a massive, colorful world of exploration and expression. It’s also a tool that can be used to educate on important issues, and that’s exactly what the American Battlefield Trust is doing by bringing history to life.
Selling hundreds of millions of copies over the course of a decade or so, it’s no wonder Minecraft became one of the highest grossing video games of all time. It’s given so many people great joy over the years, and with even ways to use the game for education, it really shows that the sandbox title is more than meets the eye.
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