Minecraft Project gone CLASS(y)?

Browsing Reddit’s r/Gaming subreddit a Minecraft project crossed my screen that is so advanced I had to share with y’all.

This team, over the span on 3-4 years, have put together a fully scaled university.  The thing is done to epic proportions with multiple massive buildings, functioning wings inside of the buildings, on-site outdoor activities, and even a chopper landed on the helipad up top.  After browsing the dynamic map provided in the post – http://play.shirecraft.us:6635/?worldname=Nippopolis&mapname=surface&zoom=3&x=-3429&y=64&z=-4306 (EDITOR some say the platform lags but this is still petty sweet.. Google Earth for Minecraft YO!).  I jumped on Reddit to ask the creator some questions pertaining to a long unfulfilled fantasy to be able to wander the halls of a Hogwarts school, fiddling with things, discovering secret passages, and just plain exploring (aimlessly, no less).

To my surprise to creator stated that they do currently have some embedded Easter eggs and that more are planned to come.  His response:

I do!  There’s an ongoing quest going on within the university in one of the dorms, and there’s a hidden strip-club somewhere along the university subway tracks…

When asked about the possible business related options the maps creator also stated,

Aha, I’ve been asked a few times in the past to commission for Minecraft builds, I have unfortunately denied every one of them though, mostly because I like building in my free time and I don’t like being restricted and having the responsibility of completing a build in a certain amount of time.

No matter what this dev decided to do with this project, I give my kudos to him for such an awesomely executed project!

http://www.shirecraft.us/

 

University Aerial Photo:

Minecraft - Shirecraft - Full Scale University - Overhead View

Amazon (Not Google) Buys Twitch For 970 Million Dollars

Earlier today an official response to the numerous rumors of Twitch’s acquisition were finally verified when Twitch’s CEO, Emmett Shear, released a post on Twitch’s official blog. In the letter Shear goes onto speak as to why the acquisition provides a bright future for the top streaming company, and why Amazon is the perfect new parent company.

Like Twitch, Amazon has always strived to be something more than just a competitor, always pushing the envelope beyond whats expected, imagined, or even considered sane at times.  They also understand the importance of community and driving value for the users.  If you consider Twitch wasn’t even known 3 years ago, I’d say the company has been able to do just that.  Mirroring a passion that it’s new parent company has demonstrated for years.

Although Twitch was definitely not hurting in it’s top spot in the streaming world, Twitch’s CEO is excited by what this new era for Twitch could mean in the grand scope of things.

We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

According to Bloomberg, the Twitch purchase is only costing Amazon a cool 970 million dollars.  Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is making some other big media plays, too…

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