Minecraft Forum member Rumsey made a full-scale replica of the World of Warcraft map made of Minecraft blocks. He wrote a custom application that automatically voxelized every bit of WoW, “down to the last tree stump”, to create a Minecraft map made of 68 billion blocks. I’m still struggling to comprehend how this is possible.
Rumsey said his program took about 24 hours to complete the conversion. Even though the process was automated, Rumsey still had to do a lot of work to prepare for it, saying, “Prior to the conversion process, I needed to match textures from World of Warcraft to the appropriate material in Minecraft. For example, an object with a wooden texture might be converted into wooden planks, while an object with a mossy texture might be converted into mossy cobblestone. I created a special program to help do this assignment, but selecting materials for all 10,000+ textures in the game still required many hours of work.” I can imagine. Actually no, I can’t.
As you might have guessed, the map files are also huge. They’re in a 2.17 GB zip file that balloons to nearly 24 GB when unpacked. YouTuber svmgaming has a guide for Windows users on how to install them if you’ve got the available space. You can see footage of the map about 5:30 in:
[via Nerd Approved]