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Release Date Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Mines in Minecraft: Student Renders University Campus Inside Popular Video Game

This is an image of the McLaury Building on the campus of South Dakota Mines built inside the video game Minecraft.

South Dakota Mines computer engineering major Jaxxen Cheney has built a model of the university campus inside the popular video game Minecraft.

The game allows users to create worlds inside the platform with sets of digital building blocks. A video of the rendering is here, and an album of photos showing the South Dakota Mines campus in Minecraft can be found here.

“I’ve been playing Minecraft since I was a kid,” says Cheney. “It’s not a difficult game to play and it’s very accessible. I like that you can play it with many other people.”

McLaury in Minecraft2The Minecraft version of the Mines campus includes both inside and outside of buildings to scale. Cheney used Google Earth to help build the model and completed much of the university campus after graduating high school. He says he undertook this effort to help familiarize himself with the school he planned to attend.

“I didn’t know the campus very well before I became a student. When I first arrived, I got lost all the time,” he says. “Once you get yourself familiar with campus, it’s easy to navigate. I think this could be a great tool for incoming freshmen to explore the campus before they come to school.”

Cheney has opened the door for collaboration with other students who are adding their own details, including decorating insides of student housing common areas and filling in the insides of buildings such as university’s Museum of Geology. Some university alumni are even building a virtual renditions of their own freshman dorms inside the platform. Cheney also used the campus he built in Minecraft as a project in one of his humanities classes.

“Campus is constantly changing and so this will always be open for users to update and collaborate on the build,” says Cheney. “People can customize their own dorm or update changes in a building they may frequent. I also love it when people correct my mistakes and make improvements,” he adds.

Minecraft reports 93 million users worldwide. Cheney’s effort follows other university students around the country who have replicated their own campuses in the platform including MIT, Boston University, UC Berkeley and many others.

Cheney invites Minecraft users to join this Discord chat site to learn more about the effort and to take part in the ongoing build of campus. This document also describes how to access the campus inside different versions of the game.  Instructions on how to enter the Minecraft version of the Mines campus can be found in the description of this YouTube video Cheney posted to his channel. Those already familiar with Minecraft and can access the platform on a PC or mobile device via the server address Arch in Minecraft


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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