People will get to see Denmark in all-together different light – through a game. With more than 12 million copies sold on XBox, 14 million in its PC version, and a little over a million in the PlayStation 3 edition, the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita editions are not far behind. So what makes this game so interesting?
In this Minecraft game, the whole of Denmark gets recreated in the virtual world. It is the first ever country to be explored on a 1:1 ratio. Its detailed mapping comes courtesy of the Danish Geodata Agency. It directly lifts details from available public data about Denmark’s roads, buildings, elevation models plus other relevant mapping data.
Players get to freely move around Denmark and get to do things like finding a residential area to build and tear down as one pleases. The dynamite feature has been purposely disabled to prevent serious changes in the landscape. Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen are the recognized makers of the map used in this game.
The main purpose of the game is to teach children about spatial data. The gaming platform provides education in a fun atmosphere. The government has provided lesson plans for teachers to use in navigating virtual Denmark. Danish children are soon expected to be able to explore nature and landscapes as they see them in real life. The traditional way of teaching Danish geography by rolling down a map may just be retired very soon in favor of this learning method all in the name of stimulating learning.