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Minecraft is an open-world computer game that lets users build their own environments completely out of pixellated 3-D bricks.  There are multiple ways of playing, but the most intriguing part of the game, to me, is that fact that you can create an entire world and share it with other players.  I’ve never played Minecraft myself, but from the looks of it, the only limit to what you can create is your own imagination.  You can spend a lifetime browsing through Minecraft user-generated maps online and never run out of impressive creations.

Here are a few of the most striking Minecraft creations I found, depicting some of the most popular fantasy worlds from books, videogames, and film.  Enjoy!

Thunder Bluff, from World of Warcraft:

Thunder Bluff, recreated in Minecraft, created by the user Rumsey on Minecraftforum.net (via http://www.cnet.com/news/massive-world-of-warcraft-map-in-minecraft/)

Koholint Island, from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening:

Koholint Island, recreated in Minecraft, created by DemiuM666 on deviantart.com (via http://demium666.deviantart.com/art/The-Legend-of-Zelda-Minecraft-s-Awakening-317516376)

The Planet of Hoth, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

The Battle of Hoth, recreated in Minecraft, created by user Aandolaf on Minecraftforum.net (via http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/maps/1495386-creation-battle-of-hoth)

Hogwarts, from Harry Potter:

King’s Landing, from Game of Thrones.  This link has several more maps and videos of scenes from Westeros:

King’s Landing, recreated in Minecraft, WesterosCraft server (via http://www.wired.com/2013/03/westeroscraft-game-thrones-minecraft/)

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