Some Minecraft builders re-create the Battle of Vicksburg from the middle of the 19th century to keep a piece of the American Civil War alive.
A charity has provided Minecraft players with the opportunity to relive a moment from the American Civil War by recreating the Battle of Vicksburg brick by brick. Mojang’s sandbox game is still one of the most popular games in 2022, even though it came out years ago. Its greatest strength is that it has lasted for so long and gives players so many ways to be creative. As millions of people continue to play around the world, there is always a building feat that exemplifies the ingenuity of the entire community.
The essence of Minecraft is building imposing structures, including those from other franchises or from real life. There are an infinite number of ways to play the game, and while the majority of these projects are for entertainment or even internet clout, it is possible to use the game’s robust building mechanics and widespread popularity to spread educational messages.
The American Battlefield Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to preserving the battlefields of the American Civil War, has done precisely that. According to GamesRadar, the charity has successfully recreated the Battle of Vicksburg in Minecraft. The battle occurred between May 18 and July 4, 1863, and this project incorporates the battlefield and surrounding area into a blocky video game. According to the Battle of Vicksburg website, the map includes both minigames and recreations of events. Even non-player characters, such as Abraham Lincoln, are fully voiced, and the game’s design is historically accurate.
The open-world video game can be utilized for educational purposes in a variety of ways. Earlier this year, for instance, Minecraft was utilized to teach children about climate change. Designed in collaboration with the UK Environment Agency, “Rivercraft” teaches players about flooding by requiring them to construct defenses in-game and by providing opportunities to learn about flood prevention. In this regard, Minecraft is more than a vast and colorful exploration and expression environment. History can also be used to teach about important issues, and the American Battlefield Trust is doing precisely that by bringing the past to life.
It is not surprising that Minecraft has become one of the highest-grossing video games of all time after selling hundreds of millions of copies over a decade or so. It has brought so many people so much happiness over the years, and the fact that it can even be used for educational purposes demonstrates that there is more to the sandbox game than meets the eye.
Minecraft is available on mobile, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.