Explore the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in this Minecraft map

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After we covered the Game of Thrones recreation in Minecraft, I figured the block-modding community had finally peaked. What could be as impressive as a blocky Westeros? How about a blocky representation of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone—the area surrounding the Chernobyl accident site and the setting for the PC first-person shooter series S.T.A.L.K.E.R.?

The map constitutes over 42 square miles of the Exclusion Zone’s 1004 square miles, claiming to be at nearly 1:1 scale with the original game’s map. Check out TsarCorp’s moody timelapse video to see the expansive nature of this small chunk of the Exclusion Zone.

TsarCorp began working on the map nearly a year ago, but according to The Zone’s page on Planet Minecraft, the map is still only 70 percent complete. He is currently working on an update that will add more content from the original title’s sequels, Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat.

If you’d like to take a closer look at the size of the map before you download it and try it for yourself, definitely visit The Zone’s Zoom.it image, which is enormous and magnificent. Since S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is far too difficult for me, I think this map will serve as a nice replacement.

[YouTube via Kotaku]

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