Students are rebuilding their canceled college experience inside Minecraft

Blocks are better than Zoom.

May 4, 2020, 8:53 am

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Matt Silverman 

Matt Silverman

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College classes and graduations around the world are being canceled or administered remotely, but many enterprising students have taken to the virtual spaces of Minecraft to painstakingly recreate their campuses in amazing detail. While you can’t walk down the main streets of Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania in real life, you can visit them virtually inside the blocky servers built by their students and faculty.

This week on 2 GIRLS 1 PODCST, Alli and Jen talk with students and volunteer builders Pearse Anderson, Nick Marchuk, and Makarios Chung about why the Minecraft community is so powerful in a time of social distance, why video game worlds are better than Zoom calls, and their virtual graduation plans.

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*First Published: May 4, 2020, 8:53 am