Competition to recreate Eureka Stockade in Minecraft

MADE are running a competition to build the Eureka Stockade with the popular computer game Minecraft. Josh Sedgwick at GUF, ready to build.

MADE are running a competition to build the Eureka Stockade with the popular computer game Minecraft. Josh Sedgwick at GUF, ready to build.

THE Eureka Stockade will be reconstructed, but not in the way you might expect.

The Museum of Australian Democracy (M.A.D.E) is calling for a virtual recreation through the game Minecraft to mark the stockade's 160th anniversary.

A custom Minecraft server called MADECRAFT has been created for the nationwide competition, which will allow competitors to collaborate and build on their ideas from each other.

M.A.D.E director Jane Smith said the game was a great way to connect technology with history in a similar way to what has been done at the museum.

"When we first started planning the 160th anniversary, we wanted a range of activities that appealed to a wide range of audiences," she said.

"Minecraft is enormously popular, particularly with people under the age of 20."

Ms Smith said she was looking forward to seeing some of the creative entries from younger people and the way they interpreted how the stockade might have looked.

The competition is open to people 18 years and younger.

GUF Ballarat employee Chris Regatz said there was a strong following of Minecraft in Ballarat with the store often filled with younger people playing the game.

He said there was a strong possibility GUF might set aside specific days for competitors to come into their store to work on their stockade.

Three shortlisted entries will be selected and turned into 3D models by Federation University and exhibited at M.A.D.E.

Entries for the competition must be submitted by November 1.

For more information on the competition, visit made.org

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