Making Minecraft Maps Beautiful

Minecraft may be practical, but its simple visuals can also be, for some folks, a bit gross. Which is why things like Chunky exist, to help make blocky maps beautiful.

Here's what a "realistic" map looks like in vanilla Minecraft:

It looks like Civilisation II with the UI turned off.

Here, though, Darastlix has shared an image of the same map, only this time it's been run through Chunky, a tool that can render Minecraft maps and make them look like this:

Gorgeous.

Note that this isn't a tool for playing Minecraft. Chunky takes map files and "renders" them, which means crunching the map and giving the blocks a more natural appearance. It can take hours to process a single image like this, and it can only handle vanilla Minecraft terrain blocks (no players, mobs, etc), so it's mostly just a tool for making very pretty wallpaper.


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    Here, though, Darastlix has shared an image of the same map, only this time it's been run through Chunky

    Nope. The rendered map is a fully hand-made map, it isn't just the normal terrain being rendered nicely. The second map was made by a different person to show what the same number of chunks would look like with vanilla generation and rendering. They're not the same map and they're not from the same person.

    Here Plunkett comes to save the day. #Alternativefacts

    In theory you can do this, the issue is allot of minecraft maps lack elevation data and size for mountainous regions so you can only exaggerate them so much,. Unless a minecraft map uses realistic scaled down distances/metrics.

    If you look at Outerra, it uses low-res earth map data to procedurally make something pretty damn good, but the scaling is 1:1 so it works well.

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