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Why Minecraft has Bad Graphics- The Math

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avatar pi314
Level 36 : Artisan Architect
So, lots of people who have never played Minecraft complain about the "bad graphics" caused by Minecraft being built out of blocks. However, think of what it would take for Minecraft to be realistic? To look lifelike, the blocks would have to be of the smallest size the human eye can see: 100 microns. More blocks means more data used on your hard-drive. But how much?

Every time you divide the block width by ten, you do so in all three directions. 10X10X10=1000, so one block contains one thousand blocks of the next unit size down.

Going down unit sizes by a factor of 10 from one meter to 100 microns goes like this: meter, decimeter (10 CM), centimeter, millimeter, 100 microns

This means we would need to go down one unit, which multiplies the number of blocks by 1000, 4times. 1000X1000X1000X1000= 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion)

So, lifelike Minecraft would require one trillion times the space on your hard drive.

How much is this? Most survival mode worlds take up 20-30 megabytes. 30 MB X 1 Trillion = 30,000,000 (thirty million) Terabytes. Now tell me you want better graphics in Minecraft.
CreditMath, because it's awesome.

02/18/2015 8:59 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
ALSO. good luck building MINECRAFT STYLE with TINY blocks.
(what i mean by "MINECRAFT STYLE" is that you dont have pre built stuff like in... lets say Streanded deep or the forest. In minecraft you have to build brick by brick)
11/14/2014 1:27 pm
Level 24 : Expert Network
Swag Lord
It would probably take up 20 gigs of storage.
07/25/2012 6:38 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Pony
Lord Drakan
Well said my good sir. I say, you want better graphics, go get an HD texture pack.
07/26/2012 7:59 am
Level 36 : Artisan Architect
Yeah, but super-HD like photo-realism just looks weird on Minecraft's blocky landscape. I prefer soartex fanver, and I have come to accept blockiness as reality, but that's just Because I play so much Minecraft.
07/25/2012 6:39 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Dragon
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